film analysis techniques
Characterization deals with how the characters are described.
In films imagery are the elements used to create pictures in our minds. They may include:
A high angle (animation on right) is a camera angle that looks down upon a subject. A character shot with a high angle will look vulnerable or small. These angles are often used to demonstrate to the audience a perspective of a particular character. The example above demonstrates to us the perspective or point of view of a vampire. As a viewer we can understand that the vampire feels powerful.
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Ten essential film techniques or cinematic techniques all students must know! This video covers:
0:04 – 1. Camera shots
0:34 – 2. Camera angle: high angle
0:53 – 3. Camera angle: low angle
1:09 – 4. Lighting
1:24 – 5. Mise en scene
1:53 – 6. Diegetic sound
2:14 – 7. Non-diegetic sound
2:37 – 8. Editing
3:24 – 9. Camera movement
3:41 – 10. Special effects
A shot that follows a subject as they move.
A cut that moves fractionally forward in time. These shots focus on the same subject but either use a different angle or have the subject in a different position to illustrate that time has moved forward in time. Jump cuts are usually used to show time passing forward.
Check the Yale calendar of events for On-Campus Film Screenings.
Yale University’s Film Study Center houses a large collection of films on a variety of formats.