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Form
The overall system of relations that we can perceive among the elements in the whole film
Narrative Elements
Constitute the film's story
Stylistic Elements
Devices such as: the way the camera moves, the patterns of color in the frame, the use of music
Referential Meaning
Allusion to particular items of knowledge outside the film that the viewer is expected to recognize
Explicit Meaning
Significance presented overtly, usually in language and often near the film's beginning or end
Implicit Meaning
Significance left tacit, for the viewer to discover upon analysis or reflection
Symptomatic Meaning
Significance that the film divulges, often against its will, by virtue of its historical or social context
Function
The role or effect of any element within the film's form
Motivation
The justification given in the film for the presence of an element
Motif
Any significant repeated element in a film
Parallelism
The process whereby the film cues the spectator to compare two or more distinct elements by highlighting some similarity
Variation
The return of an element with notable changes
Development
A progression moving from beginning through middle to end
Segmentation
Written outline of the film that breaks it into its major and minor parts, with the parts marked by consecutive numbers or letters
Unity
When all the relationships we perceive within a film are clear and economically interwoven