This assignment is designed to: develop your ability to closely ‘read’ a film text. develop your use and understanding of technical film language. demonstrate your understanding of narrative and editing techniques. develop your ability to write concise observations about technical aspects of filmmaking. develop your ability to turn such observations into a coherent, well structured essay. OVERVIEW: This assignment consists of 2 parts: 1) a technical analysis and 2) a short essay.
Both parts must refer to the same film. CHOOSE ONE OF THE SELECTIONS BELOW. These sequences have been preselected for you. They are all available on YouTube/Daily Motion and on a DVD entitled ‘FTVMS 101 Assignment # 1, 2013’ in the AV Library. (A) The Artist (2011) (B) Singin’ in the Rain (1952) (C) Some Like It Hot (1959) (D) Annie Hall (1977) Please note that the quality of the sequence on the DVD is likely to be better than the quality of the clips posted online. Since you are doing a close analysis, it is a good idea to use the online material as a guide only and complete the assignment using the assignment DVD in the AV Library.
Links to clips: http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=GQraLvsN1js – The Artist http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=0CNnsTcSR6k – Singin’ in the Rain http://www. dailymotion. com/video/xkcr2p_ice-conversation_shortfilms – Some Like It Hot http://www. dailymotion. com/video/xkcqwg_great-ham_shortfilms – Annie Hall SECTION I: Technical Analysis (500 words) This section is an exercise in the technical analysis of a film text focusing on two of the technical elements we have studied so far: sound and editing. It is not a formal essay, but rather an opportunity to make succinct observations in a bullet-point format.
There are TWO PARTS to this section, involving a total of TEN BULLET POINTS (five each). You must complete BOTH parts of this section. Format: – Each part must be written under the separate headings. – Present each of your observations as a bullet point. Each bullet point should identify your observation, indicate how and why this technique is used, and note the significance of this technique. – Note that you only have approx. 50 words per bullet point, since all ten bullet points are limited to 500 words, so you must be concise. – Each part has a series of terms/concepts which are there to help you think about the points you want to make.
You do not have to discuss each of these terms; they are provided as a guideline. – You must write about the SAME film that you choose for your close reading in Section II. A) Sound (5 marks, or 1/3 of 15%) Using bullet points, identify five (5) key elements of the way that sound, music, dialogue and/or silence are used in the sequence, and provide concise examples. If relevant, you may also consider filmic elements that stand in for sound, such as silent film titles. Possible elements you may (but do not have to) consider in your five observations: diegetic and non-diegetic sound ynchronous and asynchronous sound music dialogue silence sound-image relations effect of soundtrack on characterization, etc. onscreen and offscreen sound B) Editing (5 marks, or 1/3 of 15%) Using bullet points, identify five (5) key elements of editing in the sequence and briefly note the significance of the way each is used. Possible elements you may (but do not have to) consider in your five observations: order of shots duration of shots shot transitions (i. e. , type of cut) continuity editing or breaks in continuity rhythm and pace of the edit editing principles effects of cuts, etc.
SECTION II Short Essay (500 words) Putting It All Together (5 marks, or 1/3 of 15%) Write a short essay, with a brief introductory and concluding statement, that interprets your selected sequence in relation to the film’s narration and thematic concerns. Taking into consideration soundtrack and editing, discuss how this sequence elaborates the narrative meaning and main themes of the film as a whole. You should focus your points on the selected sequence, but strive to make connections to other parts of the film when/as relevant. You may draw on your technical observations from Section I to support your oints here, but do not simply repeat your bullet points from the earlier section. Possible questions to consider (this is a guideline only, to help with brainstorming): What tools of narration are used? How does editing function as a tool of narration in this sequence? How does soundtrack support and affect the narration? What is the function of the sequence in the overall narrative structure of the film? Hint: You MUST watch the clip provided several times to do well on this assignment. To have a clear understanding of what your chosen film clip is about and how it fits within the narrative context, you will need to watch the whole film. ____________________________________________________________________________ ASSESSMENT CRITERIA Your assignment will be marked according to how well you demonstrate and/or fulfill the criteria below. What we’re looking for in Section I: • accurate technical understanding • insightful analysis (that is, how well you interpret the significance of the techniques rather than just describing them) • good choice of examples (from the clip) • substance with succinctness (approx. 50 words per bullet point) What we’re looking for in Section II: • analysis of how technical elements (e. g. narration, editing, sound) work in combination with one another • engagement with film theme(s) as supported by technical observations • coherent essay structure focused on insightful, key points • clarity of prose and correct English usage USE OF ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Please base this assignment on your own observations and the information contained in the class texts and the work you have been doing for your tutorial sheets and during tutorial discussion. Further research is not required for this assignment. ONLY use the selections provided. Any other variations from other sequences in the films will not be marked.
FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON STYLE Each bullet point sentence must be written in fluent, well-constructed English prose (not text message jargon, shorthand or slang). Even though these are bullet points, please write in complete sentences. Your answers must be very concise in order not to go over the word limit. TURNITIN. COM The assignment (both sections) must be submitted to turnitin. com on or before the due date and time. The Class ID is 66211207 and the enrolment password is filmstudies (all lower case). -HANDING IN ASSIGNMENTS- • You will need to print your OWN COVER SHEET.
Instructions on how to generate a cover sheet can be found on Cecil under ‘Course Information’. • Complete the boxes and sign the declaration on the cover sheet. • In the ‘Tutorial group/lab’ box, please indicate which film you have analysed. • Place your assignment in the appropriate essay box in Arts 1 reception. • Marks will be withheld unless the coversheet and accompanying declarations are filled out completely and accurately. Your marked assignment and your grade will be withheld if you have not completed the Academic Integrity Course and the DELNA screening CHECKLIST BEFORE HANDING IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT ? Both sections are complete. Both sections are based on the same film. ? You have submitted the assignment to turnitin. com ? You have followed the instructions on this assignment sheet regarding format and content. ? You have signed the anti-plagiarism declaration on the cover sheet of your essay. ? If you have negotiated an extension, you have included the extension form on the inside of your cover sheet. ? If your extension was based on a medical certificate, you have stapled this inside the cover sheet along with your extension slip. ? You have completed the Academic Integrity Course on Cecil. ? You have completed your DELNA screening.