Film 1, Section 2410
3 December 2017
FILM 1 VISUAL ESSAY OUTLINE:
Directions: Using the following template, create an outline for your final project by filling in
answers specific to your film choice for each of the bullet points.
Note: please be sure there are youtube clips and/or stills for each example you choose to
• Summary of film and director
• Address why film is art (how auteur’s (director as author of film) voice stands out and
sets his/her vision apart via narrative form, mise-en-scene, and another film technique
of your choosing (cinematography, editing, sound).
Discuss how the story reflects auteur’s voice
Use specific examples from film that illuminate two (2) of the following:
• Plot and Story
• Cause and Effect
• Choose a scene from select film to analyze all aspects of mise-en-scene.
o Staging: Acting performance and movement:
o Costume and make up
Additional Film Technique
• Choose an additional film technique covered in Film Art – Cinematography, Editing,
and/or Sound – and show how the filmmaker succeeds as an auteur by:
• Discussing the importance of technique in telling a visual story
• Listing at least two characteristics of technique and providing examples that illustrate
how scenes in the movie reflect the filmmaker’s vision as auteur
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• Summarize why this film, via filmmaker’s vision serve as art
• Summarize how narrative form reflects auteur’s voice
• Summarize how mise-en-scene reflects auteur’s vision
• Summarize how additional film technique (cinematography, editing, sound) reflects
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Film 1, Section ____
Date assignment is due
FILM 1 VISUAL ESSAY OUTLINE:
● Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film Schindler’s List is an insightful and powerful exploration of
the experiences faced by victims of the Nazis’ Holocaust during the Second World War.
● Spielberg was able to present such a reputation of producing unique films that are
released as movies but have an approach of being more like a documentary. His films
are styled to tell a moving story with historical value and information; this is exactly
what he does in this film. The auteur’s voice stands out in Schindler’s List and via
narrative form, mise-en-scene, and cinematography.
Narrative Form: Line
Linear Narrative Form Use
● Plot and Story: Schindler’s List tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman
from Czechoslovakia, who effectively saved the lives of around 1,200 (mostly Polish)
Jews, by keeping them employed in his factories. Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) is a
fascinating figure. A member of the Nazi Party, he’s introduced as a morally depraved
man, initially aiming to profit from the construction of the Krakow ghetto, and willing to
trade on his relationship with the Party to save the 1,200 Jews.
● Cause and Effect: System of symbolism through various forms:
o Manipulation of emotion through human catastrophe and a hero like ending
● Time: split into three sections as to show the story play out chronologically
o Krakow prior to the liquidation of the ghetto:
o Krakow during the liquidation:
o The incidents that happen after the liquidation:
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(Young girl in the red coat scene)
o Staging/Acting: Girl in red walking among all these others in black and white amongst the chaos – Jewish actors’ accents
o Setting: Throughout entire film, the WWII setting reflects what we know from
history books – in this scene specifically, the liquidation of the ghetto: this scene
and its setting reflects the reality of the ghettos Jewish people lived in and the
process that took place as they were removed and transported to the camps.
o Costume and Makeup: most of the costumes for the Jewish people in the movie
are the clothes from 1930s and 1940s of Poland
o Lighting: Lowkey lighting – very dark effect considering the story the film is
portraying – dark, but among the chaos the girl represents a form of life; as a
young girl, she represents the simple symbol/motif of life. Later, when Schindler
comes across her body, still dressed in the red coat, in a wheelbarrow after the
excavation of a mass grave, it becomes a symbol of blood and death.
Additional Film Technique
● Using a style of low-key lighting the intended effect seeks to highlight the dark
overtones present in the plot and theme of the movie. It enables the viewers to look
back to the sad, desperate history and to learn from the unforgettable history
● Black and white color
o Supports historical representation and documentary-like format
o Gives sad and dark effect of story
● Light from candles burning
o affirms the Jewish faith – in the ghetto, hope has been drained. God is absent;
but, But later, when Schindler permits his workers to mark the Sabbath once
again, the flame is lit
● Schindler’s List serves as art in film because of the importance behind it. In its entity, it
detects a dreadful historical truth with authenticity of the Holocaust through different
film art components using narrative, mise en scene and cinematography techniques.
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● Through it’s storyline and chronological time display, various motifs are represented in
the film symbolizing cause and effect and narrating in an almost documentary-like
● With the combination of historical elements of setting and costume and design and the
grey lighting, the film looks more like a documentary film that shows the sad history of
● Cinematography played a key and more important role in Schindler’s List’s uniqueness.
It’s black and white editing brought the movie together and emphasized the emotional
aspect of this horrifically beautiful film.
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