Short Guide to Writing about Film / Edition 8

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Overview

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 students to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling them 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.

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Corrigan (Temple University) draws on the popularity of film as a way to encourage and develop students' writing skills, progressing through note taking, first drafts, essays, and research projects. The fourth edition adds discussion of electronic resources for film research and how to annotate them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205236398
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 133,372
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

I. 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

2–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

3–Film Terms and Topics for Film Analysis and Writing

Themes

Film and the Other Arts

Narrative

Characters

Point of View

Comparative Essays

Mise-en-Scène and Realism

Realism

Elements of Mise-en-Scène

Composition and the Image

The Shot

The Edited Image

Sound

Sample Essay

Exercises

4–Six Approaches to Writing about Film

Film History

National Cinemas

Genres

Auteurs

Kinds of Formalism

Ideology

Sample Essays

Exercises

5–Style and Structure in Writing

The Right Words

Concrete Language

Denotation and Connotation

Tone

Repetitions and Clichés

Effective Sentences

Economy

Varied Sentence Structures

Coherent Paragraphs

Introductory Paragraphs

Concluding Paragraphs

Revisions and Proofreading

Checklist for Writing an Effective Essay

Exercises

6–Researching the Movies

How to Begin Research

The Materials of Research

Primary Sources

Video, DVDs, and Digital Downloads

Scripts

Secondary Sources: Books, Indexes, Journals, and Electronic Sources

Film Research on the Internet

Taking Notes on Secondary Sources

Writing the Paper

Sample Essays

Exercises

7–Manuscript Form

Manuscript Copy

Last-Minute Corrections

Quotations

Acknowledging Sources

Common Knowledge

Documenting Sources

Notes for Documentation

Works Cited

Notes Supplying Additional Commentary

Common Conventions of Usage

Names

Titles

Foreign Words and Quotation Marks

Sexist Language

Spelling

Last Words

Appendix: Symbols Commonly Used In Marking Papers

Glossary of Film Terms

Works Cited

Credits

Index

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