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  • Chapter 2The Significance of Film Form1 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Form as a System Artwork cues us to perform an activity. The cues are a system that can be analyzed. Form can be content.2 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Form and Expectation By building expectation, form can delivermany reactions. Shock, surprise, satisfaction, and suspense allbuild upon the viewers assumptions.3 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Conventions and Experience Conventions are based on the viewers priorexperience. Artwork can create new expectations andconventions.4 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Form and Feeling Emotions within the artwork and emotionalresponses from the viewer can interact. This relationship can be complicated andaffected by personal experience.5 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Form and Meaning Referential: meanings within a film that relyon familiarity with significant places or things. Explicit: meanings that are openly asserted. Implicit: an implied or interpreted meaning. Symptomatic: an abstract, general meaningthat depends on social ideology.6 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Evaluation: Good, Bad, orIndifferent? Criteria should guide objective evaluation. Personal taste and goodness or badnessdo not enter into evaluation.7 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Principles of Film Form A unified set of related, interdependentelements that create relationships betweenthe parts. Many are a matter of convention.8 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Function Every element within a film can have one ormore function, fulfilling role(s) within thewhole system. Consider an elements motivation whenlooking for significant functions.9 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Similarity and Repetition A significant element that is repeated in a filmis a motif. Patterns of motifs create expectation. Strong similarities and repetition can createparallelism.10 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Difference and Variation Changes and variations of elements can createvariety, contrast, and change. Seldom does repetition occur in exactly thesame way in a film, and the differences can bemeaningful.11 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Development A progression moving from beginning tomiddle to end. A segmentation can point out similarities,differences, and progression.12 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.
  • Unity and Disunity How relationships among elements cometogether or do not. Creates broad patterns and thematicmeanings.13 2013 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. All rights reserved.