Film Feedback Analysis Paper
The film analysis paper is designed to be a short essay, which allows you to begin thinking about the movie(s). Writing helps you to think, since you have to articulate your otherwise unformed or vague thoughts. This, in turn, will help us to have a good discussion of the film(s) with others, including on the message board. While it is not required to complete this before the message board, it may be helpful.The essay should be approximately 500-700 words. This should not summarize the plots /story of the films, except where it is necessary to make your examples clear, since your reader(s) has seen it.Rather, devote your limited words to ANALYZING or giving feedback on the film.In your analysis, you need to address the following questions, not necessarily in this order and certainly not as a checklist, but rather in the form of an essay, with a thesis statement, specific examples drawn from the film, and with a conclusion.
Your essay should incorporate discussion of technical issues related to film making (at least some you notice). These sort of issues might relate to issues such as:
The instructor does not expect you to be evaluating these things at a high level, but please look for them. How does it impact the story?
The instructor is fully aware that most of these movies have reviews and analysis online. Please be cautious in using these as you will tend to analyze the films from that writers perspective, and not your own. Use your experience and background, especially the sport related ones, not someone else’s. Or worse, you will be tempted to plagiarize which can cost you your grade or graduate student status. Use your words and ideas.The paper will be submitted via dropbox by deadline listed in syllabusThey should be double spaced, with one-inch margins, using Times New Roman, 12pt font. They should have an interesting title (not just the name of the movie!) and your name should appear at the top of the first page.The last part of your analysis paper will be the honor statement (this won’t count towards the word limit!):On my word of honor, I have completely viewed the movie (or movies) that I am analyzing.==================================================================Film analysis papers will be graded using the following rubric. Before you submit your paper, you should examine it carefully and think about how you would fill this rubric for your own paper.Paper rubricScorePossItem2Introduction / Conclusion: Does the paper have an introductory paragraph with a clear and argumentative thesis statement? Is it clear what you are going to discuss?1Organization: Is the essay clearly organized? How a paragraph relates to its predecessor and successor should be clear. Does the paper have effective transitions from example to example? Each paragraph should discuss only one example. Does the paper do this or are there multiple points made in a paragraph?6Assignment: Does the paper address the questions posed:
2Examples: Does the paper cite specific examples from the readings to support the argument? Does it spend too much time summarizing the film? Or does it briefly describe scenes to facilitate their analysis?2Mechanics and Grammar: Does the paper follow APA guidelines, citation guidelines, and have an honor- statement?Is the paper written in formal, academic English, without spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, etc?2Filmmaking storytelling: Does the paper attempt to identify film making or storytelling techniques, and the purposes for doing so.15One last very important point. Perhaps you really want to write about some other aspect of the film that does not really fit. Perhaps it is a character or situation that you really connect with. Perhaps there is a current event that you want to relate these films to. Or maybe you just have a really good idea that doesn’t fit with the above rubric. If that applies to you, then please write on that topic. If you want to go longer than what is mentioned above, then just make sure it is well written. Explore your ideas. It need not fit the above flow.It does need the following, however.