Short Guide to Writing About Film, A

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
  • View Upgraded Edition
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $41.60


This best-selling text is a succinct guide to thinking critically and writing precisely about film. With numerous student and professional examples along the way, 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 becomes more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces students to film terms and the major film theories to enable them to write more critically.For individuals who want to think and write critically about film.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Writing about the Moviesp. 1
Why Write about Movies?p. 1
Your Audience and the Aims of Film Criticismp. 7
The Movie Reviewp. 9
The Theoretical Essayp. 11
The Critical Essayp. 12
Opinion and Evaluationp. 15
Exercisesp. 19
Beginning to Think, Preparing to Watch, and Starting to Writep. 20
Subject Matter and Meaningp. 25
Silent Dialogue: Talking Back to the Moviesp. 26
Taking Notesp. 30
Visual Memory and Reflectionp. 36
Exercisesp. 40
Film Terms and Topics for Film Analysis and Writingp. 41
Themesp. 42
Film and the Other Artsp. 45
Narrativep. 46
Charactersp. 50
Point of Viewp. 52
Mise-en-Scene and Realismp. 55
Realismp. 55
Elements of Mise-en-Scenep. 58
Composition and the Imagep. 66
The Shotp. 66
The Edited Imagep. 74
Soundp. 83
Sample Essayp. 88
Exercisesp. 92
Six Approaches to Writing about Filmp. 93
Film Historyp. 94
National Cinemasp. 97
Genresp. 98
Auteursp. 101
Kinds of Formalismp. 103
Ideologyp. 105
Sample Essaysp. 108
Exercisesp. 121
Style and Structure in Writingp. 122
The Right Wordsp. 125
Concrete Languagep. 125
Denotation and Connotationp. 126
Tonep. 127
Repetitions and Clichesp. 128
Effective Sentencesp. 129
Economyp. 129
Varied Sentence Structuresp. 130
Coherent Paragraphsp. 132
Introductory Paragraphsp. 136
Concluding Paragraphsp. 138
Checklist for Writing an Effective Essayp. 140
Exercisesp. 143
Researching the Moviesp. 144
How to Begin Researchp. 148
The Materials of Researchp. 150
Primary Sourcesp. 151
Videop. 151
Scriptsp. 152
Secondary Sources: Books, Indexes, Journals, and Electronic Sourcesp. 153
Film Research on the Internetp. 161
Taking Notes on Secondary Sourcesp. 165
Writing the Paperp. 166
Sample Essaysp. 169
Exercisesp. 178
Manuscript Formp. 179
Manuscript Copyp. 179
Last-Minute Correctionsp. 181
Quotationsp. 182
Acknowledging Sourcesp. 186
Common Knowledgep. 189
Documenting Sourcesp. 189
Notes for Documentationp. 190
Works Citedp. 192
Notes Supplying Additional Commentaryp. 197
Common Conventions of Usagep. 198
Namesp. 198
Titlesp. 199
Foreign Words and Quotation Marksp. 200
Sexist Languagep. 200
Spellingp. 201
Last Wordsp. 201
Symbols Commonly Used in Marking Papersp. 203
Glossary of Film Termsp. 205
Works Citedp. 211
Creditsp. 215
Indexp. 217
Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review