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Analysing a film scene

Film - Scene Analysis - Movie Manipulation


Let your students loose on a film scene as they analyse four film techniques including their effects and significance.   (Kiwi teachers, you might recognise this as a revised and generic version of my old 1.11 Close Viewing task.)


For each technique, students must:

✨ Identify the technique (eg: extreme close-up, costume, music, quick cuts...)

Describe the technique (the way it is used/what it looks like)

✨Explain the effect of that technique (just the basics - eg: ...allows us to see clearly the tears in her eyes)

✨Explain how this technique works with another technique to enhance an idea.

✨Discuss the significance of what's illustrated through this technique (eg: This helps us understand how overwhelmed Tom feels...)


Prior to this, students must:

⭐ Explain key aspects of the film, including the significance of the chosen scene to the film as a whole.

⭐ Explain the significance of the scene itself, including the purpose, the main idea and what it suggests about human nature and/or our wider world (critical thinking).


To help your students achieve success:

❤️ A comprehensive example of the complete task is provided. Have your students watch the short film Falling Sparrows (it's only 10 minutes long) to understand this. This link is provided in the resource.

❤️ In the example, perceptive responses have been underlined to help illustrate what top thinking looks like.

❤️ Templates to scaffold students' own analyses are provided.

❤️ Achievement criteria have been 'unpacked' to show them how to gain 3 different levels (obviously use of this is up to you - you may have your own criteria).


❗❗Please note: it is assumed that students have a general understanding of film techniques prior to attempting this task.


This resource includes:

⭐  A single student workbook (3 different formats - see below).


You and your students will enjoy:

❤️ The short film Falling Sparrows that has been used as an example.

❤️ Templates to scaffold the analysis and help students think 'up'.

❤️ A thorough understanding of a scene from your studied film.

❤️ A thorough understanding of the power of film techniques.



🖥️ Microsoft PowerPoint, resized to an A4 page.   This means your resource: 

  • Is completely editable.
  • Will easily upload to your Google Drive if you prefer the Googley suite.
  • Is printable 📃

🖥️ A flat-packed version - this means your students can edit digitally ONLY the parts they should.  The rest is locked down to prevent them damaging it.

🖥️ A PDF version


Also helpful are these related products:

Film techniques - BUNDLE

Unpacking the Documentary

Writing Film Reviews



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