Short Guide to Writing About Film, A

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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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 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
Repetitions and Cliches
Effective Sentences
Economy Varied Sentence
Structures Coherent Paragraphs
Introductory Paragraphs Concluding Paragraphs
Revisions and Proofreading
Checklist for Writing an Effectiv
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marvelous March 12, 2011
I'm glad to buy this marvelous text book. It is packed with information and much more accessible than far more expensive books. It's the perfect companion for almost any film course since it not only introduces students to the language and methods of film analysis but does so while guiding students through the work of writing a good essay.It introduces you to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling you to write more thoughtfully and critically.
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