When viewing a film, consider the following:
What kinds of images are you seeing? Are they soft and glowing with warmth or harsh and sharp?
Does the camera move slowly from left to right or does it jump quickly?
Does the film "feel" fast paced or relaxed?
What are the scene transitions like? Does the film fade to black between "chapters"?
What's the soundtrack like? Could it be identified with an era?
Are themes repeated like the bass "da-dum da-dum da-dum dum dum da-dum da-dum da-dum" in Jaws? When and why is a theme repeated?
Who are the main characters?
What's the primary conflict? How is it resolved?
Are there any sub-plots?
What's the overall theme?
Watching a film adaptation of a novel? Consider these questions:
Are characters/scenes missing or added?
Is the sequence of events the same as the novel?
Is the ending the same?
Is the overall message the same?
Do the actors interpret the characters in the same way you envisioned the characters when you read the book?How are they different than you imagined? How are they the same?
Sample Viewer's Response
Watching a documentary? Consider these questions:
What is the main focus of this film?
What is the thesis of this film? What is it trying to prove or persuade the audience to believe?
What is the supporting evidence? How does the film prove the truth of the thesis?
Ready to complete your own Viewer's Response?
Click on "File" and select "Make a Copy"
Rename the document by deleting the word "copy" and replacing the words "Film Title" with the title of the film you are viewing for this response.
Save it to the Reader's & Writer's Notebook folder located in your course folder.