Essay On Formal Elements In Movies

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In the film, there are a series of formal elements that help make a film more than just what a person sees. The way you look at a film is called a formal analysis “ film analysis that examines how a scene or sequence uses formal elements- narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, and so on- to convey the story, mood, and meaning” (Looking At Movies p.g 498). Everyone has their own opinions and way they perceive movies. But as a film critic, you observe a movie much more than just “oh I liked this”, or “I believe this should have been left out”. The way you critically evaluate a movie is by the formal elements of a film, for an example a film like St. Vincent.
For myself personally, the formal elements that are interesting to me are narratives and the cinematography. The narrative is the form of storytelling, and cinematography “the process of capturing moving images on film or some other medium” (Looking At Movies p.g 494). From my perspective, I believe what makes or breaks a movie is those two critical elements. To have a good movie, you need a strong base and that base would be your narrative. The story you present to people, should build a connection or if not at least intrigue a person's interest.
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Most films tend to succeed without the progress of all the formal elements. You always have to look at the bright side of a movie, unless you truly can’t sit through it. There’s no shame in admitting you couldn’t watch a movie cause you hated it. When analyzing a film as I am learning is a fun experience and nothing more than that. It can help understand what's happening in the film. Even change your perspective on a film. A movie like St. Vincent is a movie I would not typically watch and didn’t want to watch it when it was assigned. But I watched it with a mindset knowing to look for these formal elements and it turned out to be a better movie than I thought it was going to

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