- Rent and view one of the films from the list below. You should view the film at least twice. Take notes as you go and pause and replay scenes that you donâ€™t understand or that you find particularly interesting.
- Write a paper which answers the questions below.
- For minimum credit answer all the questions below. Be sure to number your answers.
- More complete answers will receive higher scores.
- Papers must be type written and double-spaced.
- What is the true subject or theme of the film, and what kind of statement, if any, does the film make about the subject? Which elements and which scenes contribute most to addressing the theme of the film?
- How do all of the separate elements of the film relate to and contribute to the theme, central purpose, or total effect?
- Narrative â€“ The manner in which the story is told. What is the plot structure? Is it chronological or non-linear? Are there flashbacks or other narrative devices and why are they used?
- Characters: Does the protagonistâ€™s character arc as the film progresses. What events contribute to this change? What elements does the director use to illustrate the character of the protagonist?
- Cinematography â€“ The qualities of the photography and lighting. Identify specific scenes and camera shots that you thought were particularly interesting. What feeling or mood was enhanced by camera framing and/or placement?
- Editing â€“ The pace and tempo, the use of transitions and the organization of the narrative. Identify any editing technique you thought was particularly interesting
- Art Direction and Design â€“ Locations, sets, effects, props, costumes and make-up.
- What scenes in the film show the directorâ€™s style and how do they show it? Give at least three examples.
- What were your personal reactions to the film? What are your personalreasons for liking or disliking the film?
Action Adventure, Mystery, Film Noir: Rear Window (1954), LA Confidential (1997) Pulp Fiction (1994), Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Comedy: Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Drama: Sunset Blvd. (1950), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Horror/SciFi: The Shinning (1980)