Analyzing Visuals in Film and TV

This Analyzing Visuals in Film and TV handout & reference also includes:

Ever wonder why a scene in a movie looks so ominous? Or how lighting can make a romantic scene even more beautiful? Discover the ways lighting choices and camera angles can affect the mood in a shot with a visual analysis lesson. After young filmmakers view a shot from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, they choose another movie or TV show to analyze.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a film studies class or when discussing media literacy in journalism
  • Helpful for young photographers and cinematographers alike
  • If learners don't want to sketch their shots, encourage them to paste in the pictures by printing them or pasting them electronically
  • Have small groups film short films of their own, focusing on lighting and camera angles
Classroom Considerations

  • The sample image is in black and white, which may affect a conversation about lighting; try finding the original image in color or another image like it
Pros

  • Activity is engaging for readers of all levels
  • Includes a helpful reference page with filmmaking vocabulary
Cons

  • None