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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 5 - Activity 1

Film Analysis – Cinematography focus

Description of activity

Students view the first 20 minutes of a film and write an analysis evaluating the effectiveness of the director’s cinematography. They consider the following elements of cinematography;

  • establishing shot/scenes
  • music/sound effects
  • special effects/;lighting
  • camera angles/editing/pace

(Viewing time 20 minutes.  Writing time 35 minutes)


Students have completed a unit on Film that has focused on aspects of cinematography. They have viewed excerpts from several popular films and have read examples of film analysis.


EN5-2A effectively uses and critically assesses a wide range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing a wide range of texts in different media and technologies

EN5-3B selects and uses language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts, describing and explaining their effects on meaning

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)
Students will be assessed on their ability to:

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the first 20 minutes of the film
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cinematography
  • compose an appropriate text for film analysis
  • use conventions of written language.

Graded student work samples - End Stage

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