Elements of a film that can be used to analyze structural elements.
Conducting Film Analysis
Film analysis, as opposed to summarizing the plot, is concerned beyond what happens in the story and is concerned with how the story is told. The elements of film cited below can help you to begin to analyze these structural elements. The questions are provided to help you think about what you see, hear, and experience as you watch the film.
You are to watch the film and complete the following:
Generate notes from watching the film. The questions provided in the accordion will help you to critically think about the film, and compile a list of your observations. These notes do not need to be in complete sentences, as they are a record of the details you have noticed.
- When generating your list, try to describe the important details of what you see, hear, and experience.
- Draw your attention to 3-4 significant scenes in the film. Do not try to analyze the use of film techniques for the entire film.
- You are to hand in a typed copy of your notes to the assignment “Brainstorming: Conducting Film Analysis.”
Analyzing Film Techniques
Though whose “eyes” am I seeing?
Is it objective (not linked to a character) or subjective (limited by a character’s perspective)?
With whom am I asked to identify? With whom am I asked to not identify? How do we know?
Where would I imagine the camera to be in these shots?
Is it ever above or below the subject of the shot? Tilted?
Is the motion of the camera steady, or is it unstable?
Do we see a significant number of either close-ups or long-distance shots?