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Josh Nelson: Film as Text (Overview)

Session Info:

The presentation provides a detailed introductory overview on approaching cinematic texts for analysis.

The presentation will familiarise students with the various cinematic techniques used to generate meaning in film by drawing on a diverse range of examples.

Additionally, the lecture will introduce students to the types of terminology used within film analysis and outline a number of useful strategies that can be applied when approaching Film as Text assessment tasks.

Please note: the presentation can be tailored to the specific needs of the students or staff and any particular film texts as requested. It can also be run as a professional development workshop/lecture for staff.


  • Film Analysis (How does it differ from literature?)
  • Filmmaking techniques (what to look for when watching film)
  • Composition and Camerawork
  • Mise En Scene
  • Sound and Music
  • Editing
  • Symbols & Motifs
  • Cultural and Historical Context
  • Writing Strategies and Helpful Hints

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