Prepare a close textual analysis of the opening scene from the 2008 film The Dark Knight. The scene runs for the first 5 minutes of the film (bank robbery scene). I’ve included the scene here for reference. Please note the scene contains violence 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joz-tAsJ6as Scrutinise the scene shot by shot. After watching the sequence multiple times, identify the purpose of the scene and explain how the formal elements (e.g. mise-en-scène, editing, cinematography, sound) are used. Interrogate and analyse why and how these elements have been used to achieve a certain effect and how they create meaning. The introduction should identify the purpose of the scene and argue how formal elements are used to achieve this through three or four points (ie. Establishing motive, building tension, exposition, etc.). Throughout the analysis, focus on roughly two formal elements (cinematography, sound, mise-en-scene or editing). Don’t try to focus on every single element. Apply the terminology and concepts where relevant from the list below: Cinematography: camera angle & hight of framing, close-up, mid and wide shots, camera movement (zoom, pan, tilt, truck and dolly). Sound: digetic & non-digectic sound, music, foley, magnetisation, synchresis Mise-en-scene: setting, props, costume, make-up, lighting, performance Editing: Match on action, 180 rule, 30 rule, shot-reverse-shot, kuleshov effect, match cut, cutaway, cross cutting, jump cut, smash cut, dissolve and audio cuts It is essential that your analysis is supported with evidence from the film and at least 6 relevant scholarly references. You do not need to provide a plot synopsis—only discuss the plot where relevant.
hello, This paper is to be about the editing styles of director Alfred Hitchcock and how his editing makes him an amazing director. unless you can find another good topic relating to him. A movie i found to be useful was “Strangers on a train” and its use of cross cutting. Whatever else you can find will be amazing. Thanks in advance!
Flashback to 1999, nearly the end of the century and the beginning of a new millennium. You have been selected to serve as a judge at the Cannes Film Festival. This year’s festival organizers have decided to add a number of new award categories, one being the “best American film of the 20th century.” In your role as judge, you are required to write an argument for and a defense of the film you have selected to be among those in the running for the best film of the 20th century. On June 16, 1998, the American Film Institute announced their prestigious list of the 100 greatest films of the 20th Century. Now, you have been asked to choose from ONE of the following 26. (Except for #1, the films are not in order): OUR FILM IS ROBERT MULLIGAN’S 1962 CINEMA CLASSIC TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Research: To prepare for this project, you must view one of the films listed above and then find numerous secondary sources about the film to support and illustrate your opinion and to explain why this is one of the best American movies of the 20thcentury. Like your documented essay in English 121, this research paper should arise out of opinions validated by critical analysis and substantiated by evidence. In other words, it is a lengthy, formal development of a thesis statement, supported principally by such traditional sources as books and articles in newspapers, magazines and journals, found in print and on-line, as well as by such non-traditional sources as interviews, videos and television programs. Sources (8 minimum) Primary: (1) the film you select Secondary: (7 minumum) Required: Original New York Times film review At least two critical articles about the film from scholarly journals. Suggested: Books (print or E-books) about the film Video documentaries about the film Interviews in print or online Biographical/autobiographical articles by or about the screenwriter, director, producer, leading actors, etc. regarding the film Film reviews If the film was based on a novel or play, one critical article about the original source Podcasts by film experts discussing the film Do not use blogs unless the source is a credentialed expert in the field of film. Requirements: All papers must be typed in 12 point type and double spaced. ALL information taken from outside sources must be documented according to MLA format. REMEMBER: This is a RESEARCH paper, so your main purpose is to demonstrate that you have done research by using and acknowledging your sources. If you plagiarize, I promise I will catch you, and you will receive an F on the paper and an F for the course. It is not worth the risk. THE FINAL PAPER MUST INCLUDE: Title page Formal outline Minimum of seven full pages of text Works cited list denoting the research gleaned from at least eight sources (including at least two journal articles and the original New York Times review) At least 15 in-text parenthetical citations in MLA format reflecting each of the sources on the works cited list PAPERS NOT MEETING ALL OF THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. For general information and brief summaries of these films, see . This is NOT a source but is only a database for general information. In order to do this assignment, you must watch the 1962 Robert Mulligan classic To Kill a Mockingbird. I will be uploading the Works Cited page with all of the sources already provided and in MLA Format. These sources are mandatory as they have already been approved. There a total of 14 sources in the Works Cited, however, we must have a minimum of 15 in text citations in the paper. I will also be uploading a sample research paper and what aspects of the film should be talked about. The sample paper is how the assignment should be and turn out since it has all of the requirements from the title page, the formal outline, and the paper.
Students will analyze some aspect of human experience within a culture, focusing on at least one source of diversity (e.g., age, disability, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class, or other) and will compose for a specific purpose, occasion, and audience through the Capstone Paper (DIW-C2/SMW-1).
For this assignment, you will study the evolution of the Thriller (Crime/Heist) genre of film, working with the thematically linked films of The Killing (1956) by Stanley Kubrick and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song(1971) by Martin Van Peebles. Also you must use outside research from at least three sources to help you identify the film genre’s history, myths, conventions, and iconography, you will develop a thesis about the genre and how it works across time and in an ever-changing culture. Your thesis must make a claim about how and why your genre has changed over time and engage with the class concepts on Genre. Your paper should consider how genre creates meaning in these two films and how this reflects a larger argument about the genre’s relation to the culture in which it is produced (for example, both the U.S. social culture and the Hollywood industry). This is, first and foremost, a paper about genre. Your films are illustrative examples of the genre within a historical/cultural context that will help you understand how and why it has changed over time. They will also help limit your focus, as not every generic myth, convention, or icon will be relevant to your films and your thesis. You are not simply discussing your films’ similarities and differences. Your argument and analysis must demonstrate a historical understanding of the genre and how your films work within the genre. You should examine the generic myths, conventions, and iconography at work in the films, as well as the ways in which the style (or formal elements) influence how audiences understand and interpret these various generic elements. Topics to consider are What were the major world or national events going on at the time: How were major world or national events shaping the ways people thought about their lives? Also think in terms of social issues: Do your films reflect changing social standards and attitudes about race, class, sexuality; or what is considered taboo or transgressive? what was happening in the Hollywood industry during the periods you are working with. Things to consider: Was there a new technology, like sound, that was changing the way filmmakers were able to tell stories? Were the studios strong or falling apart? Was there a lot of censorship or were things relatively free? Then, you can get more specific. Ask yourself: Were both of my films studio films or were they independent? Did they undergo censorship or not? How did each director come to make the film? How would this influence how the myths, conventions and iconographies are being presented?
For this assignment, you will analyze one of the films we have viewed in class. (Paper length should be at least 3-4 pages double-spaced with a Works Cited page attached). You may but do not have to use secondary sources, such as reviews or related articles, but you must quote and cite these sources and include them on the Works Cited page. Be careful not to plagiarize the writing of your sources. If you plagiarize, you will fail the assignment. I am more interested in reading your original writing and opinions than reading the ideas of critics reviewing your selected film. Description: A film analysis is not a review or summary of the plot and should go deeper into analysis and reaction. The purpose of this assignment is for you to analyze the filmmaking choices used in any of the films we have viewed in class so far this semester. This assignment should analyze the filmmaker’s choices regarding acting, lighting, set, theme and subthemes, screenplay writing (the use of language choices), and/or cinematography (shot types, camera angles). You can address whichever aspects work best to make the film effective, or you can analyze and explain why you see the film as ineffective or only partially effective. Your analysis should include an introduction, main body of analysis, and a conclusion to tie the paper together. Your analysis should examine several of the following aspects: Describe the film in general terms. What subjects does it cover? Describe the plot and setting. What issues does it raise? What do you see as the main purpose of the film? What are the major theme(s) of the film? Evaluate the film for quality and interest. Comment on the acting, lighting, set, theme and subthemes, screenplay writing (the use of language choices), and/or cinematography (shot types, camera angles) Summarize briefly emphasizing the strengths and weaknesses of the film. Movies to choose from: Fargo Fences True Grit Hell or High water