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December 9, 2012 / tietze

Iron Man Key Scene Worksheets 4-5

The remaining Media Studies worksheets for a key scene analysis of Iron Man (2008).

 

‘Iron Man’ Key Scene Analysis #4: Heart Theft

1. What do we learn about the character relationship between Tony and Obidiah Stane in this scene?

2. This part of the story is a turning point: it includes a crucial event that shapes how the rest of the story will go. What is that event? What happens because of it?

3. How do the shot types and camera angles change as the scene progresses? What aspects of the story are being reflected by these changes?

4. What kind of lighting is used? How does it reflect the setting and the events of the scene?

5. Is any music used? Why or why not?

6. A very important sound effect is heard in this scene. What is it, and why is it important?

7. What kind of tone is the dialogue spoken in? What does this tell us about the relationship between the characters?

 

‘Iron Man’ Key Scene Analysis #5: Freeway Fight

1. What do we learn about the character relationship between Tony and Obidiah Stane in this scene?

2. What part do the events of this scene play in the story of the battle between Tony and his enemies?

3.    a) What does the lighting tell us about the setting?
b) What kind of mood does it establish for the scene?
c) Is Tony the only person in danger in the freeway fight? The background lighting suggests he isn’t. Describe how it does this.

4. What shot types and camera angles are used in this scene?

5. How is music used? Compare it to the way music was used in the other action scenes we analysed: how is its use similar and how is it different?

6. What kind of tone is the dialogue spoken in? What does this tell us about the relationship between the characters?

 

This task can of course be adapted to suit the study of any film. Also emphasised during the course was the way Iron Man functions as part of the superhero genre, and how an awareness of this has influenced the filmmakers’ approach to the production and story elements analysed. By way of contrast, the horror genre and its traits were explored via vampire movie trailers and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Buffy Vs Dracula”.

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