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Paragraph 1: Summarize and evaluate the plot, characters, setting, conflict, and theme. What is the basic plot? Is the plot believable? Do you think the title is appropriate? What is the meaning of the title? Who are the characters? How would you describe them? How would you describe the quality of the acting? What is the setting? What is the mood? How does the setting contribute to that mood? What is the conflict? Is the conflict believable? What is the theme of the film? Is it effectively communicated?
Paragraph 2: Discuss the suspense techniques used in the movie. These include foreshadowing, flashback, imagery, camera angles, types of shots, music, and effects. (You may wish to review the techniques in Fear Lessons 4 and 5.) Questions to consider: Which literary suspense techniques (foreshadowing, flashback, imagery, etc.) are present in the film? Which techniques specific to film (camera angles, types of shots, soundtrack, and special effects) are used to create suspense? Are the techniques used effectively? Why or why not? Paragraph 3: Discuss the overall quality of the film. Would you recommend it to a friend? Why or why not? Questions to consider: Would you recommend the film? Why or why not? What are the strengths of this short film? What suggestions would you make for improvement? Does recognizing an author's (writer, director, storyboard artist, etc.) artistic choices enhance your enjoyment of the work? Explain and provide examples. Use what you learned about nonfiction text features to organize your critique. Consider how a title, headings, and images might enhance your critique. As you write, think about the tone of the professional critiques you have read. Remember to use your words and convey your ideas in such a way that is respectful and persuasive. Use examples to support your evaluation to increase the credibility of your critique.