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Reading a Film Still

Reading a Film Still

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Published by Julie Thrasher
Prompt questions to aid reading a film still
Prompt questions to aid reading a film still

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Published by: Julie Thrasher on Nov 24, 2008
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READING A FILM STILL
Some initial questions…1.What type of film is this from? How do you know?2.Who do you think this film is aimed at? Why do youthink that?3.Is this a real or fictional text? How do you know?4.What do you think has happened immediately beforethis moment? Why?5.What do you think is going to happen next? Why?6.What is the relationship between the characters?Why do you think this?
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Are there any relevant props or other elements infocus in the frame that are important? Why
?In Media Studies you must get used to going beyond just describingwhat you see. Everything in a frame is
there for a reason
: someonepurposefully put it there and so we must try to deduce why. Thisaction of placing things in a frame (for example on a film set) for areason makes them what we call
MOTIVATED.
When writing about any still or extract of a text, you must alwayssay WHAT the effect is and WHY you think it is there. You shouldalways give alternatives if possible (or plausible) e.g. “it could

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