Terminology To Impress

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Wherever possible, you want to use specific terminology. It's more concise, you pack more meaning into a smaller space, and it makes you sound like a professional. Definitions here are taken from The Free Dictionary.
  • Iconography - a set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylised work of art.
  • Symbol - something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention (especially if what is represented is invisible, like love).
  • Symbolism - representing things with symbols (usually abstract such as the rose representing the desire for eternal life).
  • Juxtaposition - the act of placing scenes / shots side by side for comparison or contrast.
  • Montage - successive shots in a film juxtaposed together as a cinematic technique (creates now meaning not present in any individual shot).
  • Mise en scene - all the elements that are placed in front of the camera.
  • Sequence - a significant segment of a film that deals completely with one aspect of the narrative.
  • Analogy - there is similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar. There is an inference that if the two things are known to be alike in some respects, then they must be alike in other respects.
  • Chiaroscuro - the technique of arranging light and shade, or light and dark elements, in visual images.