9780321412287

Short Guide to Writing about Film, A

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    9780321412287

  • ISBN10:

    0321412281

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2007
  • Publisher: Longman
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Summary

Doubling an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces students to film terms and the major film theories, enabling them to write more critically. Examples from newer movies provide a fresh list of references for students introduced to film study and writing films. The author presents several approaches to film analysis and writing about filmauteurs, genres, ideology, kinds of formalism, and national cinemas, and introduces students to a range of film terms and film theories. Recent movies are used to fresh examples. Multiple approaches to writing about film as well as theories about film are given. Please enter here.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Writing About the Movies
1(17)
Why Write about the Movies?
1(5)
Your Audience and the Aims of Film Criticism
6(8)
The Screening Report
7(1)
The Movie Review
8(2)
The Theoretical Essay
10(1)
The Critical Essay
11(3)
Opinion and Evaluation
14(3)
Exercises
17(1)
Beginning to Think, Preparing to Watch, and Starting to Write
18(18)
Subject Matter and Meaning
22(1)
Silent Dialogue: Talking Back to the Movies
22(4)
Taking Notes
26(3)
Visual Memory and Reflection
29(6)
Exercises
35(1)
Film Terms and Topics for Film Analysis and Writing
36(46)
Themes
37(2)
Film and the Other Arts
39(9)
Narrative
39(4)
Characters
43(3)
Point of View
46(1)
Comparative Essays
47(1)
Mise-en-Scene and Realism
48(9)
Realism
48(3)
Elements of Mise-en-Scene
51(6)
Composition and the Image
57(15)
The Shot
58(7)
The Edited Image
65(7)
Sound
72(4)
Sample Essay
76(4)
Exercises
80(2)
Six Approaches to Writing About Film
82(27)
Film History
83(2)
National Cinemas
85(2)
Genres
87(2)
Auteurs
89(1)
Kinds of Formalism
90(2)
Ideology
92(3)
Sample Essays
95(13)
Exercises
108(1)
Style and Structure in Writing
109(18)
The Right Words
112(3)
Concrete Language
112(1)
Denotation and Connotation
112(1)
Tone
113(1)
Repetitions and Cliches
114(1)
Effective Sentences
115(2)
Economy
115(1)
Varied Sentence Structures
116(1)
Coherent Paragraphs
117(4)
Introductory Paragraphs
121(2)
Concluding Paragraphs
123(1)
Checklist for Writing an Effective Essay
124(2)
Exercises
126(1)
Researching the Movies
127(30)
How to Begin Research
130(2)
The Materials of Research
132(10)
Primary Sources
133(1)
Video
133(1)
Scripts
134(1)
Secondary Sources: Books, Indexes, Journals, and Electronic Sources
135(7)
Film Research on the Internet
142(3)
Taking Notes on Secondary Sources
145(1)
Writing the Paper
146(2)
Sample Essays
148(7)
Exercises
155(2)
Manuscript Form
157(18)
Manuscript Copy
157(1)
Last-Minute Corrections
158(2)
Quotations
160(2)
Acknowledging Sources
162(3)
Common Knowledge
164(1)
Documenting Sources
165(6)
Notes for Documentation
165(2)
Works Cited
167(3)
Notes Supplying Additional Commentary
170(1)
Common Conventions of Usage
171(3)
Names
171(1)
Titles
172(1)
Foreign Words and Quotation Marks
172(1)
Sexist Language
173(1)
Spelling
173(1)
Last Words
174(1)
Appendix: Symbols Commonly Used in Marking Papers 175(2)
Glossary of Film Terms 177(6)
Works Cited 183(2)
Credits 185(2)
Index 187

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