Whatch a film Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977), and then pl
Whatch a film Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977), and then please read the instructions below:
Pick one scene from a film Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977). A scene is a series of shots that together compromise one dramatic action or unit; it usually occurs in one location and over one set timeframe. For example, in Rear Window, we can refer to the scene in which Lisa (Grace Kelly) enters Thorwald’s (Raymond Burr) apartment. We might come up with a title for it like “the break-in scene” and refer to that throughout our essay. Or in the same movie we can refer to the “dog scene” when the apartment block finds out the dog is dead.
Pick either mise-en-scène, cinematography, or sound to focus on. Note, the element you pick does not need to be the one we focused on for the week; for example, you can choose to look at cinematography in Rear Window. We will NOT be looking at narrative in this exercise.
Write a Scene Analysis which should include:
The name of the film cited in the following format: Title (Director, Year Released). Once you have written that information once, you can just refer to the title of the film.
A brief description of the scene: who is in it, what is happening, where does it happen in the film, what leads up to it, why is it important. This need only be a FEW sentences.
An analysis of the scene and how film language is used: What is the element of film language you are focusing on? How is it used in the scene? What is its impact?
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A scene analysis refers to a description and analysis of a scene in the film. A scene is a series of shots that together compromise one dramatic action or unit; it usually occurs in one location and over one set timeframe. We might come up with a title for it and refer to that throughout our essay. In your scene analysis, you would briefly describe the scene and then analyze WHAT we are seeing/hearing and HOW the filmmakers are using film language to make a message.
Note how the author has an argument about WHAT the scene is doing (making the audience feel uneasy because a place that should be innocent, a playground, is now frightening) and then describes in detail HOW the filmmakers are doing it (camera angles, shots, mise-en-scene, point in narrative, etc.). They also use a quote to support their argument.