Now the entire collection of Lessons in Visual Language is available on two high-quality DVDs.
Lessons in Visual Language
This award-winning series, devised and narrated by Peter Thompson, deals with the fundamental language of all moving images. Thompson opens our eyes to the basics of vision that we all take for granted. Imaginative editing, visual illusions and special effects constantly lead the viewer to redefine the meaning of the presented image. Each program is crammed with dramatic examples and startling concepts guaranteed to stimulate creativity and provoke discussion. The series as a whole, relevant to anyone involved in visual communication, can provide the framework for an innovative course in visual language.
Silver Medallion; Television Society of Australia, Penguin Award For Best Closed Circuit Television Educational Program. Special Commendation; Educare Australian Film Awards.
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Movement & Moving The Camera
Thompson examines the way the human eye moves as it interacts with a visual scene and demonstrates how movements of the camera must accommodate but not duplicate the movement of the eye. Three types of movement are analyzed: movement within the frame, movement of the frame and movement of the camera itself.
Orientation of The Camera
Thompson shows how we orient ourselves in space by a combination of what we see and other physiological cues. Moving images lack these other cues so special efforts must be made to provide the viewer with a sense of balance and equilibrium. Learn how moving images can be used to deliberately disturb the physiological equilibrium of the viewer.
The positioning of a camera "puts frame around the world " and divides it into off-screen and on-screen space. See how the very choice of framing can define relationships, tell a story, create or release tension. Learn how we can convey information about off-screen space: the world in front of, behind and "all around the world" defined by the frame itself.
This program defines the basic shot types of the film and video vocabulary from wide shot to big closeup and discusses the most effective use of each. Learn how to build up an action sequence from a combination of framings and the psychological impact of common framing errors.
Lenses and Perspective
In a series of convincing demonstrations, Thompson shows that the position of the viewer or of a camera, is the governing factor in the perception of spatial relationships in the third dimension. He lays to rest the mistake idea that lens focal length affects the appearance of depth.
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This episode explores the ways in which editing can be used to reconstruct, rearrange or fragment physical space and sequences of events. This program uses a hallucinatory psychological drama involving an estranged couple, a child and a fiery auto wreck to show how editing is used to compress time, create imaginary spaces and pull the viewer through successive layers of dream and reality.
This program begins by exploring the wealth of natural and mechanical rhythms in the world around us. Thompson shows that rhythm in film or video can be achieved by editing, by movement within the frame independent of editing or by the use of sound. He shows how these strategies can be combined in imaginative ways.
This program explores the wide-ranging forms and functions of music for the screen. A series of compelling dramatized scenes highlight the evocative and emotive power of music, as composer Bruce Smeaton discusses the structure and purpose of the score he has created for each scene.
Image and Screen
Discover the sensory qualities of the filmed image, including luminosity, definition and grain. Thompson shows how it is possible to manipulate exposure, depth of field and other factors to enhance or undermine an illusion of reality.
The Third Dimension
Our eyes and brains use a variety of visual cues to construct three dimensional space. Thompson shows how we can use these cues to define special relationships or to fool the eye. This program includes a number of startling optical illusions.