Film Blog 3 ARTH334 Section 6210
Project Due Date:
No late submissions accepted. No excuses.
Concept: You must comment on some of the following elements about a live-action film: Lighting, Sound, Music, Cinematography, Editing, Direction and Cast (no animation or CGI). You may provide a two-sentence (no more than 50 words) synopsis of the story. Do not refer to the story or plot outside of that synopsis. Do not reveal the ending of the movie. You may reference the theme and character relationships with specifics from the screen, provided you explain how the elements reveal or augment those relationships. Do not reference dialogue; that’s in the script. You may discuss feelings evoked by the filmic elements listed above, but all opinions must be supported by screen details and an explanation of their function. Nothing is good or great (or any other adjective) without specific qualification from the filmmaking process. If you make an observation, state its significance. You will not use other references or films nor quote from other resources. You may identify the principal actors and director(s), but you must detail the significance of their work outside of the script. Stating that someone is the lead is not enough. Qualify everything. Don’t add to the paper’s length by writing that you, “want to write about…” Simply write about it. Don’t write, “In my opinion,” because it’s all your opinion. That’s understood. If I reject superfluous or redundant commentary, it will be deducted from your word count. When you are counting your words, make every word count. Do not reference box office numbers or awards. Do not explain why you chose the film. Do not summarize. Introductions and conclusions, as normally found in a thorough examination, are irrelevant here; they are a waste of word count at this limit. Write solely about the filmmaking choices in selected scenes and proof your work!
- Cite a specific scene
- Express an opinion about how the scene communicates its information
- Describe the filmmaking element in the scene that creates that communicative effect.
- Explain how that effect causes the response you’ve indicated.
Length: 425-500 words. Word count does not include your title, name block or the film citation.
Citation: You must cite the film per the MLA guidelines posted under Content. You must do this manually and not employ services to automatically format the citation. You won’t use any other source except for the film. Citations copied and pasted that prevent comment isolation will be disallowed and penalized.
Submission: Please post in your portfolio folders. If LEO is problematic, you may email it provided it is date stamped by the due date. Be aware that date stamps are assigned when processed and not when submitted, so do not wait until the last minute. Make sure you submit something on time. If you email, make sure that you look for a reply email from me acknowledging receipt. The fact that you emailed it does not mean it transmitted successfully. Blogs not submitted by the due date or those received with a date stamp after the due date will receive a zero for the assignment. No excuses.
Movie: Any new film (no re-releases or new versions) theatrically released in the U.S. (not straight to DVD) since July 1, 2011 with a U.S. box office of at least $25 million. If you film choice does not meet these requirements, you will receive a zero for the assignment. Use www.boxofficemojo.com to verify the release date and domestic box office. You do not need approval for your film blog choices; however you will need to check that your intended choice is not listed on the Films Ineligible list available under Content. This list will be revised each submission week to include the films selected for the samples in all previous blog conferences.
Posting: 5 blogs will be selected each week to use for conference discussions. Names will be removed from those submissions so that the blogs will be anonymous. Those film selections will be added to the Films Ineligible list for future blogs.
Grade Value: 50 pts. 5% of final grade
- 1” margins top, bottom, left and right.
- Number your pages in the lower right corner
- 12 pt. Times New Roman font (normal, not expanded or condensed).
- Do not place anything in headers or footers (aside from page numbers)
- Upper right corner – Your name, course & date single-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word)
- Skip one line
- Title (centered) Film Name (italicized)
- Skip one line
- Begin your Blog Double-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word)
- Indent paragraphs ½”
- No line spaces or section headings between paragraphs.
- Cite the movie at the end of your blog per MLA standards
- Spelling checked with m-w.com
- Proof your work aloud. You will catch grammar issues that a silent read will miss.
- Spell-check will not catch misused words that are spelled correctly (e.g. then v. than).
- Spelling will be validated using www.m-w.com
- Double-check the formatting requirements before submitting your paper for grading.
- Film titles are italicized.
- Film references are written in the present tense.
- Employ active voice rather than passive voice.
- Maintain subject-verb agreement.
- Keep your sentences to the point. Communicate. At these margins settings, if your sentence extends to three lines, think about revising it. If it extends to four lines, revise it.
- Support your opinions with screen evidence and explain in detail how the choice functions to evoke the feeling or communicate the message.
Ask Questions – If you are unsure of any element, do not assume.