1. How do the setting and the scope of the narrative complement the other elements?
2. Are the plot events presented in chronological order? What is the significance of the order of plot events in the movie?
3. Keep track of the major and minor events in the movie’s plot.
Are any of the minor events unnecessary to the movie overall? If these
events were not included, would the movie be better? Why
4. As you watch the film or clip, be alert to the overall
design plan and mise-en-scène and to your emotional response to them.
Are you comforted or made anxious by them? Are your senses overwhelmed
or calmed by what you see on-screen?
5. Identify the elements of the mise-en-scène that seem to be contributing the most to your emotional response.
6. Does the use of light in the movie or clip call attention to
itself? If so, describe the effect that it has on the composition in any
shot you analyze.
7. Note the type of movement (movement of figures within the
frame or movement of the frame itself) in important shots. Describe as
accurately as possible the effect of that movement on the relationships
among the figures in the frame.
8. Does the movie’s design have a unified feel? Do the various
elements of the design (the sets, props, costumes, makeup, hairstyles,
etc.) work together, or do some elements work against others? What is
the effect either way?
9. Was achieving verisimilitude important to the design of this
film or clip? If so, have the filmmakers succeeded in making the overall
mise-en- scène feel real, or verisimilar? If verisimilitude doesn’t
seem to be important in this film or clip, what do you suspect the
filmmakers were attempting to accomplish with their design?