Writing About Movies (3rd Edition) by Richard Barsam, Dave Monahan, Karen Gocsik

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By Richard Barsam, Dave Monahan, Karen Gocsik

The such a lot succinct, functional, and cheap creation to pondering and writing approximately film.

Writing approximately Movies bargains scholars books in a single: a convenient consultant to the method of educational writing and a quick yet thorough creation to the fundamentals of movie shape, movie concept, and picture research. Written by way of the director of the writing application at Dartmouth collage and the authors of the best introductory film-studies textual content, Writing approximately video clips is the one writing advisor a pupil of movie will desire.

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Taking notes is a highly personal activity. Some people meticulously record information in a systematic way, while others 23 2 • Looking at Movies haphazardly scrawl ideas and doodles. You should adopt whatever method works for you. That said, there are a few strategies for note taking that have proven useful to fi lm scholars and students that you might consider using or adapting to your own purposes: ASKING WHY When viewing a fi lm for the first time all the way through, the most important thing to do is to be alert to things about the fi lm that strike you as different, memorable, or puzzling at the moment.

Let’s look at a few descriptions of the opening sequence of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). In the fi rst example, notice that although the writer has something to say, the writing offers very little detailed imagery: The theme of vertigo can be seen even in the opening credits. The close-up of a woman’s face and the music make one think of psychological problems. The circles that begin to appear seem like a vertigo of some kind. The opening makes it clear that the movie Vertigo will be about more than just the fear of heights.

When you try, you risk having your analysis compared to your professor’s own. Is that really what you want? Considering Tone and Style So now you understand what’s required of you in an academic paper. You need to be analytical. You need to create an informed argument. You need to consider your relationship to the topic and to the reader. But what about fi nding an appropriate academic tone and style? The tone and style of academic writing might at first seem intimidating. But that needn’t be the case.

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