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The Language of Film

The Language of Film

by Robert Edgar

Robert Edgar is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at York St John University, UK, where he teaches creative writing and film and television. Publications include Screenwriting (2009) and Directing Fiction (2010) and most recently the second edition of The Language of Film (Bloomsbury, 2015). Research projects include work on Hitchcock and Herrmann, contemporary television and Top Gear. Robert was a co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, John Marland

John Marland is Senior Lecturer in Film and Literature at York St John University where he has both taught and developed undergraduate courses in Scriptwriting. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Steven Rawle

Steven Rawle is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at York St. John University, UK, where he teaches film form and the politics of global cultural production at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fairchild Books, 2015
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474222525
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-2252-5 (online)

    978-1-4725-7525-8 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-4922-5 (epub)

    978-1-4725-7524-1 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    Second Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2018
The Language of Film
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An effective filmmaker needs to have a good understanding of how film language works, and more importantly, how to actively influence an audience's thoughts and feelings and guide their gaze around the screen.

Packed with examples from classic and contemporary cinema, The Language of Film reveals the essential building blocks of film and explains how the screen communicates meaning to its audience. You will learn about fundamental theories and concepts, including film semiotics, narrative structures, ideology, and genre, as well as how elements such as shot size, camera movement, editing technique, and color come together to create the cinematic image.

With insightful case studies and discussion questions, dozens of practical tips and exercises, and a new chapter on film sound, this new edition of The Language of Film is a must-have guide for aspiring filmmakers.