Throughout this course I’ve read many books and below you can see some of the selection. Click on each title for my thoughts of each book.
This book was very informative, I especially was interested in the techniques employed by Alfred Hitchcock such as the dolly zoom. Whenever something was mentioned in the course, a certain effect or technical feature I would research it more in this book. It’s a book to dip into, split into 31 chapters each one focusing on either different genres of film, eras or techniques.
I found this book invaluable for planning projects. I used it extensively for Assignment Four as that required a great deal of research. I especially enjoyed the section of the importance of a title, the inclusion or exclusion of one is an essential part to expressing the story you wish your photo or film to convey. Such as the photographic series of abandoned and boarded up terrace houses, the series was named Nummianus. Without background knowledge the name seems obscure however we learn it is taken from a Latin inscription discovered in a house destroyed by Pompeii. With this it takes on new meaning, we compare the people who lost their homes in the past to the present housing market decline.
I love the presentation of this book, it’s so concise, you can read it all or again dip into it. Mark Cousins is a fantastic narrator who really has a passion for film and this can be seen in his writing. Analysing the history of film and generally not placing emphasis on certain films, he presents them all to you on a level playing field.
I really love this book. The first page basically shows how every film follows specific plot devices. He bundles all sorts of genres together to show how something from horror to disney, to romance to comedy all follow similar plot devices. Who knew that Watership Down and Lord of the Rings had the same plot structure in common. It explores why people love movies.
Though I at first posted a negative review of this book the information gleaned from it have helped me in the course, I found myself thinking of theories. Whilst I felt the actual writing monotonous there were some very good points. You can read my review under research and reflection
This book packs a lot of information in its 800 or so pages. World Cinema provides an in depth look of cinematography, Exploring the different types of movies from the first early cinema through to silent movies right the way through to modern cinemas. Though it is a possibility to read the whole book it works well to dip into and extract information that has relevance to the course. To research further and also to look at aspects that aren’t relevant to the course.
Whilst clearly not degree reading I felt it important to show all the books I read for the course. This was something to relax with, presented in a fun and easy to read. It provided fun facts and recommended different movies to investigate.
Whilst not as in depth as the others this was great to read when you wanted something light to study. The documentary section was especially interesting and essential to Assignment Three. It highlighted the various types, explored different eras and also provided a timeline on a few pages with a list of recommended films to watch. The section at the back on the top 100 directors was also intersting. I liked the layout, it made for an interesting and informative read.
A very thorough book to work with alongside the course. Slightly different to the other books as they show what role everyone has on a film set. I enjoyed the part on symbolism through props in the movies. Such as the symbolism of the stuffed birds in Psycho. Thus the movie is openly revealing the answer of the movie. I enjoyed the bit at the end advising a student how to analyse and watch film critically. I know I’ll never be able to watch a film normally again.