Film Analysis Assignments


Film Study Worksheet – Hugo

Due: MarcMay 21 & 22 , 2015

Read the questions before you watch the film so that you will know what to look for while you watch. At breaks during the showing or at the film's end, you will have an opportunity to make short notes in the spaces provided. If you make notes while the film is playing, make sure that your note taking doesn't interfere with carefully watching the film. You do not need to make any notes on the worksheet but after the film is over you will be required to fully respond to the questions. 

Complete the assignment by answering each question in paragraph form. Answers need to be complete and comprehensive, demonstrating that you paid attention to the film and thought about what was shown on the screen.  You may use more than one paragraph if necessary. Be sure that the topic sentence of your first paragraph uses key words from the question. All responses should be in complete sentences using proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.

1.Identify the movie by stating its title, the year it was released, the name of the director, where the story set and the time period of the action.      


Notes: ________________________________________________________________________


2.Who is the protagonist and what is he or she like?    Notes:  _______________________________________

3.Who or what is the antagonist and what is he, she, or it like?   Notes: ___________________________

4.What is the conflict that is driving the protagonist to act?     Notes:  _____________________________________


5.Is there another less important conflict, often referred to as a subplot, which helps drive the story? If so, describe that conflict and who is involved in it

6.Describe two actions that the protagonist takes in order to try to resolve the conflict.




7.What is the climax or moment of highest tension?     Notes:___________________________________________


8.How is the conflict resolved?   Notes: _______________________________________________________


 9.What aspects of the protagonist’s character lead to the resolution of the conflict?  Support your conclusion.


10.What lessons from this film can viewers apply to their own lives?   Name one and  describe the lesson.  If you can recall some dialogue that relates to any of the lesson, describe what was said. 



Lesson No. 1:       Notes: _____________________________________________________________________________



11.Identify one device of fiction, such as motif, symbol, foreshadowing, flashback, foil, opposition, irony, or language choice (diction) that are used in the story and describe how they affect plot progression, assist in character development, or convey meaning.




12.Music and lighting are part of the way that the moviemakers communicate their message.  Give two specific examples of how they were used by the filmmakers to get their point across.




Bonus question worth 10 points

13. The significance of the story is determined by the power of its comment on the human condition. What comment is being made in this movie about what it is to be human?



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