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Establishing Theme

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Select a movie from AFI’s 10 Top 10 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external lists and explain how three cinematic techniques and/or design elements have helped establish a major theme in that film. Note: While you are allowed to choose a film that does not come from the AFI lists, you are strongly encouraged to email your professor to receive approval before doing so.

In 800 to 1200 words

  • Describe a major theme of the movie you have selected using evidence from the movie itself as well as course resources and other scholarly sources to support your position.
  • Identify at least three techniques (cinematography, lighting, acting style, or direction) and/or design elements (set design, costuming, or hair and makeup), and explain how these techniques and/or design elements contribute to the establishment of the theme. Reference particular scenes or sequences in your explanations.
  • State your opinion regarding the mise en scène, including
  • How the elements work together.
  • How congruent the design elements are with the theme of the movie.
  • Whether or not other techniques would be as effective (Explain your reasoning).

Note: Remember that a theme is an overarching idea that recurs throughout the plot of a film. It is the distilled essence of what the film is about, the main design which the specific scenes and actions lead a viewer to understand.

Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement that focuses on how the elements of your chosen feature-length film both establish and maintain one of its major themes. Review the Week Three sample paper, which provides an example of a well-developed analysis as well as insight on composition.

The paper must be 800 to 1200 words in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

You must use at least two scholarly sources other than the textbook to support your claims. Refer to the ENG225 Research Guide in theUniversity Library for guidance and to locate your sources. Cite your sources (including the feature-length film) within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center.

Please note that if you opt to write about the same film in your Final Film Critique, applicable pieces of this assignment can be used to write that assignment. Please also note that you should reflect on and revise this assignment based on the instructor’s feedback before you incorporate it into the Final Film Critique.

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School: Purdue University

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Running Head: FILM ESTABLISHING THEME

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Shrek
Student’s Name
Institution’s Affiliation

SHREK

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Shrek
Shrek is an animated movie based on a fairytale picture book of the same name. The
movie was theatrically released in 2001 and went ahead to bag an Oscar for the best animated
film. Shrek’s success in the film industry can be attributed to a number of factors not
withholding the many film techniques that made it appealing to a large portion of population
audience.
Shrek is a delightful comedy film that is centered on the virtue of true friendship and
loyalty. The main character, a green ogre played by Mike Myers lives isolated on a swamp
and does not have any friends until he meets with donkey (Eddie Murphy) who is escaping
guards rounding up fairytale creatures. Shrek scares the guards and allows the donkey to stay
at his place for the night. On waking up in the morning, he finds his swamp overrun by
fairytale creatures banished by Lord Farquaad, he resort to have them relocated from his
place and he enters into a pact with the aspiring king to deliver him Princess Fiona in
exchange. All this while the donkey is in his company. Along the way to the castle where the...

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