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There are 3 parts to the final project:
1. Topic – You are to pick a topic for your final project before the end of week 3 and submit it to the proper folder. No two students will be allow to have the same topic; therefore, first come first served. Part two will not be accepted unless part one is turned in. See “FINAL PROJECT” below to see how to pick a topic.
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2. Outline and Resources – You are to turn in an outline and resource list for your project before the end of week 5 and submit it to the proper folder. Part two will not be accepted unless part one is turned in.
3. Final Paper – you are to turn in the final paper before the end of week 8 and submit it to the proper folder.
FINAL PROJECT: Your assignment is to write a 5-7 page research paper on one of the following: (a) an important film director, (b) a specific film, or (c) the development of a particular element of film making. The description of each of these options is below.
Description of Project
(a) You should select a director who was active (directed more than 3 movies) during the time period of 1950 – 2000. In your term paper, give me the basic details of the director’s life and career. Identify some of the director’s most important films. What honors and awards did the director receive? Provide a sampling of critical opinion about the director’s work (i.e. film reviews or articles). View at least two films by your director and comment on them (one of them can be a film you would have watch previously for the class). Do not summarize any plots. Write about how this director used the following in these films: Editing (montage), Sound and Music, Cinematography, Special Camera Work (steady cam, hand held, optical effects), Special Effects (this can include stunt work).
(b) Select one film of feature length made during the time period of 1970 – 2000. You are not to use a film already used by you, the instructor or the course content. In your term paper, you should present information about the making of the movie, about its success at the box office, about awards it was nominated for and/or received. Also present a sampling of the critical reaction to the film, from both the time of its release and later. Finally, you should watch the film and react to it. Do not summarize the plot. Assume that I’ve already seen the film. In addition, write about how this director used the following in these films: Editing (montage), Sound and Music, Cinematography, Special Camera Work (steady cam, hand held, optical effects), Special Effects (this can include stunt work).
(c) This option is more of a research option that the other two. You are to take a topic or item with in an element of film making and write a short research paper on its development. For example, if you want to write about camera development, take a more focused part of that broader topic such as the steady cam and use that as your subject. You do not need to get too technical in your paper. Some broader topics include: Camera Development, Projection and Viewing in Theaters, Film, Special Effects, Director Training, Actor Training, and Editing.
I. Approval of Topic
You must get the instructor’s approval of your term-paper subject beforehand and no two students will be permitted to research and write about the same subject. First come, first served, so it is suggested that you decide what you would like to write about and submit it to the proper Assignment (in person or by email) as soon as possible. This is due no later than the end of week three. (NOTE) If you turn in a term paper without getting the instructor’s approval of the subject, the instructor reserves the right to reject it as unacceptable.
Your proposal must include the following for maximum points.
1. Provide a title for your proposed project2. Clearly state which option you are choosing and the subject within that option3. How you propose to research your topic (no specific resources required at this stage)4. A 600 word summary of all of your ideas and justification for choosing this topic. This is a research and personal reflection paper, if you choose a Director or movie or element of film that means something to you, it can make for a more interesting and informed paper.
II. Outline and Resources
You must turn in an outline and a list of resources for your project no later than the end of week five.
a. Use either an Alphanumeric Outline, a Decimal Outline, or a sentence hierarchical outline.
b. The list of resources you expect to use includes websites, books and films. This should be in the form of an Annotated Bibliography.
III. Final Paper
The final paper, with its bibliography, is to be turned in before the end of week eight. The coversheet, bibliography, and any graphs or images, or appendix does not count toward paper length. The body of the paper should have a one-inch margin on all four sides, be doubled-spaced, and use a standard font style (such as Times New Roman, Courier, or Ariel) and font size (11 or 12).