Essay about Fms 100 Midterm Review

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FMS 100 Midterm Review

You should be familiar with the plots of all the films we watched in class. You should also be familiar with the main ideas from The Cutting Edge documentary. Moreover, anything discussed in class in the lectures could be on exam. You will have to answer 50 multiple choice items.

Chapter 1: Looking at Movies
Cinematic Language: The accepted systems, methods, or customs by which movies communicate. Cinematic conventions are flexible; they are not “rules”.
Difference between movie, film, cinema: Film is applied to a motion picture that is considered by critics and scholars to be more serious or challenging. Movies entertain the masses at the multiplex. Cinemas are considered to be works of art
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Story formulas (the way a movie’s story is structured---its plot), character types, setting (where a movie’s action is located and how that environment is portrayed), presentation, stars
Six Major American Genres: Gangster (striving for the American dream), Film Noir (classic detective movie), Science Fiction, Horror (frightening), The Western, The Musical
Evolution and transformation of genre: Writers and directors, recognizing genre’s narrative, thematic, and aesthetic potential, blend ingredients gleaned from multiple styles in an attempt to invent exciting new hybrids.
What is generic transformation? The process by which a particular genre is adapted to meet the expectations of a changing society.
Can you identify how a genre has transformed over time? Comic-book movies have grown darker and more effects-laden since the modern genre’s birth.
Mixed genre: Blending seemingly incompatible genres.

Chapter 4: Elements of Narrative
What is narrative? The Story
What is narration? The act of telling the story
What is narrator? Who or what tells the story
Who/what is the primary narrator in all films? The camera is the primary narrator in every movie.
First person narrator: A character in the narrative who typically imparts information in the form of voice-over narration.
Voice over narration: When we hear a character’s voice over the picture without actually seeing the character speak the words.
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