ARTH334 Film Blog 1

Concept: You’ll react to a live-action film and explain why it does or doesn’t work. If you liked it, identify those aspects to which you responded. If you didn’t like it, detail those elements in which you thought it failed. Please provide evidence from the movie to support your opinions. Do not write why you chose the movie. You won’t use any other sources or other films. What scene(s) makes the case? What film elements elicit that response? If you make an observation, state its significance. You will not use other references nor quote from other resources. You will not write about the story/plot. Do not reference dialogue; that’s in the script. These blogs are not about what happens (the story) but rather how things happen (the filmmaking process). What did the director, actors and film technicians contribute to the process to effectively tell the story?  You need to provide opinions and support those opinions with screen evidence, which explains how the filmmaking elements contributed to the movie. You may not reveal the ending of the movie. These are not film reviews in the sense of being a complete analysis. These could be considered elements of a review. 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 discuss any other film or book in relationship to this film. Do not summarize. Introductions and conclusions, as normally found in a more lengthy 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!

Example: “A handheld camera used by director and cinematographer, Steven Soderbergh, adds both form and function to the cinematography of the film. When Mallory (Gina Carano) walks down Dublin streets and through alleys in a chase scene, the camera appears to walk unsteadily in front of her or behind her, as if conjuring the character’s own quick, nervous glances to see who is following her. The function is to leave the viewer on edge, trying to anticipate like Mallory not only who and what lies waiting to kill her, but also how she can use the objects around her to escape, such as a stack of chairs and a table in a Dublin hotel, or various pipes and ledges on the hotel’s rooftop” (Stern).

In the previous excerpt from a student paper, the writer has expressed an opinion, provided screen evidence and explained how the camera angle and movement works to produce a particular effect on the audience. The script might have read: “Mallory walks nervously down the alley frequently glancing behind as she surveys her surroundings for help.”  The difference between the script and what the student wrote is how the director/cinematographer chose to tell the story.

Length: 350-450 words (no more-no less). Word count does not include your title, name block or the film citation. You won’t be able to cover every aspect of the film, so chose your scenes judiciously. Be careful about writing close to the minimum word count. If I disallow material, it will come off your word count and you risk being declared short of the minimum word count.

Citation: You must cite the film per the MLA guidelines posted under Content. It would be best to do this manually and not employ services to automatically format the citation. You won’t use any other source except for the film. Citations must be manually entered. Citations copied and pasted that prevent comment isolation will be disallowed and penalized.

Submission: Must be submitted as a Word™ document. Please post in Assignments. 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. Submissions date-stamped Monday, May 26 or after will receive a zero for the assignment, so make sure you submit something on time to earn some points. 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.

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 your 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 beginning with the second blog, 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 blog submission week to include the five films selected for the samples in the blog discussions. Films used for discussions are ineligible for future blogs. Film blogs submitted from this list will receive a zero for the assignment.

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.