Film Style and Form

In this step, we will look at how we can gain an understanding of the interaction between a film’s story, themes, style (aesthetics) and form.

First, download and read the Basic guide to style and film form and watch a version of 'Edge of Seventeen' this time with a voice commentary, focusing on the interaction between themes, style (aesthetics) and form.

Film Style and Form

Film short with commentary

Watch the version of 'Edge of Seventeen' with commentary, focusing on the interaction between themes, style (aesthetics) and form.

Expression and content

A film’s themes never stand alone because a film’s style and form constantly sustains and expresses its narrative whether it is short or long. Expression and content always go hand in hand. Here we will look at, among other things, how editing and sound (or the lack of it) in 'Edge of Seventeen' markedly participates in communicating the sinister atmosphere and story of a protagonist in conflict with her surroundings (outer conflict) and herself (inner conflict).

It’s therefore important when working with film analytically, that the students consider both what they see and hear and what the film makes them feel and experience. The style of the film springs from a systematic use of camera, editing, light, color, props, etc. For example, a film camera can move in a variety of ways and influence our experience of a scene. Light and color create a mood that may draw the story in a dark and sinister, or light and breezy, direction.

But in all film narratives there are aesthetic and dramaturgical elements that stick out in particular, each inviting one to make a deeper analysis. In the psychological thriller 'Edge of Seventeen' it makes sense to look closer at the use of editing and sound. We also look at how the film works with inner and outer conflicts, and fits into the narrative model despite its extremely short format.


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  • What is important to focus on in the work with style (aesthetics) and film form? Discuss your film-analytical considerations with the other participants.
  • Create 1-2 student questions regarding the film’s form and the interaction between themes, style (aesthetics) and film form in your own film example.

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