We will not have a final exam in this class. Instead, we will have a final project that will assess what you have learned in class.
As you know by now, there are 3 parts to the Final Project. You have already completed Parts 1 (Topic Proposal) and 2 (Outline & Annotated Bibliography). Now, for Part 3:
FINAL PROJECT: Your assignment is to write a 5-7 page research paper on one of the following: (a) an important film director, (b) a specific film, or (c) the development of a particular element of filmmaking.
The final paper, with its bibliography, is to be turned in by the end of Week Eight.
- The coversheet, bibliography (in this case, you do not need to include annotations–just proper citations and a bibliography with your sources), and (if applicable) any graphs, images, or appendices do not count toward paper length.
- The body of the paper should have no more than a one-inch (standard) marginon all four sides, be double-spaced, and use a standard font (I prefer Times New Roman) and font size (11 or 12). Please use either MLA or APA style formatting.
Description of Project
(b) Select one film of feature length made during the time period of 1970 – 2000. You are not to use a film already used by you, the instructor or the course content. In your term paper, you should present information about the making of the movie, about its success at the box office, about awards it was nominated for and/or received. Also present a sampling of the critical reaction to the film, from both the time of its release and later. Finally, you should watch the film and react to it. Do not summarize the plot. Assume that I’ve already seen the film. In addition, write about how this director used the following in these films: Editing (montage), Sound and Music, Cinematography, Special Camera Work (steady cam, hand held, optical effects), Special Effects (this can include stunt work).