Media Unit. The Big Picture. In this unit we will: Watch the film Inception directed by Christopher Nolan. Analyse 5 key scenes in detail. Looking at mise-en scene, music and characterisation.
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In this unit we will:
A professional thief who specializes in conning secrets from his victims by infiltrating their dreams. Cobb leads a team with the goal of influencing Robert Fischer's actions via his dreams.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur:
Cobb's partner who takes "point" during jobs and is responsible for researching the team's targets.
A graduate student of architecture who is recruited to construct the various dreamscapes, which are described as mazes.
Marion Cotillard as Mallorie "Mal" Cobb:
Dom Cobb's projection of his deceased wife and a frequent presence in his dreams. As the film's main antagonist, she is a manifestation of his guilt about the real Mal's suicide. Dom is unable to control these projections of her, challenging his abilities as an extractor.
A sharp-tongued associate of Cobb's. Eames uses his ability to take the form of others inside the dream world in order to manipulate Robert Fischer in his own dreams.
Ken Watanabe as Mr. Saito:
A businessman who employs Cobb for the team's mission, and insists on joining them inside.
A chemist who formulates the drugs needed to sustain the dream states.
Cillian Murphy as Robert Michael Fischer:
The heir to a business empire and the team's target.
Nolan decided to “make sure the emotional journey of his character was the emotional driving force of the movie.”
Answer the following questions individually:
As you are watching the scene I want you to take notes on the following:
Each time we watch the scene you should focus on a different aspect (e.g. music) of the scene.Be prepared to feedback after we watch the scene
Now we have watched the scene and you have a deeper understanding of the scene, lets look at the questions we answered at the start of the lesson:
Now that you have a deeper understanding of the text, you are going to use the think, pair, share technique to answer your questions.
Think: 3 minutes
Pair: 5 minutes
Share: Be Prepared!
You are waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away, you know where you hope this train will take you, you don’t know for sure, but it doesn’t matter because you will be together.
Discuss in your group in what way does Mal’s Final Speech further reveal the genre of this scene?
Be prepared to share your answers.
We are now going to watch zero gravity scenes from other famous films:
As you watch these clips write down the differences between this and the inception scene. Which scene is the most effective and why?
In groups you are going to answer questions on the zero gravity scene.
Remember our paragraph structure:
You now have to write a PCEDA paragraph including each of the elements you answered questions on:
You are now going to peer assess one member of your groups PCEDA paragraph.
Remember to give positive feedback (Stars) and targets to work on for redrafting (Wishes).
We will use this feedback for redrafting our paragraphs.
Inception Key Scenes
In Your Groups you need to explain the genre your scene portrays, have notes on each of the following:
You will now be organised into ‘teaching groups’ that include a member from each of the ‘learning groups’ (so that there is someone one who has knowledge/information from each area.
Each person in the teaching group should share their information so that everyone in the group has written notes for each key scene.
You will teach the rest of your group about the key scene you focussed on.
You will have 4 minutes each to teach the rest of your group about your key scene and the genre it portrays.
You need to explain each of your points clearly and be prepared to answer any questions.
These notes will help you write your CEL.
Critical Evaluation Question:
Discuss/explore genre in Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. (Focus on mise en scene, use of camera, characterisation and music)
Use the essay plan to help you with the structure of your essay.