Film Analysis Project

For this project you’ll be assigned a group and a film (see below).

Your task is to very thoughtfully choose a scene/sequence from your film that not only lends itself to a thorough formal analysis, but that relates in undeniably meaningful ways to the major themes of the film as a whole.

The scene you pick should not be longer than 3 or 4 minutes. You’ll then have 8 to 10 minutes to explicate the scene to your audience.

Here’s how to begin:

1. Review the Yale Film Analysis Guide. This is important. (415 students will use the Film Studies book.)

2. Screen the film with your group. This is a requirement, not a suggestion. If all the members of your group are not present then you have not fulfilled the assignment. Take notes. Everyone should already have an idea, from completing step 1, of which scene they think best meets this assignment’s requirements. Talk it out. Work toward some consensus. The conversation you have is one of the most important parts of the assignment. This kind of intellectual give and take is supposed to be pleasurable and invigorating; it’s one of the best parts of being a college student.

3. Decide on your group’s scene. In person, via email, whatever: the decision isn’t made until everyone expresses an opinion. ilearn forum?

4. Meet once more with your group to rehearse your presentation. This is very important. Make sure you can meet the time constraint. Be sure to have the time signature of your scene.

5. I will provide the media tech and a dvd version of your film.