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Movie Analysis Topics and Areas of Films to Evaluate Theme O What is the unifying, central idea of the film? O Emotional effect or mood O Character development/motivation O Style/structure O Moral implications O Human Nature O Social Problems O Complexity of Human relationships “Citizen Kane” O Love O Control/Obsession O Youth O Money can’t buy happiness “Vertigo” O Obsession O Love O Fear “Casablanca” O Love O Fear O War O Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons Plot O Story must be credible O Story must be interesting O Story should be simple and complex O Story handles emotional material with restraint O Significance of the title O Plot structure O Conflict “Citizen Kane” O Story of a boy who comes into an inheritance O Lots of money, but not a success story O Based on a true story O Story told from different POV “Vertigo” O Story of a man and his physical issues O Falls in love O Mystery O Dramatic Irony “Casablanca” O Multiple characters introduced very quickly O Love story O War/political story O Emotional and unexpected ending Visual Design O Color vs Black and White O Production design/Mise en Scene O Costume and make up O Lighting/use of colors O Symbolism O Camera work/points of view O Framing Shots—Wide shots, medium shots, close ups, extreme close ups Visual Design O Camera movements O Dolly-zoom O Panning O Focus O Tracking O Hand-held shots Editing O Jump cuts O Transitions O Pacing of the film O Montage O Mise En Scene—emphasizes the content from a single frame, opposite of montage Genres O Suspense O Coming of Age O Drama O Comedy O Rom-Com O Action Creating a Thesis O Where do I begin?? O What do the movies have in common? O What are the strong, creative points about the film? O Is there a characteristic about the director that shows up in his/her films? O What stands out about the films to you? O These things will help you develop subtopics! Things to remember… O ANALYZE, DON’T SUMMARIZE!!! O Talk about what scenes MEAN, don’t just write about what happened. O How does it apply to your thesis? O How does it apply to the overall creativity and artistry of the film??