Film Analyse

Choose one of the following films to analyze.

Please, Say Something by David O’Reilly
Computer animation

Info about basic, technical aspects: Computer models / 3D models are composed of polygons. Each point is defined by a mathematical location ins pace. These points are connected by lines, or edges. Edges are connected to form sides, or faces. This film intentionally uses a low polygon 3D modeling style (referred to as a "low poly.") You can see the geometric quality in the models.


Mermaid by Lisa Barcy

Info about how the film is made:

– manual cut out animation
– the 2D cut out puppets are made of clear, flat acetate
– Filmed on a mutli-plane set up
– back lit (the light is underneath, shining through the puppets)
– There are moments of that look like "drawn" animation, but are actually "sand" animation. Black and is manipulated – each time it is moved, a picture is taken. (can you spot these moments in the film?)

See other helper documents:

– Film-vocab

Refer to your first analysis paper for suggestions on how to improve writing.


In this paper, you will be examining the assigned film screened in class. You will be addressing what the ideas and concepts are in the film and how certain visual, film aspects relate to these ideas.

Critical thinking means to examine what is presented to us, such as, the relationship between the visuals and the content.

Relate your point of view (the subjective material) to specific evidence from the film. Articulate the various aspects in the film and what you think they represent.

The goals of this assignment: Developing your critical thinking skills through the act of writing. Apply the material by engaging with it and using it.

Do not apply the following?

You do not have to like or dislike the assigned film. You may mention this briefly (in one sentence) if desired.

However, this paper is not a ?film review.?

DO NOT write about how much you liked it of disliked it. Think more about the film outside of these initial reactions.

THIS IS NOT a compare and contrast paper. DO NOT write about other animated films, movies, or games. ONLY write about the film itself.

Do not write about what the film ?isn?t? ? only write about what it ?is? ? things that are actually there.

DO NOT USE SLANG. If you find yourself using the word ?cool? a lot ? use the thesaurus. If you find you are using certain adjectives repeatedly, this can be redundant. Use the thesaurus. This is not a casual blog posting or a casual email to a friend. This paper is to be FORMALLY written.

DO NOT use implied writing ? like the overuse of quotations for emphasize or imply underlying meaning. Though used in discussions, do not use this in a formally written paper. DO NOT use ?etc? in your paper.


When you develop a ?thesis? for a formal essay paper – be aware of what the bigger picture is in your paper. How is this represented in the paper? Sometimes when we write ? we end up with fragmented paragraphs, each with a point, but as a whole, the paragraphs seem disjointed. Please avoid this kind of writing for this particular paper.

Suggestion: write a basic outline that breaks down what you are going to write about. Then cite specific examples. Continue to break this down, then approach formally writing the paper.

Write at least 2.5 pages (minimum), double spaced, size 12 font. If you end up writing more, this is fine. No Point deduction for writing more.

At the top of the page, write your fill name, on one line.

Write in first person.

This paper is to be printed out and handed in AND posted on COL.

Address at LEAST 2 different subjects to write about (see last page for a list of questions to help you think about what you want to write about). Write about various visual aspects and / or concepts.

Do not write about the sound (because we have not covered it).

This is a formal, essay paper. Meaning, you must articulate and support your own subjective views. Identify the ?meaning? or idea, and your own interpretations. There might be more than one. You must support this with evidence and facts from the film. Be specific.

However, a specific example should not take an entire full page to describe. If you find that it takes half a page to describe your ?evidence? ? re-read it and trim it down.

ONLY WRITE about the visual aspects. Do not write about the sound.

Spelling, grammar, word choices, sentence structure, writing style

Check spelling and grammar — Do not completely rely on the computer’s grammar check. It does not know the difference between "its" and "it’s".

Grammar, spelling, word choices, sentence structure, and overall writing style are important !

Have someone else proof read it. Having someone else proof read your paper and give feedback would also be helpful. Read it out loud to yourself.

Check for run-on sentences. If you use ?that? several times, consider if it can be omitted. Often, the word ?that? is not needed.

If your sentences are quite long and address several different points, see if you can separate them with periods.

Check for redundancies.

Check for writing style and word choices.

This is not a ?casual? paper. Meaning, the kind of casual language we use ever day (email, texting, etc) is not applicable for this paper.

Effective writing is about using words efficiently, elegantly, and effectively.

If you use the thesaurus, choose words that work with your style of writing (at the same time, work at improving your writing skill.). Using the thesaurus isn?t necessarily about choosing the biggest word, but how to develop your intuitive understanding of how to use language.


You will turn in the following with your essay paper:

– Participation sheet ? answers questions about film
– Typed analysis paper (formally written) printed out, handed in &
posted to COL

1) THE FIRST PARAGRAPH: Introduce your analysis paper the title of the film, the creator / filmmaker, and a brief statement about what you watched and who made it. This should be brief.

2) When you give a brief description of what the work is about, do not assume the reader (even though it is me reading it) has seen the work. Just because we discussed it in class does not mean you can be vague. This brief description should be short (one or two sentences)

3) At the end of the first paragraph ? introduce your ?thesis? statement. This introduces the main ideas and concepts your paper will analyze.

4) Each paragraph should address a specific topic. For example, you might write about the style. The next paragraph might address the use of color. Any time you change a topic? be it a film aspect or a subjective aspect, start a new paragraph. Example: writing about color and metamorphosis are different subjects.

5) The last paragraph (full filing the 2.5 page minimum) should summarize the paper.


– Write a basic outline that breaks down what you are going to write about. Then cite specific examples. Continue to break this down, then approach formally writing the paper.

– Watch the film multiple times ? you will notice new things about it each time you watch it.

– Make lists of things you see (specific objects, colors, similar forms, other). Then, use those examples to support your perspective / the concepts you will address in the paper.

– Watch the film with the audio turned all the way down (on mute). Just watch the visuals.

– Pause the film and take notes, then play it, pause it ? do whatever works best for you.


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