Film Clip Presentation Redux!

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu with camera

We are going to do film clip presentations again, starting the week after April break. (We will simultaneously start planning Q4 final projects and the June 7 CCHS Film and Animation Festival, as we discussed…) These presentations will be similar to Quarter 1, but they should be even better than before, as I expect that your ideas about films have grown throughout the year and with your own experiences as filmmakers.


  1. Investigate a favorite film or filmmaker in depth
  2. Analyze a specific scene
  3. Bring new influences to the rest of the class; show us a film we need to see.

Essential QuestionWhat makes a movie “good?” What are the pieces of a “good” movie?


  1. Decide whether you are going to present on your own or with a partner. 
  2. Alone or with your partner, choose one or two 3-5 minute clips from a movie, TV show, or short film –something you feel the class needs to see. Think carefully about which film and which clip(s) you choose to show. The clip(s) should represent the film you are showing (ie give us a good idea of the style of the film, and what the filmmaker is doingYou will be encouraged to choose something the majority of the students in class have not seen. Look for something classic or unusual. 
  3. Write a short paragraph (3-5 sentences) about each of the elements of cinema, below.
  4. Present the film clip to class. Plan, rehearse and deliver your thoughts on the clip. Put your clip in context of the longer movie (etc) that it comes from–where does it fit? Overall, tell us why you chose this piece of media and why WE should see it too.

Analyze the following in your presentation:

  • Storytelling (The Script / Writing: Plot, Beginning / middle/end – structure; Dialog; Characters; the IDEA)
  • Acting & Directing
  • Mise En Scene (‘What you see’ – Locations; props, costumes; makeup)
  • Cinematography (Shots: Composition, Lighting, Viewpoint / Perspective / Angle; Movement)
  • Soundtrack (Music score; Mix; Compliments visuals and story;
  • Editing (Tells the story; special effects; continuity; pacing)

Download the rubric here:  Film Clip Presentation rubric