First, watch this five-minute video that presents side-by-side the opening and final frames of 55 different movies.
The Tree of Life 00:00 The Master 00:09 Brokeback Mountain 00:15 No Country for Old Men 00:23 Her 00:27 Blue Valentine 00:30 Birdman 00:34 Black Swan 00:41 Gone Girl 00:47 Kill Bill Vol. 2 00:53 Punch-Drunk Love 00:59 Silver Linings Playbook 01:06 Taxi Driver 01:11 Shutter Island 01:20 Children of Men 01:27 We Need to Talk About Kevin 01:33 Funny Games (2007) 01:41 Fight Club 01:47 12 Years a Slave 01:54 There Will be Blood 01:59 The Godfather Part II 02:05 Shame 02:10 Never Let Me Go 02:17 The Road 02:21 Hunger 02:27 Raging Bull 02:31 Cabaret 02:36 Before Sunrise 02:42 Nebraska 02:47 Frank 02:54 Cast Away 03:01 Somewhere 03:06 Melancholia 03:11 Morvern Callar 03:18 Take this Waltz 03:21 Buried 03:25 Lord of War 03:32 Cape Fear 03:3812 Monkeys 03:45 The World According to Garp 03:50 Saving Private Ryan 03:57 Poetry 04:02 Solaris (1972) 04:05 Dr. Strangelove 04:11 The Astronaut Farmer 04:16 The Piano 04:21 Inception 04:26 Boyhood 04:31 Whiplash 04:37 Cloud Atlas 04:43 Under the Skin 04:47 2001: A Space Odyssey 04:51 Gravity 04:57 The Searchers 05:03 The Usual Suspects 05:23
Choose a movie that you have NOT seen and review both the first and final frames of that movie. Based on your analysis of each frame–mise en scene, composition, camera angle, point-of-view, lighting etc.–discuss the relationship between the first and final frames. Then, based upon your analysis and discussion, speculate about the movie–its setting, theme, “feel”/”mood,” conflict, etc.
Do not do any research about the film! Make this all of your speculation; there is no correct or incorrect answer and you will not be assessed that way anyway.
By the way, if you click on the video above and go directly to the youtube video, the “time-links” will work.
Drop a Quiz!
If you would like to drop a quiz grade, watch the film that you used for the frame analysis and reply to your original post. How accurate was your prediction? Why do you think you were correct and/or why do you think you were incorrect? Most important, what relevance do the first and final frames have on the film in its entirety?
Print and bring a hard copy of your reply to class.