In this reflective paper, I intend to describe how a film is analyzed as a whole. Analyzing films is considered an art form that attempts to “break up the whole to discover the nature proportion, function, and interrelationships of the parts” (Boggs and Petrie, 2008, p. 7). The art of watching films is similar to creating those films because it is a form of artistic expression. The art of analyzing films is just as difficult as making the films realistic to the viewer’s eye. One must be able to respond to the film that is continuously moving without stopping the film.
In film analysis, the theme refers to the special part of film that focuses on the “unifying central concern of the film” (Boggs and Petrie, 2008, p. 20). The most challenging part of film analysis is being able to become “fully immersed in the experience of a film and maintain a high degree of objectivity” (Boggs and Petrie, p. 6). When a film is analyzed, the best time for this work is done when the film is over. This is the key objective of truly watching films.
As a film analyzer, one must be able to identify the film’s theme. “Identifying the theme can be considered both the beginning and the end of film analysis” (Boggs and Petrie, 2008, p. 32). In order to identify the theme in a film one must clarify the vision for the film. One must be able to clarify the vision for the film with all the elements that function as a whole. However, if the film turns out to be different from prior results, then one must reevaluate their opinions. Films must make the viewer ask several questions of how this film works with what information the viewer is given.
The analyzer establishes questions that may give reasons of why the film was created. Why does this film seem so effective in the first place? What is the story behind the making of the film? Where is this film taking place in respect to current period? When a film is viewed for the first time certain things occur. The first viewing is...