topic :Write a 5-page paper on a film or filmmaker not discussed in class. Use KANOPY, Film International and FILM ANALYSIS to choose your subject. Do research, watch the film a few times. Analyze the cultural context and the times and think about why the filmmaker made this film.
what teacher gave us to base our work on :
10 RULES FOR RESEARCH PAPERS FOR FILM STUDIES
Use Italics for Film Titles.
Write about the film in present tense. Ex. In the opening scene Durga walks through the village in search of her auntie.
Call the film a film not a “movie.”
Use the surname (last name) of the filmmaker. In Pathar Panchali, Ray presents Indian village life to Western audiences.
You must have a defendable thesis for a research paper. It cannot be Satyajit Ray is the greatest Indian filmmaker. Or Ray’s films are unique. In fact all filmmakers have a unique style and all the filmmakers we are considering are great. You need to consider the influences on the director, or the relationship between the film and the culture.
Don’t generalize. Cite sources. You cannot say,“People thought Ray’s film was interesting.” What people – how do you know what they thought? You need to find a source, ex. In his 1968 review in Film Comment, Clement Greenberg wrote, “Ray’s film is interesting.”
If the film was popular, it probably made money. In 1968, Ray’s film grossed $17 Billion.
Use short sentences. Subject verb object. If I’m making numerous Grammatical notes – PLEASE GO TO THE WRITING CENTER and get help with run-ons. Don’t use commas. End the sentence. Use paragraphs.
Before telling me when the director was born, set up your thesis in an opening paragraph. Why is this film interesting? How does it relate to the country of origin? Then a paragraph on the early life of the filmmaker. Don’t speculate on what the filmmaker thought. Cite sources or quote the filmmaker about his early life and influences.
A research paper is built on facts that are gained from sources. You need to use these facts to build an argument, ex:
Satyajit Ray founded the Calcutta Film Society to present European and American cinema to the Calcutta intellectual elite. In 1956, Ray screened Bicycle Thieves. Ray realized that DeSica’s Italian Neorealist style could be applied to a story set in Calcutta with non-professional actors. Simultaneously, Ray was assisting Jean Renoir on his film, The River, which he was filming in Calcutta. Ray was able to discuss filmmaking with Renoir and gain his insights as a director. Pathar Panchali is set in India, based on an Indian novel, and filmed in India, but Ray’s filmmaking style is derived from European Cinema, specifically Jean Renoir and Vittorio De Sica.
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