Film Analysis: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Film Analysis Worksheet: Indian Jones: Raiders of the Lost Arc


I chose Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Arc to analyze for the film analysis. I chose this film because Harrison Ford is in this movie and I wanted to look at it from different viewpoints

Film Analysis

Film Title
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Year 19
Steven Spielberg
Genre Action and Adventure
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why? Other than adding in modern day special effects and video quality. This is a great film, the only thing that I would add into it is probably a scene where Indiana Jones talks about why he hated snakes.

As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Who is the protagonist? Indiana Jones
2. Who is the antagonist? 1981
3. What is the conflict? The Nazi’s are in power
4. What is the theme? (summarize in one or two words)Learn more… Saving history and stopping criminals.
5. How is the story told (linear, with flashbacks, flash-forwards, at regular intervals)Learn more… The story is told linear because it jumps between what Jonesis doing and what the Nazi’s are doing. The film spends most of the time on Jones’s timeline in the film.
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? Indiana Jones is on a mission to find the Arc of the Covenent before the Nazi’s discover it.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
the camera movement was really good. there was alot of shot of the main characters moving through crowds and walking inbetween people. This gives us that anticapation for what is gonna happen next when he is on the other side of the crowd.

Why does the film encourage such

This happens because this has the audience who is watching to be on edge fo what is gonnna happen.

8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do
particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?Learn more…
The setting is realistic, it takes place in Cairo. This is to resemble a time during WW2 when Hitler and the Nazi’s were searching for historical artifacts.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?Learn more… Most caracters in the film are spposed to be middle class and poor.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?Learn more… The lighting around Jones is well lit most of the time in the film. He is the protagonist in this film and is looked upon very well. It is a good mood when Jones is on in the film
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?Learn more… 1:06
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?Learn more… The slower parts of the music are used in the film during transitions and when there is moving parts happening on screen. The music tends to move alon with it by going up and down the music scale at a faster rate. In this particular film the Indiana Jones theme is very iconic and when you hear it. You anticipate some action with Jones doing something heroic and brave.
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?Learn more… In this movie it connects to times during WW2, when the Nazi’s were out stealing and ccollecting old artifacts from history. This shows that Jones is protecting these artifacts and treasures from falling into the wrong hands.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film.Use credible sources and cite sources

Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All
Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.

Find good sources…

I’ll get to this soon
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Explain why. PLACE THE TIME STAMP FROM THE SCENE HERE… Example: 00:00:00 – 00:05:001:21:25-1:25:40

This clip represents what this film is about and uses several cinematic elements.

16. In the selected scene: write a sentence for each of the elements below:
a. Screenwriting: There wasn’t much dialogue in this scene but there was talking between characters at the begining of this 5min segment. In the screenwriten part for this film there must have been notes that told them to be tired, exausted, and energetic, and suprised.
b. Sound Design: there were sounds of gun shots and moving machinery.
c. Camera Movements: They were medium shots in this and a tracking shot.
d. Light Setup:  This was filmed in daylight and lighting was definitly used on indoor shots.
e. Soundtrack: The soundtrack is great, John Williams is amazing and brings sensation and suprise into his music which keeps you watching. Plus the adventurous tunes he brings out in this film of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Arc.
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?Learn more… This takes place in several places one of them is in Cairo, Egypt and Indiana adapts to their culture of what they wear to blend in so the villans don’t find him.

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