Film Studies - Themes

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  • 1. Super 8 (J.J. Abrams, USA, 2011) Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, USA, 2012) Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 2. Messages and values The way messages and values are communicated to film audiences. Theme The overarching ideas conveyed in a film. Examples of common film themes include moral dilemmas, conflict, racism, love, betrayal and redemption. Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 3. What key themes and messages did you identify in the reviews of Super 8? Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 4. What key messages and themes did you identify in reviews of Moonrise Kingdom? Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 5. Key Themes Grief/loss/death Family End of childhood Key Messages Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 6. What is the significance of Super 8s opening scene? Consider the effect of the 4 technical elements. Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 7. How are the two families contrasted? How does this relate to the theme of grief? Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 8. Super 8 can be seen as a coming of age film. It is about the trauma of the end of childhood and the move into adolescence. Development of sexual identity Progression through the Oedipal stages Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 9. The films key themes are grief, and Joes relationship with Alice. How do the two themes link together? Home movie sequence Zombie sequence ending Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 10. Key Themes Relationships Love Family End of childhood Community US Society Imagination Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 11. Key Themes US Society The film is set in 1965 dividing line in American history. this movie is set in an American village that doesnt really exist in the same way it did anymore Wes Anderson. Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 12. Key Themes Relationships: Sam and Suzy Suzys parents (Mr and Mrs Bishop) Mrs Bishop and Captain Sharp Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 13. Key Themes Family Sam-orphan Bishops Sam and Suzy Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 14. Key Themes Opening sequence Telephone call 8 mins Sam and Suzy Constructing family 23mins Family 27 mins Beach 38mins 30 letters Lesson Objectives: To be able to discuss the messages, values, and themes of Super 8 and Moonrise Kingdom.