4 Film Analysis

Students are asked to write a short film analysis analyzing a scene or sequence from a film related to or influenced by the film movement addressed in their research project. The analysis should focus on the relationship of scene to film and be concerned with how form reflects the personal choices of the filmmaker as well as historically specific factors. Thus, the paper should be concerned with the historical and filmic elements (technology, film language) more than the film’s script and dialogue, unless these literary elements are historically determined. (1000-1250 words, 4 – 5 typed, double-spaced + paginated pages) 15%

Grading Criteria

The assignment should demonstrate: 1) knowledge of the historical factors contributing to film form; 2) competent use of terminology related to film language; 3) careful analysis of form and content

A paper in the 15 – 14 grade range:

  • has a clearly stated and compelling thesis, providing a succinct encapsulation of the issues to be addressed
  • demonstrates broad comprehension of the historical factors shaping the aesthetics of the film
  • has a well conceived and developed argument and makes specific references to the relationship between aspects of film content and form in at least two, related scenes
  • is elegant, concise and free of typos, grammar and spelling errors.

A paper in the 13 – 12 grade range:

  • has a clearly stated thesis
  • demonstrates an understanding of historical factors shaping film aesthetic
  • presents a clear argument about form, with reference to at least one relevant scene
  • is well written, with few typos, grammar or spelling mistakes

A paper in the 11 –  9 grade range:

  • has a clear introduction to the scene to be discussed
  • demonstrates an understanding of historical factors shaping film aesthetics
  • considers the relationship of form and content in a key scene
  • is well written, with few typos, grammar or spelling mistakes

A paper below 8:

  • introduces the film and relevant scene
  • minimally discusses the relationship of form and theme/content
  • but does not adequately demonstrate knowledge of the historical factors contributing to the film’s aesthetic
  • is hampered by typographical and grammatical errors and/or is poorly organized