Human Mind Through Film – Dr. J. Mior Film Study Worksheet



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1Human Mind Through Film – Dr. J. Mior

Film Study Worksheet


Student Name:

Student Number:


Title of film: A Beautiful Mind
Read the questions before you see the film. As you watch the film or at the film’s end, make short notes to yourself so that you can use the information for writing assignments and discussion. You do not need to fill in each section or fill up each line. If you make good notes you will be able to write an analytical essay about the movie.

EXPOSITORY PHASE


  1. Where is the story set? This may include several different locations.

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  1. What is the time period? ___________________________________________________




  1. Who is the protagonist and what is he or she like?

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  1. What is the conflict that is driving the protagonist to act?

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  1. What is the back story (subplot)? _______________________________________________________________________

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COMPLICATION PHASE
Describe three events that unfold requiring the protagonist to act in order to resolve the conflict.
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DENOUEMENT


  1. How is the conflict resolved? Support your idea. _______________________________

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  1. What aspects of the protagonist’s character led to this resolution? Support your idea.

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  1. Describe any outside forces that helped the protagonist to succeed.

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THEMES


  1. What three lessons from this film can viewers apply to your own life? Consider both the central conflict and the back story (both the plot and the subplot). Describe the lesson, the dialogue that relates to this lesson, and how the personality traits of the characters taught this lesson.

Lesson No. 1: ___________________________________________________________

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Lesson No. 2: ____________________________________________________________
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Lesson No. 3: ____________________________________________________________


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ARTISTIC ELEMENTS


  1. Explain how literary elements such as motif, symbol, foreshadowing, flashback, echoing, irony, or choice of language affect plot progression, assist in character development, or convey meaning.

3. Describe three images that stand out in your mind.



4. How did music, lighting, or camera work establish tone or illuminate meaning?
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