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The eMAEX-System – B: ANALYSIS

In deploying the manuals, the different stages of our process of analysis consist of identifying, evaluating and describing the pathos scenes.

Stage one is the identification of pathos scenes. At first, scenes are determined as temporal segments within the film. These segments are then classified as instances of pathos scenes. This classification is guided by the manual with regard to plot constellations and forms of cinematic expression

 Identification of pathos scenes

1 determine scenes as temporal segments
2 classify these segments as instances of pathos scenes

Stage 2: Evaluation of pathos scenes as poetics of affect

After three scholars individually identified and classified the pathos scenes of a film on stage two, we evaluate the accordance of their findings. For this the scholars record time-code based scene logs. These logs are checked for consistency of temporal segmentation and categorical differentiation. Following a strict procedure ,the individual logs are merged into a master log comprised of the conformed data from the individual logs.

 Evaluation of pathos scenes
as poetics of affect

1 Recording the logs
2 Checking the consistency
3 Merging the logs into a master-log

The master log is then transcribed into a diagram. It represents a single film’s macro level of the poetics of affect. From left to right the diagram visualizes the temporal distribution of the pathos scenes over the course of the film. The colored boxes represent the categorical classification of scenes. By comparing the diagrams we can recognize the re-occurring patterns. The degree of variances of the patterns indicates the historical variations in the war film genre.

Stage 3: Analysis of pathos scenes

Thirdly, we describe the scenic composition and the expressive movement units. As defined in a second manual, we focus on the dynamic patterns and expressive movement. Central objective of the manual is to guarantee a systematic and intersubjective form of description provided by a predetermined order of analytic steps.

The first step is to identify the distinctive dynamic pattern of a pathos scene; the next step is to describe this dynamic pattern as a composition of expressive movement; the third step is to divide the scene into expressive movement units; the following step is to describe the expressive movement units on different compositional levels of the audiovisual image, after that according to our assumptions we go on to qualify the affective values of the scene, activated by the expressive movement; and finally we are currently working on visual transcription of the affective potential of compositional microstructures.

– identify the dynamic pattern of a pathos scene
– describe these  patterns as a composition of expressive               movement
– divide a scene into expressive movement units (EMU)
– describe these units on different compositional levels
– qualify the affective values of the scene
– transcribe the results into a diagram

Analysis of
pathos scenes
as composition of expressive movement

This is a prototype of our diagram. From left to right it visualizes the temporal unfolding of the scene; In the x-axis the expressive movement units are given, this particular scene is divided into three expressive movement units. The colors here match the realms of affect. The curve indicates their degree of intensity.

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