Film Worksheet Art Education 1600 Art and Music since 1945

Film Worksheet Art Education 1600 Art and Music since 1945

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For this assignment, you are to see a film this semester and fill out your worksheet. In a nutshell, your job is to use the skills you learned for the Art Worksheet, but now you will have to consider combinations of sound and moving images, which will complicate the task in different ways.

Step 1 Select a Film

Selecting a film to watch may seem as simple as picking a movie with favorite actors or a genre you like (science fiction, super heroes, detective mysteries, romance). Selecting a movie, however, with enough interesting content to write about is another matter. In addition to having a plot, as most movies do, there have to be other complexities involved. Because you cannot always know this when you buy your ticket, you should read reviews beforehand. Two kinds of reviews can be helpful. First, professional critics, who have seen many movies, write from a well-informed point of view, but theirs is just one point of view. Many critics address mainstream audiences or small niche audiences with a particular interest. Other critics may specialize in one film genre or the other. Whatever the case, they can tell you a lot about the plot and depth of a film, but there is more to consider.

Beyond the perspective of Professional critic, there are other voices from moviegoers, like yourselves, who have seen films you are interested in and they often post their responses on blogs and theater websites. These reviews are not from professionals, but can be just as valid, so long as they tell why they feel the way they do about one movie or another. Both kinds of critics can be helpful as you narrow your choice of a film to write about. In the end, you still have to pick a film on the list you feel like writing about. Think of this task as a challenge to yourself.

** You must see the film in a theater for the total film viewing experience.

** Read the film worksheet ahead of time so you know what to look for.

** Some students print the worksheet, take scratch notes by hand, and type their responses on the worksheet later.

10 pts: State the title of the film you chose and insert a photograph of the ticket:

<Insert image here>

Citations and References

If you decide you use ideas from the film reviews you read, whether from a professional critic or anyone else, write the name of the source here, so it will be easy to put in your reference list (bibliography).


1. The film you select must be one that you view personally. You must see a film that is in theaters this semester and you must see it in a theater. Even if you choose an older film made in 1945 or later, we want you to see the film in a theater. At a theater, you see and feel the effects of the sound and moving images that are crucial to every film. When shown on television or even played from a DVD on a cutting edge five-channel system, the experience is not the same as going to a theatre.

2. In order to connect cultural and social ideas we discuss in class, you should choose a film that has enough substance to write about. It will help you to look at reviews as you choose your film. To help you choose a film for this assignment, you will find some guidelines below.

3. Before you attend the film, look over the Film Worksheet so you know what to look for while in the theater. You probably won’t take notes during the film, but you can make your notes afterward, if you find a place where you can concentrate, you will be surprised at how much you will recall about the film and your experience viewing it.

Late Paper Policy:

You will loose points for assignments turned in late.

1 day late: -20%

2 days late: -40%

3 days late: -60%

4 days late: -80%

Step 2 Organize your data

Here are several questions that will help you organize information about your film viewing experience for your Worksheet. Write detailed notes for each answer so you have something to weave into logical paragraphs.

Step2.1: The audience and the space, and you

Social interaction is important in the making of an art form, and it is also important for the audience. All of these factors influence overall enjoyment of a film. Analyze and describe the environmental conditions and how your circumstances affected your perception of the film.

25 pts: Type your response below in 200 words:

Step 2.2 The film and you

An important part of film critique is how the director holds the audience’s attention

Pulp Fiction, the director manipulates the pace of the film, switching between 1) scenes where two characters have a long conversation and the camera is still and 2) lots of action fast camera work. When the film slows down you become aware of how long even one minute your time in the theatre can seem, but when the pace picks up, time is compressed and you don’t notice the minutes passing. Changes like this are how the director keeps your attention.

Another example: Some television shows set the scene with colored lighting and music that ‘rocks,’ which is very unlikely in, say, a forensic lab. Yet these theatrics hold our attention and we like believing these things are possible.

All this content that plays with your attention span (and your imagination) helps you forget where you are. Every piece of equipment from the huge screen, to the sound system supports the director’s attempts to take you into their world. This is, in fact, one of the reasons we require you to attend a theatre.

So, how do you think the director pulled you into the world of the film? Were there surprises that kept your attention? Were effects overstated? Were they tiresome or ridiculous?

25 pts: Type your response below in 200 words:

Step 2.3 Analyse the film technically

To help you pick out aspects of the film that you can analyze, read this table and include the vocabulary and examples in your responses.


Literary Aspects

* Narrative (the story, story line, what the story line is based on; binary oppositions; disruption of an equilibrium and how a new equilibrium sets in).

* Characters (heroes, villains, helpers, main characters, supporting characters, and how characters function and contribute to our understanding of the story).

* Setting (physical environment in which filming occurs, indoor or outdoor setting, its significance).

* Theme (general statement about the subject).

* Signs (anything perceptible that has significance beyond its usual function or meaning; an object, a sound, a person, an act, a color).

* Genre (romance, comedy, suspense, a combination of different genres).

Dramatic Aspects

* Acting (the performance of actors, whether it is convincing or not).

* Costumes (formal clothes, informal clothes, their color, and their contribution to the film).

* Make-up (style, color, whether it is exaggerated or plain, the effect it

creates, colors).

Cinematic Aspects

* Camera angles, movements, and positions (low camera angle, high camera angle, close-up, extreme close-up, tilted camera, and how these affect our


* Sound and vision (sound effects, soundtrack music, visual effects).

* Lighting (illumination in a scene).

From the list above pick at least two aspects from each category (Literary, Dramatic, and Cinematic) and tell in the three responses, below, how they were used in the film:

1. Literary Aspects – Type your response here in 100 words (5 pts)

2. Dramatic Aspects – Type your response here in 100 words (5 pts)

3. Cinematic Aspects – Type your response here in 100 words (5 pts)

Step 3. Analyse the film

Interpret the film and tell the significance of the film and its audience.

25 pts: Enter responses after each question, below, each in 100 words. Include examples from step 2.3.

1. Who is telling the story? Why is it being told? Does it appear to have a purpose?

(media agencies, authorial voice, influences from marketing, economics, ideology)

2. How is it experienced? Who is likely to view this film, why?

(Readers and media audiences- private and public experience, narrative structures)

3. How is it made?

(What film technologies are used? is the film a one-time story or part of a sequence of films? Does it have an audience following (i.e., Trekies that follow Star Trek)?

4. How does it convey meaning?

(Film language is broader than the convention of written literature. Look for codes and conventions, content “between the lines.” Are there symbols we see throughout, but are never put into words? Body language? Other visuals or sounds other than words)

5. How does it represent its subject- especially with reference to a time period?

(Do you recognize stereotypes, familiar or strange representations of the past? Does it ridicule or glorify a stereotype? Are characters exaggerated? Diminished?)


Step 1. 10 POINTS:

States the title of the film and inserted a photograph of the ticket.

Step 2.1. 25 POINTS:

tells how the audience influenced viewing the film.

Tells how conditions in the theater influenced viewing the film.

Meets Word count requirement, give or take 5 words

Step 2.2. 25 POINTS:

Tells how the film kept them engaged, or not.

Includes dramatic (acting, script, etc.) and technical aspects (camera work, music, and other elements of film production).

Meets Word count requirement, give or take 5 words

Step 2.3. 15 POINTS:

Discusses at least 2 aspects from each category (Literary, Dramatic, Cinematic)

Meets word count requirements, give or take 5 words.

Step 3. 25 POINTS:

Meets Word count requirement, give or take 5 words

Uses evidence from Previous steps (2.1, 2.2, 2.3)

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