New Narratives – Week 6 – Film Form *fix

Movie Openings-

Jurassic Park:

“Shoot her!”

Jurassic Park – 1993 – Opening Scene “Shoot her!” – YouTube Video Description

A very intense opening scene for the Jurassic Park movie set in 1993, the tension builds as the giant metal container is brought into the scene and set ready to be opened. The thrill truly begins when the mysterious dinosaur (The Velociraptor) picks up and intends to kill one of the park rangers and it could be seen that they have a respect for this animal as they done everything they could do before having the make the hard decision of putting the animal down through shooting it.



In this opening scene its quite sad to begin with the mob leader looking at the audience and talking about the initial problem when they’re having. To be honest it was quite anti-climatic and did not engage me as much as it did with Jurassic Park, although i know the Godfather got good ratings i just don’t find mob films particularly entertaining.


Confessions Of  A Shopaholic:

Very different compared to both Jurassic Park and Godfather, i feel this movie is simply to engage with those who have either been in dept because of their stupidity with credit cards or for those who want to laugh at those who have been in dept because of credit cards… heh – Primarily i guess this opening is just brainless comedy that would make people laugh whilst having some banter with friends.

Film Form Structure-

Form and Content:

An artwork needs both form and content. Content as the subject of and artwork (what the work is about), and form as the menus by which the the subject is expressed and experienced.

In the world of movies, form is cinematic language: the tools and techniques that filmmakers use to convey meaning and mood to the viewer including lighting, mise-en-scene, cinematography, performance, editing and sound…

Form and contents are interrelated, interdependent and interactive.

Good Examples Of Good Cinematography-

Independence Days:

A great scene of American being attacked by a foreign live from another planet destroying iconic buildings in America such as The White House, Conánn had told us how they done the effects for this scene as directors did not have CGI like we do now, building a smaller scaled city (Still considerably large) rotate it and attach it to a wall then get shots of blasting fire upward that gorge  the buildings causing them to scorch away!

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind:

I found this piece beautiful, no dialog – just instrumentals to implicate on the intensity of the mother-ship communication through some sort of Morse code. (Very inspiring)

Mars Attacks:

Very different compared to the other movies, Tim Burton really knows how to make his movies stick out from the crowd, very comedic and stylish gotta appreciate his stuff! All the aliens are Cg and move like “people” in suits not to mention the interaction between the actors and animation is pretty good~

The Neighbors:

Clip from the funny tv show “The Neighbors”. Family father Marty tries to explain how “Death comes” to the aliens. His son (Max Charles) doesn’t like that at all. -YouTube Video Description


Form and Expectations-

Film grabs and holds us, because it creates expectations

(Conánn gave us a book/Author to read when we have time, Dr Robert Cialdini – Influence. Will probably give it a read over the Easter break.)

American Beauty:

Quite a sinister start to a movie on the topic of would someone kill another for a girls affection? Fades to a man who seems to be hating his daily routine, he really seems to loath his life right now, maybe depression? (He seems to have lost something in his life and needs to reclaim it) Did he get killed then? Gah, must watch the movie now.


Sometimes the formal development didn’t satisfy our expectations immediately. it is suspense, which involves a delay in fulfilling an established expectation. As the term implies, suspense leaves something suspended-not only the next element in a pattern but also urge for completion.

Jurassic Park, Suspense Editing:

“This video shows what the absence of certain shots does to the suspense of the scene.

Version 1 – Re edited Scene

Version 2 – Original

I do not on any of the content in this clip.

The clip and film is owned by Universal Pictures.” -Video Description 

Example Of Parallel Editing:

Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

Expectations may also be cheated, as when we expect one outcome but get another. In general, surprise is a result of an expectation that is revealed to be incorrect.

Form And Feeling-

Emotion plays a large role in our experience of form,

emotions represented in the artwork & and emotional response felt by the spectator,

emotions represented within the film play particular roles in the films overall form.

“As a part of my study in film I intended on moulding an emotional response through sight and sound.

I created TWO EXACTLY THE SAME VIDEOS with the same footage and same runtime, yet each one is different in lighting and music, evoking two completely different responses.

Motifs throughout both films represent polar opposites (e.g. the rope in the POSITIVE video represents childlike pleasure, a swing; in the NEGATIVE it is symbolic of depression and suicide)

To watch the other video check out my channel or follow the link below, hope you appreciate them!”- Video Description


Referential meaning:

Explicit meaning:

Implicit meaning: is more abstract than the first two meanings, is it about something general. This meaning isn’t stated directly. It is the interpretation.

Symptomatic Meaning: Is also abstract and general. It is ultimately ideological.

Fundamentals Of Film Form-

Three fundamentals principles of film Form:

Light: Responsible for the image we see on the screen, whether photographed (shot) on film, created with a computer or drawn on pieces of celluloid.

Lighting is responsible for significant effects in each shot or scene. It enhances texture, depth, emotions and mood.

“Light and Shadow workshop focuses on teaching how to light film and video like a professional cinematographer without the big studio budget. For tips and tricks to simple, fast, and efficient lighting techniques, go to:…
or” – Video Description 


Movement: separates cinema from all other two dimensional pictorial art forms, the movement we see on the movie screen is an illusion, made possible by two interaction optical and perceptual phenomena persistence of vision and the phi phenomenon.

Persistence of vision is the process by which the human brain retains an image for a fraction of a second longer than the eye records it.

“Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.

For educational purposes only. You can donate to support the channel at
Patreon:…“- Video Description


Space and Time: Manipulates the time and space equally well and thus is is spatial and temporal art form.

Film can move from one space to another, or make space move, or fragment time in many different ways. film can record real time in its chronological passing, as well as subjective versions of time passing- slow motion.

“Shaji N Karun talks about Space, Time & how cinema has influenced human mind in a short time.

Shaji Neelakantan Karun is a National Award-winning Indian film director and cinematographer. His debut film Piravi (1988) won the Camera d’Or – Mention d’honneur at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. He was the Premiere Chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, the first academy for film and TV in India and was also the Executive Chairman of International Film Festival of Kerala from 1998 to 2001. He is best known for his award winning films Piravi (1989), Vanaprastham (1999) and Kutty Srank (2009). He was the recipient of Padma Shri award in 2011.” – Video Description



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