Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Thu, Nov 21, 2013
7:30pm

Seminars For Filmmakers 2013
This Year's Most Popular Seminar Returns! New Film Clips!
Within The Frame: Designing The Shot

In an era of extreme camera efficiency and portable recording devices, much of the art involved in creating the cinematic shot is now left behind in favor of talking heads and one-dimensional composition. And it gets worse! When contemporary Hollywood and independent filmmakers are not completely obsessed with just capturing dialogue and performance on screen, they are completely beyond themselves with aspirations to create the most “beautiful” or “awe-inspiring” shot - think at best of David Lean’s astounding LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, then drop down to Kevin Costner’s visually voiceless DANCES WITH WOLVES, then sink to new lows with Wes Anderson’s visually unmotivated disaster MOONRISE KINGDOM or Rupert Sanders’ CGI, empty-headed whirlwind SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN - now you’ve got the full picture of what cinema has become:

Lots of spectacular talking images with no real visual ability to empower narrative intentions or signify unique character voice.

In the long run, and definitely when it comes to the masters of cinema (both Film Directors and Directors of Photography), much more goes into the conceiving and designing of an effective shot or series of shots for a film. In fact, the art of mise-en-scene - the spatial arrangement of elements within the frame - is actually one of the primary elements of what separates cinema from all other visual mediums.

Cinema is not solely about how pretty a shot is or what is said with onscreen dialogue; cinema is about how the shot itself speaks and how the shot itself interprets character and provides story definition.

• What does classical composition look like? What are its primary conventions? Why does it exist today?

• When is it best to ignore classical composition?

• When it comes to character design and character intention, what are proxemic patterns? How do they function?

• What goes into the design of a great close up?

• Why employ the long take, split screen or oblique angles anyway? What is the effect of each and when is it best to use them?

• What is the emotional and psychological difference between a dolly shot and a zoom?

• What are open and closed forms of cinematic shot construction?

• With three visual planes to work with (“The Middleground,” “The Foreground,” and “The Background”), why do so many contemporary filmmakers compose on only one dominant plane?

• What is the effect of a shot that emphasizes “The Foreground” or “The Background”?

• Can a shot function on all three planes at once? What is the overall effect of this composition and when is it best employed?

• What is dominant contrast in cinema?

• How can you create a more dynamic form of cinema by understanding the effect different shapes, colors, lines and textures have upon the audience?

Letting the shot itself speak for the characters. How does the actual design of your character tell you how they would like to be photographed and situated within the shot?

In this seminar, where everything’s “within the frame,” Visual Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris pulls focus on the artistry that goes into designing masterful shots that actually speak more than dialogue ever could.

Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience.

180 min. | Tickets: $12 Member, $15 Student/Senior, $20 General.
No vouchers accepted for this or any other specially-priced program.
Egyptian Theatre • Thu, Nov 21, 2013 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Egyptian

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New Film Clips!
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Thu, Mar 14, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Sold Out! Brand New Visual Communication Seminar!
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Sold Out! Encore Presentation of Brand New Visual Communication Seminar!
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Thu, Apr 18, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Wed, Jun 19, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Wed, Jul 17, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Thu, Jul 25, 2013 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Free To American Cinematheque Members!
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Sold Out!
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Encore Presentation Due To Popular Demand!
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

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Sat, Apr 13, 2013 - 2:00pm
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Panel Discussion!
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 - 7:30pm
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