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WGU-IWC1-Part 7


Film A form of entertainment that employs a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement to tell a story
Cinema An artistic medium that uses the motion picture as a vehicle for story telling and other creative expression.
Persistence of vision When the eye and the brain retain an image for a brief moment after the image is gone
Title cards Explanatory printed texts on cards inserted into a film.
Absolute Cinema Films that are purely artistic expressions of light, color, form, shape and movement, without narrative content or documenting intent.
Documentary Cinema Films that attempt to capture actual events in the very moment they occur--events which, in theory, would have occurred even without the presence of the camera
Narrative Cinema Films that use the same forms and techniques used by theater and literature to tell a story--exposition, complication, climax, and resolution
Screenplay A script with the dialogue, descriptions, and all other elements required to tell the story of a film, television show, or other visual story
Director Person in complete charge of making a film
Cinematography The art of movie photography, including camera position and lighting, in telling a story
Panning Horizontal movement of the camera from a fixed postion
Tilting Vertical movement of the camera from a fixed positon
Master shot Uninterrupted shot of an entire scene, usually used as a timing and pacing reference during the editing process.
Snorricam A steadicam harnessed to the actor's body, pointing directly back at him or her
Point of View The position or perspective from which something is viewed or related.
Continuity Editing A set of techniques that seek to make the transitions (or cuts) from shot to shot as unobtrusive and continuous as possible.
Foreshadowing The deliberate introduction of information (verbally, visually or otherwise) suggesting an event that will take place later in the story.
Complication Middle section of a drama where conflicts inherent in the situation are elaborated and developed, and dramatic tension builds until a movement of maximum intensity and interest, called the climax
Expostion An opening which introduces the characters and their circumstances, the setting, the mood and the situation, giving the audience information essential for understanding the story
Denouement Moment when a drama's action comes to its proper conclusion and a resolution is near
Fade Film editing technique where there is a gradual transition from image to darkness, or the reversal
Low-angle shot A shot where the camera is placed below the subject, pointing upward toward it, converting an impression of awe and power
High-angel shot A shot where the camera is placed above the subject, pointing down at it, conveying an impression of awe and power.
Cross cut Film editing technique that switches between two different sequences , suggesting that the sequences are happening simultaneously, or that the events are thematically related.
Jump cut film editing technique where there is an immediate transition from one moment in a shot to a later moment in the same shot, causing an abrupt shift in the subject's position
Dissolve film editing technique where there is a gradual transition from one image to another, usually signifying the passage of time
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