Film Analysis of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
You will write a 2-3 page paper about the mechanics of your chosen film. In your paper, you will respond to all of the following questions. INCLUDE THE NAME OF YOUR FILM IN THE TITLE OF YOUR PAPER. SINGLE or NORMAL spacing with a 12 point font. You can structure your paper by breaking it down into bullet points like the ones below, or you can write it in an essay format.
First, watch the film you’ve chosen. I would strongly advise taking detailed notes while watching to aid you in your writing.
STORYTELLING – Who is the main character? What exactly is their goal? What are their roadblocks? What three sentences would you use to tell me what’s going on if you had to break this movie down into three sections: beginning, middle, and end?
How does the film effectively employ the “Show, don’t tell” principle? What about the film’s storytelling and use of visual cues was particularly brilliant? Remember, this isn’t about acting; “show, don’t tell” is when the camera moves to show YOU, the audience, something significant. [For example, at the very end of Citizen Kane, the last image of the film, which is a close-up of the sled burning in the fire…and we finally see “Rosebud,” is a brilliant moment of “show, don’t tell.” There is no acting in this scene…all it’s about the camera.]
In this film, what two brilliant moments of acting did you notice? What do you mean by that? What do you believe made it so great? (Consider emotional openness, movements, gestures, and vocal inflection…) What techniques did the actor use to bring the character to life? What was it that made them credible? [Please discuss the voice acting AND how the animation of the characters helps to enhance the actors’ vocal performances if you chose one of the animated films from the list.]
How did they tell this story through CINEMATOGRAPHY? Choose three different shots from the shot list you learned last week and find moments in the movie where you can name the shot, composition, or other element that was used and why it was chosen. What difference did that choice make to the story?
What about the field of design? Design is divided into five categories:
Choose a character and consider what the costume design reveals about that character. Consider the color, the texture of the material, and any additional bling. Choose two outfits and explain why each one is appropriate for the character.
Props: Can you think of one item that an actor picked up and handled that revealed something about their character? What did they do with it?
What was the location of this film’s set? Do you believe it was shot on location or with a green screen? What makes you believe that? What did the set reveal about the world in which the characters exist? Choose a perfect setting – pay attention to a detail about the set that you’ve never seen before. What did it add to the story by noticing that?
What kind of music was used in this film? Consider the instrumentation you’re hearing. When the movie first started, how did it make you feel? Was there ever a moment of complete silence? What role did music play in telling the story? Describe a time when you heard music. What about the music selection in the movie? What made them pick that song? Is it music, lyrics, or both? So, how about the audio effects?
Consider the section on lighting and how crucial it is in filmmaking. How did you feel while watching it when there were moments of backlight, low light, deep color saturation, washed out colors…? Choose two scenes from the movie in which you understand why the lighting was chosen the way it was.
Overall Thoughts: What have you learned as a result of this investigation? What did you think of the movie? Would you see this movie again? Why do you think that is? Why should others go see this movie?
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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