Film language

Activity – using film language to tell a story

Person with clapperboard in front of a camera

Access 'Video 2 – Using film language to tell a story’ and respond to the questions below.


Big print

text in a script that describes what can be seen and heard (stage directions, entry and exit of characters on-screen, movement and dance, characters using props, sound effects, feelings and attitudes)


software to help with script writing and pre-production

Mise en scene

props, colour and items in a filmed scene that communicate feeling, such as costume, make-up, performance and non-verbal expression


an object or extra piece of clothing used by a character when filming

Colour palette

the variety of colours to use for a film (for example makeup, props and costumes)


crew member who designs camera angles, lighting, special effects and mise en scene


director of photography; cinematographer


preparation before shooting a film

HOD (head/s of department)

person in charge, such as wardrobe, hair or make-up

Big rocks

essential elements of pre-production, such as auditions, cast, rehearsal days, location, HOD, creative brief, shot list, the unit and schedule (3 drafts)

1st Assistant Director (1AD)

plans and runs the filming portion of a film project


  1. Consider 4 different roles in the filmmaking process, such as the director, costume designer, actors and sound designer. How do each of the roles contribute to creating meaning in short films?
  2. Explain why it is important for all team members to share the same vision and intentions for the film.
  3. During the post-production phase, why is feedback important?