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Empty or blank space in a frame
When a film completely represents something else in its story
The use of a well known cultural icon to suggest an idea
A style of film characterized by certain conventions
Blurring of all objects to focus on one desired range of distances
Genre about darkness, dread, paranoia, and mystery
The first edit of a movie, like a rough draft
When a movie is very obscure with unconventional ideas
A style of filmmaking that emphasizes distortion and lyricism (not avant-garde)
A shot that is taken from a distance
Light that comes from the rear and makes front elements look dark
Uninterfering documentary filmmaking that is very straightforward
A shot that is filmed for a long time
Person responsible for creating sets and prop elements
When a filmmaker allows too much light to enter the lens
The elements that are continuous between two shots in a sequence- the technique that creates this
When a shot is taken through the eyes of a character
Interruption from the present in a film to visit the past
A usually long shot from the outdoors that sets up a scene and shows the surroundings
The type of lighting that emphasizes dramatic colors and shifts
Term for the arrangement of objects in the shot and in the scene
When the audience agrees that something is not real and they don't try to over analyze it
Strong is story, star, and production value. Always has a nice lead rising to a climax, and has a shape that looks like a mountain.
An idea or characteristic that is continuously visited throughout a film
Supernatural visual elements added to a film created by computers and technology
An original type from which similar things are patterned; usually of a genre
An object which has significance beyond its literal meaning
Images recorded continuously form the time the camera starts to the time it stops
When a director emphasizes aesthetic forms over the subject matter- the opposite of realism
Box-office value of the production of a film
A style that attempts to duplicate reality as it is perceived by many people rather than create a reality
A comparison between two unlike things to mean something else
A reference to a cultural event or another film or piece of literature
Shots created in the daytime that have filters on them that make them look like it is night
Alternating shots between two different scenes put together through editing
A montage in which shots are linked together by symbolic association rather than a narrative
Commentary by a character that conveys thoughts or memories
Implications beneath the dialogue of a movie
Shots sketched in advance before filming in sequence to prepare for a shoot
When a director is very stylistic and emphasizes beauty
A rapidly edited sequence of images to show a series of events
The splicing of shots together to form a cohesive film
A time of someones life in which someone changes phases, usually from child to adult
Detailed camera shot of a thing, if it is a person usually their head
The distinguishment a viewer makes between artistic and external reality
The cameras position in the way it is facing, whether it be up down left or right
When a camera revolves around or across a scene
The theory that states the director is the major creator of film art and the project
A film characterized by restraint
A film of heroic proportions that are usually larger than life; it is a genre
A shot of a characters response to a previous shot
A shot taken by a moving, sometimes shaky camera
Variation of a specific shot, usually one of many
When the audience agrees with the director to accept certain fake things as real

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