Posts tagged ‘fundamental unit’

May 9, 2014


by Suzy Walker-Toye

Framing is the art of choosing what to put on the screen.

(source: p14/15 of course notes)

film structure breakdown

May 9, 2014


by Suzy Walker-Toye

The frame is the fundamental unit of production in a film. Every image within the film is contained within a frame. Every time a shot changes or the camera moves there is a new frame.
In thinking about the function of a frame it is useful to consider its place in the overall structure of the film. In this section you’ll be looking at the elements that build to make a successful frame. It is important to remember that the success of a frame is defined by its function in the completed film.

The frame serves a functional purpose – it defines what we see. As any idea is developed for the screen the primary question has to be ‘what will be shown?’ Having decided what will be shown the film-maker can then consider how to show it.

Each frame will have its own internal logic; it will reveal something new or affect the audience in a new way. It is only by a series of changes and progressions within and between frames that the film can develop.

(source: p14-15 of course notes)

The type of frame within a film that we have defined above is very small, perhaps only lasting a couple of seconds on screen. Scores of frames may make up a single scene.

(source: p16 of course notes)