1. Referential Meaning- A concrete plot summary, that refers to things or places already invested with significance.
2. Explicit Meaning- A concrete, specific meaning that deals with the characters' change during the film. Change here mean their understanding of their dilemma, what they learn about their problems and themselves.
3. Implicit Meaning- An abstract meaning that goes beyond what is explicitly stated in the film. It is a was to interpret the film.
4. Symptomatic Meaning- Describing a film's meaning by explaining a particular set of social values that make up the point of the film.
1. Coherence- Whether the film has a sense of unity and all the parts are clearly connected.
2. Intensity of Effect- Whether the film is vivid, striking and emotionally engaging.
3. Complexity- Whether the film engages out interests on many levels, creating a multiplicity of relations among many separate formal elements, and tends to create intriguing patterns of feelings and meanings.
4. Originality- When an artist takes a familiar convention and uses it in a way that makes it a fresh experience.
Principles of Film Form
1.Function- The role of effect of any element within the film's form.
2. Similarity and Repetition- Any significant repeated element in a film.
3. Difference and Variation- Significant deviations from what is expected or established.
4. Development- A progression moving from beginning through middle to end.
4. Unity and Disunity- How relationships in a film are interwoven and how communicative and cohesive it is.