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Film Language Worksheet
Film Language Worksheet

This activity is best used to isolate and identify SPECIFIC examples of film language and the meaning/s constructed by each.

For the development of effective film analysis (in students), the separate components need to be COMBINED to construct larger meaning. All film genre contain patterns of these elements of film language to construct larger meaning. Modern Science Fiction film (as an example) is likely to contain extreme long shots, often deep resonant base (space or ship "noise"), particular visual and audio FX and CGI (computer-generated images) as well as very specific use of light (over-saturated often) and dark. These may construct a feeling of space / vastness / speed / a sense of future etc. As well as these will be the more typical rapid shots / close-ups / mood music of drama, for conflict and suspense. In combination, these elements construct specific meaning.

Technical Codes

Brief description of scene and where it occurs in the film.

What idea / feeling has been communicated?

How has this technique constructed meaning?

Shot type: (Example)

 

 

     

Shot type:

 

 

     

Framing

 

 

     

Camera distance

 

 

     

Camera angle

 

 

     

Camera movement

 

 

     

Shot duration

 

 

     

  Lighting

 

 

     

Symbolic Codes

Brief description of scene and where it occurs in the film.

What idea / feeling has been communicated?

How has this technique constructed meaning?

Performance

 

 

     

 Setting

 

 

     

 Costume / appearance

 

 

     

Lighting

 

 

     

Audio Codes

Brief description of scene and where it occurs in the film.

What idea / feeling has been communicated?

How has this technique constructed meaning?

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

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