A Lesson in Analyzing Films

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A Lesson in Analyzing     1 A Lesson in Analyzing Films Darlene Solano ENG 225: Introduction to Film Instructor Richard Bair March 27, 2010
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A Lesson in Analyzing     2 A Lesson in Analyzing Films Analyzing films may not be high on everyone’s priority list when viewing a movie, however, we all engage in some form of analytical discussion after viewing a film that roused in us a special connection or left us hanging with questions. We end up asking ourselves and those around us questions or make exclamations like: Is that all? What just happened? Did you see that? Wow, what a great movie! Terrific storyline! We will start by exploring the topic what films are and why it is important to analyze them. While exploring the lessons of analyzing films we will work our way to answering the questions stated previously, by learning how to find and interpret the “meaning” of a film; and lastly, this author’s personal criteria for evaluating a film. A film or as they are sometimes called, movie, is another form of storytelling that is “presenting its stories in dramatic form” (Boggs & Petrie, 2008, p. 41), like novels and short stories, films can take us away to another land or another life beyond our own. According to Boggs & Petrie, “film should not be ignored because studying it requires extra effort. And the fact that we do not generally read films does not mean we should ignore the principles of literary or dramatic analysis when we see a film” (2008, p. 41). They were created to put in visual form a creative process in living color, with sound, and real people from the written word for the purpose of our entertainment, knowledge, research requirements. The emotions that one would feel when reading a book, short story, or articles, are the same one’s that you would find in a movie. Films can make you laugh, cry, frighten you, and can surprise or disappoint the same as any book or story.
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A Lesson in Analyzing     3 There are numerous factors that can influence how a film is perceived. It may be a genre film, which establishes certain preconceptions, both positive and negative. For a person who only likes comedies, for them viewing a horror movie would not be to their liking. They would be taking a negative influence with them when viewing a horror movie. On the other hand, if the viewer prefers horror movies, then this would be a positive influence for them. There are films for all age groups, and like novels, all range of styles. According to Boggs & Petrie, “Film is unlimited not only in its choice of subject but also in its approach to that material” (2008, p. 4). A film can be a comedy, science fiction, horror, historical, documentary, or instructional and for research purposes. They are categorized the same as you would find books in a library or bookstore. Films allow the viewer to “see” the story unfold before their eyes, unlike reading the story in a book where the reader’s imagination takes them away.
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