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Film shot-by-shot analysis and interpretation

Film shot-by-shot analysis and interpretation
Film shot-by-shot analysis and interpretation
View the entire film The World (Jia Zhangke, 2004) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AERTp5iE0DY) : this is crucial as it gives you the context necessary to understand the meaning of the sequence and to answer the “why” questions. Go back to the sequence that I have assigned for you to analyze: *27:15 to 30:00* minutes (make sure you access the film from reserves so the timestamp I gave you here is right). You have to analyze that sequence, and not one of your choice. Watch the scene several times, take notes, brainstorm ideas, and watch again. To “see” the sequence you’ll need to watch it many times.
Do a shot-by-shot analysis of that segment. You will need to examine each shot separately, and how one transitions from one to the other. Your analysis should include the following:
• A brief description of the shot (the elements of mise-en-scene). What do these elements of mise-en-scene suggest about characters?
• Framing and camera position/angle (close-up, medium shot, long shot, low angle, high angle, eye level, etc.). Make sure to explain what is being framed, i.e., a extreme close-up of the main character’s eye. For this, you are talking about composition. Does the shot shift the character off to one side? What meaning do the framing choices create?
• Depth of field
• The duration of the shots, and the pacing of the shots. Are the shots very short or very long? Why? Does the shot pace change anywhere? Why?
• Camera movement (tilt, zoom, pan, tracking/dollying, none).
• Sound (diegetic, nondiegetic, onscreen, offscreen, j-cut, sound perspective).
• Transitions (crosscut, intercutting, j-cut, match cut, dissolve, wipe, etc.).
• A discussion of why the director made the decision to shoot the shot as he did.
• A discussion of why the director made the decision to use the sound as he did.
• A discussion of why the director made the decision to pace the shots as he did.
Find a way to effectively organize your shot-by-shot analysis, either in paragraph or chart form, or a combination of those. The main challenge here is to organize the film analysis in a way that makes it an effective, and readable, text. You can use stills in your analysis, but make sure you use enough space to analyze in detail. You must use the film vocabulary that we introduced in lecture and section. Make sure you also go into why you think the director might have made those choices, and what effects those cinematic effects might have on the viewer. You will not be using other texts from the reading list for this assignment (you will be doing that for the same scene for Assignmentyou’re your ability to do well in Assignment 4 depends on the effort you put into Assignment 3!
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Formatting guidelines:
• file format: Word (doc.) only.
• document (file) name: see instructions in Prof.’s prompt document for Assignment 1.
• font: 12pt Times New Roman only.
• page limit: at least 2 pages, single spaced, however if you are using charts with lots of empty space or stills it might take longer.
• no cover page

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