Reading Movies Blog Post

Ebert Essay

Roger Ebert’s essay, “How to Read a Movie,” provided an enlightened view of how to properly dissect a movie. He created a process in which founder of the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Howard Higman, named “Cinema Interruptus.” It can be defined as pausing a film, during viewing, and think about what you are seeing. It is easily paralleled to how football coaches use a stop-action to study game films. This concept is extremely unique but proved to be extremely effective as well. Ebert noted that both him, as the teacher, and his students were all in it together; collectively viewing and stopping films and discussing them openly. Roger Ebert’s work and contributions, including this one, to the film industry, landed him a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Screenwriters’ Guild, as well as he was named honorary life member of the Directors’ Guild of America.

Video Clips

The Shining // Zoom:  The clip shows various scenes from the film, “The Shining,” in a collage format. Collectively, these clips show the scenes the show a cinematic zoom. This is super cool. I’m a big fan of the movie, “The Shining,” to begin with, so to see it from this perspective was even cooler.

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective: The first thing I thought of while watching this clip was this must have taken forever to complete. I was literally mesmerized. 

Tarantino // From Below: This clip is also very fascinating. It shows various scenes from Quinten Tarantino movies from a “below” perspective. Imagine you were living life laying on your back; that’s what watching this clip felt like. 

The Film – 10 Cloverfield lane

I completed this assignment in iMovie. I directly imported media through the program and filmed using the FaceTime camera. After I filmed, I made little titles throughout the film to provide information and a little bit of humor. Lastly, I added some music! I use the website flvto.com to take audio from YouTube by copying the URL and adding it to their converter. Once the file was downloaded, I click and dragged the file underneath the clip and lowered the volume to 3%.

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