Thursday, February 7, 2008

CT205: ESSAY ONE

PRINCIPLES OF THE MOVING IMAGE
ESSAY 1: DUE FEBRUARY 21st

Requirements
  1. 3 to 5 pages, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font.
  2. A minimum of three outside sources should be used. Use APA style.
  3. Include images and/or transcriptions of the film you are analyzing.
  4. Due 2/21. An in-class writing workshop will be held on this day.
  5. ESSAY TOPIC: Explain, analyze and critique technical aspects of film.
Select ONE technical aspect from the following:
  • Photography: lighting, color, framing (shots & angles), film stock, focus
  • Movement: camera movement, narrative movement, projection (fPS)
  • Mise en scene: dialogue, setting (d├ęcor, etc.), space, story (symbolic)
Select ONE film to discuss in depth.

Consider the following questions:
  1. How was the technique developed? Discuss why/how it evolved.
  2. Is this technique closely connected to another technique?
  3. Why is the technique important to the development of movies? Compare its early uses to more contemporary ones.
  4. How is the technique used to create meaning? Give classic and alt uses.
  5. What responses does the technique evoke in the viewer?
  6. Is the technique associated with specific movements, authors or styles? Some techniques are connected to social and/or political movements.
  7. Give an in-depth analysis of the technique as it appears in 1 film.

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