FIL2001 Midterm 1 Study Guide Films, Lectures
for Weeks 2-5, Textbook Chapters 2, 4, 3, 7
The Hunger Games
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
*For the midterm, you won’t be asked interpretive/analytical questions about these films but
rather questions based on your familiarity with their stories, characters, and events.
Lectures for Weeks 2-5:
You should be familiar with the major topics and terms from lectures weeks 2-5, including the
key points made about film clips that were screened and discussed substantively. In other words,
we won’t ask you to recall minor points made or every example we screened, just the most
significant ones. If we covered something that was also in the textbook, that’s a good sign that it
might be on the midterm.
Chapter 02 Principles of Film Form
Mise-en-scène is comprised of what design elements? everything we see in every shot:
every object, every person, everything about their surroundings, and how each of these
components is arranged, illuminated, and moved around.
Form and Content
What is content? Subject matter
What is form? The style used to convey subject matter; how it is presented
What are the tools and techniques of cinematic language (or form)?
Form and Expectations
What is a MacGuffin? An object, document, or secret within a story that is vitally
important to the characters and thus motivates their actions and the conflict but is less
significant to the overall narrative than expected
How does the opening of Terrance Malik’s
The New World
establish a pattern? How does
it break that pattern?
Fundamentals of Film Form
Movies Manipulate Space and Time in Unique Ways