Evaluation Guidelines for Award Winning Filmmakers
Select one movie from the bank of films offered and address the following questions.
- Describe the film – short summary (synopsis). One paragraph is sufficient (this should be a snapshot of what the film is about –not a retelling of each scene).
- What approach does the director take –what genre (Comedy, Drama, Action, Family, Animation, Adventure, etc.) – or is it a combination of several? Explain why you feel this way?
- What is the purpose of meaning for the story? What message or morale did you learn?
- What is more important to the film: Characters or story? Or do both have equal value? Defend your answer.
- Did the director focus on any of the following (give examples and defend your answer):
Emotional effect or mood (does the film seek to convey or elicit emotions – sadness, joy, anger, pain, fear?).
Style or Texture – (shooting angles, lighting, editing, director’s style, special effects, stunts, music, etc.).
Ideas – (does the film try to convey a moral or social statement or message, human nature, coming of age stories, human relationships, politics, society?). These kinds of films are meant to leave a lasting impression.
- Which of the following character conflicts was most important to the story? Some films may have more than one. Defend your answer:
Man vs. Man (Characters against characters)
Man vs. Nature (do characters faces storms, earthquakes, tornados, natural disasters, etc?).
Man vs. Himself (internal battles & struggles with one’s feelings, desires, physical or mental limitations, etc).
Man vs. Society (battles with culture, education, politics, the world).
Man vs. The Unknown (any unknown future, enemy, situation, feelings, etc.).
Man vs. God/Religion (battles and struggles with one’s understanding and/or relationship to religion, God and/or figures representing religion).
Man vs. Machine (or technology) – (when mankind battles the power of technology and that results in machine taking on or taking over for man).
- What are the weakest and strongest points to the film?
- Does the film succeed or fail? Why do you think so? Think about these things too: Did it make you laugh? Did it make you cry? Did it scare you? Did it inspire or challenge you?
- What trademarks did you see from the filmmaker show up in this film (based on the readings and dialogue in class). This is important to understanding patterns of importance for the film artist.
- What are your overall personal reactions to the film? Make sure you defend why (if you haven’t already).
- Don’t forget to think about the impact of the script, music, acting, editing, sound design, special effects, camera work, etc.
- Your completed paper should be between 400- 600 words and posted to your blog (with three images, three tags or key words, and three links).