Textual Analysis Research

Links to the Films

Your Initial Response

Complete one of these documents in preparation

Context / Film Research.

You’ve got one week to conduct the research necessary to help you understand your chosen film:

  • Character Representation
  • Narrative
  • Genre
  • Visual Style
  • Historical Context
  • Critical Reception (Reviews)

By the end of the week you will submit a proposed sequence from your film as well as an essay question which will help you focus on the sequence as well as link your ideas to the whole film. You should take a copy of this document to record the research that you undertake this week.

Some Sources to Get you Started


Days of Heaven

Lighting in Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven Close Analysis

Reference: Zucker, C. (2001) ‘ “God Don’t Even Hear You,” or Paradise Lost: Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven.”’, Literature Film Quarterly, 29(1), p. 2.


Akira

Nerdwriter (Animating Light)

20 Years of Japanese Cinema – Media Magazine Article

Reference: Ramey, M, 2009. Cinema of Japan. Media Magazine, 27, 7-12.


La Haine

Structure, culture and cinematography.

Ghetto Culture – Media Magazine Article

Reference:  Turner, P, 2011. Ghetto Culture. Media Magazine, 35, 19-22.

Micro Analysis – 28 Days Later

The purpose of scene analysis is to identify narrative, visual and sound elements and to establish the link between minute detail and broader patterns of development in a film’ Pramaggiore, M., 2011

So, let’s get down to the micro…

This is a process of analysis that you should be familiar with:

  1. Identify specific examples of production techniques:
    1. Cinematography
    2. Editing
    3. Sound
    4. Mise-en-scene
  2. These examples should be named with a technical term
  3. Analyse the impact that technique, in combination with others, on the audience?
    1. How do ‘we’ read the text?
Group Essay

How does the scene, ‘Invasion of Jim’s Family Home,’ use film elements to explore the themes in the film and develop the character journey of Jim & Selena?

In this essay you will be working in groups of four. Each member of the group will be responsible for one paragraph as well as the quality of the essay as a whole. It is expected that you comment on and make suggestions for each others’ work.

This is an important opportunity to practice and refine your scene analysis skills, as well as to learn from each other.

You will be responsible for one of the following paragraphs:

  • An introduction
  • Analysis of cinematography
  • Analysis of sound design
  • Analysis of mise-en-scene
  • Analysis of editing
  • A conclusion

Collectively you will be responsible for the introduction and conclusion, which you will write last.

In total the essay should be a maximum of 1,750 words.

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Inquiry

The first thing you will do once you’ve selected your chosen film is conduct some research into the film.

This must be done independently, your teacher cannot do this for you. However, we will share our findings in film focused seminars during the week after the screenings:

  • 26th – 28th September.

Your teachers have done some research into the following broad macro areas:

  • Film Analysis & Motifs
  • Filmmakers (Auteur)
  • Genre
  • Narrative
Task 1

Read through teachers’ the research document and identify one quote from each section that you think you could drop into a textual analysis essay

You should use this use document to copy in the quote, cite the reference (given in the document) and explain how this might be used in your textual analysis.

Task 2 – Context Research

When you do your own research in the week after the screening, you should find most/all of the following research sources to help you understand the macro and context of the film as understood by others. For 28 Days we have found them for you and they are listed below the sub heading.

Reviews
Blogs / Websites (Detailed Analysis)
Books

We have also got the ‘Beyond Hammer: British Horror Cinema Since 1970’ James Rose. There is a useful chapter in book this on 28 Days Later. 

We are going to power read this chapter on 28 Days Later and identify some of the key ideas discussed.

Click the image to read the article…

Video Essays

Now You See It. (2016). What Are We Afraid Of? Societal Fears Reflected in Film. [Online Video]. 13 November 2016. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=1sYHfYYiyYw. [Accessed: 14 September 2018].

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Refresh your Brain

There are three key areas to any textual analysis essay:

  • Micro Features Analysis (within your chosen 5 minute sequence)
  • Macro Features Analysis (within the whole film)
  • Cultural Context Analysis (the wider significance surrounding the film / content)

We have two weeks to review what we already know and fill any gaps in your understanding and application.

Essential Macro Features
  • Genre
  • Narrative
  • Representation
The Feynman Technique

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Resources

The class will be working in two halves and each of those halves will have one of the terms to define and apply. Follow this link to the slideshows that you will be working on.

Task 1
  • Using the Feynman Technique to define what is meant by one of these terms and how they can be used to analyse a film.
  • Define and explain the concept simply in one slide of your shared slideshow.
    • You should use the blog to help you.
Task 2
  • In pairs or threes discuss one of these ideas to, 28 Days Later (2002) Boyle.
  • Evaluate and analyse 28 Days Later using that macro feature.
Task 3

Embed the slideshow into: reflective journal>exploring film>28 Days Later

Textual Analysis Essay

Key Information

Here is the guidance from IB about the Textual Analysis Essay:

IB Film Specification Pages on Textual Analysis

Here is the assessment criteria explained:

Assessment Criteria

Unit Schedule & Deadlines
  • Week 1 & 2: Revise and recap textual analysis using a whole class film
    • 28 Days Later (2002) Boyle

Friday 21st Sept: Screen 3 Selected Films at Fermain Valley Hotel Cinema

  • Week 3: Research into context and reception of chosen film.

Friday 28th Sept: Submit textual analysis essay proposal

  • Week 4: Close Analysis of selected scene. Plan & draft essay
  • Week 5: Self Assess draft 1 and redraft.

Friday 12th Oct: Submit for teacher assessment

  • Week 6: Redraft essay

Deadline for final submission: Monday 22nd October at 17:00 

Sequence Analysis

Textual analysis essay structure & content.

IB Film Studies Year 2

Welcome back to year 2 of IB Film.

Over the second year we have to work towards submitting assessed work, which will build on what you have learnt in year 1.

All the work you submit will contribute to your final grade!

    • Your Film Portfolio (25%) (Done)
    • A textual analysis essay (20%). Sept – Oct
    • A comparative video essay (20%) Nov – Dec
    • A collaborative film project (35%) Jan – Apr

Here is a document which details what you need to submit for each assessed component: