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How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

How to Write Intelligently About Film in the Viewing Section


Remember

Remember

The viewing section is examining your understanding of visual conventions, not narrative


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

  • Choose a film you like

  • Watch it a couple of times, including bonus features and director’s commentary if possible

  • Develop a reading of the film


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

  • Choose a short sequence for close analysis

  • Make notes on cinematography using a retrieval chart

  • Convert analysis notes into study notes based on ideas


Murderball 2005

Murderball, 2005

Directed by Henry Rubin and Dana Shapiro


My reading

My Reading

Challenges the common stereotype of paraquad men as incapable, dependent, weak and deserving of pity.

Constructs them as independent , athletic, powerful and deserving of respect. In many ways no different from non-disabled people.


Study notes construction

Study Notes: Construction

Independence conveyed through:

  • Settings –external, public – Hogsett in park, Lugano at hotel, Zupan in gym

  • Actions: Zupan getting changed, Lugano driving car

  • Dialogue: Hogsett talking about clubs, Cohn about shopping centres/not needing help


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

Athleticism conveyed through:

  • Setting: Zupan at gym

  • Clothing and appearance: Zupan barechested; Hogsett in athletic gear

  • Camera movement: tracking shot of Zupan in chair

  • Close-ups of wheels spinning – sense of rapid movement


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

Power conveyed through:

  • Sound track: sound of machinery when putting chair together; garage door opening; music accompanying Zupan in chair

  • Close-ups of steel parts of chair

  • Garage door – gladiator effect


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

Normality conveyed through

  • Settings as above

  • Dialogue as above

  • Camera puts us and them on same level.


The pianist 2002

The Pianist, 2002

Directed by Roman Polanski


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

  • Set 1939 -45

  • WladislawSzpilman, Jewish pianist

  • Germans invade Poland

  • Warsaw ghetto

  • Escapes being transported to concentration camp

  • Goes into hiding


My thesis

My Thesis

  • War has the potential to destroy our humanity

  • But a consuming passion such as music can help us survive

  • Music has the power to unite us as human beings – to allow us to see beyond our differences.


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

Climax

Germans retreating, destroying Warsaw in the process


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

Lack of life

Destructive effects of war

Lack of life

Effect of war on humans: reduces us to insignificance

Destroys humanity; reduces us to animals

  • Lack of colour; just grey

  • Framing: devastation stretches as far as our eyes can see

  • Lack of sound

  • Camera zooms back and up: Szpilman reduced to insignificance

  • Almost animal-like in movements


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

Site of his passion for music

Regaining his humanity

Shares passion for music; human, not a monster

Lighting: illuminates his head and hands

Lighting begins to illuminate his face

Light on German’s face


How to write intelligently about film in the viewing section

Topic:

Discuss the relationship between visual elements and ideas in at least one of the images provided and at least one visual text you have studied.


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