2014-10-16

FA8 Critical Video Analysis

Cultural Identity-Focused Short Videos & Films

The following student films where developed as part of FaceBC, a youth digital video project, created by Vancouver’s Pacific Cinémathèque and presented in association with Portrait Gallery of Canada, a programme of Library and Archives Canada, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, and where meant to support youth filmmakers in the expression of cultural identity in a visual format.

These films provide a broad variety of styles, genres, and subject matter, as well as documentary, experimental, and narrative fiction.

With a partner or in a group of three, watch a least 2 of the short videos included below. After each, fill in the Video Analysis sheet, answering the following questions, to the best of your ability:

  1. Explain how you feel this film/video addresses (or does not address) cultural or personal identity. What techniques are used to address these themes?
  2. What do you think was the filmmaker’s intended message? Try to summarize the message in one sentence.
  3. Do you think that the message of this video was best communicated by the style used? Why or why not?
  4. If you were the Writer of this film, what (script, story, dialogue) would you keep the same and what would you change? Why?
  5. If you were the Director of this film, what (look, feel, colour, sounds) would you keep the same and what would you  change? Why?
  6. How did the use of landscape, colour, set decoration, sound, image, and dialogue support the expression of cultural identity in this short video?
  7. Is the “voice” of the filmmaker present in this video? What devices are used to allow us to see and hear that voice?
  8. Is the “voice” an honest and authentic voice? Why or why not?
  9.  Identify the main themes present in the video. Basically, what was this video about, in your opinion?
Breathe – A video poem about making time in life for more than just To Do lists.

Breathe from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.

Muse – The painter’s brush expresses the beauty of nature and the complexity of the city.
Muse from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.

Trick – Exploring the intense, rhythmic, and stylistic world of tricking.

We Are Who We Ain't – Three young women find confidence in their own identities.
We Are Who We Ain't from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.

Mo's Day – An intense day of bullying takes its toll.

Mo's Day from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.

The Streets – A re-enactment of one immigrant youth’s real-life tragedy. 

Shadow Dance – Four diverse youth dance to their own drum. 

Seventh Generation – A fictional story of hope from one of Canada’s residential schools. 

When Love is Lost – One young woman copes with pain and solitude. 
Encounters – Music and culture connect a community.

Encounters from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.

Communication – One youth aims to open the door to inter-generational communication.

Communication from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.

A Culture of Culture – A tongue-in-cheek analysis of culture at a microscopic level.

A Culture of Culture from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.

Where Did Everything Go? – Nature and the city combine to create communities that inspire.

Where Did Everything Go from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.

Imperfect Fit – So many life choices… walk a mile in a few different shoes.

Imperfect Fit from The Cinematheque on Vimeo.