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The Visual World · 21S
Comm 2022
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride Assignment
The Visual World · 21S

Tim Burton’s stop frame animation film ‘
Corpse Bride’
has many examples of the tools and techniques of visual communication covered during this course. The movie also uses many of the
‘Technical Perspectives’
of filming used by directors and discussed in the Power Point Slides in
Weeks 9 and 10
.
Follow the instructions given for each section and complete the assignment. You can use this assignment outline as your template for completing
assignment sections 1 and 2
.
Section 3
will need to be typed on separate pieces of paper.
Take rough notes while watching the video and then complete a
final copy
of the
assignment
that includes
Sections 1, 2, and 3 together (in one submission).
If you use Sections 1 and 2 as a template, you will be able to increase the numbers of lines in Sections 1 and 2, should you have more typed information to give in your answers. Do be sure that you answer all questions with direct and detailed typed answers. Be specific with your answers.
Main characters:
Victor Van Dort Victoria Everglot Emily (Corpse Bride) Lord Barkis

Section One: Purpose

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1.1 Briefly explain the purpose of the film Corpse Bride. Do not tell me what the film was about, but rather explain what the purpose of the film was and what the film was supposed to show or tell the audience. Feel free to research this question but remember to use proper APA citations if you do.
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Section Two: Visual Theories

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Cognitive elements

Give

Film/Motion Pictures
Historical Perspective of Film:
In 1872 Edward Muybridge created the first movie ever made by placing 12 cameras on a racetrack and rigging the cameras to capture shots in a quick sequence as a horse crossed in front of the lenses – movies show apparent movement to move through a sequence of individual images (series) using a projector

Film/Motion Pictures
“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder”. (Alfred Hitchcock – 1899-1980)
• 1895 – 2012 → 650 812 motion pictures made
• 2007 – American Film Institute polled 1500 film artists, critics and historians to determine the greatest movies of all time
• Citizen Kane (1941) → consistently rated the “best film” ever – Orson Welles – director and star (Analysis of Citizen Kane )

Film/Motion Pictures
Citizen Kane (1941) → consistently rated the “best film” ever – Orson Welles – director and star (Analysis of Citizen Kane )
• Orson Welles → combined most recent technical innovations for producing visual messages and images on film – innovated new techniques of filming – 1. Experimented with new camera angles to shoot scenes (‘Worms Eye View”; Bird’s Eye View)
• Created a sense of 3D in films – movies had only been one dimensional before Orson Welles directing of Citizen Kane – movies were always filmed at eye level for the audience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-
r0b_XeRkG4

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzhb3U2cONs

Film/Motion Pictures
Citizen Kane:
• praised by critics BUT → a financial disaster – movie audiences used to “lightweight action” and comedic films
• Citizen Kane → dark, moody – a psychological drama with an unhappy ending
• film critic Andre Bazin – “ the motion picture was “decidedly above the mental age of the average American spectator.”
• nominated for several academy awards – received “Best Screenplay”

Film/Motion Pictures
Top 6 Movies : 1. Citizen Kane 2. Godfather (1972)
3. Casablanca (1942) 4. Raging Bull (1980)
5. Gone With The Wind 6. Singing In The Rain

Film/Motion Pictures
• movies of the day contained → snappy dialogue, light hearted scenes and unusual situations – directors were not really concerned about the visual message
• Welles → combined most recent technical innovations for producing visual messages – Welles and Gregg Toland perfected a technique called ‘deep focus’
• higher quality lights, faster film and wide angle lenses → created a ‘depth of field’ that carried from 20 inches to several hundred feet
• action could take place simultaneously in the foreground and background
• ‘deep focus’ – technique gave viewers much more freedom in deciding which part of the screen they wanted to watch

Film/Motion Pictures
Composition in Film – Click on left video link – What Makes a Masterpiece?
• Orson Welles used camera technique




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