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Micro essay

  1. 1. AS Film Studies Unit FM1 Exploring Film Form:THE MICRO-
  2. 2. What the exam board say…• An analysis of a film extract - 1500 words (30 marks)• Candidates are required to explore how one or more of mise-en-scène, performance, cinematography, editing, and sound construct meaning and provoke response in a film extract.• Candidates are encouraged to support their work with illustrative visual material.• Recommended length of extract:
  3. 3. What are you supposed to be looking at?• The focus of FM1 is primarily but not exclusively on micro features. For example the genre may have an impact on the constructions of the scene and thus how the micro features are used, or the sequence may be a key narrative turning point• You need to be able to analyse a sequence of film using micro features• Key to this coursework is that you show
  4. 4. Getting started…• You should now have chosen your sequence and have lots of notes on the micro features. It should now just be a case of writing the essay and preparing your presentation.• Whether you have done this or not, here is some further
  5. 5. MICRO MISE-EN-SCENEGetting started… PERFORMANCE CINEMATOGRAPHY EDITING SOUND• You must choose to write about one - three of the micro features• You may have noticed that exam board have separated performance from mise-en-scene. Just remember this is to do
  6. 6. Analysing your sequence• Once you have chosen your film sequence you should watch it several times making notes on your chosen aspect(s).• If you have not yet chosen which aspect of film language you are going to focus on then these screening will help you to do this.• Remember you should focus on a maximum of three aspects of film language.• Observation The analysis must have detailed Evaluation Example references to Costumetext soshow may Jeff enters the the is used to you When find it easier This suggests he is to write your details about how the brightly lit bar, he is alienated from those notes characters are feeling dressed in grey whereas around him and gives the• in three columns of the otherbright do audience astate ofof his all to help characters depressed sense mind are dressed in you this: colours
  7. 7. Analysing your sequence• After taking your notes• You should then start to group your ideas and see if you can come up with an overall reading of the clip:• After looking at the cinematography in the sequence from Jurassic Park it is obvious that the camerawork is used to make the audience feel the panic that the characters feel.
  8. 8. Analysing your sequence• Your introduction should outline the film, the director and the sequence that you are to focus on. You may which to include a short (2-3 sentence) synopsis of the film (outline of the story).• The main body of the essay should be your analysis. The best
  9. 9. Some questions to get you thinking:• In this essay you have to go beyond identifying and describing in formal/technical terms how micro features are deployed. It is necessary to address the question of how the strategies used by the filmmakers impact on the spectator.• You need to be able to explain adequately why a film extract affects you
  10. 10. Essay Structure• Title (example)• How does cinematography, mise-en-scene and sound construct meaning and provoke a response in a sequence from The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005)• You would change the underlined sections to fit your chosen micro features and film
  11. 11. Essay Structure• Introduction• Your introduction should end by identifying which film and which sequence you are going to use in your analysis. You should ‘place’ the sequence in the film briefly and again briefly outline what happens in your sequence. Your introduction should show your reader that you understand the importance of micro features in
  12. 12. Essay Structure• Middle Paragraphs• The main paragraphs within your essay should show a systematic and thorough evaluation of the impact/effect of your chosen micro features on your film’s audience.• Your essay will appear more fluid and fluent if you work systematically through your sequence in the order it runs, identifying and discussing micro features as they ‘appear’.• Micro features are used interdependently by filmmakers and you will need to discuss how your chosen features work together, as well as separately, to create meaning and response.
  13. 13. Essay Structure• Conclusion• Your conclusion should summarise the meanings and responses you think your chosen micro features have generated. You should also comment on whether or not you think the micro features you have analysed have produced meanings and responses effectively in your chosen sequence.• You should also feel free to include images
  14. 14. Some advice• You are encouraged to use frame grabs to avoid over describing a scene, thus allowing you to produce a more analytical piece of work• Extracts ideally should be self contained sequences or part of a sequence which in itself has a definable beginning and end point• Extracts should be of genuine interest to you – so that the work is motivated by a sense of enquiry• Characteristic feature(s) that are the focus for the analysis should be clearly recognisable
  15. 15. Next steps..• GET STARTED• If you haven’t chosen your sequence you need to ASAP, as this is the hardest part• Follow the instructions in this PowerPoint• And have the first draft of your essay to hand into me on (SEE
  16. 16. More help• Click here for example micro essays Click here for how you will be marked• Email me for help tj@rws.uk.net Even better come and see me BUT DO IT BEFORE THE DEADLINE!

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