What does it mean to read a movie? Does this mean that you can suspect what will later happen in the film or with the characters because you notice how the camera is positioned?
After reading Ebert’s guide (http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/how-to-read-a-movie) to reading movies and then watching two videos that further explain the terms and different views, I am still not quite sure on how these skills will benefit the general public. Granted I do not watch much tv or movies, but I think that even I can appreciate a movie without noticing what the camera and the positions of the characters are adding to the plot. When I watch a movie I am mostly trying to relax and maybe hang out with friends, I’m not worrying about what the underlying meaning of each position is, I think that would take away from the experience.
For the first video I watched, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3EnnBDgMww, I learned through watching the video. There was no dialogue but only clips from other movies to show the different camera angles and positions. I learned from watching what each angle really looks like and how they are used; the angles include various Longshot angles as well as panoramic angles and more.
From the second video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFkI9FzzkII, I learned about how each scene can be used to change an audience’s perspective of the characters, just by switching some props the whole story can change.
I’m still not sure if I agree that these methods can or even should be used, at least not all the time, but I think it could be interesting and even useful for the future with movies for classes.