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Response Paper #5—Worth 100 points
View the following scene selection from the film, Rocky and complete the following 5 part analysis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk0cT-xnIsM. Your analysis should be of the selected scene
from the film, not the entire film. DO NOT research the film. Only write about what you notice in the
given selection for this assignment.
1. Create a shot scene analysis chart of at least 1 minute from the clip.
2. Mise-en-scene analysis—How does the clip use compositional elements of film (angles,
lighting, shots, sound, etc) to create meaning? What elements are used? What effects are
created in a scene, and what is their purpose? How does the film attempt to achieve its goal
by the way it looks, and does it succeed?
3. Narrative structure analysis—Examine the clip’s narrative structure—plot, character, and
theme. How does the plot unfold? What are the motivations of the characters? What is the
theme of the film, and how is that theme constructed?
4. Semiotic analysis—What objects or images are repeated in multiple instances? In what
context do they appear? Are there any symbols or metaphors that tell you about the
characters’ personalities or themes of the film? What might you be able to infer about
characters from small hints? How are these hints (signs) used to construct characters? How
do they relate to the relative role of those characters, or the relationships between multiple
characters? Remember: Something as simple as someone’s appearance can reveal
information about them.
5. Contextual analysis—Think about the culture, time, and place of the film’s creation. What
might the film selection say about the culture or time period that created it? How does the
meaning of the film change when seen outside of its culture? What characteristics
distinguishes the film as being of its particular culture?
Paper should be well supported with examples from the film. Responses can be turned in one of
two ways. If you just want the grade with minimal feedback, you can submit to the assignment
drop box on Canvas (please only submit as .doc, .rtf, or pdf files. No .pages extensions). I will not
provide a lot of feedback on papers submitted in the drop box. If you want more extensive
feedback, please turn in a paper copy of your response (no drop box needed). Do NOT e-mail me
response papers. Late papers will lose 2 points per each day the assignment is late.