Assignment: Film (Image) Analysis
CLOSELY view and consider the still images above from our W2 (Casablanca, dir Michael Curtiz, 1942) and W3 feature screenings (Rashomon, dir Akira Kurowsawa, 1950). For this exercise, you will perform a 2-part written analysis for TWO images. (You are responsible for both narrative analysis and describing mise-en-scène for images from both films.)
PART 1: narrative analysis
Identify the image from the film and in what SCENE it appears; and describe in your own words how the image/scene fits into the narrative.
When does the image/scene appear in a larger STORY and PLOT?
How does the image/scene fall within the film's plot arrangement or PLOT ORDER?
Describe the CHARACTERS in the image.
Who are they, and how do they generally appear in the narrative?
What type of characters are they, and what are their principal traits/characteristics?
What is their significance in the narrative? Where does the image/scene occur in a DRAMATIC ARC?
PART 2: mise-en-scène
Describe in your own words the design elements and composition of MISE-EN-SCENE.
How does attention to each element impact NARRATIVE STRUCTURE and/or CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?
Consider: framing and/or camera movement composition setting, props, use of space lighting costume, makeup, hair kinesis, figure movement/modeling, acting
Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
1. The answer should be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
2. The response also includes a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student's name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
3. Also include a reference page. The Citations and references should follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.