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Lumetís chapter on the Camera - Role Cinematography Plays in Movies and Films

1. What insights did you gain reading Lumetís chapter on the Camera?

2. Describe and discuss the role Cinematography plays as asserted by Lumet. Is his discussion of Cinematography different from what you thought cinematography is/should be?

3. How does Cinematography serve the story?

4. Expound upon/Discuss this particular passage:

"If my movie has two stars in it, I always know it really has three. The third star is the camera... "

"...As her love affair with Val grows, she softens. So as the picture progressed, I slowly increased the use of long lenses on her until, toward the end, the same lens was used for Lady and Val. He'd changed her life. She was now in his world."

Please cite your text/book. Include short quotations to clarify and support your thoughts. Please respond to all four discussion points. 1- 2 pages maximum.

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Insight

[blur] Lumetís Reading on the camera opens one up to the reality that movie images are more than just the reliance on any camera.† Itís a mix of meticulous balance between different elements and the choice of the camera that would be considered to be the most sublime for a specific image. His insight is accompanied by some of the experiences that he may have gone through towards the creation of the specific images in different movies and how he would expose different scenes to rally on to showcase the images of the movie. [/blur]

Describe and discuss the role Cinematography plays as asserted by Lumet. Is his discussion of Cinematography different from what you thought cinematography is/should be?

[blur] After reading this outline, I got the idea that cinematography is much more than just the act of taking images. As Lumet explains, itís the bond between the actors and the plot and it determines how the audience will relate to the actors. Actors as Lumet connect to his previous readings relate to the audience through emotions which can best be showcased through ones gestures or facial expressions through the camera. He clarifies, ďif we didnít use them, his face would go completely blackĒ[1] [/blur]

How does Cinema Serve the Story?

††††††††††† [blur] Cinema plays an important role as it determines the ability of showcasing all the component of the story in a way that they tie in with the reality. Human tend to associate to reality and there is no better way to showcase all that without cinematography. He says, ďAs much as anyone, the photographer can harm or gloriously fulfill my purpose.Ē[2] [/blur]

Expound

"If my movie has two stars in it, I always know it really has three. The third star is the camera..."

††††††††† [blur] †† Lumet swears that the success of a movie is not just based on the skills of the actors, but rather it has to be complemented by the art of using cinematography. If the camera is not balanced well to highlight different scenes, then it is likely that the movie will not be a success. [/blur]

"...As her love affair with Val grows, she softens. So as the picture progressed, I slowly increased the use of long lenses on her until, toward the end, the same lens was used for Lady and Val. He\'d changed her life. She was now in his world.Ē

[blur] Lumet further explains that using the camera considers much more than just any camera. The director and the camera men have to be specific on the type of camera that they use depending on the setting, the mood and the emotions that would like to be showcased. In this, Lumet hopes to clarify how he made that choice in this section of the plot [/blur]

Bibliography

Lumet, Sidney. Making movies. Vintage, 2010.


[1] Lumet, Sidney. Making movies. Vintage, 2010.

[2] ibid

Lumetís chapter on the Camera - Role Cinematography Plays in Movies and Films

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