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Every element in a film fulfils a function or a role. There must be a justifiable reason why an element is chosen. For instance, why is a particular costume or sound effect adopted in a particular scene and for a particular character and not for another one. The viewer must therefore be able to rationalize the function of an element in a film.
Repetition of an element draws attention to it and makes it significant. Another name for repetition is motif. This creates parallelism, which in turn gives pleasure to the film viewer. Film form also makes use of universal similarities and specific repetitions.
Similarity and repetition could be very boring and lead to disinterest in the film. To avoid this, variation is brought in. so variation and difference in film form and analysis refer to the addition of variety. After all, variety they say, is the spice of life.
Every good film has an order. From the beginning, middle and then the end or concluding part. This is why producers segment films into shots, scenes, episodes and acts in order to appreciate their differences and similarities as its overall plot progression.
A film achieves unity when the relationships in the film are clear and in synergy. However, a disunited film develops illogically and elements are superfluous and sometimes have no known synergy unity and disunity should be used to with regards to films formal convention. For instance, it is wrong to judge absorb film as lacking in unity.
Understanding Film Style
The director’s control over what appears in the film is known as Misen-scene. Aspects of mis-en-scene include setting, costume, make-up, lightening, movement and acting. There is also mis-en-scene in space and time.
Like in mis-en-scene, the film-maker controls what is filmed and how it is filmed. This is known as cinematography. The cinematography aspects of film include:
(a) The photographic aspects of the shots
(b) The framing of the shots and the duration of the shots
A film contains thousands of shots framed out of sequence, hence there is a need to co-ordinate one shot with the next in sequential order. This is the essence of editing. It is during editing that these shots are arranged sequentially and necessary ones that may likely distort or disorganize the order removed. It is also during editing process that unwanted footage and superfluous frames are eliminated.
Sound in another film technique or style which engages a distinct sense mode, shapes how images are perceived and interpreted, directs attention to the image and gives a new value to silence. Sound, sound effects and music synchronization are carefully used with other elements to achieve a greater aesthetic value in the film.
Source:NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA
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