Prompt: Determine the meaning and impact derived from the creative decisions made in the storytelling, mise-en-scene and cinematography of a single 7ilm. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate a familiarity with the Bilm criticism tools and Bilmmaking techniques that we have discussed in the Birst half of this semester. Students are expected to undertake sustained critical analysis, as well as use the vocabulary and terminology from Looking at Movies, in making their assessments. Assignment guidelines Write about each of the four categories listed below ? an overview of the Bilm + three different aspects of Bilmmaking. Break up the essay into the four separate categories listed below and label each clearly in your paper. The number in parenthesis is how many words you are expected to write in that section ? students must write out the number of words they have written in each section. Overview (250): Provide a brief summary of the story. Discuss the genre, genre conventions utilized, the director, the nationality of the Bilm, and when it was made. Read a few Bilm reviews online and discuss how the Bilm was received at the time. Narrative (400): Identify all of the following – the inciting incident, the turning point at the end of Act I, the turning point at the end of Act II, the climax that the Bilm builds to, and the resolution in the third act. Discuss how the story is told: who provides the narrative? Are there Blashbacks? Is there a narrator? Does the story unfold chronologically? If there is voiceover, what kind is it? Explain how the Bilm?s approach to storytelling approach affects the viewer. Mise-en-scene (400): Discuss the overall art direction of the Bilm, focusing your attention on some combination of the costumes, makeup, props, locations, set design, and light. You may also discuss the framing of shots, the blocking and/or kinesis of actors. Explain how these creative decisions affect the viewer. Cinematography (400): Assess how the use of camera motion, lens perspective, and light contributes to the emotional impact of the story. Pay attention to how scenes are covered. Identify how the camera functions as a storyteller in the Bilm. Explain how these creative decisions affect the viewer.
Tips and Suggestions You will need to watch your Bilm at least twice to be able to do this assignment well. Pause the Bilm as take notes while you watch it ? make note of where speciBic scenes are (write the time down) so that you can revisit them later. Try to not simply make arbitrary observations ? see if you can Bind a way that the different aspects of the Bilm combine to have a desired effect upon the audience. For example, simply saying that a character wore a hat is not a very interesting insight to include in the mise-en-scene portion. You need to identify how the hat says something about the character and how it matches up with the rest of the Bilms style. Be speciBic and cite particular scenes as support for how these creative decisions affect the viewer. Demonstrating the capacity to follow speciBically laid out guidelines is essential to getting a good grade ? no matter how much you write and how much time you spend writing it, if your essay does not meet the assignment guidelines, you will receive a poor grade. This is not an evaluative essay. In other words, you are not discussing whether a Gilm is good or not. If you start by complimenting or denigrating the Bilm, you have drifted from the guidelines of the assignment. Spellcheck your essay before turning it in. You MUST engage extensively with the vocabulary and concepts in the textbook. Cite any and all websites and/or periodicals you use in your in your essay. It doesn?t matter if it is single spaced, double-spaced, or what size the font is: I?ll be paying attention to the amount of words in each section. If any element of your essay is found to have been taken from the internet or another source without proper citation, you will receive a grade of zero on the assignment and you will be immediately reported to CSM Vice President of Student Affairs.
Select one of these Gilms to analyze All of these 7ilms are available on Net7lix either as a DVD or streaming. You can also get these movies from the library. I encourage you to watch the trailers before you make your decision. And I really encourage you not to make your choice based on the 7ilm?s running time! 1. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, USA 2002, 108 minutes – Drama/Melodrama) In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and growing racial tensions in the outside world. 2. Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, USA 1990, 112 minutes – Thriller/Action) A stylized comic strip detective tries to battle Big Boy Caprice’s united mob. 3. Slacker (Richard Linklater, USA 1991, 105 minutes – Drama/Comedy) An of7beat cult 7ilm that centers on a day in the life of Austin, Texas, featuring the overeducated, the social mis7its, the outcasts and the oddballs. 4. District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, New Zealand, USA, & South Africa 2009, 112 minutes – Sci-Bi/ Thriller) An alien race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth connects with a government agent, who is exposed to their biotechnology. 5. Rosemary?s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968, 136 minutes – Horror/Thriller) A wife becomes mysteriously pregnant and paranoia over the unborn child begins to control her life. 6. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar, Spain 2002, 116 minutes, Mystery/Drama) Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas -Subtitled. 7. Blood Simple (Joel & Ethan Coen, USA 1984, 95 minutes ? Noir/Crime) A dark, gritty 7ilm about a jealous man, who hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. 8. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, UK 2009, 122 minutes ? Drama) Realist drama about a teenager trying to get out of the slums. 9. Beginners (Mike Mills, USA 2011, 104 minutes ? Drama/Comedy) Contemporary, deadpan comedy about a man who?s father comes out in his 80s. Lots of fun storytelling and editing. 10. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, Denmark 2011, 130 minutes ? Sci-Bi/Drama) Two sisters 7ind their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. Supernatural drama. 11. Y Tu Mama Tambi?n (Alfonso Cuar?n, Mexico 2001, 106 minutes – Adventure/Drama) Two teenage boys and an older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. Subtitled.

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Prompt: Determine the meaning and impact derived from the creative decisions made in the storytelling, mise-en-scene and cinematography of a single 7ilm. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate a familiarity with the Bilm criticism tools and Bilmmaking techniques that we have discussed in the Birst half of this semester. Students are expected to undertake sustained critical analysis, as well as use the vocabulary and terminology from Looking at Movies, in making their assessments. Assignment guidelines Write about each of the four categories listed below ? an overview of the Bilm + three different aspects of Bilmmaking. Break up the essay into the four separate categories listed below and label each clearly in your paper. The number in parenthesis is how many words you are expected to write in that section ? students must write out the number of words they have written in each section. Overview (250): Provide a brief summary of the story. Discuss the genre, genre conventions utilized, the director, the nationality of the Bilm, and when it was made. Read a few Bilm reviews online and discuss how the Bilm was received at the time. Narrative (400): Identify all of the following – the inciting incident, the turning point at the end of Act I, the turning point at the end of Act II, the climax that the Bilm builds to, and the resolution in the third act. Discuss how the story is told: who provides the narrative? Are there Blashbacks? Is there a narrator? Does the story unfold chronologically? If there is voiceover, what kind is it? Explain how the Bilm?s approach to storytelling approach affects the viewer. Mise-en-scene (400): Discuss the overall art direction of the Bilm, focusing your attention on some combination of the costumes, makeup, props, locations, set design, and light. You may also discuss the framing of shots, the blocking and/or kinesis of actors. Explain how these creative decisions affect the viewer. Cinematography (400): Assess how the use of camera motion, lens perspective, and light contributes to the emotional impact of the story. Pay attention to how scenes are covered. Identify how the camera functions as a storyteller in the Bilm. Explain how these creative decisions affect the viewer.
Tips and Suggestions You will need to watch your Bilm at least twice to be able to do this assignment well. Pause the Bilm as take notes while you watch it ? make note of where speciBic scenes are (write the time down) so that you can revisit them later. Try to not simply make arbitrary observations ? see if you can Bind a way that the different aspects of the Bilm combine to have a desired effect upon the audience. For example, simply saying that a character wore a hat is not a very interesting insight to include in the mise-en-scene portion. You need to identify how the hat says something about the character and how it matches up with the rest of the Bilms style. Be speciBic and cite particular scenes as support for how these creative decisions affect the viewer. Demonstrating the capacity to follow speciBically laid out guidelines is essential to getting a good grade ? no matter how much you write and how much time you spend writing it, if your essay does not meet the assignment guidelines, you will receive a poor grade. This is not an evaluative essay. In other words, you are not discussing whether a Gilm is good or not. If you start by complimenting or denigrating the Bilm, you have drifted from the guidelines of the assignment. Spellcheck your essay before turning it in. You MUST engage extensively with the vocabulary and concepts in the textbook. Cite any and all websites and/or periodicals you use in your in your essay. It doesn?t matter if it is single spaced, double-spaced, or what size the font is: I?ll be paying attention to the amount of words in each section. If any element of your essay is found to have been taken from the internet or another source without proper citation, you will receive a grade of zero on the assignment and you will be immediately reported to CSM Vice President of Student Affairs.
Select one of these Gilms to analyze All of these 7ilms are available on Net7lix either as a DVD or streaming. You can also get these movies from the library. I encourage you to watch the trailers before you make your decision. And I really encourage you not to make your choice based on the 7ilm?s running time! 1. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, USA 2002, 108 minutes – Drama/Melodrama) In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and growing racial tensions in the outside world. 2. Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, USA 1990, 112 minutes – Thriller/Action) A stylized comic strip detective tries to battle Big Boy Caprice’s united mob. 3. Slacker (Richard Linklater, USA 1991, 105 minutes – Drama/Comedy) An of7beat cult 7ilm that centers on a day in the life of Austin, Texas, featuring the overeducated, the social mis7its, the outcasts and the oddballs. 4. District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, New Zealand, USA, & South Africa 2009, 112 minutes – Sci-Bi/ Thriller) An alien race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth connects with a government agent, who is exposed to their biotechnology. 5. Rosemary?s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968, 136 minutes – Horror/Thriller) A wife becomes mysteriously pregnant and paranoia over the unborn child begins to control her life. 6. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar, Spain 2002, 116 minutes, Mystery/Drama) Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas -Subtitled. 7. Blood Simple (Joel & Ethan Coen, USA 1984, 95 minutes ? Noir/Crime) A dark, gritty 7ilm about a jealous man, who hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. 8. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, UK 2009, 122 minutes ? Drama) Realist drama about a teenager trying to get out of the slums. 9. Beginners (Mike Mills, USA 2011, 104 minutes ? Drama/Comedy) Contemporary, deadpan comedy about a man who?s father comes out in his 80s. Lots of fun storytelling and editing. 10. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, Denmark 2011, 130 minutes ? Sci-Bi/Drama) Two sisters 7ind their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. Supernatural drama. 11. Y Tu Mama Tambi?n (Alfonso Cuar?n, Mexico 2001, 106 minutes – Adventure/Drama) Two teenage boys and an older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. Subtitled.

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