First Draft Due: July 23. Final Draft Due: July 27.
Choose a scene that you would like to study more closely and give it a name. It may be from one of the eight feature films we’ve watched together or a film clip from one of the four unit modules. You must get Professor Costanzo's permission to choose any other movie. Begin by explaining the reasons for your choice. Why did you select this scene to analyze? If you’re familiar with the film, provide some context. Briefly describe the movie’s plot. Who are the main characters, what are they seeking in the story, and what conflicts do they encounter? Then explain how your chosen scene fits into the story. How does it help to develop character and/or move the plot along?
Before writing, analyze the scene as it unfolds. Pay attention to the editing (how the scene is cut into individual shots, how these shots are linked, how pacing is controlled). Notice how the action develops, how the actors perform their roles, what the camera does, how the scene is lit. Listen to the sound track for shifts in dialogue, music, sound effects, and any voice-over narration. Since you’ll be watching this scene several times, it will help to take careful notes. Now describe what you noticed. You can do this shot by shot or more broadly, in terms of the scene’s general progression. Your description should include the following:
Finally, answer the following questions (in a paragraph or two for each) about your chosen scene:
Please also refer to your syllabus for further details about grading and assessment.