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Choose a film and discuss the importance of technological advancements to its success as a mode of storytelling. How might it have been told differently, for better or worse, without these technological advancements?

October 6, 2018

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 

Prepare.pngPrepare

As you prepare to write this discussion, take a few moments to do the following:

  • Review the Modeled DiscussionPreview the document.
  • Read any required and recommended reading materials for this week, especially Chapter 9 from the text.
  • Review the grading rubric for this discussion.
Reflect.pngReflect

Auteur theory in film suggests not only that a director is the primary author of a film, but also that the film must be analyzed within the context of the director’s other films. Directors create certain expectations with their films much in the same way authors create certain expectations with their writing. Are there directors whose work you always recognize when you see it? What qualities bind their works together?

Write.pngWrite (due Thursday, Day 3)

As you construct your initial post, focus on the importance of auteur theory in film analysis and interpretation.

  • Name a director who you would consider an auteur and explain your reasoning.
  • Discuss the arguments against auteur theory and provide examples to support your points.
  • Examine how the auteur theory influences audiences and critics, using examples from film criticism, film marketing campaigns, and your own personal experience.

Include the name of the director you identified in the “Subject” line of your discussion. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references.

Discuss.pngRespond to Peers (due Monday, Day 7)

Respond to at least two of your classmates who named a different director than you. In each response, discuss whether or not you agree with your classmate’s assertion that the director being considered is an auteur, and be sure to provide examples to support your position. Your responses should be 125 to 150 words each.

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 Please view the video Accessing Feedback in the Gradebook (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for guidance on how to review your instructor’s feedback when the post is graded.

 

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