The most comprehensive and accessible text of its kind, Film: An Introduction combines the universal appeal of movies with the academic rigor instructors require. It includes a wider array of films, more help for students, and a broader selection of images than any other introductory book. Combining up-to-date examples and over 500 images with numerous classroom-tested learning tools and study aids, Film: An introduction helps beginning students develop the critical skills they need to analyze films and understand the medium in all its variety.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Expressiveness Of Film Techniques; Mise En Scene; Cinematography; Editing; Sound; Part Two: Sources And Components Of Fictional Films; Sources for Fictional Films; Aspects of Fictional Films; Part Three: The Variety Of Films; Types of Fictional Films; Alternatives to Live-Action Fictional Films; Part Four: Understanding Films; Understanding Films Through Contexts; Thinking About Films; Appendices; A Chronology: Film in Context (1895-2004); How to Read Film Credits; Illustrated Glossary
William H. Phillips teaches introductory film courses at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His publications include Analyzing Films (1985), Writing Short Scripts (2e ed, 1999), and Writing Short Stories: The Most Practical Guide (2002).