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Title: Movie Standards


1
Movie Standards
What Kind of Films do you like?
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  • Entertainment influences and reflects the
    substance of our thoughts. The kind of film we
    choose to view is often a reflection of the
    quality of people we are.
  • Why or why not?

3
  • The Film Experience has been compared to that of
    dreaming.
  • You are in the dark with someone's vision playing
    for you on a screen.
  • The images demand attention and infiltrate the
    viewers mind.
  • Depending on the intensity of the images and the
    susceptibility of the viewers the images are
    recorded as inspiration later.
  • Yes, No? Maybe? Why?

4
  • What are the standards you use when choosing a
    film to watch or like?
  • 1. Personal
  • How does this make me feel?
  • What did my friends think?
  • Did a critic like it?
  • 2. The Ratings System
  • Created in 1968
  • The board, called the MPAA, must be all parents.
  • Many people speak out against the ratings system
    for inconsistencies and being thought of as
    trying to limit what filmmakers can show and what
    people can watch.

5
  • Studies show that teens age 12-16 are the core of
    the film going audience.
  • Do you feel that they should be able to make
    their own viewing decisions?
  • Should the parents of the children make them?
  • Does the ratings system work?
  • Why?

6
  • There are 5 Ratings
  • G
  • General Audiences. All Ages Admitted. A A G-rated
    motion picture contains nothing in theme,
    language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters
    that, in the view of the Rating Board, would
    offend parents whose younger children view the
    motion picture. The G rating is not a
    "certificate of approval," nor does it signify a
    "childrens" motion picture. Some snippets of
    language may go beyond polite conversation but
    they are common everyday expressions. No stronger
    words are present in G-rated motion
    pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No
    nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the
    motion picture.

7
  • PG
  • PG Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material
    May Not Be Suitable For Children. A PG-rated
    motion picture should be investigated by parents
    before they let their younger children
    attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of
    the Rating Board, that parents may consider some
    material unsuitable for their children, and
    parents should make that decision. The more
    mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures
    may call for parental guidance. There may be some
    profanity and some depictions of violence or
    brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed
    so intense as to require that parents be strongly
    cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental
    guidance. There is no drug use content in a
    PG-rated motion picture.

8
  • PG-13
  • PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material
    May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13. A
    PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating
    Board to parents to determine whether their
    children under age 13 should view the motion
    picture, as some material might not be suited for
    them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG
    rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality,
    language, adult activities or other elements, but
    does not reach the restricted R category. The
    theme of the motion picture by itself will not
    result in a rating greater than PG-13, although
    depictions of activities related to a mature
    theme may result in a restricted rating for the
    motion picture. Any drug use will initially
    require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief
    nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but
    such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture
    generally will not be sexually oriented. There
    may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie,
    but generally not both realistic and extreme or
    persistent violence. A motion pictures single
    use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words,
    though only as an expletive, initially requires
    at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such
    expletive requires an R rating, as must even one
    of those words used in a sexual context. The
    Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion
    picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a
    two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most
    American parents would believe that a PG-13
    rating is appropriate because of the context or
    manner in which the words are used or because the
    use of those words in the motion picture is
    inconspicuous.

9
  • R
  • R Restricted. Children Under 17 Require
    Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian. An R-rated
    motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board,
    contains some adult material. An R-rated motion
    picture may include adult themes, adult activity,
    hard language, intense or persistent violence,
    sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other
    elements, so that parents are counseled to take
    this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are
    not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures
    unaccompanied by a parent or adult
    guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out
    more about R-rated motion pictures in determining
    their suitability for their children. Generally,
    it is not appropriate for parents to bring their
    young children with them to R-rated motion
    pictures.

10
  • NC-17
  • NC-17 No One 17 and Under Admitted. An NC-17
    rated motion picture is one that, in the view of
    the Rating Board, most parents would consider
    patently too adult for their children 17 and
    under. No children will be admitted. NC-17 does
    not mean "obscene" or "pornographic" in the
    common or legal meaning of those words, and
    should not be construed as a negative judgment in
    any sense. The rating simply signals that the
    content is appropriate only for an adult
    audience. An NC-17 rating can be based on
    violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse
    or any other element that most parents would
    consider too strong and therefore off-limits for
    viewing by their children

11
  • Critics and Reviews
  • How Powerful is a critics review to you?
  • Have you ever decided to see or not see a film
    because of how the critic reviewed it
  • First Critic-James Agee
  • Novelist and Screenwriter
  • Started in the 1940s
  • In an effort to decide whether or not a film was
    successful he began to articulate a language for
    describing film elements.
  • Most Famous-Siskel and Ebert
  • Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

12
Genres
  • How many film genres can you name?
  • Action Films
  • Action films usually include high energy,
    big-budget physical stunts and chases, possibly
    with rescues, battles, fights, escapes,
    destructive crises (floods, explosions, natural
    disasters, fires, etc.), non-stop motion,
    spectacular rhythm and pacing, and adventurous,
    often two-dimensional 'good-guy' heroes (or
    recently, heroines) battling 'bad guys' - all
    designed for pure audience escapism. Includes the
    James Bond 'fantasy' spy/espionage series,
    martial arts films, and so-called
    'blaxploitation' films.

13
  • Adventure
  • adventure films are usually exciting stories,
    with new experiences or exotic locales, very
    similar to or often paired with the action film
    genre. They can include traditional
    swashbucklers, serialized films, and historical
    spectacles (similar to the epics film genre),
    searches or expeditions for lost continents,
    "jungle" and "desert" epics, treasure hunts,
    disaster films, or searches for the unknown.

14
  • Comedy
  • Comedies are light-hearted plots consistently and
    deliberately designed to amuse and provoke
    laughter (with one-liners, jokes, etc.) by
    exaggerating the situation, the language, action,
    relationships and characters. This section
    describes various forms of comedy through
    cinematic history, including slapstick,
    screwball, spoofs and parodies, romantic
    comedies, black comedy (dark satirical comedy),
    and more.

15
  • Crime and Gangster
  • Crime (gangster) films are developed around the
    sinister actions of criminals or mobsters,
    particularly bank robbers, underworld figures, or
    ruthless hoodlums who operate outside the law,
    stealing and murdering their way through life.
    Criminal and gangster films are often categorized
    as film noir or detective-mystery films - because
    of underlying similarities between these
    cinematic forms. This category includes a
    description of various 'serial killer' films.

16
  • Drama
  • Dramas are serious, plot-driven presentations,
    portraying realistic characters, settings, life
    situations, and stories involving intense
    character development and interaction. Usually,
    they are not focused on special-effects, comedy,
    or action, Dramatic films are probably the
    largest film genre, with many subsets. See also
    melodramas, epics (historical dramas), or
    romantic genres. Dramatic biographical films (or
    "biopics") are a major sub-genre, as are 'adult'
    films (with mature subject content).

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  • Epics/Historical
  • Epics include costume dramas, historical dramas,
    war films, medieval romps, or 'period pictures'
    that often cover a large expanse of time set
    against a vast, panoramic backdrop. Epics often
    share elements of the elaborate adventure films
    genre. Epics take an historical or imagined
    event, mythic, legendary, or heroic figure, and
    add an extravagant setting and lavish costumes,
    accompanied by grandeur and spectacle, dramatic
    scope, high production values, and a sweeping
    musical score. Epics are often a more
    spectacular, lavish version of a biopic film.
    Some 'sword and sandal' films (Biblical epics or
    films occurring during antiquity) qualify as a
    sub-genre.

18
  • Horror
  • Horror films are designed to frighten and to
    invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a
    terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating
    and entertaining us at the same time in a
    cathartic experience. Horror films feature a wide
    range of styles, from the earliest silent
    Nosferatu classic, to today's CGI monsters and
    deranged humans. They are often combined with
    science fiction when the menace or monster is
    related to a corruption of technology, or when
    Earth is threatened by aliens. The fantasy and
    supernatural film genres are not usually
    synonymous with the horror genre. There are many
    sub-genres of horror slasher, teen terror,
    serial killers, satanic, Dracula, Frankenstein,
    etc.

19
  • Musicals/Dance
  • Musical/dance films are cinematic forms that
    emphasize full-scale scores or song and dance
    routines in a significant way (usually with a
    musical or dance performance integrated as part
    of the film narrative), or they are films that
    are centered on combinations of music, dance,
    song or choreography. Major subgenres include the
    musical comedy or the concert film.

20
  • Science Fiction
  • Sci-fi films are often quasi-scientific,
    visionary and imaginative - complete with heroes,
    aliens, distant planets, impossible quests,
    improbable settings, fantastic places, great dark
    and shadowy villains, futuristic technology,
    unknown and unknowable forces, and extraordinary
    monsters ('things or creatures from space'),
    either created by mad scientists or by nuclear
    havoc. They are sometimes an offshoot of fantasy
    films, or they share some similarities with
    action/adventure films. Science fiction often
    expresses the potential of technology to destroy
    humankind and easily overlaps with horror films,
    particularly when technology or alien life forms
    become malevolent, as in the "Atomic Age" of
    sci-fi films in the 1950s.

21
  • War
  • War (and anti-war) films acknowledge the horror
    and heartbreak of war, letting the actual combat
    fighting (against nations or humankind) on land,
    sea, or in the air provide the primary plot or
    background for the action of the film. War films
    are often paired with other genres, such as
    action, adventure, drama, romance, comedy
    (black), suspense, and even epics and westerns,
    and they often take a denunciatory approach
    toward warfare. They may include POW tales,
    stories of military operations, and training.

22
  • Western
  • Westerns are the major defining genre of the
    American film industry - a eulogy to the early
    days of the expansive American frontier. They are
    one of the oldest, most enduring genres with very
    recognizable plots, elements, and characters
    (six-guns, horses, dusty towns and trails,
    cowboys, Indians, etc.). Over time, westerns have
    been re-defined, re-invented and expanded,
    dismissed, re-discovered, and spoofed.

23
Film Critique Format
  • All Critiques must be at least 2 pages in length
    and typed in no larger than a 12 point font. All
    Critiques should be double spaced.
  • All Critiques should be in your own words, they
    will be checked for plagiarism. If you follow
    all procedures and answer all questions you
    should receive full credit 
  • Using a Five Paragraph Essay Format Answer the
    following questions completely
  •  
  • What did YOU think of the novie.
  • What did YOU think the movie was trying to
    achieve by being made? This can be answered by
    addressing the theme or message of the movie.
    Every movie has some kind of point to it. They
    were trying to make an entertaining movie is not
    an acceptable answer.
  • What did you think of the Star/Stars of the
    movie?
  • Do You think you would watch this movie again?
    If no, Why? If Yes, Why?
  •  
  •  
  • The primary concern of the course is that you
    understand what artists are attempting to convey
    to their audience and how these artists work
    together to convey these ideas. If you have an
    understanding of the content of the movie and the
    point of view of the artist at hand and can
    demonstrate your understanding in your critique,
    then you have a basis for appreciating the film.
    This does not necessarily mean you will like the
    film or agree with the actor or directors point
    of view. The major portion of your critique
    should be a discussion of the ideas of the
    production, with specific examples of how the
    artist helped or hindered these ideas.
  •  

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  • What did YOU think of the novie.
  • What did YOU think the movie was trying to
    achieve by being made? This can be answered by
    addressing the theme or message of the movie.
    Every movie has some kind of point to it. They
    were trying to make an entertaining movie is not
    an acceptable answer.
  • What did you think of the Star/Stars of the
    movie?
  • Do You think you would watch this movie again?
    If no, Why? If Yes, Why?
  • The primary concern of the course is that you
    understand what artists are attempting to convey
    to their audience and how these artists work
    together to convey these ideas. If you have an
    understanding of the content of the movie and the
    point of view of the artist at hand and can
    demonstrate your understanding in your critique,
    then you have a basis for appreciating the film.
    This does not necessarily mean you will like the
    film or agree with the actor or directors point
    of view. The major portion of your critique
    should be a discussion of the ideas of the
    production, with specific examples of how the
    artist helped or hindered these ideas.

25
  • The primary concern of the course is that you
    understand what artists are attempting to convey
    to their audience and how these artists work
    together to convey these ideas. If you have an
    understanding of the content of the movie and the
    point of view of the artist at hand and can
    demonstrate your understanding in your critique,
    then you have a basis for appreciating the film.
    This does not necessarily mean you will like the
    film or agree with the actor or directors point
    of view. The major portion of your critique
    should be a discussion of the ideas of the
    production, with specific examples of how the
    artist helped or hindered these ideas.
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