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today we'll be discussing grammar the system and structure of language English grammar includes different elements this is really boring yeah isn't this supposed to be about film grammar yeah let's see if we can do something about this to communicate ideas excuse me let's start again just like written grammar film grammar is put together with different elements that help us to communicate and like written grammar where we string a bunch of words together in a sentence to express an idea in film grammar we string a bunch of shots together in a sequence to tell a story we use these elements to convey meaning and emotion because film is an emotional medium I bet we could use film grammar to make this lesson connect more emotionally let's do it okay we're gonna try something different first let's change the camera position and framing to convey the students point of view then let's stage the shots a little differently so the teacher interacts directly with the student and let's add motion so that the camera is responding to the teacher let's edit it and see how it cuts together so the grammar these are the words that we use to tell the story this is film grammar excuse whoa got your attention now eh oh wow how'd you make it so much better oh let me show you first we change the framing which part of the scene you see through the camera's lens and from what perspective and we change the staging the positions of the characters in the classroom and where the action occurs in this case staging increases the drama between the characters we also changed the camera motion how the camera moves in relation to the characters and the action then we edit we string the shots together we adjust the order timing we add music and sound effects once you understand the elements of film grammar you can use them to tell your own story let's show them how we do it at Pixar even a classroom scene can feel totally different depending on the choices we make for instance the framing of this scene from inside out starts in a high angle which helps express how small and nervous Riley feels on her first day of school and here in wall-e the staging of this class shows a world where the screen is more important than the teacher in Finding Nemo we used camera motion to convey Nemo's point of view as he travels through his outdoor classroom and in the Incredibles the classroom is presented as a scene within a scene the editing here helps cast doubt on a teacher state of mind right cutting to the shots of Helen and the principal really sell their confusion about the teachers behavior ooh and there's this one from monsters University Rosie I think we're gonna have to cut with all the examples otherwise we'll never get to finish the film lesson are you okay yeah I just thought you'd look more authoritative in an upshot nice someone's been using their film Grammer you