The Photo Play and the Mind

18 Apr

There are many factors that come into filmmaking, as Musterberg pointed out in his work, that are difficult to manipulate in other forms of media or art, such as camera movements, timing of scenes, and plenty more. Bits and pieces of a story, or multiple stories at the same time, can be fabricated together and presented in such a way that our minds connect the dots and we see the hints, as well as the overall message, that the film is attempting to convey.

We see this in “Sherlock, Jr.” and in “The Kleptomaniac.” In “Sherlock, Jr.” many different techniques, regarding camerawork, are presented to the audience, which helps present the story in a certain way. Special effects helped put focus onto what the film was trying to make clear to the audience, such as the main character’s dreams.  In “The Kleptomaniac,” we see side-by-side storytelling, which gives the audience a hint of comparison, which is exactly what the film was trying to do as it compared the stories of the well-to-do and the poor woman.

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2 Responses to “The Photo Play and the Mind”

  1. anthonybynum April 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    That is certainly an interesting interpretation of the those films. I watch movies based o the special effects, especially action movies.

  2. kimberlyspring2013 April 22, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Special effects definitely enhance the story that one is trying to tell. They either exaggerate or in some cases (like Avatar) completely tell the story nowadays.

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