1.11 What do we look for when studying a film?

What do we look for when studying a film?

Features of the story – plot, setting, characters, themes/ideas, symbolism, metaphor

Camera Shots – Establishing shot, long shot, full shot, mid shot, close up, extreme close up

Camera Angles – eye level, high angle, low angle, overshot, undershot

Camera Movement – panning, tracking, dolly shot, point of view shot, zoom

Camera focus – sharp/soft/deep focus

Editing – cut, fade, dissolve

Sound – music, dialogue, diagetic and non-diagetic sound, voice-over

Lighting – key light, high key lighting, low key lighting, full light, back light

Posted by Tracey Hames

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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