Narative Film Analysis
Part 1 (Visual):
Choose a narrative film from the course screening list (posted below). Once you've chosen a film, pick a scene to break down from that film. On your computer, screenshot each shot from the scene. (If there is a lot of camera movement in the shot, you may need to use two screengrabs to illustrate that.) Place the screenshots on PowerPoint slides in sequential order.
For each slide/screengrab:
● identify the camera angle/shot size
● write a brief statement of what is happening.
When you are finished, you should be able to scroll through the slides and have a visual
representation of each shot in the scene, with small descriptors to show the progression of
Export the slides as a PowerPoint or PDF and submit them.
Part 2 (Written):
In a separate word document, answer the following questions:
1. Description/Justification for your topic • Why did you choose this scene? • What themes and filmic principles from the course will be central to your research?
2. Your Research Question • How does the scene’s construction contribute to the larger meaning of the film? In a brief paragraph, consider this question; how will answering this question helps make sense of or illustrate course themes?
3. Thesis Statement: Your Answer to the Research Question • Given what you already know about film studies, formulate possible answers to the research question. • Should be brief – Make sure your thesis statement addresses your primary research question.
List of narrative films:
● Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1936)
● Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, USA, 1941)
● Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948)
● Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Varda, France, 1962)
● Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1950)
● Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1958)
● The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, USA, 2014)
● La La Land (Damien Chazelle, USA, 2016)
● Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, USA, 1980)
● The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, USA, 1974)
● Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, USA, 2010)