|FILM PAPER TWO|
|DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. As a form of theft, plagiarism means taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. If you plagiarize, you will be sent through a review with University administration, and you will earn a ZERO on the improper assignment.
General Instructions: In a 100-level course, you are asked to write about what you see on-screen. In a 200-level course, you are asked to express what you think about what you saw. In this 300-level course, you are expected to explain why you think the way you do about what you saw, and then justify your position, using references to on-screen material and subjects covered in the LEO classroom.
For each paper, you are responsible for watching a film and writing a 3-4-page long essay responding to a prompt. You will also write one additional page called “My Criteria for Quality in Film,” resulting in a total assignment paper length of 4-5 pages, which does not include any cover. You are required to turn in the assignment to the proper assignment folder in LEO.
Because these paper assignments are analytical reactions and not research summaries, the key is clearly expressing what you have to say about each film, not what others have said. NOTE: it is necessary to give a brief plot synopsis inside each paper.
Putting these assignments off until the last possible moment is a mistake. Each paper requires you to view an outside screening beyond the titles already assigned in weekly modules, so you should leave yourself enough time to view the film, think about it, write a first draft, and then edit and revise your work for maximum impact.
You must also make any necessary arrangements to view assigned films. Check with streaming services like Netflix, borrow titles from your local library, or rent media from a retail store.
Properly spell the names of cast and crew members or risk losing points on your grade. Using web sites like IMDB.com and Wikipedia can be helpful when researching credit information.
Both papers will be graded based on evidence that you are applying the material presented in LEO. Your work will also be judged according to the clear presentation of your opinions, your ability to offer reasonable explanations and justifications in support of your opinions, and your ability to write a college-level paper (e.g., appropriate spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.).
You are better off watching these films on the largest possible screen, and at the highest possible resolution.
Part 1: View a non-American, non-English-speaking feature film (longer than 60 minutes) by a great director made from 1960-1980 that you have not seen before and that you will not see later as part of this class. If you have trouble determining an appropriate filmmaker, contact the Instructor for advice and further direction.
Assume your reader does not know anything about this movie. Give a simple, short story synopsis and then comment on the film. Pay particular attention to the screenplay, camerawork (cinematography), the editing (montage), and the sound (including music). You may also address special effects. What did you like/dislike about what you saw? Why do you have these feelings of like/dislike? Is the film good?
Part 2: Now that you have commented on the specific film you viewed, see if you can draw some general conclusions about the work of the director and one of the main actors or actresses. Be sure to comment on the overall impression you have of the film, including how you see it as an example of its genre and time period. REMEMBER: This is not a research paper. I am interested in what you have to say, not in what you can learn by reading up on the film or filmmaker.
Part 3: Go back to the “My Criteria for Quality in Film” page. Based on your viewing of this week’s film, add five new general conclusions. These statements should be numbered (6) through (10), and they should be written as complete sentences, or possibly as a short paragraph. Be sure to include the entire page, including all of your previous statements from the first version of your “My Criteria for Quality in Film.”
The body of the paper should have a one-inch margin on all sides, be doubled-spaced, and use a standard font style (e.g., Times New Roman or Arial) and a standard font size (11 or 12 point).