Critical Film Analysis Paper
< < Before writing < < Pick a movie of your choice that you think you can write about concisely. You should have a copy of that movie, so you can watch it a few times, rewind, and pause to write notes. Take notes while you are watching the movie. < < Analysis Paper – This is an objective paper with your own original observations < < – Watch the film with an analytical mind < < – Consider your impression of the movie < < – Try to interpret the movie’s message in your own way < < – Notice memorable details < < – Base your arguments on the various elements of movie theory < < – Read/listen to experts talking about the given film < < – Present and discuss conflicting opinions about the movie < < – Offer proof of your statements (quotes from the movie, citations, etc.) < < – Comment on the plot, characters, setting, story, and technical elements < < – Search for details that no one has spotted yet < < – Think about current and historical events < < Address these questions – You don’t have to answer all of these in your paper but use them to help guide you. If you get stuck, ask yourself who, what, where, when, why, and how? < < – What is the film’s goal? < < – How well has the goal been accomplished? < < – What are the primary themes in the movie? < < – How do these themes contribute to the movie’s meaning? < < – What issues does the movie raise? < < – What does it make you think about? < < Aspects that should be considered when analyzing a film < < – What is shown in the movie? < < – Why was it shown that way? < < – How is the main message conveyed or shown? < < – Explain by these main elements cinematic structure < < – Scene composition (Mise en scene) < < – Camera placement < < – Cinematography < < – Lighting, color, mood < < – Music / Sound < < – Acting/Casting < < – Sets/Costumes < < – Editing < < – Plot devices < < Specific Paper Requirements < < Introduction with Thesis Statement: This includes the basics of the movie, including the title, director, and the date of release. Also present the main theme of the movie along with your thesis statement outlining what you’ll be focusing on in the paper. < Body: Well-organized body, divided into sections, and subsections (paragraphs) including a summary of the primary concepts of the movie. Add anything you wish to discuss that relates to the point of view, style, and structure. < Include your critical analysis of the movie, the point you’re are trying to make, why you did or did not like it, and any supporting material from the movie to support your views. You should also discuss whether the director and writer of the movie achieved the goal they set out to achieve. < < Conclusion or Summary: This is where you can state your thesis again and provide a summary of your primary concepts in a new and more convincing manner, making the case for your analysis. You can also include a call-to-action that will invite the reader to watch the movie or avoid it entirely. < Paper Requirements < < 3-4 pages < 1 inch margins < Double spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman < Number pages < Sections and subsections divided by one blank line (paragraphs) < Catchy but specific title < < < Critcal Analysis Paper Requirements