Exploring Movie Construction & Production: What’s so exciting about movies?

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John Reich, Genesee Community College

Pub Date: 2017

ISBN 13: 978-1-9423414-6-8

Publisher: Open SUNY

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Reviewed by Annie Berke, Assistant Professor, Hollins University, on 5/22/2018.

The book explains at the start that it is an “aid to anyone who does not have a good background” in film and is most useful in a film appreciation … read more

 

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Reviewed by Lucas Ostrowski, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, on 2/2/2018.

The writer covers broad aspects of the movie making process but paints each concept in very broad strokes. Although many different ideas are … read more

 

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Reviewed by Thomas Castillo, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, on 2/2/2018.

The book at some level is probably more conceptually ambitious than it should be. As suggested by the title, the book covers both Construction and … read more

 

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Reviewed by Daniele Fioretti, Lecturer, Miami University, on 2/2/2018.

Teaching Cinema classes myself, my expectation is a textbook that covers all the main areas of moviemaking, both thematically and technically. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Karen Wenz, Adjunct Instructor, St Cloud Technical and Community College, on 2/2/2018.

The book is not a comprehensive text about film, but then it does not claim to be. The focus is limited in scope and depth. It first offers a simple … read more

 

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Reviewed by Don Diefenbach, Professor, University of North Carolina - Asheville, on 8/16/2017.

This book in specifically targeted in its objective and thus it is not a particularly comprehensive treatment for the subject. It does not contain an … read more

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Construction

  • 1. What Is the Theme? Why Do We Need It?
  • 2. What Is Genre and How Is It Determined?
  • 3. What Are the Mechanics of Story and Plot?
  • 4. How Are the Characters Portrayed?

Part II: Production Prologue

  • 5. What Is Directing?
  • 6. What Is Cinematography?
  • 7. What Is Editing?
  • 8. What Is Sound?

Conclusion: What’s So Exciting about Movies? – Novice Answers

Production Assignment

Cinematography Assignment

Future Viewing

Bibliography

About the Book

Exploring Movie Construction & Production contains eight chapters of the major areas of film construction and production. The discussion covers theme, genre, narrative structure, character portrayal, story, plot, directing style, cinematography, and editing. Important terminology is defined and types of analysis are discussed and demonstrated.  An extended example of how a movie description reflects the setting, narrative structure, or directing style is used throughout the book to illustrate building blocks of each theme. This approach to film instruction and analysis has proved beneficial to increasing students’ learning, while enhancing the creativity and critical thinking of the student.

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Author(s)

John Reich received a B.A. in theatre from Buffalo State College in 1976 and an M.A. in speech with a theatre and journalism concentration from Kent State University in 1979. He has been teaching Film, Speech and Interpersonal Communication at Genesee Community College since 1998. He published an article entitled “I’ll Take Education for $100”, in Innovation Abstracts in 2011, which discusses a method of teaching film in the classroom. This article was the precursor that led to formulating the idea and concept for this textbook. He also published an article, “How to Transform Fear and Hostility into Enthusiasm” in Teaching for Success in 2009 that discusses how to help students get over their nervousness when taking a Public Speaking course.