Analysing Cinematic Texts

Analysing Cinematic Texts

This series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the carefully constructed world of film by analysing cinematic texts. Students will learn how narratives and production elements are woven together to make the movies we love, using Australian films Animal Kingdom and The Dressmaker.

  • Library: Secondary
  • Audience: Senior Secondary
  • Rating: Strong violence and coarse language
  • Subject: English
  • Release Date: March 2017
  • Produced: Australia

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Story Elements in Film

Story Elements in Film

Her Singer sewing machine is centre of frame, like a case holding a weapon… Costume design, character, and cause and effect are all important elements in film. This programme invites students to consider how these story elements work together to drive the narrative, while presenting different narrative possibilities along the way, in order to keep the audience enthralled to the very end.

Media Studies> Unit 3: Narrative and media production design; Advanced English>Module C: Representation and Text; ACEEN042

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Acting in Film

Acting in Film

In ‘Animal Kingdom’, David Michôd’s casting choices make the characters all the more chilling and compelling to watch. In ‘The Dressmaker’, actors’ experiences, talents and natural inclinations are given room to shine. This programme explores the important role that acting plays, in order for the audience to connect with the characters on their screen.

Media Studies> Unit 2: Media production and the media industry; Advanced English>Module C: Representation and Text; ACEEN042; Preliminary HSC>Drama>P2.2; ACEEN044

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Production Elements in Film

Production Elements in Film

The police arrive – their headlights the only light in the overwhelming darkness… In this programme, students consider how filmmakers use light, and other production elements, to: create mood and tone, convey meaning, and stir the emotions of their audiences. This programme explores how production elements combine to create the cinematic experience by comparing and contrasting two acclaimed Australian films, Animal Kingdom and The Dressmaker.

HSC>Drama>H1.7; Preliminary HSC>Drama>P2.6; Preliminary HSC>Drama>P3.1; HSC>Drama>H3.1; Advanced English Module C: Representation and Text; Media Studies> Unit 3: Narrative and media production design

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