When writing a visual analysis, writers must decide what details are most important and what
insights are most pivotal. The purpose of this essay is to explore how various narrative and
cinematic visual elements work to demonstrate the creator’s message. You will examine your
short film, objectively, and present a rational analysis about the effectiveness of the work.
Remember, you are not to argue the issue. Here is how you start:
Visual Analysis Steps
1. Select one of the short films from the professor-approved list to write your analysis
2. Watch and study your selected film several times, focusing on answering the questions
on the basic approach of analysis (Use the assigned readings and the film analysis
worksheet for a deep analysis).
3. After watching, choose three or four visual elements that contribute significantly to the
film’s overall effect, and analyze, in some detail, the contributions of each. Use technical
terms and concepts discussed in the film when they are pertinent to your analysis.
4. Use your analyses of the individual visual elements as the body of your paper; then add
an introductory paragraph, transitions, and a conclusion to shape the paper into a
5. Submit your rough draft to Turnitin.com for peer review
6. Revise and edit your essay.
7. Submit your final draft to Turnitin.com by the assigned due date
Length: 700-word minimum (800 max. not including works cited page)
Audience: For this essay, you will be writing to academic professionals. You are to dissect the
image and text, if applicable, critically. Keep in mind, you are not arguing the issue, but how
effective it is. Since this is a formal literary paper, avoid using first and second person and the
use of the pronoun “one” (Do not use such common phrases as “I think,” “I believe,” “I
discovered,” “you can see,” “you should understand,” “one should know,” etc.)
Genre: You are to write your analysis in essay form, typed and double-spaced. Follow MLA
formatting and documentation rules.
✓ Introduction presents the author, article, and rhetorical situation
✓ Analysis is in present tense
✓ Avoids referring to the author by his or her first name
✓ Provides specific details; avoid using vague language
✓ References are cited properly.
✓ Punctuation is inside quotation marks, if there isn’t a parenthetical citation
✓ Essay has an original title; essay does not use the title of the article
✓ Paragraphs should begin and end in your words.
✓ If applicable, cite the appropriate page number (not the number of pages)
✓ Removed any rhetorical questions
After watching the short film “La Luna” (2011) -and although there are no audible words- what is the film’s central message? Explain your interpretation using at least two of the narrative and cinematic techniques you have been assigned to study. Your analysis must be both logical and thorough. Avoid summarizing the film and focus on how and why the film creates meaning.
Your three responses to your classmates should discuss a visual tactic your peers have missed. Explain what makes the new outlook worth considering.