This is what we have learnt this week.

Analysing shorts:

This week, we watched 2 one short film clips, and how to analyse them as we are creating our own one min short film. These are the clips we looked at:



  • Shots – movement, angles, type of shot
  • Editing – jump cuts, style, pace, flow, narrative and dialogue
  • Lighting – mood, saturation, colours,
  • Mise en scene – What is placed where
  • Colour – the use of different colours to show how the character is currently feeling at the time.
  • Sound – dialogue, narrator, voiceover etc.

Examples: (for notes!)

elements within that scene:

  • Directional shots – from one place to another
  • Getting ready to go on the date
  • Added social media text – computer, to the text he got
  • Mirror directions, to going out the bathroom
  • Close up shots
  • Fast pace jump cuts – for movement, and goes with the mood
  • Bright lighting – natural, tungsten and artificial (hard)
  • Added foley sounds (door, hairspray)
  • Happy ukulele youtuber music
  • Dreamy mood as if he knew he was going to go on a date with her, but really he just got ready to speak to her.
  • Different locations (tells the audience where he’s going next)
  • Tells the narrative in quick way.

Second scene – Misplaced:

  • Intense music
  • Foley
  • Different angles (variety of them) – directional
  • Change of music makes it mysterious and a fast pace.
  • Jump cuts
  • Close up
  • Steady cam movement shots
  • Far away shots like someone’s watching
  • Different locations
  • Blurry close up shots – focused on the phone
  • Muted night lighting (makes the mood)
  • Quick shots to describe the feeling of the character, being quick and then going slow when his misplaces his phone and looks for it.
  • Grey colours, warm and cold.
  • Subtle, and soft.
  • The narrative is already told to the audience in the beginning, and then keeps the audience hooked to the story to find out what’s going to happen next.