Assignment-Choose a particular theory (or a combination of theories) and analyze either a film of your choice- Use as many of the readings from the textbook that apply to your subject, For outside sources, use no more than 3-5, so as not to make the paper too cluttered with sources. I want your analysis to prevail in this paper, not some one else’s. The paper’s length must be 12 pages (not including reference page), using APA format, and please no cover pages. Film Choice is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince The Director: David Yates Genre: Fantasy (that can be analyzed through a particular film (s) which falls into a specific generic classification). ************************************* Film Theory and Criticism divides the study of film theory in the following manner: –Theories that focus on the work, itself, as the central area of study–Theories that focus on the artist as the central area of study–Theories that focus on the audience as the central area of study–Theories that focus Digitization and Globalization The Work of Art as Focus•Realism–Goal is to represent reality as closely as possible; the camera is only a recorder–Tend to have a moral or ethical bias–Tend to avoid conventional plot structures–Bicycle Thief is an example, as it did not even use professional actors but “real” people in roles•Formalism–Uses cinematic technology and devices to express their themes as effectively as possible ***** ONLY USE BOOKS or PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL The Text: Film Theory & Criticism (Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen) 2016 The following readings may help: X. Globalization begins on pg 809 Multiculturalism and the media p840 (sterotype, realism and the struggle over representation)The Artist as Auteur theory–A director’s personal vision will dominate a film–Directors tend to have their own styles–Criticism looks toward the differences of directors’ films, particularly at films from the same genre•Within Action-Adventure films, for instance, James Cameron might use different mise-en-scene patterns or shot sequences than Steven Spielberg ***** ONLY USE BOOKS or PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL The Text: Film Theory & Criticism (Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen) 2016 The following readings may help VII. Film Genres starts on pg 473 Andrew Sarris: “Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962” p. 400 Rick Altman: Fro Film/Genre p. 495 Robin Wood: Ideology, Genre, Auteur p. 526 The Audience as Structuralism and Semiology–Focus on how the audience makes meaning of the film–Analyzes the “deep structure” of film by analyzing the pieces, the code—e.g., shots, angles, etc.–Structuralism is the application of these studies within one film–Semiology is the application of these studies within more than one film ***** ONLY USE BOOKS or PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL The Text: Film Theory & Criticism (Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen) 2016 The following readings may help VIII. Spectator and Audience starts on pg 589 Jean-Louis Cormolli and Jean Narboni: Cinema/Ideology/ Criticism starts on pg 594 IX. Digitization starts on pg 711 (special effects) How special effects helped this movie. Realism and Discontents p.717 Synthetic Image and it’s Subject p.722 Digital Cinema and history of moving image p 727
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