Shot-by-Shot Analysis

Doing a shot-by-shot analysis of a short sequence from a film is useful in training yourself to look closely at how films are constructed. It is a very common technique that can be used alongside watching the sequence with the sound off and listening to the sound alone without the image. In particular, it is good for analysing the mise-en-scene and for noticing the links between the shots in a sequence.

For two examples of guidelines for completing a shot-by-shot analysis see the advice given HERE and HERE.

These sites also provide both good and bad examples. I've attached these to the bottom of the page for you to download. One of these examples is also viewable online HERE.

The video below also gives you an idea of how to use this technique although notice that this example of more of a critique than an analysis.

More pages