1.question: Is modern American style filmmaking manipulating our emotions through pleasurable dramas, fabricated heroes and compassion towards victims?

2. Stereotypes, Hollywood, European films , emotions, poetic documentary

3. Relationship between subject matter and cinematic/animated form.

4. Approach to investigate .

– inspiration: how real is the reality in Documentary film.? By Jill godmillow
– investigate about American film making and European filmmaking styles .
-read about emotions in general.
-read the main views and opinions of experts in terms of emotions ) either positive or negative (show books).

4.1)”Moving viewers”, American film and the spectator’s experience.

He describes the sensual nature of the movies and shows how film emotions are often elicited for rhetorical purposes. He uses cognitive science and philosophical aesthetics to demonstrate why cinema may deliver a similar emotional charge for diverse audiences.

4.2) Passionate views: film, cognition, and emotion. Carl Plantinga, Greg Smith

In Passionate Views, thirteen internationally recognized scholars of film studies, philosophy, and psychology explore the emotional appeal of the cinema. Employing a novel cognitive perspective, the volume investigates the relationship between genre and emotion; explores how film narrative, music, and cinematic techniques such as the close-up are used to elicit emotion; and examines the spectator’s identification with and response to film characters.

-watch films suggested by authors , also Bunnuel’s .
– build a parallel between the two styles in terms of audience response and emotions
– mention relationship to my film, does it follow any of these styles. No victim, compassion….etc.


6)Our own filmmaking process



Proposed Questions


  • To explore how media used films to represent social issues and influence audiences’ perceptive.
  • To investigate how media has been negatively stereotyping the issue of homosexuality and influence their audience to believe them.
  • How animators use animation to manipulate children’s perceptive on sexual relationship.
  • To explain how filmmakers may have mis-represent the social issues inside their films.
  • Can the process and form of the animation change the representation of social issues
  • To explore how films make audience confront to this stereotype compare to the ones they may see or hear before.


Key term

Mis-representation, social issues, perspective, stereotype, media, animation/film, manipulate, culture


Approach to investigate

Research and read some books, journals and article reviews.


Cinema and language:

“Cinematic language is different rather than “district”- from what language system, a langue would be but take place” by Stephen Heath


Martin Harrison, 1985, TV News: Whose Bias, Part1, Ch. 4 Policy Journals, Hermitage, UK

This book is about a research on TV news coverage in Bad news. Although reporters always run and always hope to be the first to get certain news in the society but when they got the news, would the story still be the same when they report it? The news might become bias on one side or reporters may exaggerate the story so they can gain more audience to read or watch their news. This book has shown that what newspaper said may not reliable which proved in my research and group project that media may changed or bias on people on benefits system and homosexuality.


Tim Groseclose and Jeffrey Milyo, A Measure of Media Bias, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 120, No. 4, pp. 1191-1273, Oxford University Press

From this journal, they have done a research on which newspapers have been bias on politics. And the result has shown that most newspaper have been exaggerate and changed their choice of words. Since these newspapers have loads of reader, they have affected the readers’ thoughts and decisions. Again this proved that the media might have changed readers’ point of view without notice. They are controlling readers’ thought!

Case study:

Film-Lilting- Break through the language problem, use facial expression and action to affect audience emotions

Animation-Different culture- Japan and Europe


Reflection on my film process:


-In the project, I have animated some of the visual scenes.

-Everything have been planned well and we all trying to meet our deadline that we set for ourselves.

-Getting and controlling the balance is the challenge in this project. Things that we animated cannot be too literal but not too crazy at the same time as well.




Martin Harrison, 1985, TV News: Whose Bias, Part1, Ch. 4 Policy Journals, Hermitage, UK

Tim Groseclose and Jeffrey Milyo, A Measure of Media Bias, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 120, No. 4, pp. 1191-1273, Oxford University Press

Paula Rabinowitz, 1994, They must be represented, Verso

Stephen Heath, 1983, Cinema and Language, language sight and sound, CH 1, The American film institute