Essay on The Art of Film Watching

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One of our favorite past times in America is going to the movies. The United States has the oldest film industry, and the largest in terms of revenue (All Art Schools, 2010). The film industry is big business. Every week new movies come out in the theater or on Digital Video Disc (DVD), and when you talk to anyone about their weekend they usually say, they went to see or watched a movie. As we watch the film we become our own critics, by analyzing and attempting to explain what we’ve seen. Watching a film can bring out an unlimited amount of emotions and an overwhelming sense of reality. And, analyzing a film allows you to reach valid conclusions, meaning and value by capturing the experience of the film in our minds, as it sharpens our …show more content…
Therefore, film analysis requires us to respond with a high degree of objectivity and critical detachment. To do this the viewer must become totally immersed in the experience of a film, and should become familiar with the basic techniques of film production (Boggs and Petrie, 2008).
To develop good analyzing skills the viewer should watch a film at least two times. Whether in the home or in the theater subsequent viewings allow the viewer to focus their full attention on the how’s and whys of the filmmaker’s art, and studying movies allows us to explore outside our initial immediate response (Boggs and Petrie, 2008). The film should be watched in an environment with great seating and the highest quality projection and audio equipment (Boggs and Petrie, 2008). The real analytical approach to the art of watching films is to see and understand the films meaning and value of the whole film. While analyzing a film the viewers approach should be joyous and intuitive (Boggs and Petrie, 2008). The viewer does not have to be overly critical in examining the characters (actors/actresses), costumes, makeup, producers and directors artistic work. It is important the viewer keeps an open-mind and does not expect too much from the film.
The general purpose of analyzing a film is to evaluate the overall quality of the film through the viewer’s point of view, and it also provides an opportunity to…