Writing for moving images - Creative Writing

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Task 1: film language

Finally, it's important to use the right language for discussing films. Make sure you comment on some of the following:

  • Performance: how the film is acted.
  • Direction: how the story is told.
  • Editing: how the parts of the film or action are put together.
  • Cinematography: how the film looks (how it is photographed).
  • Music and sound effects: how the music works with or against the pictures.
  • Special effects: how the film uses unusual techniques such as computer-generated imagery (CGI).
  • Camera angles: how the film creates mood by manipulating the camera, eg:
    • Close-up and extreme close up
    • Mid-shot
    • Long-shot
    • Panning shot: the camera is fixed but the lens moves across a scene, eg a landscape

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