How to analyze a film

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How to analyze a film

By | September 2009
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how to analyse a movie
by agbo sandrose
`Things You'll Need:`
Movie or scene (DVD or VHS)
Basic knowledge of film
Ability to stop, rewind, and play scene several times Step 1
`When choosing a scene to analyze, it's best to choose something from a film you know well. It's extremely important that you've seen the entire movie before and know it well. In order analyze the directorial choices, you need to know the story very well. Also, make sure the scene is no more than a couple minutes long. A great deal can happen in that amount of time, and it is better to spend time looking at a small chunk closely.` Step 2 `Make a list of the things you want to look for. Shots and cuts first of all. Pay attention to what kind of shot the director is using for each frame. Why is it a long shot? For what reason? Why from that angle? What else is in the frame that might be important to the story besides the actor? These are some of the basic things you should look for when you start.` Step 3 Pay close attention to the style. View the frame of the scene like a painting. Does it seem darker than normal? Where is the light coming from? Does there seem to be a dominant color in frame, does everythinglook brownish or grayish? Why would the director and cinematographer choose to do the scene like this? What does it mean for the story? Step 4 `How does the scene move? Are there a lot of cuts? Does the camera pan or zoom in and out? Why would the camera be doing that at that moment in the story.` Step 5 `Sound? What else can you hear in the scene besides the actor's voice. Why are those sounds necessary. Are they necessary? If we are supposed to be on a street, do we need to hear street noises? Or can we do without them. Are the sounds taking away or adding anything to the scene?` Step 6 Finally, do you agree with these choices? Just because it might be a great movie, doesn't mean every single...