Film Analysis: WONDER


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Film Analysis

Film TitleWONDER
DirectorStephen Chbosky
GenreChildrens film
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?Nothing, it is great

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Who is the protagonist?August Pullman
2. Who is the antagonist?Julian Albans
3. What is the conflict?August has a messed up face and has to go through life looking different
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words)Be kind to others
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)?August joins a new school after being home schooled all his life and has to adjust to new beginnings
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 emotions showed through the family and the hardships shows the love between all of them.
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?It is realistic because cleft palate is a real thing
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 dressed in normal clothes
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?When they are inside it is dark most of the time.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?The camera angles show different reactions
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?There isn’t a whole lot of music
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?Being different can throw people off. They either can be very rude about it or nice.
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.It got an 85% 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.About 45 minutes into the movie, August takes a tour of the school. Julian is one of the tour guides and makes fun of his face, setting the tone of the rest of the film.
16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting:The script shows the evil in some people
b. Sound Design:There isn’t anything special. Just them talking
c. Camera Movements/Angles:They are at a mid close up to the characters
d. Light Setup:They are inside a class room. Normal lighting
e. Soundtrack/Score:There is no music in this scene
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?
That you should always be nice to someone, no matter how different they are.

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