For this media analysis, you will analyze how one part affects
the whole media production. Note that you should select only a single piece of
media; you should not be discussing more than one film, for example. You should
choose one1 of the following parts to explore:
· Genre: Explain how the production you
chose fits into its genre.
· Camera: Analyze how the camera’s use
(camera angles, for instance) affects the overall production.
· Lighting: Describe how lighting is used to enhance or
detract from the production.
· Actors/Characters: Analyze how the
actors OR the characters themselves enhance or detract from the
· Symbols: Explain what the symbols are
and how their usage affects the overall production.
· Music: Describe how the music enhances
or detracts from the media production.
· Sound Effects: Analyze how the sound
effects enhance or detract from the production.
· Special Effects: Explain what special
effects are used and how they affect the viewing experience.
· Comparison to a Literary Work: (Note:
This option may only be chosen if the film you chose is also in print form.)
How are the book and film similar? How are they different? Which is better, and
Your purpose in this assignment is to explain how or why
something works; therefore, you should not include a full summary of the media
production. Instead, you can provide context where needed so the
reader understands what is happening. The body of the essay must focus on
As with all college writing, your essay should have a strong
thesis statement in addition to an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Other than your chosen film, television show, and/or book, you
are required to cite at least one other
credible2 source for this essay. This resource from the course will help
you understand more about evaluating sources. Moreover, if you use specific
information from the media production and/or print source, such as a
quotations, you should include your chosen media source on your Works Cited
page, too. Use proper parenthetical citations or signal phrases, and be sure to
include MLA documentation and a Works Cited page for this assignment.
Thesis hints: You might use these guidelines in crafting your
If you are analyzing elements in a production: In (add your one
chosen production), (add character 1), (add character 2), and (add character 3)
were used to (add how they enhanced the production or explained the
If you are comparing/contrasting a book and film: (Add book)
contained (add one aspect that made the book better than the film), but (add
film) used (add one aspect that made the film better than the book) and (add a
second aspect that made the film better than the book) to better capture the
Here are more specific thesis guidelines:
If you are analyzing elements in a production: In the movie The
Lorax, the characters Lorax, Once-ler, and Alocius O'Hare were used to show how
environmentalists are fighting against profit-driven industries that are
harming the environment and depleting natural resources.
are comparing/contrasting a book and film: Even though the characters were
portrayed mostly the same across the book and the movie in Stephanie Meyer’s
Twilight, the setting in the movie was much more detailed, which made the movie
a much better overall experience compared to the book.
The guidelines for this assignment are as
Length: This assignment should
be at least 500 words.
Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing
assignment with the following information:
· Your first and last name
· Course Title (Composition II)
· Assignment name (Media Analysis)
· Current Date Format:
· MLA-style source
documentation and Works Cited3
· Your last name and page number
in the upper-right corner of each page
· Double-spacing throughout · Standard font (TimesNewRoman,
· Title, centered after heading
· 1” margins on all sides
· Save the file using one of the
following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt Underline your thesis
statement in the introductory paragraph.
Underline your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.