Shot by Shot Analysis

Conduct a “close reading” of one film adaptation. A “close reading” involves examining a series of shots very closely and carefully, as if you are a scientist studying a specimen under a microscope. You will write a brief summary of the film, place the film in context—which means including factual details such as director, screenwriter, year of release, studio, main actors/actresses, filming locations, etc.—select a number of shots (around 6, this is flexible) that either form a coherent sequence, and describe and analyze these shots in terms of style and story for the specific shot as well as the film as a whole.