Sequence Analysis Worksheet

I. Narrative

1. Describe briefly what you see in the selected sequence.




2. What is the filmmaker trying to communicate in this segment?




3. How do the five channels of information in film--visual image, print, speech, music, sound effects--work together to communicate this message? Which channel is dominant?




4. What function does this segment have for the film as a whole (foreshadowing, climax, transition, exposition, etc.)




5. Can you divide the segment into individual scenes (indicated, for example, by shifts of location)?




II. Composition

1. Frame (open form, snapshot quality, closed form):


2. Space (cluttered/empty; exterior/interior):


3. Sets (studio/location; props):



4. View of characters (isolated/closed in; center/off-center; background/foreground; partially obscured by objects in foreground/linked to them):



5. Movement of characters (toward/away from camera, from left to right/right to left; stationary, exchange gazes):



III. Photography

1. Shot: (long/medium/close-up):


2. Lens (normal, telephoto, wide angle, distorting):


3. Focus (deep/soft focus):


4. Angles (high/low angle shot; eye-level; oblique; bird's eye):


5. Movement (panning/tracking shot; from above/below; zoom in/out; tilt, handheld camera, on vehicle):


6. Lighting (realistic, high contrast, high/low key, special effects):


7. Color (warm/cold/washed-out colors; symbolic use; patterns):


8. Special Effects (freeze frame; slow/fast/reverse motion; filters; point-of-view):


9. Types of shot (establishing shot, point-of-view, reaction, flashback)



IV. Editing

1. Position of segment:


2. Transition techniques (cut/dissolve/fade; wide/jump cut/iris):


3. Editing (cutting for continuity/classical cutting/thematic montage/cross-cutting):


4. Length of shots:


5. Rhythm/Pace:



V. Sound

1. Music (what kind; on- or off-screen source; function):


2. Sound Effects (connection to action; function):


3. Voice-over/Narration (who speaks what from where; reliability):



VI. Audience Address

1. Does the film acknowledge the spectator or do events transpire as if no one were present?




2. How does the film position the spectator vis-a-vis the onscreen events? Are we made to favor certain characters or respond in certain ways to certain events?




3. Does the film appeal to certain expectations/conventions? Does the film subvert these conventions or conform them?




4. Does the film address contemporary social issues? Does it intend to convince its audience? Does it present a popular or a controversial view?


VII. Additional Observations

1. Acting (stylized/natural):


2. Costumes (symbolic use):


3. Social and cultural codes:


4. Recurrent stylistic devices:


5. Use of genre expectations (comedy, melodrama, western, docudrama, etc.):