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ELA 8

FILM
STUDY

The Hunger Games Film Study Booklet


Name: ___________________
Class: 8___

Welcome to the Film Study Unit!


In this unit, we will be viewing, analyzing and critiquing the film The Hunger

Games. Each day while watching the film, you will have certain activities to
complete.
In this booklet, you will be completing:

Daily Do Now! entries


Daily double-sided journal entries
Exit- Slip Activities

Assessments:
Throughout the unit, you will be completing summative assessments:
a) Completion of the Film Study Booklet
b) The Hunger Games Quiz
c) Final Project Film Critic

The Hunger Games Film:


The Hunger Games is the first film of a trilogy of films based on the books
by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games takes place in a country named
Panem in a dystopian universe. Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes the place
of her younger sister in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which
two teenagers from each of the twelve districts of Panem are chosen at
random to fight to the death.
Setting: Dystopian Universe Panem
Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Gary Ross (screenplay) & Suzanne Collins (screenplay)
Characters: Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth- Gale Hawthorne

Introduction to Film Studies


Hunger Games Day 1 Characterization
Do now! Answer the following questions in the space below.

What are the character traits of someone you look up to or admire? What
are the character traits of someone you dislike or hate?

What is characterization? What is the difference between direct


characterization and indirect characterization?
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Complete the acronym below to help you remember the methods of
characterization.
P - _________________________________
A - _________________________________
I - __________________________________
R - _________________________________
S - _________________________________
Vocabulary Word: What is a utopia?
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Vocabulary Word: What is a dystopia?
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Double Sided Journal Entry Question:
How are the characters in the Hunger Games characterized?
(see examples on powerpoint)

Film Element

Analysis

Hunger Games Day 2 Tone & Mood


Do Now! Answer the following questions in the space below.
What is something that always puts you in a good mood? What is something
that always put you in a bad mood?

Vocabulary Word: What is tone?


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Vocabulary Word: What is mood?
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Describe the difference between tone and mood.
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Tone & Mood Practice Rapunzel Horror Trailer


What is Rupunzels tone? How do you know?
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What is the mood of the trailer? How do you know
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Double Sided Journal Entry Question:

What is the tone or mood of each film element?


(see examples on powerpoint)

Film Element

Exit Slip: Tone & Mood

Analysis

Hunger Games Day 3 Elements of Film


Do Now! Answer the following questions in the space below.
What is your favourite movie and why?
What is your least favourite movie and why?

Do Now (REVIEW!): What is each persons TONE? How do you know?


BE SPECIFIC
The tone of Lucy ______________________________________________________________________________

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The tone of Jane ______________________________________________________________________________
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The tone of Carrie ______________________________________________________________________________
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Elements of Film Notes

Camera Angles: What does the camera focus on? How does the camera
move?

Lighting: Is the lighting light or dark? Does it change?

Sound: What is the volume? What sound effects are used?

Structure: What is the order or events? What comes after what?

Filmmakers use these elements to create a certain impact or effect. Think


about WHY these choices are made.

Elements of Film Chart


Element of Film

Camera Angles

Lightening

Sound

Element of film: What


do you notice about
it?

Effect or impact on
the film

Structure

Exit Slip: Elements of Film

Hunger Games Day 4 - Symbolism


Do Now! Answer the question in the space below.
What do you think of when you see these objects (other than the objects
itself? Why?

Vocabulary Word: What is symbolism?

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Give 3 abstract examples of symbolism from the PowerPoint.
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What might the 5 words on the PowerPoint represent?
The _____________________ is a symbol for __________________ because
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The _____________________ is a symbol for __________________ because
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The _____________________ is a symbol for __________________ because
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The _____________________ is a symbol for __________________ because
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The _____________________ is a symbol for __________________ because
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Identifying Symbolism Chart
While you watch the film, identify what each symbol represents and why.
Symbol

What it Represents

Hidden Cameras

Hidden cameras
represent the power of
the Capitol.

(example)

Fire

Analysis (Why and


How?)
The cameras are proof
that the people of the
Capitol are always
watching and that they
are the ones in charge.

Rue

Tracker Jackers

(one of your own)

Symbolism Practice
Read the quotes and events below from the Hunger Games novel. How is
each Symbol represented? What might this symbolize and why?
Symbol

Related Quotes & Events

The Hunger The Capitol uses the Hunger


Games
Games to keep the other districts
from rebelling again.
The games sacrifice over 20
children each year
The tributes are chosen at
random and have no choice
about participating
People in the districts watch the
games on TV

What might this symbolize? Why?

District 12s
salute to
Katniss
when she
volunteers

The crowd is silent when Katniss


is chosen.
Then something unexpected
happens almost every member
of the crowd touches the three
middle fingers of their left hand
to their lips and holds it out to
me it means good-bye to
someone you love (24)

Mockingjay Mockingjays will mimic a song


that they hear a person sing or
whistle.
Theres something comforting
about the little bird (43)
Katniss gives Mockingjay pin to
Prim; Prim gives it back as
Katniss leaves for the games

Hunger Games Day 5 Wrap up!


Do Now! Read the paragraph and answer the following questions in
the space below.
The Hunger Games is set in a world where the government forces children to
be sacrificed in a violent, public way. Writers often create exaggerated
stories like this to reveal flaws in our world.
What message do you think the storys creator is trying to express with this
dark tale?

Double Sided Journal Entry Question:


Look at the box on the right hand side below and choose anything that you
would like to analyze!
Film Element

Analysis

characterization
tone
mood
film elements
camera
angles
sound
lighting
symbolism

Hunger Games (Tentative) Due Dates Sunday December 11th Hunger Games Test
Monday December 12th Hunger Games Booklet Due
Thursday December 15th Film Critic Due
*Your Film Critic must be handed in on December 15th. No late
film critics will be accepted.
***If you are away for vacation you must email your critic by Microsoft word
document (NO GOOGLE DOCS) or get a friend to print it off for you by Thursday
December 15th