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Directing, 3rd Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 16

FORM AND STYLE

 

FORM

Form is the manner in which content is presented. For a short film to maintain a memorable and intriguing outlook on the human life it portrays, the makers must choose a form unique to the story's purpose and nature. Norman McClaren's Neighbors (1952) or Pas de Deux (1969) make stunning use of pixilation and optical printing respectively to enhance what they have to say about men and territory and about dance. Chris Marker's unforgettable La Jetée (1962) is a futuristic fable told entirely in still photographs with just a few seconds of movement in one shot. Robert Enrico's moving Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) will be mentioned later in this chapter.

Though formal variations seem unlimited, they are, in ...

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