Project #94577 - Film Essay

Analyzing the Camera’s Gaze Essay
You will analyze a film either through a feminist film theory analysis using Laura Mulvey’s essay
“Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” or an analysis of race, sexuality, socio-economic
conditions as outlined in the Gaze Essay reading available on Google Drive. You will break a
film down by looking at how the characters are depicted through the camera’s gaze. You will use
the appropriate vocabulary used in the class. Remember to go back to the reader on Google Drive,
class readings, and the PowerPoints for vocabulary and a discussion of ideologies and decoding,
which in effect this essay is trying to achieve.
• What gaze will you analyze the film through?
• How does the film depict the main character/characters? Are they stereotypes?
• Who made the film and when? Why?
• Do the characters challenge or accept the gaze they are seen through?
• How do the filmmakers use color, sound, choice of actors, screenplay structure, or
cinematography to enhance the storytelling? In essence, how does the filmmaking affect
what you see?
• Use the handout to answer other questions about decoding the images in the film.
You cannot analyze a film shown in class.
Organization and Writing
After you complete your research and watched the film a few times develop an original thesis
that explains why the film is historically significant and/or critically praised. Articulating the
film's gaze is essential for this process.
The best way to begin the process of structuring your essay is to determine the gaze that you
wish to discuss and analyze in detail.
Structure the essay with well-written logical paragraphs with a clear introduction, body, and
conclusion. Your introduction should consist of an opening device, thesis, and preview. Your
opening device should be both creative and attention grabbing.
Clearly state your thesis and then preview your points. Make sure the subject of your paper is the
subject of your thesis. Your preview statement should then summarize what you plan to analyze
in further detail. Strive to offer a distinct, personal point-of-view in the introduction. You may
wish to discuss how the film affected you, but the essay is about the film not you or your
watching the film.
The model for both structure and content of your essay could be:
• Introduction
• Identification and analysis of the gaze
• Production history about the film and director
• The film’s relationship to the gaze
• The character’s relationship to the gaze
• How the aesthetic elements complement or challenge the gaze
• Conclusion
Instructions for essays:
Although an APA formatted paper is a complicated creation you will be using APA formatting
for:
• In-text citations
• Reference page
• Running head/page numbers
• Cover page
You will NOT have to include an abstract or headings (that will come later in your college
career). Plagiarism is a serious issue and this is a way to protect you from a failing grade.
Your final paper should be a well researched, documented, and proofread essay. Be precise in
language. Do not summarize the story (assume the reader has seen it). Focus on analysis
with specific illustrations (or examples) from the film.
Include at least 6 academic research sources (do not use Wikipedia and make sure you at least
one source from EBSCO) listed on an APA formatted Reference page. Remember to use proper
APA in-text citing of sources. You can use the films, handouts and discussions to flesh out your
ideas or as a research source. Make sure to document all sources following APA style. The AVC
library has great APA information. The Purdue University Writing Center has an excellent guide
sheet to writing in APA style. It can be found at:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_apa.html.
An APA Cheat Sheet will be handed out in class. Use it!
Follow these tips to avoid common errors in writing style:
1. Use italics every time you quote a book or a movie, instead of capital letters or quotes.
E.g.: Orson Welles directed Citizen Kane in 1941.
2. Add a Reference page at the end of your paper, including references to books, articles,
and internet sources that you quoted in your paper.
3. Do not include film titles on your Reference Page unless you are quoting from the
director's commentary on the DVD.
4. Always use present tense in film analysis, especially when you describe the plot, a
sequence, a shot, camera movements, and characters’ actions and psychological traits
Assignment requirements:
• Double- spaced
• Times New Roman font
• Font size 10 to 12-- No larger
• At least 4-4½ pages—no more than 6 pages (Cover page and Reference page not
included in page count)
• Remember to watch sentence and paragraph structure. Even though this is not an English
class you have to write a proper paper. You may need to visit the writing center.
• Do not use I, you, we, me, etc. If you are discussing an experience you are documenting
“I” is appropriate.
• Do not use contractions
• Must include at least 8 highlighted vocabulary words
Critiques will be evaluated in terms of content, style, and grammar. Use the following grading
rubric as a checklist. I will use it when determining grades.
1. Introduction [10]
• A unique title for the essay
• Opening device that stimulates attention
• Exposition: Title of film included
• Clear, well-constructed, original thesis statement
• Preview of main points
2. Structure of the essay [7]
• At least six, well-organized paragraphs
• Strong topic sentences and body paragraphs
• Comprehensive and clear conclusion
3. Strong background research and information about the film and filmmakers [10]
4. Discussion & analysis of film theories in relationship to your film [20]
• Identification of the gaze
• Explanation of how the film depicts the characters through the gaze
• Use of specific examples from the film
5. Discussion and analysis of the formal elements of filmmaking [10]
• How the filmmaking contributes to the gaze
• Use of specific examples from the film
6. Use of language [9]
• Used appropriate, highlighted class driven vocabulary
7. Grammar, sentence structure and spelling [12]
• Don’t use I, we, you, us, etc.
• Do not use contractions
• Well-written, complete sentences with proper punctuation
• Few spelling mistakes
8. Reference page and in text citations [14]
• Use of an appropriate citation style for source attribution
• Required amount of sources from strong research sources
• Proper in text citations
• Proper layout of Reference page
9. Formatting & presentation [8]
• Proper APA formatting of title page and headings/page numbers
• Properly formatted film titles
• Typed, double-spaced, paragraph breaks, font style and size
• Proper Length

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/20/2015 12:00 am
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