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This best selling text is a succinct guide to thinking critically and writing precisely about film.
Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces you to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling you to write more thoughtfully and critically. With numerous student and professional examples, this engaging and practical guide progresses from taking notes and writing first drafts to creating polished essays and comprehensive research projects. Moving from movie reviews to theoretical and critical essays, the text demonstrates how an analysis of a film can become more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.
A Short Guide to Writing about Film walks the reader through the process of converting the fun and pleasure of watching a movie into the satisfaction of articulating ideas about that movie. Drawing on the readers' love and knowledge of films ranging from movies that readers easily recognize to ones they may only have read or heard about, the book encourages and develops writing skills. With numerous 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. For film enthusiasts interested in enhancing their writing skills.
Table of Contents
|Writing about the Movies|
|Why Write about the Movies?|
|Your Audience and the Aims of Film Criticism|
|The Screening Report 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|
|Point of View|
|Comparative Essays Mise-en-Scegrave;ne and Realism|
|Elements of Mise-en-Scegrave;ne Composition and the Image|
|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|
|Denotation and Connotation|
|Repetitions and Cliches|
|Economy Varied Sentence|
|Structures Coherent Paragraphs|
|Introductory Paragraphs Concluding Paragraphs|
|Revisions and Proofreading|
|Checklist for Writing an Effectiv|
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