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Requirements for this Film Comparison/Contrast Research Project (must follow 8 steps):
Select one full-length feature film VIEWED IN CLASS . Examples Road to Perdition, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty, Fargo, The Big Sick, Get Out, The Thin Blue Line, Casa Blanca, Straight Outta Compton, etc.).
Select one full-length feature film NOT WATCHED IN CLASS (not a film clip) that you are intrigued with. Possibly other films by the same Director, and/or other films with the same themes, etc.
Select ONE aspect/topic (that we have studied) of cinema studies that you are particularly interested in (cinematography, sound design, acting, editing, writing, ideology, etc.).
Select ONE scene from each of the films from 1. & 2. above. (Please do not select more than two scenes as your basis for discussion). Please do not summarize the entire plot and story of films, assume that your reader (me) has seen your selections. Focus on your cinematic topic.
Write a comparative/contrast thesis statement on your selected cinema studies aspect. This is the type of thesis statement I am looking for: The following is an analysis comparing and contrasting the sound design in select scenes from Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) and Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott, 2001). Notice that both films are about war. Sometimes it is a good idea to select two similar genre films, or two films directed by the same person, etc.
Overall goal of this project is to help you increase your research skills. You must find (do research) and include within the body of your paper two scholarly sources (not Giannetti) to support and enhance your thesis statement.
This is very important! Scholarly sources are peer-reviewed, published by academic presses, and can usually be found in the stacks in the library (books) or online via your login at WSU. I generally use FirstSearch database, but there are several others. Note: Wikipedia, IMDB, newspapers such as NYTimes and USA Today, and The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are not scholarly sources. However, if your subject is cinematography, you may use American Cinematographer as one of your sources. You can consult Giannetti and put in your Works Cited page, but it does not count as one of your two scholarly sources. See above document WSU Library How To – for step-by-step research for scholarly sources.
Find (on the Internet or screen capture from your films) at least two images per scene that you are discussing. Minimum (4) – to receive full credit. Must use proper citation under each. Proper citation includes: description of shot, title of film, director, year produced, and country of origin. See this example (do not follow the way the sample paper shows — the information student provides is in the body of paper).
Figure 1. Medium Close-up Rick Blaine. “Casa Blanca,” Michael Curtiz, 1942. US.
Film Research Paper – must be three (3) pages plus a Works Cited Page = four (4) total pages