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Studio Report

Posted: November 25, 2012 by Alan Hardcastle in FdA 12_14
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Monday we will be working through your report –  a crash course, if you will.

So today, have a read around based on some ideas in this post ready for tomorrow, where I will take you through a proposed structure and touch on some suggested themes.

In general, when writing a report or an essay (the main difference being a use of arguments), you need to open with an introduction that defines what you are talking about. One way, is to use a dictionary definition to get you started. So, open by answering the question – what is studio production?

You can then always fall back on a bit of history. This is an easy thing to research, and all you need to do is pull out the relevant bits. Equipment was big and bulky (fond a reference, add a quote, maybe an example) so production required a studio [ref needed] – maybe a quick visit to any book about the birth of American cinema will tell you about Edison controlling most of the filming in America in the early 20th Century, which happened in New York [ref needed]. This meant a lot of people were very unhappy at having to pay him to use the camera’s he had invented. So they looked at alternatives, and had to move production to California – eventually establishing Hollywoodland [ref needed].

This example of history also gives rise to the reference to Studio as a funding body – cinema as mass production and industry, following the phonographic industry model. So now we have a Financial model (ownership of means of production, funding) to go alongside our technological model (size of equipment, limitations of technology)

So, having established what you are going to talk about, and established a short historical context of why studios exist, now you need to talk about why anyone would choose to use a studio. Equipment has become more light weight, more portable – why lock yourself in a room and build a set when you can go to a location?

The Italian Neorealists (think of them as an early reportage movement) talked about the weight of a location [ref needed] – they also said a lot of things that are very useful to documentary – so a location has more of an air of realism than a set. OK, fine – so explain how ‘Rear Window’ (Hitchcock, 1954) still looks so real.

Film, video, TV, Cinema – all are mediated realities. Now we need to look at Post-modernism to help explain this, and maybe some of Baudrillard’s Hyper-reality [ref needed] to look at the nature of this. The job of a film maker is to fool the audience and provide them with an alternative reality which will captivate them – so, we need to add an aesthetic model – and possible a spiritual model – to examine why we choose to use a studio.

As you delve through this information, you will discover a lot of information to help you with your Location report next – try not to compare them too much in this report, as you will have to define Location to do it, using up you word count!

[References will be filled in, using books, in class – live!]