Film Form

Think about a time that a moment in a film has brought out a strong reaction in you -- fear, laughter, sadness, shock. How did it do that? Largely by the way in which it was put together to set up and play with expectations. In this session we will  begin to uncover the major elements out of which they are constructed. How do films tell their stories? How do they set up and either meet or defy expectations?

Assignment Due for this Session

Watch the following sequence from The Birds  (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1963). What emotional effect does it intend to have on its audience? How does it try to achieve this effect? Is it successful? Post your answer by clicking on Post Comment below.