Posted: April 19th, 2016
Year of release Type of film (blockbuster, indie, documentary, etc.) Genre Story/Plot – In this area, you should offer a brief summary of the film, and then show how it was deployed in the narrative structure of the film. Explain the difference between the film’s story and its plot. This area can be addressed as a separate paragraph, or can be threaded throughout your analysis of the film. Aesthetic Choices – In this area, you will assess the efficacy of specific techniques and design elements employed in the film as they apply to the overarching narrative and theme of the film. These elements include: Mise en scène (e.g., lighting, sound, composition of frame, costuming, etc.) Editing (e.g., cuts and transitions, shots used, angles, etc.) Technology (i.e., analyze the impact of any notable technological effects: film stock, targeted release venue, special effects, etc.) Social/Personal Impact – In this area, you will critically address the following questions: What impact did this film have on society (i.e., politically or culturally, positive or negative)? The impact can be as major as inspiring political or social changes or as minor as inspiring the production of toys or lunchboxes. How did society affect this film (i.e., what currents in society led to the creation of the film)? If you are unable to find any information about the social impact of the film, explain the personal impact it has had on you. Note: Not every bullet point under the four listed components will necessarily apply to your movie. However, you will still need to discuss each of the four main components thoroughly, which means that you may need to explain a concept even if it can’t be directly applied to your movie.
Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement that clarifies what you will attempt to accomplish in your paper, and how you will proceed. Additionally, you must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Stage 2: Reflection After completing your movie analysis, you will reflect on the analysis process and how you have learned to more thoroughly analyze film as well as how rigorous study of film enhances your development as a student and thinker. In this 300- to 600-word reflection, review your initial post from the “Post Your Introduction” discussion in Week One, and consider how your ability to analyze movies has changed or grown. Append your reflection to the analysis portion of your paper and submit as one document. Your reflection should be personal and exploratory in nature.
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