Studying a film adaptation of a novel shows how a director converts a book’s words into visual media. The director supervises all the major aspects of a film, so his or her choices affect how audiences experience a text. Directors choose what to include, exclude, or emphasize in a film or stage production. Attentive viewers can analyze how these decisions impact their perception of the story by asking, “What was the impact of including, altering, or omitting this information on the story’s overall meaning?”
These words will be helpful in discussing the decisions that directors/filmmakers make in order to tell a story and creating an emotional impact on the viewer.
- Diegetic Sound:
- Sounds that originate from the world of the film (doors opening, dogs barking, etc.).
- Sounds that are added, like music or voiceover.
- Is the scene light or dark? Are the colors bright or muted?
- Camera angles:
- Close up: frames a person’s face; wide angle: shows significantly more of the scene.
- Camera Movement:
- Zooming in, zooming out, panning up/down/left/right.
- Actors’ Choices:
- Facial expressions, movement, tone of voice, pauses.
- How quickly does the movie progress? Are scenes brief or long?
- Respond to the following questions in your notebook
- Respond to the discussion questions by creating a blog post on OYSTER Academy
- Watch To Kill a Mockingbird, the Movie from: 00:24:20–00:33:13 (Watch with Daddy). This will correspond with chapter 6 although you can watch from the beginning to 00:33:13. Do not watch more.
- Read To Kill a Mockingbird, chapters 7- 8
- How does the director establish mood in the first five minutes of this scene? How does this compare with the mood established by author Harper Lee in the text (pages 58–60)? Provide specific evidence from both the film and the text to support your answer, and be sure to reference our film terms.
- Compare the discussion of what happened with Mr. Radley in the film (32:20–32:55) and the discussion in the text (top of page 61). What choices has the director made in the film and how does this change the impact of the scene?
- What alterations does the director of the film make to the original text in order to speed up pacing? Provide at least two different examples.
- In what ways is the scene where Jem retrieves his pants similar and different in the film (30:50–32:16) than in the text (pages 62–64) ? Provide at least two similarities and two differences.
- On page 63, Scout reflects, “It was then, I suppose, that Jem and I first began to part company.” How would you characterize the relationship between Scout and Jem in this scene? In what ways has it changed since the beginning of the text?