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'Mary and Max' by Adam Elliot. Literature Unit 4: Note taking sheet

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Segment analysis note taking sheet

Mary and Max segment analysis note taking sheet

Your job is to analyse a 30-second segment from the film. It can be any 30 seconds you like. You are to take notes on this segment in the table below. You will use these notes to respond to the following prompt: What ideas and themes is Adam Elliot exploring in this segment? Remember to get forensic! Use these detailed notes as evidence to support your observations.

Time in film: eg from 38 mins, 42 seconds – 39 mins, 12 seconds











Summarise what happens (plot) in this segment












Summarise the themes or ideas raised in this segment – with evidence

Comment on the film techniques used – eg characterisation (what the characters do, say, how they react to others, how others react to them), setting, narrator, soundtrack, colour, contrast, camera angle, shot composition, etc.