You may choose any approved award winning filmmaker to examine for your final project (select any actress/actor, director, cinematographer, composer, screenwriter, special effect artist, etc.).
- Requirements/Expectations: Using APA, MLA, Chicago or an appropriate format, the final project will consist of four (4) sections:
- Biographical sketch
- Evaluation component focusing on three (3) films
- Your final paper should be approximately 10 – 15 pages in length (double spaced if printed). This should be based on three (3) to five (5) strong and reputable sources outside of the films you view (do not use Wikipedia). You will also need a bibliography page at the end of your content pages. You should make sure that you offer strong transitions between each section as needed.
- 12 pt font (Georgia, Times, or Palatino).
- Header in upper right hand corner on each page should include the name of your selected filmmaker and your name.
- Number the pages in the upper right hand corner of each page.
- Category headings or subheadings as needed throughout the paper. Examples: Introduction, Biography, Film heading, etc.
- Make sure that you have good, strong transitions between the sections as well.
- List your sources at the end of the paper on a bibliography page including the films you examine.
- The paper should be written in the appropriate scholarly style throughout your work including in-text citations when needed.
- There are numerous scholarly citation generators available online to assist you if needed. Ask if you need direction here.
- The introduction (at least two – three strong paragraphs will offer a tease or a preview of what the reader will find in your paper. It should include limited information about your filmmaker, your chosen films, and why this filmmaker is interesting and worthwhile to explore (should not be just because you like them).
- A biographical sketch on your selected filmmaker should be based on three (3) – five (5) strong sources (do not use Wikipedia). Things you should include (at a minimum) in this section: birthplace, family background, childhood interests, personality type, school or training, what inspired the filmmaker to enter the cinema world, film trademarks/themes, box office successes/failures, awards or critical success earned by filmmaker, etc. You may also use quotes from (or about) your selected filmmaker in this section as well. This should be approximately one-two pages (400-800 words) in length.
- An evaluation of three (3) of your selected filmmaker’s projects. You should use the film evaluation thoughts and guidelines we have implemented during this course as a guide. Explore the stylistic approach to each film and the impact the filmmaker made on the finished product. Examine the following as appropriate: story, acting, characters, conflicts, lighting, messages or themes, film genre, music, camera angles, cast, crew, etc. Explore the filmmaker trademarks in action, and evaluate filmmaker similarities within each film. This should be written in a narrative flow, not in a bullet point form. Dedicate at least 400-500 words per film. Combined, part III should be about 3/5 of your final paper.
- Wrap/Conclusion – You will then need to wrap the paper with an explanation and defense on why this filmmaker is or isn’t worthy of further study by others based on your research, observations and film evaluations. If the filmmaker is still living – what future prospects do you believe he/she has in film? If he/she is featured in a current or recent film release, this should be noted. This would also be a good time to mention any upcoming projects in the works (if you haven’t addressed it elsewhere). What insights did you gain from examining the filmmaker’s background and films? Because of this study, is there a new appreciation or reinforcement for your thoughts on the filmmaker’s work? Explain. This should be at least two (2) to three (3) strong paragraphs minimum.
Timeline/benchmarks due dates to assist you in staying on track
- Jan. 19: Identify possible filmmaker for final project.
- Jan. 26: Finalize filmmaker for final project.
- Feb. 2: Identify (3) three films for review from your filmmaker.
- Feb. 9: Identify and turn in 3-5 (three to five) strong sources for your biographical sketch. Print, online articles, audio, video sources, interviews with filmmakers, writers, actors, etc. are acceptable. The links or the initial sources should be shared with me via email.
- Feb. 16: Have draft of the introduction for final paper. This should be turned in to professor for grade and feedback.
- Feb. 23: View one of your select films by this date (and make detailed notes). Work on biographical sketch draft.
- March 2: Have draft of biographical sketch complete and turn it in to the professor for grade and feedback.
- March 3 – 16: Watch final two films (and make detailed notes). Have next draft of introduction, biographical sketch, and 1/3 of your film overview analysis complete.
- March 23: Have draft of introduction, biographical sketch, and 2/3 of your film overview analysis complete.
- March 30: Have draft of complete project ready (including intro, bio sketch, 3 films, wrap).
- April 6: Turn in final project (6pm).
- April 20 & 27: Present findings and teach class about your filmmaker.
*Note: You can turn in your project drafts at the listed points (dates above), and I will provide detailed notes on your work, which will give you a chance to make modifications without any loss of points on your final draft. If you follow this guideline and my editing notes, you should be able to achieve an A+ on the final project. You are welcome to turn in any of these components earlier than the due dates as well.
- You may select any approved filmmaker. You may want to consider films that are different in nature (examples: comedy vs. drama, sci-fi vs. musical, action vs. animation, etc.) That will give you a greater appreciation for the range of work produced by the filmmaker. Do not view three (3) franchise films of your selected filmmaker (example: Indiana Jones films, Hunger Games films, Toy Story films, etc.).