Project #1 – Visual Plot Analysis – Due September 19th

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of how information, emotion, context, time, space, etc are communicated visually. 
  2. Relate various elements and principles of graphic design to mise en scene and cinematography.  

Part 1.) Pick a film or tv show you've never seen before and watch first 10 min with the sound off. Pay attention to the visual language that forms. Describe what you think is going on the 10 min clip and analyse what is happening visually to communicate story development:

  • is it tense, is it funny, fast paced or slow?
  • Are the characters in danger? Are they at peace?
  • What visual cues are communicating the plot to you?
Part 2.) Now watch the last 10 minutes and answer the same questions. Has the story changed and what visual cues communicate this to you?


Part 3.) Take screen shots to support your assertions. You have two class periods to complete this.  Use this [scene analysis template] to help get you started!


(Why no sound? As was the case in Eisenstein’s day, silence will force you to pay more attention to visual language)

What should a visual plot analysis look like? There's no right or wrong way to create one. I created one for Denis Villeneuve's Socario (2015), so [click here to download an example of my visual plot analysis.]