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Film Essay Paper One (Due Week 4) - Submit Files

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Paper One is due by 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 15.

There are no late submissions for any reason, so plan ahead and post drafts in your assignment folder.

Word™ documents only. No PDFs will be accepted.

See attached documents.

You may only select an American live-action film with a theatrical release between 1940 and 1969. Do not write about CGI, TV movies, foreign films, animated films or documentaries.

Proof and double-check the assignment before submission.

Post drafts in the Film Essay Paper One assignment folder as a backup as you write.

Film Essay Paper Two (Due Week 6) - Submit Files

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Paper Two is due by 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 29.

There are no late submissions for any reason, so plan ahead and post drafts in your assignment folder.

Word™ documents only. No PDFs will be accepted.

See attached documents.

You may only select an American live-action film with a theatrical release between 1970 and 2000. Do not write about CGI, TV movies, foreign films, animated films or documentaries.

Proof and double-check the assignment before submission.

Post drafts in the Film Essay Paper One assignment folder as a backup as you write.

Final Essay Stage Two - Outline and Resources - Submit Files

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Stage Two - Research and Citations

You are to submit research notes with citations (Word document only) for your project before 11:59 p.m. July 22 to the Stage Two folder. Submissions after this time will incur a 20-point per day deduction. Stage Two will not be accepted unless Stage One has been approved.

Use the Research Template document attached below.

Word documents only. No PDFs will be accepted.

The list of references you expect to use includes websites, books and films. These sources should be noted per MLA formatting. Always include your accessed dates.

You do not need to cite sources for your images. This is solely for the textual base of your presentation.

Stage Three - Final Essay Film Industry Presentation - Submit Files

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Stage Three (PowerPoint & Word Document - no PDFs will be accepted) due by 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, August 5.

Failure to submit by this time (for any reason) will result in a 20-point deduction per item per day beginning at 12:01 a.m., Monday, August 6. In addition, you will not be able to participate in the Week Eight discussion until you submit both Stage Three files.

Assignment sheet is attached. Always check that you have the current sheet.


Film Essay Paper One ARTH334 Section 7380 Project Due Date: by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 15 No late submissions accepted for any reason. No excuses. Do not assume or procrastinate; you have four weeks on this paper. Post multiple drafts in the assignment folder as you prepare the document. That will assure you of having something to grade should anything happen. The folder will only keep the latest submission. Overview: View a feature-length live-action first-release American film [no documentaries, TV movies, straight to video, rereleases or animated (CGI) films] by a notable director with an original American theatrical release date between 1940 and 1969* (films not meeting these criteria will earn a zero for this assignment). For example, such a list would include films directed by Frank Capra, George Cukor, John Ford, George Stevens, Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder, or William Wyler. These are just suggestions, not a comprehensive list of possibilities. For a much more extensive list, you might want to visit http://www.filmsite.org/directors.html. This source is solely to help you select a director and film. It is not to be used for paper content or research. You are not permitted to use any other sources or other films in preparing your paper. This is not a research paper. This is entirely your own work; it is your own analysis of filmmaking elements as employed in a film. It will demonstrate your learning and ability to recognize these methods. It is also not a traditional essay given that you will use the four-step process to detail your understanding. You will use the four step process throughout sections one & two. Examples are available in the “Four-Step Process” document located in this assignment folder. Number each step (1), (2), (3), (4), per the example within a single paragraph as you explain each element. So every four steps should appear in one paragraph. Your numbers are internal in the paragraph at the beginning of each step. Each paragraph will only refer to one filmmaking technique or one performance choice. Refer to the Four-step Process document for explanation and examples. Remember, you are not writing about what the shot shows. Please refer to the “All Shots Show Things” document under Week One>Additional Materials. *The following films are excluded for consideration and thus may not be used for this paper: Psycho Vertigo The Birds Citizen Kane Rear Window Strangers on a Train It’s a Wonderful Life 1 Just like using a film outside of the release date window, submitting any of the above films will earn a zero for the paper. Section One: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements on this assignment sheet). Do not write an introduction or conclusion. I’ll know the film from your title. Get right to a scene and filmmaking observation using the four steps. Comment in each paragraph on only one specific filmmaking aspect in that scene. You may only draw elements from these general categories listed below. You will not write about the category at large. You must pick a specific element within the category. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Cinematography [movement (zoom, dolly, tracking, booming, 3-axes), camera angles (low, high, eyelevel, bird’s-eye view), focal lengths (wide, normal & long), depth of field, are potentially viable options, but you may not use the 180° rule or shot reverse shot, which is derived from the 180° rule). For instance, you have to specify the individual element as opposed to just cinematography or generic camerawork. Lighting (natural, motivated, high-key, low-key, shadows, 3-point) Editing (timing, transitions, match cut, jump cut, chaos) Sound (You can include Music, but only if you are skilled in musical terms; you may not discuss silence—the absence of sound). Color (meaning, emphasis, saturation, black and white) You must reference one specific filmmaking element, not the category. Write about what you have learned and understand. You don’t need to comment on a filmmaking element from every category, but you may not repeat a specific element in a subsequent paragraph. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. You are not writing about the film as a whole. One to two sentences at most for step 1. This is solely for the purpose of identifying the scene within the time line of the movie. Your emphasis needs to be on how the story is being told rather than what the story is. Think about how things work and why. What filmmaking element, outside of the story, did the filmmaker employ to elicit those responses in you? Restrictions for Sections 1 & 2: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Do not use the title sequence. Do not write about the story/plot or themes. Do not reference dialogue; that’s in the script. Do not write about CGI or animation (live action only). Do not reference box office numbers or awards. Do not explain why you chose the film. Do not discuss any other film or book in relation to this film. Do not write that the camera position is designed to make you feel like you are in the movie. The audience does that with the willing suspension of disbelief. 9. Do not combine techniques or mention multiple techniques in one four-step process. 10. Do not repeat a technique in a subsequent four-step process. For instance, if you use a low-angle shot in one scene example, you can’t use a low-angle shot from another scene 2 for an additional four-step process. You have to write about different filmmaking techniques. Analyze each filmmaking element that you select using the four-step process detailed in the assignment folder. 1. 2. 3. 4. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. One to two sentences at most. Identify one specific filmmaking element in that scene. Only one sentence is to be used. Express an opinion about what it communicates in and of itself—not what it shows. Explain how it technically works to communicate what you suggest. Each paragraph will have four steps. You’ll need at least 4 to 5 paragraphs to complete section 1. That means each page should have at least 3+ paragraphs. Fewer than that means your paragraphs are too long. Section one needs to be at least one full properly formatted page. Please note that it is always safer to write more than the minimum in case something is disallowed and you wind up being short. Section Two: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements in this assignment sheet). Now that you have commented on the specific film you viewed, see if you can draw some conclusions about specific work of the director in this film and one of the main on-screen actors or actresses. For example, let’s say you watched the 1969 film Easy Rider. Identify the director by name and comment on his/her (Dennis Hopper’s) efforts as a filmmaker through the four-step process. This typically will include mise-en-scène and stage direction. Write about a specific scene for each filmmaking element (one per paragraph) that you select. Examples of this for the director are found on the Four-step Process document. Don’t discuss the plot. Support your opinion with screen evidence from this film. Discuss his/her direction. Use the numbered four-step process as in section 1. Also discuss the work of one lead actor (not character). Cite one performance choice per paragraph (the actor has three tools—refer to Content Week 4 on acting) that Peter Fonda uses to create his character. All of these paragraphs must be about the same actor. What do we see on screen? You have to specifically describe what he does using physicality, voice or timing. If you were to write that Fonda looks sad in a particular scene that would be your interpretation of the choice(s) he makes to convey that emotion. That won’t be enough. How does he communicate sadness? What performance choice does he use and how does it communicate sadness? Use the numbered four-step process as in section 1 to identify and explain each performance choice (one per paragraph) that you select. An example of this for the actor is found on the Four-step Process document. 3 1. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. One to two sentences at most. 2. Identify one performance choice in that scene. Identify the actor. Only one sentence is to be used. 3. Express an opinion about what it communicates. 4. Explain how it technically works to communicate what you suggest. In other words, what specifically do we see or hear that we interpret as that message. How is it created? Naming it doesn’t explain it. You have to detail the physicality of it to explain how it works. Remember, this is not a research paper. You are not allowed to use other sources. You are applying what you have learned to evaluate a film element. I am interested in what you have learned, not in what you can repeat by reading up on that film or the filmmaker. In fact, that would be off task and will result in a score of 0. Any similarity number outside of what would normally occur with the citation will result in a 0. No additional sources are permitted. Section Two also needs to be at least one full properly formatted page. It is always safer to write more than one page. Section Three: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements in this assignment sheet). You will use this heading: "My Criteria for Quality in Film." Under that heading, propose five general statements indicative of your personal taste in movies. These criteria should encompass all films that you consider having quality. They are not solely focused on this film; however you may only use this film to support with examples. These statements should appear as a list and be numbered (1) through (5), and they should be written as complete sentences and/or short paragraphs. It might be useful to introduce each statement with such language as "Excellent movies feature," or "A movie is more likely to be good if it employs," or "A characteristic of high-quality cinema is." (For example, if you liked the acting because it was realistic and you liked the script because it had a happy ending, you could propose these two statements as criteria for quality: "(1) Excellent movies feature realistic acting. (2) A movie is more likely to be good if it ends happily”; however that alone will not be sufficient. Additionally, you must explain your answers. Do not just put something like "Good movies feature good acting." The point here is for you to think about—and then explain—what such quality words as good, excellent, and effective actually mean. You will be adding more items to this list with the second paper, later in this course. Your numbering for this section should line up with the 1” margins. Total Paper Length: Three full pages minimum – Four pages maximum. This count does not include the film citation. Shortages or overages will be penalized. If even one line can be added to page three, when properly formatted, it will result in a maximum score of 70. Going over four pages will also result in a maximum possible score of 70. Any issues with the paper will then be deducted from the 70. Double-check your formatting and length of each section. Citation: You must cite the film per the MLA format noted below. You will need to do this manually and not employ services to automatically format the citation. Services are frequently incomplete. Do not use a citation block provided in Word. A citation copied and pasted that 4 prevents comment isolation will be disallowed and penalized. Do not put the film’s citation on a separate page. Place it immediately following your Quality Film Criteria. Submission: Must be submitted as a Word™ document. The file extension must be .doc or .docx. If you submit as any other document instead of Word, it will be considered as no submission. Post in your Film Essay Paper One assignment folder. It is safest to post drafts in the assignment folder as you write. The folder is set up for unlimited submissions but will only keep the latest submission. If you don’t have something in the folder, I no longer have access to it to upload your evaluation. And if something comes up and you are unable to finish your paper, at least you would have something in the folder to earn some points. Failure to submit a timely paper for any reason will result in a 0 for the assignment. If LEO is problematic, you may email it, provided it is date stamped by the due date and you previously posted a draft in the assignment folder to give me access to the folder. Be aware that date stamps are assigned when processed and not when submitted so do not wait until the last minute. Email submissions date-stamped Monday, July 16 or after will receive a zero for the assignment, so make sure you submit something on time to earn some points. If you email, make sure that you look for a reply email from me acknowledging receipt. The fact that you emailed it does not mean it transmitted successfully. Don’t procrastinate until the night of the due date; that’s when problems arise. I have many stories of students trying to post unsuccessfully at the last minute. The LEO technicians indicate that the last hour on Sunday night is when most problems arise because the bulk of students are attempting last minute posts and potentially overwhelming the servers. Your best practice is to get to work early. Originality: I will submit papers to Turnitin to verify originality. You may not use other sources for this paper. Papers with similarity scores indicating source appropriations of verbatim or paraphrased material other than the film’s citation will receive a zero for the assignment. This is solely your work! There’s no reason for you to process it through Turnitin because you aren’t permitted to use any other sources for this paper, so you have nothing to check. If you were to make an attempt at Turnitin through another avenue and it triggers a similarity index when I submit it, you will still receive a zero for the paper. Just do the job properly; don’t use other sources. Weighted Grade Value: 10% of the final grade Formatting Criteria: • • • • • • • • • No title page 1” margins top, bottom, left and right. Number your pages in the lower right corner 12 pt. Times New Roman font (normal, not expanded or condensed). Do not place anything in the headers You may use footers solely for page numbers Upper right corner – Your name, course & date three lines, single-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) first page only. Skip one line Film Title (centered & italicized) 5 • • • • • • Skip one line Begin your essay Double-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) Indent paragraphs ½” No line spaces or section headings (aside from “My Criteria for Quality in Film”) between paragraphs. Cite only the movie at the end of your paper per MLA format noted on the last page. Spelling checked with www.m-w.com. Writing Notes: • • • • • • • • • Proof your work aloud. You will catch grammatical issues that a silent read will miss. Spell-check will not catch misused words that are spelled correctly (e.g. then vs. than). Double-check the formatting requirements before submitting your paper for grading. Film titles are italicized. Film references are written in the present tense. Employ active voice rather than passive voice. Maintain subject-verb agreement. Keep your sentences to the point. Communicate. At these margins settings, if your sentence extends to three lines, think about revising it. If it extends to four lines, revise it. Support your opinions with screen evidence and explain in detail how the choice functions to evoke the feeling or communicate the message that you suggest. MLA Film Citation Format Film viewed in the theatre Inside Man. Dir. Spike Lee. Perf. Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster. Universal Pictures, 2006. Film. (You viewed a theatrical release) Recorded Film viewed in your home Ed Wood. Dir. Tim Burton. Perf. Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette. Touchstone, 1994. DVD. (You viewed it at home on whichever medium you used: DVD, Netflix, YouTube, etc.) Ask Questions Early – If you are unsure of any element, do not assume. 6
Film Essay Paper One ARTH334 Section 7380 Project Due Date: by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 15 No late submissions accepted for any reason. No excuses. Do not assume or procrastinate; you have four weeks on this paper. Post multiple drafts in the assignment folder as you prepare the document. That will assure you of having something to grade should anything happen. The folder will only keep the latest submission. Overview: View a feature-length live-action first-release American film [no documentaries, TV movies, straight to video, rereleases or animated (CGI) films] by a notable director with an original American theatrical release date between 1940 and 1969* (films not meeting these criteria will earn a zero for this assignment). For example, such a list would include films directed by Frank Capra, George Cukor, John Ford, George Stevens, Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder, or William Wyler. These are just suggestions, not a comprehensive list of possibilities. For a much more extensive list, you might want to visit http://www.filmsite.org/directors.html. This source is solely to help you select a director and film. It is not to be used for paper content or research. You are not permitted to use any other sources or other films in preparing your paper. This is not a research paper. This is entirely your own work; it is your own analysis of filmmaking elements as employed in a film. It will demonstrate your learning and ability to recognize these methods. It is also not a traditional essay given that you will use the four-step process to detail your understanding. You will use the four step process throughout sections one & two. Examples are available in the “Four-Step Process” document located in this assignment folder. Number each step (1), (2), (3), (4), per the example within a single paragraph as you explain each element. So every four steps should appear in one paragraph. Your numbers are internal in the paragraph at the beginning of each step. Each paragraph will only refer to one filmmaking technique or one performance choice. Refer to the Four-step Process document for explanation and examples. Remember, you are not writing about what the shot shows. Please refer to the “All Shots Show Things” document under Week One>Additional Materials. *The following films are excluded for consideration and thus may not be used for this paper: Psycho Vertigo The Birds Citizen Kane Rear Window Strangers on a Train It’s a Wonderful Life 1 Just like using a film outside of the release date window, submitting any of the above films will earn a zero for the paper. Section One: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements on this assignment sheet). Do not write an introduction or conclusion. I’ll know the film from your title. Get right to a scene and filmmaking observation using the four steps. Comment in each paragraph on only one specific filmmaking aspect in that scene. You may only draw elements from these general categories listed below. You will not write about the category at large. You must pick a specific element within the category. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Cinematography [movement (zoom, dolly, tracking, booming, 3-axes), camera angles (low, high, eyelevel, bird’s-eye view), focal lengths (wide, normal & long), depth of field, are potentially viable options, but you may not use the 180° rule or shot reverse shot, which is derived from the 180° rule). For instance, you have to specify the individual element as opposed to just cinematography or generic camerawork. Lighting (natural, motivated, high-key, low-key, shadows, 3-point) Editing (timing, transitions, match cut, jump cut, chaos) Sound (You can include Music, but only if you are skilled in musical terms; you may not discuss silence—the absence of sound). Color (meaning, emphasis, saturation, black and white) You must reference one specific filmmaking element, not the category. Write about what you have learned and understand. You don’t need to comment on a filmmaking element from every category, but you may not repeat a specific element in a subsequent paragraph. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. You are not writing about the film as a whole. One to two sentences at most for step 1. This is solely for the purpose of identifying the scene within the time line of the movie. Your emphasis needs to be on how the story is being told rather than what the story is. Think about how things work and why. What filmmaking element, outside of the story, did the filmmaker employ to elicit those responses in you? Restrictions for Sections 1 & 2: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Do not use the title sequence. Do not write about the story/plot or themes. Do not reference dialogue; that’s in the script. Do not write about CGI or animation (live action only). Do not reference box office numbers or awards. Do not explain why you chose the film. Do not discuss any other film or book in relation to this film. Do not write that the camera position is designed to make you feel like you are in the movie. The audience does that with the willing suspension of disbelief. 9. Do not combine techniques or mention multiple techniques in one four-step process. 10. Do not repeat a technique in a subsequent four-step process. For instance, if you use a low-angle shot in one scene example, you can’t use a low-angle shot from another scene 2 for an additional four-step process. You have to write about different filmmaking techniques. Analyze each filmmaking element that you select using the four-step process detailed in the assignment folder. 1. 2. 3. 4. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. One to two sentences at most. Identify one specific filmmaking element in that scene. Only one sentence is to be used. Express an opinion about what it communicates in and of itself—not what it shows. Explain how it technically works to communicate what you suggest. Each paragraph will have four steps. You’ll need at least 4 to 5 paragraphs to complete section 1. That means each page should have at least 3+ paragraphs. Fewer than that means your paragraphs are too long. Section one needs to be at least one full properly formatted page. Please note that it is always safer to write more than the minimum in case something is disallowed and you wind up being short. Section Two: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements in this assignment sheet). Now that you have commented on the specific film you viewed, see if you can draw some conclusions about specific work of the director in this film and one of the main on-screen actors or actresses. For example, let’s say you watched the 1969 film Easy Rider. Identify the director by name and comment on his/her (Dennis Hopper’s) efforts as a filmmaker through the four-step process. This typically will include mise-en-scène and stage direction. Write about a specific scene for each filmmaking element (one per paragraph) that you select. Examples of this for the director are found on the Four-step Process document. Don’t discuss the plot. Support your opinion with screen evidence from this film. Discuss his/her direction. Use the numbered four-step process as in section 1. Also discuss the work of one lead actor (not character). Cite one performance choice per paragraph (the actor has three tools—refer to Content Week 4 on acting) that Peter Fonda uses to create his character. All of these paragraphs must be about the same actor. What do we see on screen? You have to specifically describe what he does using physicality, voice or timing. If you were to write that Fonda looks sad in a particular scene that would be your interpretation of the choice(s) he makes to convey that emotion. That won’t be enough. How does he communicate sadness? What performance choice does he use and how does it communicate sadness? Use the numbered four-step process as in section 1 to identify and explain each performance choice (one per paragraph) that you select. An example of this for the actor is found on the Four-step Process document. 3 1. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. One to two sentences at most. 2. Identify one performance choice in that scene. Identify the actor. Only one sentence is to be used. 3. Express an opinion about what it communicates. 4. Explain how it technically works to communicate what you suggest. In other words, what specifically do we see or hear that we interpret as that message. How is it created? Naming it doesn’t explain it. You have to detail the physicality of it to explain how it works. Remember, this is not a research paper. You are not allowed to use other sources. You are applying what you have learned to evaluate a film element. I am interested in what you have learned, not in what you can repeat by reading up on that film or the filmmaker. In fact, that would be off task and will result in a score of 0. Any similarity number outside of what would normally occur with the citation will result in a 0. No additional sources are permitted. Section Two also needs to be at least one full properly formatted page. It is always safer to write more than one page. Section Three: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements in this assignment sheet). You will use this heading: "My Criteria for Quality in Film." Under that heading, propose five general statements indicative of your personal taste in movies. These criteria should encompass all films that you consider having quality. They are not solely focused on this film; however you may only use this film to support with examples. These statements should appear as a list and be numbered (1) through (5), and they should be written as complete sentences and/or short paragraphs. It might be useful to introduce each statement with such language as "Excellent movies feature," or "A movie is more likely to be good if it employs," or "A characteristic of high-quality cinema is." (For example, if you liked the acting because it was realistic and you liked the script because it had a happy ending, you could propose these two statements as criteria for quality: "(1) Excellent movies feature realistic acting. (2) A movie is more likely to be good if it ends happily”; however that alone will not be sufficient. Additionally, you must explain your answers. Do not just put something like "Good movies feature good acting." The point here is for you to think about—and then explain—what such quality words as good, excellent, and effective actually mean. You will be adding more items to this list with the second paper, later in this course. Your numbering for this section should line up with the 1” margins. Total Paper Length: Three full pages minimum – Four pages maximum. This count does not include the film citation. Shortages or overages will be penalized. If even one line can be added to page three, when properly formatted, it will result in a maximum score of 70. Going over four pages will also result in a maximum possible score of 70. Any issues with the paper will then be deducted from the 70. Double-check your formatting and length of each section. Citation: You must cite the film per the MLA format noted below. You will need to do this manually and not employ services to automatically format the citation. Services are frequently incomplete. Do not use a citation block provided in Word. A citation copied and pasted that 4 prevents comment isolation will be disallowed and penalized. Do not put the film’s citation on a separate page. Place it immediately following your Quality Film Criteria. Submission: Must be submitted as a Word™ document. The file extension must be .doc or .docx. If you submit as any other document instead of Word, it will be considered as no submission. Post in your Film Essay Paper One assignment folder. It is safest to post drafts in the assignment folder as you write. The folder is set up for unlimited submissions but will only keep the latest submission. If you don’t have something in the folder, I no longer have access to it to upload your evaluation. And if something comes up and you are unable to finish your paper, at least you would have something in the folder to earn some points. Failure to submit a timely paper for any reason will result in a 0 for the assignment. If LEO is problematic, you may email it, provided it is date stamped by the due date and you previously posted a draft in the assignment folder to give me access to the folder. Be aware that date stamps are assigned when processed and not when submitted so do not wait until the last minute. Email submissions date-stamped Monday, July 16 or after will receive a zero for the assignment, so make sure you submit something on time to earn some points. If you email, make sure that you look for a reply email from me acknowledging receipt. The fact that you emailed it does not mean it transmitted successfully. Don’t procrastinate until the night of the due date; that’s when problems arise. I have many stories of students trying to post unsuccessfully at the last minute. The LEO technicians indicate that the last hour on Sunday night is when most problems arise because the bulk of students are attempting last minute posts and potentially overwhelming the servers. Your best practice is to get to work early. Originality: I will submit papers to Turnitin to verify originality. You may not use other sources for this paper. Papers with similarity scores indicating source appropriations of verbatim or paraphrased material other than the film’s citation will receive a zero for the assignment. This is solely your work! There’s no reason for you to process it through Turnitin because you aren’t permitted to use any other sources for this paper, so you have nothing to check. If you were to make an attempt at Turnitin through another avenue and it triggers a similarity index when I submit it, you will still receive a zero for the paper. Just do the job properly; don’t use other sources. Weighted Grade Value: 10% of the final grade Formatting Criteria: • • • • • • • • • No title page 1” margins top, bottom, left and right. Number your pages in the lower right corner 12 pt. Times New Roman font (normal, not expanded or condensed). Do not place anything in the headers You may use footers solely for page numbers Upper right corner – Your name, course & date three lines, single-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) first page only. Skip one line Film Title (centered & italicized) 5 • • • • • • Skip one line Begin your essay Double-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) Indent paragraphs ½” No line spaces or section headings (aside from “My Criteria for Quality in Film”) between paragraphs. Cite only the movie at the end of your paper per MLA format noted on the last page. Spelling checked with www.m-w.com. Writing Notes: • • • • • • • • • Proof your work aloud. You will catch grammatical issues that a silent read will miss. Spell-check will not catch misused words that are spelled correctly (e.g. then vs. than). Double-check the formatting requirements before submitting your paper for grading. Film titles are italicized. Film references are written in the present tense. Employ active voice rather than passive voice. Maintain subject-verb agreement. Keep your sentences to the point. Communicate. At these margins settings, if your sentence extends to three lines, think about revising it. If it extends to four lines, revise it. Support your opinions with screen evidence and explain in detail how the choice functions to evoke the feeling or communicate the message that you suggest. MLA Film Citation Format Film viewed in the theatre Inside Man. Dir. Spike Lee. Perf. Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster. Universal Pictures, 2006. Film. (You viewed a theatrical release) Recorded Film viewed in your home Ed Wood. Dir. Tim Burton. Perf. Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette. Touchstone, 1994. DVD. (You viewed it at home on whichever medium you used: DVD, Netflix, YouTube, etc.) Ask Questions Early – If you are unsure of any element, do not assume. 6
Film Essay Paper Two ARTH334 Section 7380 Project Due Date: by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 29 No late submissions accepted for any reason. No excuses. Do not assume or procrastinate. Post multiple drafts in the assignment folder as you prepare the document. That will assure you of having something to grade should anything happen. The folder will only keep the latest submission. Overview: View a feature-length live-action first-release American film [no documentaries, TV movies, straight to video, rereleases or animated (CGI) films] by a notable director or featuring a notable actor or actress with an original American theatrical release between 1970 and 2000 (films not meeting these criteria will earn a zero for this assignment). You are not permitted to use any other sources or other films in preparing your paper. This is not a research paper. This is entirely your own work; it is your own analysis of filmmaking elements as employed in a film. It will demonstrate your understanding and ability to recognize these methods. It is also not a traditional essay given that you will use the four-step process to detail your understanding. You will use the four step process throughout sections one & two. Examples are available in the “Four-Step Process” document located in this assignment folder. Number each step (1), (2), (3), (4), per the example within a single paragraph as you explain each element. So every four steps should appear in one paragraph. Your numbers are internal in the paragraph at the beginning of each step. Each paragraph will only refer to one filmmaking technique or one performance choice. Refer to the Four-step Process document for explanation and examples. Remember, you are not writing about what the shot shows. Please refer to the “All Shots Show Things” document under Week One>Additional Materials. Section One: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements in this assignment sheet). Do not write an introduction or conclusion. I’ll know the film from your title. Get right to a scene and filmmaking observation using the four steps. Comment in each paragraph on only one specific filmmaking aspect in that scene. You may only draw elements from these general categories listed below. You will not write about the category. You must pick a specific element within the category. 1. Cinematography [movement (zoom, dolly, tracking, booming, 3-axes), camera angles (low, high, eye- 2. level, bird’s-eye view), focal lengths (wide, normal & long), depth of field, are potentially viable options, but you may not use the 180° rule or shot reverse shot, which is derived from the 180° rule). For instance, you have to specify the individual element as opposed to just cinematography or generic camerawork. Lighting (natural, motivated, high-key, low-key, shadows, 3-point) Editing (timing, transitions, match cut, jump cut, chaos) Sound (You can include Music, but only if you are skilled in musical terms; you may not discuss silence—the absence of sound). 3. 4. 1 5. Color (meaning, emphasis, saturation, black and white) You must reference one specific filmmaking element, not the category. Write about what you have learned and understand. You don’t need to comment on a filmmaking element from every category, but you may not repeat a specific element in a subsequent paragraph. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. You are not writing about the film as a whole. One to two sentences at most for step 1. This is solely for the purpose of identifying the scene within the time line of the movie. Your emphasis needs to be on how the story is being told rather than what the story is. Think about how things work and why. What filmmaking element, outside of the story, did the filmmaker employ to elicit those responses in you? Restrictions for Sections 1 & 2: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Do not use the title sequence. Do not write about the story/plot or themes. Do not reference dialogue; that’s in the script. Do not write about CGI or animation (live action only). Do not reference box office numbers or awards. Do not explain why you chose the film. Do not discuss any other film or book in relation to this film. Do not write that the camera position is designed to make you feel like you are in the movie. The audience does that with the willing suspension of disbelief. 9. Do not combine techniques or mention multiple techniques in one four-step process. 10. Do not repeat a technique in a subsequent four-step process. For instance, if you use a low-angle shot in one scene example, you can’t use a low-angle shot from another scene for an additional four-step process. You have to write about different filmmaking techniques. Analyze each filmmaking element that you select using the four-step process detailed in the assignment folder. 1. 2. 3. 4. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. One to two sentences at most. Identify one specific filmmaking element in that scene. Only one sentence is to be used. Express an opinion about what it communicates in and of itself—not what it shows. Explain how it technically works to communicate what you suggest. Each paragraph will have four steps. You’ll need at least 4 to 5 paragraphs to complete section 1. That means each page should have at least 3+ paragraphs. Fewer than that means your paragraphs are too long. Section one needs to be at least one full properly formatted page. Please note that it is always safer to write more than the minimum in case something is disallowed and you wind up being short. 2 Section Two: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements in this assignment sheet). Now that you have commented on the specific film you viewed, see if you can draw some conclusions about the specific work of the director in this film and one of the main on-screen actors or actresses. For example let us say you watched the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. Identify the director by name and comment on his/her (Francis Ford Coppola’s) efforts as a filmmaker through the four-step process. This typically will include mise-en-scène and stage direction. Write about a specific scene for each filmmaking element (one per paragraph) that you select. Examples of this for the director are found on the Four-step Process document. Don’t discuss the plot. Support your opinion with screen evidence from this film. Discuss his/her direction. Use the numbered four-step process as in section 1. Also discuss the work of one lead actor (not character). Cite one performance choice per paragraph (the actor has three tools) that Marlon Brando uses to create his character. All of these paragraphs must be about the same actor. What do we see on screen? You have to specifically describe what he does using physicality, voice or timing. If you were to write that Brando looks resolute in a particular scene that would be your interpretation of the choice(s) he makes to convey that emotion. That won’t be enough. How does he communicate his resoluteness? What performance choice does he use and how does it communicate resoluteness? Use the numbered four-step process as in section 1 to detail and explain each individual performance choice (per paragraph) that you select. An example of this for the actor is found on the Four-step Process document. 1. You must briefly identify a scene for each element. One to two sentences at most. 2. Identify one performance choice in that scene. Identify the actor. Only one sentence is to be used. 3. Express an opinion about what it communicates. 4. Explain how it technically works to communicate what you suggest. In other words, what specifically do we see or hear that we interpret as that message. How is it created? Naming it doesn’t explain it. You have to detail the physicality of it to explain how it works. Remember, this is not a research paper. You are not allowed to use other sources. You are applying what you’ve learned to evaluate a film element. I am interested in what you have learned, not in what you can repeat by reading up on that film or the filmmaker. In fact, that would be off task and will result in a score of 0. Any similarity number outside of what would normally occur with the citation will result in a 0. No additional outside sources are permitted. Section Two also needs to be at least one full properly formatted page. It is always safer to write more than one page. Section Three: (You will not employ this section heading in your paper; this is solely to separate the requirements in this assignment sheet). 3 You will use this heading: "My Criteria for Quality in Film." Go back to the "My Criteria for Quality in Film" page from Paper One. Based on your viewing of this week's film, add five new general conclusions. These should also be phrased as complete sentences and paragraphs. These statements should be numbered (6) through (10). Explain your reasoning (use examples from this film that you have selected for this paper to support your case as needed. Do not reference other films). Remember the criteria will apply to all films you deem of quality. Your numbering should align with the 1” margins in the form of a list. Do not include 1-5 from your first paper; however be aware that I will check them for duplications, so these should not similar topics to the first five. Total Length: Three full pages minimum – Four pages maximum. This count does not include the film citation. Shortages or overages will be penalized. If even one line can be added to page three, when properly formatted, it will result in a maximum score of 70. Going over four pages will also result in a maximum possible score of 70. Any issues with the paper will then be deducted from the 70. Double-check your formatting and length of each section. Citation: You must cite the film per the MLA guidelines posted under Content>Course Resources>Writing Resources. This is your style sheet. You will need to do this manually and not employ services to automatically format the citation. Services are frequently incomplete. Do not use a citation block provided in Word. A citation copied and pasted that prevents comment isolation will be disallowed and penalized. Do not put the film’s citation on a separate page. Place it immediately following your Quality Film Criteria. Submission: Must be submitted as a Word™ document. The file extension must be .doc or .docx. If you submit as any other document instead of Word, it will be considered as no submission. Post in your Film Essay Paper Two assignment folder. It is safest to post drafts in the assignment folder as you write. The folder is set up for unlimited submissions but only will keep the latest submission. If you don’t have something in the folder, I no longer have access to it to upload your evaluation. And if something comes up and you are unable to finish your paper, at least you would have something in the folder to earn some points. Failure to submit a timely paper for any reason will result in a 0 for the assignment. If LEO is problematic, you may email it, provided it is date stamped by the due date and you previously posted a draft in the assignment folder to give me access to the folder. Be aware that date stamps are assigned when processed and not when submitted so do not wait until the last minute. Email submissions date-stamped Monday, July 30 or after will receive a zero for the assignment, so make sure you submit something on time to earn some points. If you email, make sure that you look for a reply email from me acknowledging receipt. The fact that you emailed it does not mean it transmitted successfully. Don’t procrastinate until the night of the due date; that’s when problems arise. I have many stories of students trying to post unsuccessfully at the last minute. The LEO technicians indicate that the last hour on Sunday night is when most problems arise because the bulk of students are attempting last minute posts and potentially overwhelming the servers. Your best practice is to get to work early. 4 Originality: I will submit papers to Turnitin to verify originality. You may not use other sources for this paper. Papers with similarity scores indicating source appropriations of verbatim or paraphrased material with or without citations will receive a zero for the assignment. This is solely your work! There’s no reason for you to process it through Turnitin because you aren’t permitted to use any other sources for this paper, so you have nothing to check. If you were to make an attempt at Turnitin through another avenue and it triggers a similarity index when I submit, you will still receive a zero for the paper. Just do the job properly; don’t use other sources. Weighted Grade Value: 15% of the final grade Formatting Criteria: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • No title page 1” margins top, bottom, left and right. Number your pages in the lower right corner 12 pt. Times New Roman font (normal, not expanded or condensed). Do not place anything in headers You may use footers solely for page numbers Upper right corner – Your name, course & date three lines, single-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) first page only. Skip one line Film Title (centered & italicized) Skip one line Begin your essay Double-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) Indent paragraphs ½” No line spaces or section headings (aside from “My Criteria for Quality in Film”) between paragraphs. Cite only the movie at the end of your paper per MLA format noted on the last page. Spelling checked with www.m-w.com Writing Notes: • • • • • • • • • Proof your work aloud. You will catch grammatical issues that a silent read will miss. Spell-check will not catch misused words that are spelled correctly (e.g. then v. than). Double-check the formatting requirements before submitting your paper for grading. Film titles are italicized. Film references are written in the present tense. Employ active voice rather than passive voice. Maintain subject-verb agreement. Keep your sentences to the point. Communicate. At these margins settings, if your sentence extends to three lines, think about revising it. If it extends to four lines, revise it. Support your opinions with screen evidence and explain in detail how the choice functions to evoke the feeling or communicate the message that you suggest. 5 MLA Film Citation Format Film viewed in the theatre: Inside Man. Dir. Spike Lee. Perf. Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster. Universal Pictures, 2006. Film. (You viewed a theatrical release) Recorded Film viewed in your home: Ed Wood. Dir. Tim Burton. Perf. Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette. Touchstone, 1994. DVD. (You viewed it at home on whichever medium you used: DVD, Netflix, YouTube, etc.) Ask Questions Early – If you are unsure of any element, do not assume. 6
Final Essay - Film Industry Presentation ARTH334 Section 7380 Project Due Dates: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 July 1 - Topic selection from the Film Industry Presentation (FIP) Selection list must be completed before 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 1. This includes emailing your selection, receiving an approval email and posting a copy of that approval email to your Final Essay Stage One assignment folder before the deadline. Submissions and/or changes after this time will incur a 20-point deduction per day. Stage 1 must be approved before you can advance to Stage 2. You must copy my email approval to a Word document (no other file types accepted) and post it in your Final Essay Stage One assignment folder to complete the task and earn your points. Your Stage One is not complete until you post the Word document in your Final Essay Stage One assignment folder. July 22 – Research sources listed per Stage Two Research Template located in the Final Essay Stage Two assignment folder and submitted to that assignment folder by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 22. Submissions after this time will incur a 20-point per day deduction. Additional formatting criteria are located below. This completes your research on the final project. At this point, you will have Stage 3 remaining, which will involve the acquisition of images, assembly of the PowerPoint presentation and editing your Slide Notes. Stage 2 must be approved before you can advance to Stage 3. August 5 - PowerPoint™ Presentation & Word™ document with slide notes must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sunday, August 5. Failure to submit by this time (for any reason) will result in a 20-point deduction per item per day beginning at 12:01 a.m., Monday, August 6. No Stage 3 will be accepted without first having submitted and received approval for Stages 1 & 2. Concept: You will submit a PowerPoint™ presentation and slide notes on a Word™ document, which highlight significant contributions of the subject to the film industry. This is not simply a report on the subject; you must prove significance. That means you will look for evidence outside of the subject itself. You will choose only one topic from the FIP Selection List (updated as approved under Content>Week 1>Film Industry Presentation module), which includes the following categories: (a) a significant film, (b) a film studio (c) a film director, (d) a cinematographer, (e) a film editor, (f) a screenwriter or (g) a film process or equipment (sound effects, film editing, lighting styles, etc.) 1. You must email your selection from the list to seek confirmation. No topic or subject may be repeated by another student. 2. You will make the case that your subject has made a significant contribution to the film industry. 3. Do not write about why you chose this subject. That doesn’t prove significance. 4. Listing history will not be enough. 5. Listing awards will not make your case. 6. Listing box office numbers will not always prove significance. 7. Do not write about story or themes. They are in the script and off topic. 8. Do not write about cultural or societal influences on the subject. 9. Do not write about cultural or societal influences created by the subject. This is solely about the film industry. 10. You have to prove your case and not just state your opinion or observations as though they were fact. 1 11. If your topic is a person, you will not deal with his/her personal life. Your focus will solely be on the film industry and why that person, company, process or equipment has made a significant contribution to it. Length: 12 slides minimum—15 slides maximum. Your presentation may include video and/or audio; however if you decide to include those, make sure that you understand how to embed the files. More than third of all those submissions don’t work and are thus penalized. Project Selection: All subjects must be approved. No subsequent stage will be accepted without approval of the previous stage. That means Stage 2 won’t be accepted without a prior submission and approval for Stage 1; Stage 3 won’t be accepted without a prior submission of Stage 2. Do not begin this assignment until it is approved! Once your topic is selected and approved, it may not be used as a subject by any other student. Subjects will have made a significant contribution to the film industry. Be aware that an Academy Award does not necessarily qualify as a significant contribution. As in your papers, you have to make your case with evidence. That evidence will be found in other films, filmmakers and the industry in general. Usage: Your PowerPoint presentations and notes will be used for Week 8’s online discussion and therefore viewable by everyone. Your work will be identified for this project. Grade Value: 35% of your final grade Criteria: • • • • • Your PowerPoint™ presentation should be manageable by LEO, though it could easily exceed the limit of your email. Do not wait until the last minute to determine that need. Your materials should go to your assignment folder, but again do not wait until the last minute because issues at that time tend to be insurmountable. Large files will take time to upload. Late submissions for any reason will incur penalty point deductions. You may include audio or video in your presentation. Make sure it is properly embedded to play on a different computer than your own. You should send it to someone else to make sure any video and/or audio plays before submitting it for grading. Each semester, several come through that aren’t successfully embedded. Your first slide will include your name, date, course and the subject of your presentation with image(s) establishing the topic. This slide is included in the total count requirement and is subject to the same formatting requirements as the other slides. You will incur a pro-rata point deduction for a slide total less than 12 (this total includes your title slide). You will also be penalized for over 15 slides (even if they are buried behind other slides). Your corresponding slide notes on the Word™ document (not the PowerPoint) will carry the bulk of your textual information. Though each slide must have some PowerPoint text highlighting key words or ideas, your slide notes will form what would otherwise be the oral element of your assignment were this a live presentation. Consider the slide notes as an argument for significance. They must be in sentence/paragraph form. Don’t simply repeat material that’s on each slide. The slide is the visual highlight of your textual presentation. Expand on that information in your slides to make your case about the significance of your topic to the film industry. Your slide notes must be a minimum of 1200 words and a maximum of 1500 words. This does not count citations. It only refers to the body of your notes. Over or under will result in a maximum possible score of 70 on the slide notes portion of Stage 3. 2 • • • Research sources for Stage 2 (minimum 6 different published sources – no blogspots; no Wikipedia, or Wiki anything) cited (per MLA format/12 pt. Times New Roman Font) –You do not need to provide a citation for any image file you’ve used. Just cite your significant research sources on a Word™ document to submit as Stage Two. Do not include citations on a slide. Home pages and search engines do not count as proper sources. Know your subject and do the scholarly research necessary to make a meaningful contribution to the class. You are not writing a simple report about your topic. You are proving significance. That means you have to investigate sources outside of your topic. You’ll research other films, filmmakers and studios. Do not reply on the opinions of other film reviewers or essays on film criticism. Those are still opinions and not evidence. Go to the sources. Go to the films, filmmakers and studios. Get quotes. Use internal citations for your facts. Also remember that cultural, societal or filmic influences on your subject are off task. This is not about influences on the subject; this is solely about the significance of your subject on the film industry. No more than 25% of your total notes content may be quoted. Slides notes will be submitted to Turnitin for a similarity index rating. Material exceeding that number or material that is not adequately attributed with quotations, internal citations and complete end note citations, will receive a zero for the Slide Notes portion of this assignment. Accidental omission is still omission and will be scored a zero. PowerPoint™ Guidelines: 1. No sentences (regardless of the absence of punctuation) – Use phrases and brief terms. 2. 60 pt. minimum text. Ideally, it should be large enough to fill the space. If I can make it larger, than 60 pt. then it is too small. Fill the space. 3. No vertical text (i.e. words that are spelled vertically on the slide). 4. No broken words (i.e. syllables carrying over to the next line). 5. All slides should be graphic rather than text intensive though each slide must display both image file(s) and independent PowerPoint™ text. This means the majority of the slide area should be graphic (image or drawings) space. Text preexisting on an image or text placed on an image outside of PowerPoint will not satisfy this requirement. The text must be available on the slide to readily check for size. 6. Maximize content and minimize empty space. Fill the slide with visual information. The majority of the slide canvas should be image. 7. Check your spelling and grammar. 8. Strong contrast – Don’t let the background colors or templates conflict with the readability of your text. Text over image is usually a problem. Black text on a gray background is not strong contrast. 9. If you use an image that includes embedded text – that also has to meet the 60 pt. minimum; otherwise select another image. 10. Image files must not be pixilated. This usually appears around the edges of an object in the image. Images must also appear sharp. Also, each image will be individually assessed. Good resolution matters. 11. No watermarks on any images. 3 12. Do not alter the aspect ratio of your images. No stretch distortion. For instance, people shouldn’t appear skinnier or fatter than they naturally are. The last sample slide will show evidence of this. Even if you didn’t stretch the images, they may not exhibit any stretch distortion. You have to correct it. 13. All slides must be content relevant to your topic. No slides indicating “Introduction,” “The End,” “Conclusion,” “Questions,” etc. 14. No borders or templates serving as a border. Exposed templates equate with empty space. While a template may be visually attractive, it is still empty space. 15. No repeated slides or images. 16. All images must be foreground and may not simply serve as a background for text. PowerPoint text can be placed on an image provided the image isn’t blocked and there is sufficient contrast between the text and image. 17. All images must be relevant to the subject. No generic images or clipart. 18. No slides with citations. “Form follows function” – Your slides have to communicate. Artistic value will never compensate for a failure to communicate. Sample PowerPoint™ slides with audio critique are posted under Content>Week One>Film Industry Presentation. Formatting Criteria for Research Template Stage 2: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1” margins top, bottom, left and right. Number your pages in the lower right corner 12 pt. Times New Roman font (normal, not expanded or condensed). Do not place anything in headers Do not place anything in footers (aside from page numbers) Upper right corner – Your name, course & date on three lines, single-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) first page only. Skip one line Subject (centered) Skip one line Begin your Resources Double-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) Align your citation number with the 1” margin. You may not use Wikipedia, Wikihow or wiki anything as a resource. You also may not use a blog. Cite all sources per the MLA formatting standards. Do this manually and do not employ services to automatically format the citation. Do not use a citation block provided in Word. Citations must be manually entered. Citations copied and pasted that prevent Word comment isolation will be disallowed and penalized. All Internet sources must include accessed dates. Spelling checked with www.m-w.com 4 Formatting Criteria for Slide Notes on a Word document: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • No title pages 1” margins top, bottom, left and right. Number your pages in the lower right corner 12 pt. Times New Roman font (normal, not expanded or condensed). Do not place anything in headers Do not place anything in footers (aside from page numbers) Upper right corner – Your name, course & date on three lines, single-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) fist page only. Skip one line Subject (centered) Skip one line Begin your Slide Notes Double-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) Begin slide detail numbered. For example, print “Slide 1:” at the 1” left-hand margin followed by your notes relevant to that slide. Skip a line and print “Slide 2:” and repeat for all slides. Each slide must be individually listed with notes content. This is different from your outline. Cite all sources per the MLA formatting standards. Do this manually and do not employ services to automatically format the citation. Do not use a citation block provided in Word. Citations must be manually entered. Citations copied and pasted that prevent Word comment isolation will be disallowed and penalized. All Internet sources must include accessed dates. Spelling checked with www.m-w.com Writing Notes: • • • • • • • • • Review the Writing Notes pdf under Content>Course Resources>Writing Resources. Proof your work aloud. You will catch grammatical issues that a silent read will miss. Spell-check will not catch misused words that are spelled correctly (e.g. then v. than). Double-check the formatting requirements before submitting your paper for grading. Film titles are italicized. Film references are written in the present tense. Employ active voice rather than passive voice. Maintain subject-verb agreement. Keep your sentences to the point. Communicate. At these margins settings, if your sentence extends to three lines, think about revising it. If it extends to four lines, revise it. Ask Questions Early – If you are unsure of any element, do not assume. 5
THE FOUR-STEP PROCESS When you write about filmmaking techniques and performance choices in Papers One & Two, you will be following this four-step process: 1. Cite a specific scene (Do not use the title sequence or discuss CGI work) The protagonist escapes his restraints, grabs the dagger from the table and hurries to the chamber door. (This scene identification must be limited to one or two sentences). This is solely to identify the scene, not explain all of the action or the story. 2. Describe a (singular) filmmaking aspect. From this scene you may have several to choose from: As he moves to the table, the camera is eye level with the dagger. or After he picks up the knife, the camera booms up above the protagonist. or The camera tracks with the protagonist to the door. or The camera zooms out to include the window as he stops at the door. (I’ve presented more than one filmmaking element to demonstrate the possibility of multiple choices in any given scene. You will keep it simple and select only one technique and take it through the four steps). For example, you might choose Step 2 to be: the camera booms up above the protagonist. 3. Opinion – What does the filmmaking element or performance choice communicate? This camera move effectively reinforces the growing danger awaiting the protagonist. 4. Explain how that one filmmaking element or performance choice causes the response you’ve indicated. By booming up from the table, the movement continues to decrease the size of the protagonist in the frame, emphasizing the rapid increase in danger and establishing his vulnerable position by his inferior location in the frame. 1 Filmmaking Example: (1) The protagonist escapes his restraints, grabs the dagger from the table and hurries to the chamber door. (2) After he picks up the knife, the camera booms up above the protagonist. (3) This camera move effectively reinforces the growing danger awaiting the protagonist. (4) By booming up from the table, the movement suggests vulnerability by decreasing the size of the protagonist in the frame, while placing him in an inferior location, as seen from above. The elements listed below are some mind-set adjustments should you cover these aspects within a four-step process. Be specific with all of the elements you select: Music: “The music is very romantic.” That’s an opinion. It’s not that it’s wrong; it’s just that it’s solely opinion. If you choose to write about music, you must write about musical terms including instrumentation, tempo, rhythm, volume. etc. So you would have to first describe what we would hear, so that we can determine those elements equate with romance. You also still have to explain how what we hear elicits the interpretation of the music that you suggest. If you can’t explain such in musical terms, avoid that element. Performance: Her face is devoid of emotion. That would be opinion for Step 3. It doesn’t describe how she creates that understanding. Describe her face. What performance choice does the actor make to communicate that information? The actor hasn’t stopped doing something. The actor is making a choice that communicates a behavior that you view as unemotional. If he hesitates at the door (this isn’t a performance choice), this is stage direction, which could increase tension and also telegraph that something awaits him upon opening the door; however that is likely in the script and thus off task. 2 The Camera: All camera shots show things. The question is what does the choice of camera shot/move communicate in and of itself? For instance, what is the difference between a zoom from a medium shot to a close-up versus a cut from a medium shot to a close-up? The communication isn’t what’s in the final frame; it’s in the difference between the zoom (a move) and the cut (an edit). Remember, every four-step process (and thus each paragraph) for sections one and two employ only one filmmaking element or performance choice. Do not combine elements. Use separate processes to explain each one that you choose. You cannot write about every element. Select the ones that you understand from the categories noted on the assignment sheet. Director (Section 2) Examples: (1) Henry Hill and his wife Karen are having a heated argument at their house. (2) Director (Martin Scorsese) implements clear use of mise-en-scène within this particular scene by placing a lamp between the arguing couple. (3) The lamp is positioned between the couple so that Henry Hill can indicate his degree of anger. (4) By having the lamp in between the couple, Hill can easily reach the lamp to throw it at his wife thus amplifying his nager. (1) At their mother’s wake, Michael agrees to see Fredo after the two have not seen or spoken to each other in a long time, since Fredo betrayed his family. (2) Francis Ford Coppola has Fredo, remain slumped in a chair, as he and Michael embrace in a hug. (3) Through stage directing, Coppola communicates Fredo’s weak and childlike disposition. (4) By keeping Fredo seated as he hugs Michael, who is standing over him, Coppola establishes Michael’s dominant authority over Fredo’s weakened position in the family. 3 Performance Choice (Section 2) Example: (1) Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) tries to convince Leonard that Natalie is a manipulator. (2) During the conversation, Joe increases the volume of his voice. (3) This type of vocal technique emphasizes that Teddy believes Leonard either doesn’t understand or simply doesn’t believe him. (4) Often when people struggle to be understood and/or believed, they increase their volume to make sure their words are getting through to the listener. Remember that all paragraphs about performance choices must refer to the same identified actor. In the example above, if you started with Joe Pantoliano, then all paragraphs about performance choices must be about other choices made by Joe Pantoliano. 4

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