Viewer's Response

Formative Work


  • Develop your critical and creative thinking skills, viewing skills and writing skills, as you reflect on the film/performance.

  • Lay the groundwork for future success in summative assessments.

  • Create some of the evidence needed to demonstrate competency in the context of your Semester Portfolio.

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?

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?