how to analyse film
Below is a list of elements and questions to help you when analyzing films.
Conflict or tension is usually the heart of the film and is related to the main characters.
The window of time immediately following the viewing is critical. Since I don’t take a lot of notes during the movie, one of the most important aspects of writing a critique is to stay focused and write down all of the things that stood out to me about the film. And since collecting my thoughts after seeing a movie can be chaotic, I need to be sure that I jot down everything that struck my radar as soon as it’s over. It’s better to get it all down on paper, and then evaluate what’s necessary to convey to the reader later. Being precise in your commentary and incorporating specific examples from the movie to back up your opinions is key.
In general, I think of pausing, rewinding, and taking notes as interruptions that will bring you out of the film—literally and emotionally—and that can play a role in how you view a film from a critical standpoint.
On the one hand, film often reflects how people think about, for instance, political, social or even economic issues. On the other hand, film also moulds the way the audience thinks about those issues. It’s a dynamic process.
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The last thing your introduction should include is your thesis statement and basically, explain what will be your focus.
However, make sure you analyse only the elements that are related to your thesis statement, that can support it or help you make your point. Otherwise, you risk drifting away from the main argument.
Now that we have a thorough understanding of specific techniques and their effect, what does this technique contribute to the overall meaning of the scene?