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Motion Picture Analysis Worksheet

Step 1. Pre-viewing
A.   

Title of film: ________________________________________________

Record Group source: ___________________________________________

 

B.  

What do you think you will see in this motion picture? List Three concepts or ideas that you might expect to see based on the title of the film. List some people you might expect to see based on the title of the film.

Concepts/Ideas People
1.________________________________________________
2.________________________________________________
3.________________________________________________

1.________________________________________________
2.________________________________________________
3.________________________________________________

 

Step 2. Viewing
A.   Type of motion picture (check where applicable)

____ Animated cartoon
____ Documentary film
____ Newsreel
____ Propaganda film
____ Theatrical short subject
____ Training film
____ Combat film
____ Other

 

B.  

Physical qualities of the motion picture (check where applicable)

____ Music
____ Narration
____ Special effects
____ Color
____ Live action
____ Background noise
____ Animation
____ Dramatizations

 

C.  

Note how camera angles, lighting, music, narration, and/or editing contribute to creating an atmosphere in this film. What is the mood or tone of the film?
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

 

Step 3. Post-viewing (or repeated viewing)

A.

 

Circle the things that you listed in the previewing activity that were validated by your viewing of the motion picture.
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

 

B.  

What is the central message(s) of this motion picture?
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

 

C.  

Consider the effectiveness of the film in communicating its message. As a tool of communication, what are its strengths and weaknesses?
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

 

D.  

How do you think the filmmakers wanted the audience to respond?
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

 

E.  

Does this film appeal to the viewer's reason or emotion? How does it make you feel?
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

 

F.   List two things this motion picture tells you about life in the United States at the time it was made:

1. ___________________________________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________________________________

 

G.  

Write a question to the filmmaker that is left unanswered by the motion picture.
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

 

H.  

What information do you gain about this event that would not be conveyed by a written source? Be specific.
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

 

Designed and developed by the
Education Staff, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408.

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