Each Film in Action Journal will have the student reflect on four main components of the film viewed for that week. The student will analyze the background, structure/form, theme, and the leadership challenge(s) presented. These components will be used in the final Leadership in Film paper. The following should be addressed in the Film in Action Journal:
Who is the writer of the film?
Has the screenplay been adapted from another work?
Who is the director?
When was the film made?
Do you feel there was any viewpoint or focus of the director that created a bias?
If so, how was it presented?
STRUCTURE / FORM
What is captured in the film cover?
Why do you suppose the film starts in the way that it does?
Are there any motifs (scenes, images, dialogue) that are repeated?
What purpose do they serve?
What 2-3 sequences are most important in the film? Why?
Is sound used in any vivid ways to enhance the film? (i.e. Enhance drama, heighten tension, disorient the viewer, etc.)
How does the film use color or light/dark to suggest tone and mood in different scenes?
Are there any striking uses of perspective (seeing through a character’s eyes, camera angle, etc.)? How does this relate to the meaning of the scene?
What specific scene constitutes the film’s climax?
How does this scene resolve the central issue of the film?
Does the film leave any disunities (loose ends) at the end? If so, what does it suggest?
Who do you identify as the leader or leaders of the film?
Does the film present a clear point-of- view of leadership? How?
Are there any aspects of theme that are left ambiguous at the end? Why?
How does this film relate to what you have read or experienced about leadership (in class or on your own)?
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