Your assignment is to write a 5-7 page research paper on one of the following: (a) an important film director, (b) a specific film, or (c) the development of a particular element of film making.

An important film director

PART ONE THAT I HAVE SUBMITTED

There are 3 parts to the final project:

  1. Topic – You are to pick a topic for your final project before the end of week 3 and submit it to the proper folder.  No two students will be allow to have the same topic; therefore, first come first served.  Part two will not be accepted unless part one is turned in.  See “FINAL PROJECT” below to see how to pick a topic.

PART TWO -THIS IS WERE I AM ON THE PROJECT

2. Outline and Resources – You are to turn in an outline and resource list for your project before the end of week 5 and submit it to the proper folder.  Part two will not be accepted unless part one is turned in.

NOTE: The FINAL PROJECT Instructions included in the course appear not to specific the number of sources you should use for your paper; I will require at least 5 strong sources, used directly. Each source should be detailed, substantial and reliable.  Of course you can use more, but 5 is the minimum to be included in the bibliography stage and incorporated into final essay.

Outline and Resources – You are to turn in an outline and resource list for your project at the start of week #5 and submit it to the proper folder.  Part two will not be accepted unless part one is turned in.

You must turn in an outline and a list of resources for your project no later than the end of week five.

1.Use either an Alphanumeric Outline, a Decimal Outline, or a sentence hierarchical outline.

2.The list of resources you expect to use includes website, books and films. This should be in the form of an Annotated Bibliography.

To see the entire description of the Final Project, clink here > Final Project.

 As you prepare for the Outline of your Final Paper, here are some things to keep in mind:

•Wherever you are in your writing process, it’s important to remember that you’re trying to show me what you’ve learned in the course.

•Make observations and connections and integrate vocabulary and concepts we’re learning

•Think about the organization. Simply listing the elements in the assignment prompt is not an outline

•The thesis statement is the most important part of the outline HOW TO WRITE AN A+ THESIS STATEMENT

•I would like to see a full sentence outline. The more complete your work is now, the more helpful and substantive my feedback can be THESIS AND SENTENCE OUTLINE

•I look forward to seeing how your work is developing!

•You should plan to spend about more time on this stage of the assignment (research and outline) than on the final stage of the assignment (rough draft and polish).

3. Final Paper – you are to turn in the final paper before the end of week 8 and submit it to the proper folder.

 THIS IS THE FULL ASSIGNMNET DETAILS

FINAL PROJECT: Your assignment is to write a 5-7 page research paper on one of the following: (a) an important film director, (b) a specific film, or (c) the development of a particular element of film making.  The description of each of these options is below.

Description of Project

(a)   You should select a director who was active (directed more than 3 movies) during the time period of 1950 – 2000.  In your term paper, give me the basic details of the director’s life and career. Identify some of the director’s most important films. What honors and awards did the director receive? Provide a sampling of critical opinion about the director’s work (i.e. film reviews or articles). View at least two films by your director and comment on them (one of them can be a film you would have watch previously for the class). Do not summarize any plots. Write about how this director used the following in these films: Editing (montage), Sound and Music, Cinematography, Special Camera Work (steady cam, hand held, optical effects), Special Effects (this can include stunt work).

(b)    Select one film of feature length made during the time period of 1970 – 2000. You are not to use a film already used by you, the instructor or the course content. In your term paper, you should present information about the making of the movie, about its success at the box office, about awards it was nominated for and/or received. Also present a sampling of the critical reaction to the film, from both the time of its release and later. Finally, you should watch the film and react to it. Do not summarize the plot. Assume that I’ve already seen the film. In addition, write about how this director used the following in these films: Editing (montage), Sound and Music, Cinematography, Special Camera Work (steady cam, hand held, optical effects), Special Effects (this can include stunt work).

(c)   This option is more of a research option that the other two. You are to take a topic or item with in an element of film making and write a short research paper on its development. For example, if you want to write about camera development, take a more focused part of that broader topic such as the steady cam and use that as your subject. You do not need to get too technical in your paper. Some broader topics include: Camera Development, Projection and Viewing in Theaters, Film, Special Effects, Director Training, Actor Training, and Editing.

PROJECT STAGES

I.   Approval of Topic

You must get the instructor’s approval of your term-paper subject beforehand and no two students will be permitted to research and write about the same subject. First come, first served, so it is suggested that you decide what you would like to write about and submit it to the proper Assignment  (in person or by email) as soon as possible.   This is due no later than the end of week three. (NOTE) If you turn in a term paper without getting the instructor’s approval of the subject, the instructor reserves the right to reject it as unacceptable.

II.   Outline and Resources

You must turn in an outline and a list of resources for your project no later than the end of week five.

a.      Use either an Alphanumeric Outline, a Decimal Outline, or a sentencehierarchical outline.

b.     The list of resources you expect to use includes website, books and films. This should be in the form of an Annotated Bibliography.

III.   Final Paper

The final paper, with its bibliography, is to be turned in before the end of week eight.  The coversheet, bibliography, and any graphs or images, or appendix does not count toward paper length.  The body of the paper should have a one inch margin on all four sides, be doubled-space, and use a standard font style (such as Times New Roman, Courier, or Ariel) and font size (11 or 12).

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