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by Ed Sikov

Ed Sikov builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Sikov primes the eye and mind in the special techniques of film analysis. His description of mise-en-scene helps readers grasp the significance of montage, which in turn reveals the importance of a director's use of camera movement. He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound, and narrative. Film Studies works with any screening list and can be used within courses on film history, film theory, or popular culture. Straightforward explanations of core critical concepts, practical advice, and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual, and aesthetic aspects further anchor the reader's understanding of the formal language and anatomy of film.
Download Film Studies: An Introduction (Film and Culture Series) epub
ISBN: 0231142935
ISBN13: 978-0231142939
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Movies
Author: Ed Sikov
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 1, 2009)
Pages: 232 pages
ePUB size: 1230 kb
FB2 size: 1345 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 755
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This was the the text for an online film course I did over the summer at a major university, and the teacher basically just had us go through this book and do the activities. If I didn't have to check the box that I took this class for credit, I could've saved a lot of money and just bought this book and worked through it by myself.

I cannot say enough good things about Sikov. In the introduction he's pretty up-front about the fact that this isn't a lofty film studies book for egg heads and super-nerds (not that there's anything wrong with those types). It's a very basic introductory text to the discipline of film studies, written in educated but not difficult language, so anyone can pick it up and read it. Each chapter handles a different aspect of feature length narrative film, then has an activity that shows you how to analyze a film or scene based on the material covered. Each chapter, while still covering different topics, builds off of the last one, so the book culminates in giving you all the skills you need to write a full film analysis of your own. It's also got a solid glossary and index, so as you move on to applying what you've learned, it's easy to go back and re-read parts you might need a refresher on.

I'm actually writing this review as I purchase a second copy for a friend who's considering pursuing a career in cinematography and videography.
really a useful and reasonably priced textbook. At half the price of the big format film texts it's the best you can do in my opinion.
I really like this book. Had to buy it for a class. Sikov breaks down film studies for the lay man; his writing is clear, organized, and easy to follow. Vocab words are capitalized for the reader's ease; their definitions are always italicized. Makes them easy to find. There's also big margins on the side of the text for note taking. Great book, would definitely recommend if you want an easy to follow introduction to film-making.
An essential introduction to the main terms of film analysis, perfect for becoming aware of film production and seriously conversant about film.
I needed this for school. It’s a pretty good book because it’s basic and easy to understand for beginners. Obviously this isn’t meant for “experts”, since it can seem a little simple but it gets the job done. It’s an easy and interesting read.
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Good read. Good information. A little scant in terms of application, but it works as a good source of quick information.
Really teaches you about film and the study of it.