Posted: April 24th, 2016
Frame by Frame. Choose one of the following video clips for the discussion:
§ Psycho (1960)
§ A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Considering one film is from 1960 and the other produced in 2001, there are clearly differences in what the filmmakers were able to do. Describe the style of editing that is used in the film clip you chose. What types of shots are used? What types of visual transitions are used between shots? Does this scene follow continuity editing or does it work in a different style? How does this affect the audience’s understanding of the scene? Be sure to watch the entire scene closely to see the scene as a whole.
Music and Soundscapes. Using the video clips, below, identify and describe the three basic categories of sound in film as described in the text. Which of the three categories is prominent in each of the clips? How does the use of sound inform the mood of the scene? Does it complement or work against the scene?
§ Jaws (1975)
§ You’ve Got Mail (1998)
§ The Mask (1994)
Reflective Paper Draft. Review the final Paper instructions in Week 5 of the online course or in the “Components of Course Evaluation” section of this guide. Then, visit the Ashford Writing Center located under the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation tool bar in your online classroom. The outline must contain:
a. Introduction with thesis statement
b. At least five body paragraphs
d. Reference page
The paper must be three to five pages in length (excluding the cover and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.
The Cinematic Auteurist. Much in the same way people have favorite authors who create certain expectations from their writing, we have the auteurist theory in film. Explain why the auteurist theory has become so important to film analysis. What are some arguments against auteurist theory? How does auteurist theory affect the way that films are marketed? How does it affect the way that films are analyzed by critics and audiences? Please use an actual film/director/marketing campaign to illustrate your points.
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