Film Analysis: Finding Nemo

Film Analysis

Film TitleFinding nemo
DirectorAndrew Stanton
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?Nothing, it is great

Film information can be found at

As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Who is the protagonist?Marlin and Nemo
2. Who is the antagonist?The dentist
3. What is the conflict?The dentist has captured nemo for a gift to his niece
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words)A frightening animated thriller
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals)regular intervals
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?Marlin and Dory try and get to Australia through the sea to get nemo back
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
The animations in the film show worrisome through characters faces
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?it is an animated film so no
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?They are all fish
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?It is dark because most of the movie is in the ocean
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?Most camera angle are pretty close to the cahracters
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?The music makes it more suspenseful and scary
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?Not any factors because it is animated
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.99% rotten tomato rate
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.Explain why you chose this scene.Once again we dont have the movie anymore but it is 20 minutes in when nemo goes off into the deep end and gets taken in a net by a scuba diver.
16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting:Lots of screaming and panic
b. Sound Design:The music makes it way more suspenseful
c. Camera Movements/Angles:It shows an upward angle to show that nemo is being taken out of the water
d. Light Setup:THe light gets brighter as they go to the surface
e. Soundtrack/Score:The music makes it very scary
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?That you should always be careful when you are alone

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

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