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What do we make of the film’s obsessive focus on eyes?

What do we make of the film’s obsessive focus on eyes?
This reflection should be well thought through, but it doesn’t have to be well crafted. You’re thinking out loud, not writing a formal paper. You don’t need a thesis, argument, etc. You can be casual and exploratory.

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How is lighting utilized, and what types of lighting are used (direction, quantity, etc.)?

For this option, you will be analyzing and making an argument about a film’s visual
design. Some issues you might consider in formulating your thesis and examples (not a
complete list):
● Consider how all the elements of visual design are used. How are sets and
props significant? Or costume and makeup? How do these act as catalysts?
● How is lighting utilized, and what types of lighting are used (direction, quantity,
etc.)?
● How does the film use color?
● How does the visual design contribute to the film’s mise-en-scene? How does it
convey the film’s subject and themes? How does it direct our attention?
● How does the visual design contribute to mood and atmosphere? How does it
shape the film’s setting? Do we see any recurring visual motifs? If so, why?
● Is the visual design in this scene exemplary of the overall design, or is it radically
different? If it is different, how and why?
Note: It is not sufficient to list and describe multiple elements of the visual design – you
must make an argument about what the visual design does. Limit your focus to
elements addressed in the visual design lecture, not other topics related to
mise-en-scene (composition and temporal design).

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What are the specific traits of that particular modernist genre?

answer the following question: Recently we have focused our discussion on Modernist film. Please write an essay explaining what Modernism is and how it relates to realism. Select one modernist film from the list below and write an essay arguing how it enacts and engages with the concepts of modernism.
Is the film Dadist, Surrealist, Expressionist, or Constructivist, and why?
What are the specific traits of that particular modernist genre? What are the effects of the modernist techniques used in the film?
How does the film break with Realist practices (define them) and what are the conceptual or aesthetic consequences of that break?
Please refer to specific scenes and shot sequences from the film to support your answer. Draw upon the readings and the lectures to support your argument.
Films I chose: Robert Weine, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). https://archive.org/details/thecabinetofdrcaligari
I provided the link to the film. I also provided notes, rubric and instruction in the files i’ve added. you can ONLY use notes from the movie and my class notes, NO outside sources.
Thank you 🙂

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Describe the basics of the imagery and whether there are clear characters or narrative.

What is the surface meaning of the film? What was actually filmed? Describe the basics of the imagery and whether there are clear characters or narrative. If a narrative exists, describe it.
Does the film offer any subtextual meaning? Can it be identified with a particular concept, set of concepts or ideology?
Does the film offer clues as to the context of its creation? Is there anything socially, culturally or politically relevant about the film?
Does the film make any direct or indirect commentary on mainstream cinema?
What else do you find of particular interest about the film?
Average length of analyses should be 300-700 words.

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Another aspect to each of these assignments is that you are required to format y

Another aspect to each of these assignments is that you are required to format your submission in standard MLA format. If you do not know how to do this, or if you need a refresher, use the Purdue Owl MLA Formatting and Style Guide. The aspects of the MLA format I want in your assignment submission are as follows:
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<br />The four lines of information at the top left of your paper
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<br />An assignment/paper title (this is centered)
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<br />The entirety of your submission is to be formatted with Times New Roman font, size 12, all double-spaced no more and no less!
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<br />The quotations and paraphrases you utilize will have the appropriate parenthetical in-text citation at the end of any and all relevant sentences.
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<br />Assignment 4 of 4 – 1984
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<br />Instead of summarizing Orwell's 1984, explain to me what you interpret the book to really be about.
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<br />You do not need to re-watch a film, but use a film you did watch to help make your case.
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<br />This assignment will require you to reflect, ponder, think, mull over, and ultimately take a position and share with me how what you have come up with is applicable not only in theorizing what the narrative is about but you are also to show how this narrative is in some way relevant to us now, in our contemporary world.

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I know it says Movie, but I need a TV show, I would prefer a show like Doctor Wh

I know it says Movie, but I need a TV show, I would prefer a show like Doctor Who
Your paper should examine a television text or series of television texts. You might analyze several representative episodes of a single series across multiple seasons, an entire season, or a few selected episodes that inform your criticism. You might also choose to compare multiple series. Whatever the television text, you should be able to place the message(s) in a recognizable genre, or you should be able to propose a previously unidentified/unexamined genre. Further, there must be a clear rationale for selecting the texts you chose. Finally, you should have a clearly articulated research question that you will answer through close reading of your selected text(s). Secure approval for your topic and approach your instructor before you invest much time on a topic. The final paper should be 6-10 pages (not counting reference pages, title page, abstract or appendices).
Requirements
Include an introduction that clearly, yet briefly, justifies your selected television text. This is also the section where you would identify any previous studies of that program, or other examples of television series or episodes in the same genre genre (i.e., a review of relevant literature). Additionally, this section should serve the standard functions of an introduction (catch the reader’s attention, give a reason to read your paper, end with a clear purpose statement and preview of the remaining sections of your paper). This section should also provide at least one research question that you will address in your paper.
Describe your method. For most of you, you will be explaining and referencing a method of criticism described by O’Donnell (2017) or Foss (2004). However, if you are familiar with another method of criticism or find another method of criticism that is more appropriate to apply to the reading of your selected television text, you are welcome to explain and cite that method instead. This section will also include a brief (not exhaustive) review of other examples of studies that have applied this method.
Texts: Provide a brief descriiption of the program(s) you are analyzing, including a range of time when and on which network(s) the selected episodes were first broadcast, a brief synopsis of the premise of the program(s), and a brief introduction of relevant characters. Do not include a long, irrelevant, history or overly detailed series and episode summaries.
The actual criticism should describe/quote selectively from the texts using the concepts of the method, interpreting the text through those concepts. Be sure that you are conducting a critical analysis of the texts, not just a “TV Guide-style” review of the program. You should take a position and argue for it. Be clear about your conclusions and provide evidence from the texts or other sources (e.g., scholarly journals or books) for your conclusion.
Conclusion: What interesting insights emerged in the paper? What we can learn about this genre, narrative, portrayal, issue, etc. from your analysis? You should also identify future directions for study (e.g., other examples of this genre or other programs with similar portrayals that you might analyze, or other genres or methods of criticism that this text may be examined through). End your paper by reviewing your findings and argument, and show that you have accomplished the purpose you identified in the introduction.

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Read the Brief attached: Read the paper provided, analyse and summarise what it

Read the Brief attached:
Read the paper provided, analyse and summarise what it is saying in 300 – 500 words, using APA referencing the paper.
The paper should use this format:
INTRO
30 – 50 words summarising the papers’ objective.
BODY: Analysis & Evaluation
300 words summarising:
– The authors main argument
– What supports their argument
CONCLUSION
30 – 50 words concluding the paper.
REFERENCES
Using APA referencing and in text citations.

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Read the brief attached. Read the paper provided, analyse and summarise what it

Read the brief attached. Read the paper provided, analyse and summarise what it is saying in 300 – 500 words, using APA referencing the paper.
The paper should use this format:
INTRO
30 – 50 words summarising the papers’ objective.
BODY: Analysis & Evaluation
300 words summarising:
– The authors main argument
– What supports their argument
CONCLUSION
30 – 50 words concluding the paper.
REFERENCES
Using APA referencing and in text citations.

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As described by Rayna Denison in The Global Markets for Anime, characters in Spi

As described by Rayna Denison in The Global Markets for Anime, characters in Spirited Away like Haku demonstrate a duality of character that speak to their complexity of character. In this way, we see not only how characters in this film (and other Studio Ghibli films?) are allegory as well as truer to human nature. Like real people, characters are not just good or bad, hero or villain, but instead complexly capable of both being a good person and a bad person, based on our decisions. Do you have a duality to you? When in your life have you ever been a “good guy,” and when have you been the “villain”? How does one instance inform the other, and how does that influence how you proceed beyond their singular moments? Does playing one role allow you to play the other? How might your morals and ethics be a part of these “characters” you have been throughout your life? Reflect on your personal experiences, and see how they might be informed by either Spirited Away or the Denison article’s concept.

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Explain how repetition (of concepts, images, shapes, colors, objects, cinematography, words, etc.) has a metaphoric/performative significance in a film or films.

Prompt:
The films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli covered in this course are not only excellent examples of anime cinema, but they also demonstrate how their oeuvre has developed into a unique and complicated series of aesthetic principles that unite the films. For your final paper, elaborate on the significance of theme or topic within the films of Studio Ghibli, and make a clear argument related to why you believe the filmmakers utilize the theme/topic so repeatedly. Use sources read/watched in class, but also provide additional sources from your own research.

Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:
Chronicle the journey of a particular type of character or characters and make an argument for their significance to the messaging of Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli.
Draw attention to line or lines said in the films and how it/they are relevant to your interpretation of the Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli oeuvre.
Explain how repetition (of concepts, images, shapes, colors, objects, cinematography, words, etc.) has a metaphoric/performative significance in a film or films.
Examine from a theoretical perspective the implications of certain thematic components of a film or films. Possible lenses to consider are feminist studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, disabilities studies, environmental studies, etc.
Research and do a deeper analysis of a film or films than was covered in lecture. You may even want to explore different films from the ones brought to your attention by the professor, i.e. other Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films in their catalog but not focused on in lecture.
Elaborate on your own journey through your experiences with the films this quarter and the self-reflective homework assignments. Please be sure to make an argument, not just chronicle your beliefs; you can believe whatever you want, but you must contextualize it within the course materials with cited source references and introduce a novel perspective.

Be specific and go deep with your analysis! Clearly indicate what your argument is with a nuanced thesis. Your argument should address what your interpretation of the films is, focusing on several detailed examples from the films that speak to proving your point. Avoid too much plot and character summary (even with films not covered in the course) or merely providing a list of examples with no argument threading them together. Also, refrain from statements like “I think” or “in my opinion,” as they weaken an argument by stating the obvious (redundant).

Notes

The paper should be 5-7 pages long and written in MLA format. This includes your name, the instructor’s name, the course, and the date (in that order) double-spaced at the top left of the first page, and your name and the page number on the top right of each subsequent page. All references from an outside source must be parenthetically cited, with a Work Cited provided on a separate final page.
The paper will be graded on originality of thought, strength of argument, and execution. Form and content will not be considered separately. In other words, if the writing is vague or grammatically awkward, the themes of the paper are not being clearly expressed. You are encouraged to either schedule a meeting with the instructor and/or TA to go over your paper in advance of the deadline, ask a friend or colleague to edit your paper, and/or seek help from the campus’ many writing centers.
Turn the paper in through Turnitin via Canvas by the deadline. There are no late submissions.

Guidelines for Writing and Editing Papers
Argument:
Could the first paragraph be dropped or is it necessary to the paper? (Avoid hype and wild generalizations.)
Is there a clearly stated thesis or question set up in the first paragraph? A paper should have one controlling focus, to which everything contributes. What expectations does the opening of the paper set up for the reader?
Does the rest of the paper fulfill those expectations set up at the beginning? (e.g. does it demonstrate the thesis, or answer the question?) Or does it seem to start in one direction and end up in another? (Hey! I thought this bus was going to Los Angeles, but we’re in Chula Vista!)
Are statements within the paper clear and supported with evidence from the text? Are there confusing phrases where you are not sure what the paper-writer meant? (This is much easier to catch in someone else’s writing than in your own. Get a friend to read your paper and tell you where you are unclear.)
What are the most important or interesting points? Are they presented persuasively? Could they be strengthened in some specific way? Can you think of counterevidence or other objections to the point being made, evidence or objections which the paper needs to address as part of its strategy of persuasion? (Tip: avoid assertions that include “every,” “all,” “none,” “never,” or “always.” Your reader will immediately think up one exception, which is all that is needed to undermine your claim.)
If you include quotations or a bit of plot summary, do you use this material to make a point? Do you comment on it? Or is it just filling up space? (Avoid too much plot summary; you can assume we’ve read the play.) Just as arguments need supporting evidence, so evidence needs to be made part of an argument.
Organization:
Does the paper wander off from its stated topic into irrelevant material?
Does each paragraph have a clear focus, or does it include material that does not belong there? Could that material go better in another place, or should it be cut?
Is there a logical order or reasonable flow to the series of points made in the paper? (Could you make an outline of this paper?) Or does it jump disconnectedly from one topic to another, piling up a random bunch of ideas, to the reader’s confusion?
Does the conclusion fit the paper? A conclusion should sum up but without repeating what you said at the beginning. Answer: “So what?” What have you shown, or what insight have you gained, or what does this help us understand? Again: avoid hype and wild generalizations but do broaden out to address the significance or implications of what you have said.
Mechanics:
Spelling, word usage, grammar, punctuation. Check the meanings of a word you are not sure about; wrong usage gives readers the wrong message. If you use another book or essay or website, make sure you cite your sources and use the correct forms. (Check any writing manual for footnote forms.) Proofread and correct careless errors.
Tone:
Write as one normal person addressing another; avoid extra fancy or pedantic writing, as well as writing that is too slangy or “cute.” Also avoid a correct but awkward or dull style: e.g. repetition of a phrase or idea, or lots of sentences in a row with identical structure. It helps to read your paper aloud. If you can’t get through the sentence without a pause, there should probably be a comma where you took a breath. If something sounds clumsy or dull, make it sound better. Even silent readers are affected by what they “hear” mentally.