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Film Analysis

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Janelle Peister

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Film Analysis

How to determine what is important! Film Analysis 1. Technical code
2. Verbal code
3. Symbolic code
4. Structure
5. Character
6. Narrative conflict How do the technical aspects of a film impact the story line and narrative content?
- What does camera angle indicate?
What does the audience see? How do they see it?
How does the camera angle provide context?
- What does lighting indicate?
What does the lighting focus on? Are there
shadows used? Why?
- What colors are used in the film?
Does the color in the film serve a symbolic
purpose? Technical Code As discussed in previous classes, symbols provide hidden meaning or uses an object or idea to represent something other than its intended meaning. For example, a red octagon does not indicate "stop," but this is the universally understood meaning.

In this film, consider symbolic meaning. Remember, symbolism is using any object (lighting, action, choice) to represent an aspect of the character. Symbolic Code What is the basic structure of our film? Can you summarize the plot in six words or less? More importantly, what is the purpose of the film? What message, or theme, is the director trying to convey?

It is important to understand the structure of the story because this will help you develop ideas about other aspects of the film. The structure of the story provides justification for any themes, symbols, or ideas you find in the film. Structure Choose one of the main characters from the film "Mystic River" and decide whether the character is a dynamic character or not.

Depending on which you choose, you will need to find sufficient supporting detail to convince me that you have chosen the correct answer.

You are strongly encouraged to take notes
during the movie! Your Assignment Remember: there are six ways to assess a film Verbal Code What does the character say, and how do they say it? How does this impact the character?

To effectively communicate how verbal code defines a character, it is important to keep a list of quotes the character has said. This way, you have specific supporting detail to enhance your argument. Character A character is, arguably, the most important part of any story. Without character, the plot does not move forward and no conflict is created. Therefore, it is important to analyze a character in a story, to completely understand the story.

That said, a character does not act alone. The important role of a character is to merge, or sync, each assessment aspect, to create a well-rounded, in-depth story. How does a character interact with each assessment aspect? Narrative Conflict Without conflict, the plot has no purpose, or no direction. How does the director create conflict and what is the purpose of that conflict?

Remember, all narratives move forward with conflict.
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