This best-selling text is a succinct guide to thinking critically and writing precisely about film.
Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces students to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling them to write more thoughtfully and critically. With numerous student and professional examples, this engaging and practical guide progresses from taking notes and writing first drafts to creating polished essays and comprehensive research projects. Moving from movie reviews to theoretical and critical essays, the text demonstrates how an analysis of a film can become more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.
Table of Contents
I. Writing about the Movies
Why Write about the Movies?
Your Audience and the Aims of Film Criticism
The Screening Report
The Movie Review
The Theoretical Essay
The Critical Essay
Opinion and Evaluation
2–Beginning to Think, Preparing to Watch, and Starting to Write
Subject Matter and Meaning
Silent Dialogue: Talking Back to the Movies
Visual Memory and Reflection
3–Film Terms and Topics for Film Analysis and Writing
Film and the Other Arts
Point of View
Mise-en-Scène and Realism
Elements of Mise-en-Scène
Composition and the Image
The Edited Image
4–Six Approaches to Writing about Film
Kinds of Formalism
5–Style and Structure in Writing
The Right Words
Denotation and Connotation
Repetitions and Clichés
Varied Sentence Structures
Revisions and Proofreading
Checklist for Writing an Effective Essay
6–Researching the Movies
How to Begin Research
The Materials of Research
Video, DVDs, and Digital Downloads
Secondary Sources: Books, Indexes, Journals, and Electronic Sources
Film Research on the Internet
Taking Notes on Secondary Sources
Writing the Paper
Notes for Documentation
Notes Supplying Additional Commentary
Common Conventions of Usage
Foreign Words and Quotation Marks
Appendix: Symbols Commonly Used In Marking Papers
Glossary of Film Terms
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