Close Reading and Mise-en-Scène

Trolly – New Orleans, 1955. From The Americans © Robert Frank
Trolly – New Orleans, 1955. From The Americans © Robert Frank

What is close reading?

Scholars, in many disciplines, often use the term “close reading” to describe the careful, sustained interpretation of a brief passage of a text. A close reading often emphasizes the single and the particular over the general by giving sustained attention to individual words, syntax and the order in which the sentences unfold ideas.  – IB DP Film Teacher Support Material – 2019

1. Research Close Reading Tactics

2. Practice Mise en Scène Close Reading Analysis

  • Mise En Scene Analysis

3. Create a blog post titled, Close Reading and Mise en Scène

4. Copy and paste the following headings (including the resources):

Summary

Write a brief one sentence description of the project

Close Reading Image

Embed and cite image from a film for close reading

Close Reading Analysis

Embed your Slideshare.net analysis presentation here by copying and pasting the URL to your Slideshare.net presentation

Resources

5. Form teams of two

  1. Pick a movie still and be sure to cite it in your presentation
    • Remember Google is not a web site, you must click to visit the site if you search Google Images
  2. Identify the significant elements of mise-en-scène in the image
  3. Determine meaning within the image through an exploration of mise-en-scène
  4. Create and embed a slideshow in Google Slides and share publicly with Slideshare.net
    • Embed the image on the master slide
    • Set the background to black and font to white
      • You do not need to have the separate colors like the sample below
    • Place the headings from the green slides and the image and answers from the teal slides
    • Sample:Dominant Slides Sample
  5. Critique and discuss findings from other teams

Examine student samples for clarity

Sample Movie Still from Old Boy

Image from agoodmovietowatch.com
Old Boy Image from agoodmovietowatch.com

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