- You must post five short (3 to 5 paragraph) critical essays over the course of the semester.
- Each one will deal with a particular sequence, issue, or topics from one of the films we watch.
- You will be able to find specific sequences on You Tube.
- Each essay will count for five points, so this requirement covers 40% of your grade.
- In each essay, you must come up with a coherent critical synthesis/thesis.
- The following is a set of guidelines to help you. Don’t deal with every topic. Pick out a few that are significant to you and base your essay on them.
- Grammar and spelling will be counted in your grade.
- You can revise the essay any time to correct grammar and spelling errors.
WHAT IS THE FILM ABOUT? HOW IS IT ABOUT WHAT IT IS ABOUT?
Narrative Elements: What is the story? What are the elements of storytelling?
- Plot Structure:
- Non-Diagetic Elements:
Stylistic Elements: How is the story made into a film?
- Camera Technique (Cinematography)
- Mis en Scene
- Camera Placement and movement
- Other elements
- Editing (Montage)
Ideological/Thematic Elements: What are the ideas and themes expressed in the work?
Objective of film; intended audience. What kind of audience is the film intended for? Does it succeed in reaching its audience?
YOUR CRITICAL SYNTHESIS/THESIS What are the most important elements to you? What are your critical ideas?