Hoose a film that you would like to examine


Choose a film that you would like to examine and develop a thesis related to the particular aspect of
the film that interests you. In support of your thesis, you will present a detailed critical analysis of

ONE important scene from the chosen film. You will analyze at least THREE formal aspects of the
identified scene which may include: how the specific scene relates to the overall narrative form of the
film; specific aspects of the filmas visual style and sound design; or other relevant aspects of
classification (genre, film movement, or national cinema). You will conclude by providing interpretive
criticism on how these elements communicate specific meanings both within the individual scene and
in the film as a whole. In addition to the focus of your analysis, you may also want to consider any
pertinent historical, authorial, or ideological questions that work to create additional specific meanings
within the overall film.

To begin your analysis, you will provide a one-page plot segmentation (examples pp. 72-73 and 105-
106 of Film Art) of your film. Next, you will do a detailed shot list of your chosen scene (example on
p. 228 of Film Art or see sample posted on Moodle) that includes any and all relevant information on
the narrative or stylistic elements under consideration. There is no need to give lengthy plot
descriptions and information in the shot list. Simply introduce the scene, provide some brief context of
where it occurs in the plot, and then briefly identify important story information that is present in each
shot (note: use time length of shot, not frame counts).

Choose your analysis scene carefully. A scene is usually understood to be action occurring in one
specific time and place. However, as we have seen in the numerous examples presented in class, time
and space may be manipulated in the function of non-linear narrative structures.

Choose a scene that
will provide you with enough information to do an adequate analysis, but also be careful to limit
extensive sequences that may prove to be too dense and beyond the scope of the paper. The plot
segmentation and shot list should not take up more than 2-3 pages of your paper with a minimum
requirement of 5 (five) pages for the analysis and conclusion. (Note: the plot segmentation and
shot list may be longer than 2-3 pages, but regardless, the analysis and conclusion must be at least five

You should examine sample analyses from your text Film Art as potential models for your analysis
and utilize the guidelines found in the Appendix a?Writing a Critical Analysis of a

Film,a? for tips and
direction. Also, donat hesitate to utilize Corrigan for potential analytical and writing strategies. While
you are focusing on one single scene for your analysis, remember that you are attempting to place that
scene within the context of the overall film. Remember that this is a synthetic analysis.

Outside research and citation of at least three (5) critical sources is required for the final draft of this
assignment. These must include at least one book source, at least one scholarly or academic resource,
and at least one popular review (magazine, newspaper, or website). Look for critical analyses of your
chosen film that support or compliment your analysis and interpretation of the work. However, do not
simply repeat the analysis as presented in the sourcesa develop your own critical response using your
own observations and examples. Proper citation and bibliographic form (MLA or Chicago, but be
consistent) is required. Keep in mind that this is an analytical essay that is making an argument about the filmas meaning, that
is, one or more of the many possible interpretations of the film. In that respect, there is no right or
wrong meaning to a film. You will be making an argument for the interpretation of the film in light of