Todd Taylor
Professor of English

Close Reading of a Film: Anatomy of a Scene (by Guillermo Rodríguez)

Project Published 8/21/18 Last updated on 5/8/19

Since you’ll focus on just a short part of a movie, you’ll be able to take a deep dive into the details and get a great understanding of the filmmaker’s decisions (and be able to play his or her role). Before you pick your scene, watch the entire film to make sure you understand it. Then watch the single scene several times and take notes to break it down.

Using Adobe Premiere pro, you will rip, upload and edit/mix the chosen scene with your audio commentary from your analysis as the basis for your voice over. Based on your research and close reading exercise, you will take on the role of the film director (or perhaps a film scholar) as he or she explains the scene in detail, in the style of New York Times’ You-Tube series Anatomy of a Scene.

  • Audition

    Audio recording, mixing, and restoration.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

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David Simmons

Posted on 4/9/19 9:18:44 PM Permalink

​No captions on Vimeo clips - how can Deaf people have equal access to this film education. SMH. This violates ADA laws.