Description: A film analysis is not a review or summary of the plot, it should go deeper into analysis and reaction. It should discuss the issues raised by the film, address the films importance and purpose, state reactions to the content and quality of the film, and connect it to ideas and material presented in class. The paper should be 3-5 pages in length, in addition to the title, abstract, and reference pages. It should include the following:
Introduction: Offer your overall impression of the film while mentioning the movies title, director, and key actors. [Note: this info can be found at www.imdb.com]; Evaluate the film for quality and interest. Comment on the screenplay, acting, direction, production values, and music. Briefly summarize the plot of the film; describe the film in general terms. What subjects does it cover? Whats the context of the film (time period, what else is happening). Describe the plot and setting. What issues does it raise? What do you see as the main purpose of the film (thesis)?
Body: Support your thesis. Use descriptive words to discuss the scenes, techniques, effects, music, etc, used to support your thesis . Identify themes. Are any literary techniques such as symbolism, character development and foreshadowing used? Relate the film to class discussions, readings, notes or knowledge. Is the film historically (or factually) accurate and realistic? Does it contradict or support anything you have learned?Use key terms discussed in class and vocabulary words from your glossary. Summarize briefly emphasizing the strengths and weaknesses of the film.
ADDED: Use at least 2 academic sources to support your analysis.
Conclusion: Restate your thesis, summarize your main points and strongly restate your opinions.
• All papers must be typed and APA formatted, including in-text citations and the reference pages.
• All pages must have appropriately sized margins.
• All papers must contain information detailed above.
• All papers must be 3-5 pages in length, in addition to the title, abstract and reference pages (6-8 pages total)
• All papers must be uploaded BEFORE Oct. 31, 2016 at 11:59pm
Name: Rubric for Film Analysis
Grid ViewList View
Cites more than two specific scenes and/or cinematic elements; opinions & judgments based on carefully chosen evidence; uses more than two academic sources to support thesis;conclusion logically follows from examples
cites two specific scenes or cinematic elements Opinions & judgments based on evidence; uses two sources to support thesis; conclusion related to examples
cites one specific scene or cinematic element Opinions & judgments related to evidence; uses one academic source to support thesis;conclusion unrelated to preceding paragraphs
no citation of specific scenes or cinematic elements Opinions & judgments not based on evidence; uses no academic sources to support thesis;conclusion missing or too simplistic
APA Format & Citations
Correct APA formatting: includes title, abstract, and reference pages; all unoriginal thoughts and examples are appropriately cited in-text and on the reference page.