Deconstructing a film

This word file will show you how to deconstruct a scene of a film and to look at the different focuses that you have been told to do, such as Mise-En-Scene.

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: Amit
  • Created on: 29-12-12 19:50
Preview of Deconstructing a film

First 378 words of the document:

Deconstructing Film
In order to begin to understand film it is useful to have a grasp of semiotic. In the simplest if terms,
Semiotics is the study of how the world around us is made up of signs which we interpret using our
own values/frame of reference for a meaning to be signified.
e.g. when we see a police uniform we might think law and order. If our frame of reference is
different and our experience with the police is negative we might see this uniform and perceive a
threat.
Flick knife = gang/violence/threat/criminality/protection
Film producers make use of our understanding of signs around us and make important decisions on
the signs used in their film in order to influence our reaction. When we are watching film we must
always be aware of the choices that have been made by the Director and their production team.
We do not just interpret objects, we also interpret other production decisions such as use of music,
or camera angles and movement etc. Together these are what we refer to as the micro features of
film.
An example of the multiplicity of possibilities is illustrated below:
Big close up Brown Very old Uniformed officer
Close up Elderly Undercover agent
MEDIUM CLOSE UP BLACK MIDDLE AGED DETECTIVE
Medium shot Young Member of the public
Long shot White Child Student
Very long shot Baby
Standing Under A chair Glancing Above
Bending On A table Squinting Behind
WHO IS SITTING BEHIND A DESK AND LOOKING BELOW THE
Kneeling In front of A coffee table Staring CAMERA
Squatting Ignoring Directly at
To the side of
As Film Studies students, you should be constantly questioning WHY decisions have been made by a
film maker and THE EFFECT on the spectator's understanding and their emotional response to the
film.
A mind map/list of codes and conventions of particular genres of film will help draw your attention
to the signs within a film we are required to interpret. Be sure to make your list as detailed as
possible.

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Film Studies resources:

See all Film Studies resources »See all resources »