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    I am writing a compare/contrast on Catch Me if You Can and Gangs of New York.
    Below is the list of questions from my teacher.
    I have (Analysis of the Narrative: Story, Plot, and Meaning and Analysis of Theatrical Elements; How does the filmmaker use these theatrical elements to communicate his/her message?) already so I didn't include them but am still struggling with these questions.
    I am a master's student for Digital Media Management and this is my first film class so I am kind of in over my head.
    Any help is appreciated.
    (I only need 1 movie. I can figure out the other one.)

    Analysis of Cinematography
    1. Which photographic techniques (e.g., types of shots, angles, lighting effects, depth of field) are used most frequently and to greatest effect? What are the most memorable cinematic moments in the film?

    2. How are images composed? When/where is composition within the frame used most effectively to communicate story, character, and/or theme?

    3. What types of camera movements are used and to what effect?

    Analysis of Editing
    1. What types of editing techniques are used predominantly throughout the film? Is the editing seamless or obvious?

    2. When are quick takes used? When are long takes used? Why?

    3. How/when does the filmmaker effectively manipulate the audience's feelings? Explain.

    Analysis of Sound
    1. How are visible and invisible sound used in the film?

    2. How is music used?

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    Although we are unable to complete actual assignments for students, I am merely able to offer some of my own notes and brainstorming ideas about Gangs of New York. Please allow some of these ideas to help:

    As you explore cinematographic and photographic techniques, you might comment about image composition. Please note you how Ballhaus seems to open up the bottom of the shot to create a more realistic image and create the setting or historical era of the time. Please note how critics say that a book of Rembrandt paintings was used to communicate mood and setting. The image composition, to me, works effectively to create a foreboding sense and increased contrasts.

    You might also look at the series of dissolves in the film. For example, the scene where the camera pulls backs from Priest Vallon as he lies dead in Five Points to a huge, aerial view of the entire island of Manhattan is impressive. The switch from a close-up to dissolves is emotional because it shows that the character's situation is analogous to the overall immigrant experience. For me, I also think the final shot is symbolic, especially after 9/11. The film seems to trace an emotional now and then to chronicle where the city has been and where it will go.

    As you analyze editing and manipulation of the ...

    Solution Summary

    Film assessments related to this movie are brainstormed.