Short Guide to Writing about Film

ISBN-10: 0321081145
ISBN-13: 9780321081148
Edition: 4th 2001
Authors: Timothy Corrigan
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Book details

List price: $33.20
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.55" wide x 8.23" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

A Short Guide to Writing about Film walks students through the process of converting the fun and pleasure of watching a movie into the satisfaction of articulating ideas about that movie. With numerous student and professional examples along the way, it moves from note taking and first drafts to polished essays and research projects, demonstrating how an analysis of a film becomes more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.

Preface
Writing about the Movies
Why Write about Movies?
Your Audience and the Aims of Film Criticism
The Movie Review
The Theoretical Essay
The Critical Essay
Opinion and Evaluation
Exercises
Beginning to Think, Preparing to Watch, and Starting to Write
Subject Matter and Meaning
Silent Dialogue: Talking Back to the Movies
Taking Notes
Visual Memory and Reflection
Exercises
Film Terms and Topics for Film Analysis and Writing
Themes
Film and the Other Arts
Narrative
Characters
Point of View
Mise-en-Scene and Realism
Realism
Elements of Mise-en-Scene
Composition and the Image
The Shot
The Edited Image
Sound
Sample Essay
Exercises
Six Approaches to Writing about Film
Film History
National Cinemas
Genres
Auteurs
Kinds of Formalism
Ideology
Sample Essays
Exercises
Style and Structure in Writing
The Right Words
Concrete Language
Denotation and Connotation
Tone
Repetitions and Cliches
Effective Sentences
Economy
Varied Sentence Structures
Coherent Paragraphs
Introductory Paragraphs
Concluding Paragraphs
Checklist for Writing an Effective Essay
Exercises
Researching the Movies
How to Begin Research
The Materials of Research
Primary Sources
Video
Scripts
Secondary Sources: Books, Indexes, Journals, and Electronic Sources
Film Research on the Internet
Taking Notes on Secondary Sources
Writing the Paper
Sample Essays
Exercises
Manuscript Form
Manuscript Copy
Last-Minute Corrections
Quotations
Acknowledging Sources
Common Knowledge
Documenting Sources
Notes for Documentation
Works Cited
Notes Supplying Additional Commentary
Common Conventions of Usage
Names
Titles
Foreign Words and Quotation Marks
Sexist Language
Spelling
Last Words
Symbols Commonly Used in Marking Papers
Glossary of Film Terms
Works Cited
Credits
Index

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