FLM 278 BA: Introduction to Film Studies Roman holiday (Movie Review Sample)
FLM 278 BA – Introduction to Film Studies
Assignment 1 – Mise-en-Scene Analysis (20% of Final Grade)
Due Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
Film Directors are able to create a unique vision and style in their films by employing a number of cinematic techniques. These techniques combine to create, what has become known as a film’s, mise-en-scene, or “putting on the stage”. As we discussed in class, various camera, lighting, sound and editing elements are brought together to enable the director to build his or her film.
Choose any non-animated Hollywood film that you wish to examine. Your job is to analyze this film based on its narrative (story-telling) structure and its mise-en-scene (shooting style). In Section 1 of your paper, discuss the film’s narrative style. Who is the film’s protagonist, what are his or her goals, what prevents them from achieving these goals easily, and how does the filmmaker tell his or her story. Is it a linear or circular narrative, a narrative based on time or space or is it told in flashback or parallel timeline etc.
In Section 2 of your paper, discuss the filmmaker’s overall use of the various camera, editing, lighting and sound techniques in general. Does he or she use a lot of low and high angle camera shots? Is the lighting high key (realistic) or low key (atmospheric)? Does the director use a lot of unusual editing transitions when cutting between film shots, scenes or sequences? What is the overall impression or atmosphere that he/she is trying to create? Why do you think that he/she has chosen to shoot the film this way? Remember, nothing in film is random!!!
In Section 3 of your paper, choose one scene in particular and do a shot by shot analysis. For example: Shot 1: Extreme Close up with Dissolve to Shot 2 etc. Why do you think the filmmaker chose to shoot the scene the way he/she did? Don’t be afraid to be critical/analytical!Your paper should be between two and three pages (not including what you write in your scene breakdown in Part 3. Double-spaced, using 12-point font. It will be marked based on your understanding of the various elements that create a film’s narrative structure and mise-en-scene, the quality and thoroughness of your analysis, as well as, spelling, grammar and sentence structure. The paper is worth 20% of your final grade and is due on Friday, February 16, 2018. Copies of assignments are due in class unless otherwise pre-arranged.
Good Luck and Have Fun!!!
Crown Princess Ann visits Rome and is bored by the strict royal schedule and ceremonial visits, and she decided to slip out unnoticed that she began dozing on the streets where she met Joe Bradley an American journalist who covered the royal events. The two talked and he took her to an apartment without first realizing her position in the society. It is only when he learned that an event involving the princess had been canceled, did he realize who she was, but failed to disclose his work as a reporter. The princess faces challenges interacting with other people outside her circle and visiting Rome unaccompanied because of her royal duties and position
The film follows a linear narrative as the director highlights the princess
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