Responses should be about 400-500 words. They do not have to be very formal (e.g., you can use â€œIâ€), but they should be in paragraphs that relate to one another. You do not need to use time codes for citing examples from the film texts; simply state something like â€œin the scene in whichâ€¦â€ to orient the reader.
You do not have to do external research for the weekly responses, although you are welcome to incorporate required readings or any other materials. In either case, you must adhere to the regulations of academic integrity. If you consult any source other than the film, you must cite it in a bibliography, and your writing must make clear how you used this source. If you used it for background only, simply state that on the bibliography. You also do not have to mention Tuesday class materials (as you are welcome to view the films before Tuesday classes), but you can do so if you want to.
You should answer one of the following questions (although you may discuss topics that are tangentially related to the question if you find them interesting). You can answer the same question in two responses, but you should not answer the same one for all three.
1. Identify two or three key aesthetic elements of the film (aspects of sound, mise-enscÃ¨ne, cinematography, editing, or narrative structure). First, describe the element(s) as precisely as you can. Use technical terms if you know them, and if you donâ€™t, simply be as precise with your adjectives as you can be. Second, state how the aesthetics affect the story. For example, the same story may have quite a different impact in a slow-paced film than in a fast-paced film.
3. Discuss the genre of the film (you can define genre however you want â€“ documentary vs. fiction, detective film vs. rom-com, childrenâ€™s vs. adult film, etc.). What are the key features of the film that make you categorize the film this way? Does it seem a typical example of its genre, or quite unusual? How so? You can but do not have to discuss other films that may have influenced or been influenced by this film.
4. What kind of an audience does the film appear to have been made for? For example, does it seem to be accessible to an international audience, or does it make assumptions that the audience will have certain, specific cultural or historical knowledge? Does it speak to all ages, or is it addressed specifically to adults? Does it address an audience with a lot of institutionalized education, or a less formally educated audience? Give evidence of specific moments in the film or specific aspects of the film.