Aesthetics * Love of Beauty *
Musical Theatre, Opera -- Mikado
Film Directing Discussion Group
Music in Film & Theatre
Music & Language: two principles in Aristotle's Poetics (Texture).
In Addition to Dramatic/Narrative structure Film uses both Music and Art organizational principles. How different are they? They are the basis of the FILM LANGUAGE.You noticed already that we are using a lot of music terminology: composition, tempo, melody...
We have to discuss five topics:
Shots & Cuts
Montage, Counter-Point, Conflict
Grammar and Meaning of Silence and Darkness
Please see Art Index for hyper-links to Part Two: Film Language -- Art & Music
First, lets use traditional musical terms: melody, rhythm, tempo, etc. "Composition" fully applies to any music structure. We're even using the same word themes in drama, literature, art -- and music.
Film inherited all the riches of symphony. We have have main theme, each character has it own theme (remember opera?), there are our polyphonic principles in action...
Play, Show, Directing, Concept and Design --
Tennessie Williams Page from Costumer Manifesto (Tara Maginnis), Glass Managerie