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Year 9 – short film characterisation essay


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Year 9 – short film characterisation essay

  1. 1. Year 9 – Short FilmCharacterisation is the art of creating characters for a narrative,including the process ofconveying information about them. Characters may be presented by means of description,through their actions, speech, or thoughts.ESSAY QUESTION: Consider the characterisation in both Two Cars One Night and TheMost Beautiful Man in the World. Write an essay using PEE paragraphs exploring theways that characters have been constructed in these two films.Remember to structure your essay; use the plan below as a guide. If you are aiming for A*-Bgrades then ditch this plan and create your own wonderful plan instead!Introduction – remember to include the names of the films and tell me what the question is.Giving an overview of what characterization actually is would be a good thing here along withtelling me the characters’ names.Paragraph 1 – think about how characters have been constructed through description(remember in a film the description is visual)Paragraph 2 – now focus on what you learn about characters through their actions.Paragraph 3 – think about sound, what do characters say or not say that helps us to learnabout them?Paragraph 4 – a tricky one; do we learn anything about the characters’ thoughts? How canyou tell what a person is thinking? Think body language hereConclusion – summary time! Remind me how we have learnt about the characters in each ofthese films. Make a judgment; has one film been more successful at characterization than theother? Why/ why not? Of all of the techniques for creating character which is the mostsuccessful?So you want to get an A*? Make sure that you use the following terms correctly in your essay: Diegetic / Non diegetic (sound) Camera angle (HCA, LCA, EL) Camera shot (CU, MS, LS, establishing shot) Shot composition (POV, perspective, OTS, two shot) Connotation Mise-en-scene Props Lighting CostumeYou have 2 lessons to write this essay! Plan your ideas first – think about your Psbefore the EEs. Remember to PEEEEEEEEE if you can.I want it hand written NEATLY on lined paper. It must be spell checked and proof read forCOPS (especially CAPITAL letters and apostrophes)!