I also needed to explain the difference between the two theories, so I made a bullet list.
- What does each do with the camera?
- How does each school of thought edit a movie?
- What are the main tools used to captivate the audience?
Notice how I've personified each of them to add some flavor. One side reads, "Realism - I am honest," but the other says, "Formalism - I am artistic." Both are good things, so I wouldn't paint one theory as right, and the other one wrong. They both have their place, and if you use one while never using the other, your audience will either be bored to tears, or so confused that they'll never watch another one of your films again.
I also wanted a director to represent each. Chaplin was my legend for realism because when he made his films anywhere from the 1920s to the 1950s, he was big with physical comedy that focused on him. No fancy camera work or editing tricks; just a good story with a good laugh. Alfred Hitchcock was the opposite. From the shower scene in Psycho in movies like Rear Window where we spend most of the time peeping into a neighbor's apartment through the lens of a news photographer's camera, Hitch was a master of using the media of film to mess with your head, and make you just as confused as the main character, trying to solve the mystery before it's too late.
Our next assignment? Create an infographic like the one you see above. How do we do that? Click here to find out.
Then come back, and start with a sheet of paper. Draw a line down the middle of it from top to bottom. If you want to do one by yourself, fine. If you want to do one as a group, that's great, too. It's your choice.
Write one side of your topic on the left, then list all of its characteristics below its name. Next, do the same on the right with your second idea. Google for information only today - no pictures. If you finish before the end of class, grab a second sheet of paper and draw out how you want your image to look. Monday, we'll start looking for images and using an online program to create our infographics.