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Fall 11-4-2022


This textbook explores the world of cinema providing a students a look at the various elements of filmmaking to develop an appreciation for the film form. The textbook begins with a look at film history and the fundamentals of cinematic language. It then continues looking at film through a different lens for each chapter -- mise-en-scene, narrative, cinematography, editing, acting, and sound. The book ends with a look at documentary films, experimental films, and animation.


This is the second edition of the textbook. In addition to adding some clarifying text and adjusting some formatting as well as improving the citation format, a few concepts have been added or edited. Additionally, more images have been added for clarity.

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