TCF112/Classical Hollywood Cinema

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The Arrival of Sound

  • The Jazz Singer (1927)
    • Al Jolson
  • A backwards step for film art
    • Studio productions (no location work)
    • Fewer close-ups
    • Little or no camera movement
    • Dialogue heavy
    • No post-production mixing
      • 3 stages of production
        1. Pre-production
        2. "Production"
        3. Post-Production

Narrative structure

  • Production Code (1934)
  • Conventional narrative structure
    • One or two protagonists
    • Desire catylizes story
    • Antagonist
    • Cause-effect chain
      • A causes B (effect)
      • B causes C (effect)
      • C causes D
    • Closure

Visual Style

  • Three-Point Lighting
    • Key, Fill and Back Lights
  • The Continuity Editing System ("invisible" editing)
    • The 180 Degree Rule
      • Axis of action
      • Screen direction
    • Shot-counter shot
    • Match cuts
      • Match-on-action
      • Eyeline match