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Tips for Analyzing Films

Shout out to my Film teacher Mr. Kohler for making these tips!

Three aspects of viewing a film:


Aspects are those elements share with literaure.

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Theme
  • Point of View
  • Recurring Images
  • Symbols

Questions to ask at the Literary level:

  • Who are the characters of the film? How do they develop?
  • What is the film’s setting?
  • Briefly summarize the plot.
  • From whose point of view is the story told?
  • What is a theme of the film?
  • What is the mood?
  • What symbols did you notice in the film?


    Aspects are those elements that are shared with live drama.

  • Actors are engaged in dialogue wearing costumes and makeup.
  • Both movies and plays have sets.
  • Both have directors that put their personal stamp on the story.

Questions to ask at the Dramatic level:

  • Can you identify a movie you went to see just because a certain actor was in it?
  • Which of your favorite movies would you say had excellent acting? Why?
  • Can you identify a movie in which the costumes, makeup, or sets were effective or unusual?
  • Sometimes we notice dramatic aspects because of a flaw in a film. Can you identify a movie in which the acting, sets, makeup, or costumes attracted your attention because they were flawed in some way?


How are movies different from books and plays?

  • Cinematography
  • Sound
  • Editing
  • Special visual effects