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1. Find a Book: For this assignment you must choose a film that was adapted from an original literary source. One place to find a film to use for this assignment is the website “Based on the Book: www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/movies. You must select a film that has been adapted from a novel (you are not allowed to use a play, comic, graphic novel, nor children/young adult book). Read the novel, then see the film. Once you’ve read the novel and watched the film, decide onone scene in the film that is also found in the book that you would like to analyze.
2. Content: Analyze the film/book adaptation in terms of a few concepts within one cinematic element (either Cinematography, Editing, Sound, or Mise en Scene) and how that element works to adapt the written form to the film form in ONE scene from the film—focus on one key idea about the original literary work and the film, explain why this concept/idea exists and how the film element allows for an adaptation from the original source. You will likely need to focus in on a few (one, two, possibly three) concepts within one element (e.g. it is not possible to cover ALL concepts of Cinematography in one short paper; instead you might focus on camera angle and lighting for the scene you are looking at). Remember, the film scene you choose will likely help you to determine which cinematic concepts are the most interesting in regards to the film adaptation.
Use clear examples from the film—choose a specific scene that best represents how the element functions, and find outside sources to confirm your thesis statement. Evaluate and analyze how effectively the style, tone, and content of the original novel are captured in that film scene, and explain how this is done by using the cinematic element. In order to do a critical analysis effectively, you will need to see that specific film scene more than once; be sure to take detailed notes about the scene you decide to analyze and use as an example.
3. Sources: You MUST reference the original novel and the film. In addition to referencing the film and the novel (or original literary source) upon which it is based, please consult and reference at least two other sources, these must be books and/or scholarly articles; Internet-based sources (blogs, personal webpages, etc) and the course textbook, Looking At Movies will not count as additional sources though you can use them as references if you would like. You cannot rely entirely upon easily accessible, often unreliable, Internet sources. You must give full credit for all sources by including references in the body of the paper, and by listing a full bibliography at the end of the paper; please use MLA citation style. The key here is to REFERENCE the sources, you cannot simply put them in your bibliography, you must reference them in your writing and use them to prove your argument. Your references should back up your thesis statement and be used to help your argument in the paper, specifically each reference should back up the topic sentence of the paragraph. For help with writing & citation styles please see: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
For this assignment you will write a ~3-4 page critical analysis that builds a single thesis about how one scene in the film is adapted from the novel; by focusing on one scene you will be able to state something (your thesis) and then prove that statement by using quotes from the book, film examples, and an explanation of film. Analysis asks both HOW and then WHY, or conversely WHY and then HOW. You might consider the following questions:
Why does the film do what it does? Why are certain messages presented?
How influential is the original literary source to the final product/outcome/message of the film?
Why does the film look/sound/feel the way it does? How are the elements used to create meaning?
How do the elements create the look/sound/feel of a certain scene?
Why does the film use certain elements/style at specific moments or in specific scenes?
What kind of meaning is created? Why would the director want to create that meaning/feeling/message?
The essay needs to include the following:
o Covers one, two or three concepts within a single element in depth—choose from Cinematography, Editing, Sound, or Mise en Scene.
o Essay contains a solid opening paragraph (contains your thesis) & a solid closing paragraph (contains a restatement of your thesis in some way)
o Each supporting paragraph starts with a topic sentence that is clear and concise, it tells the reader what you are going to prove in the paragraph.
o Each paragraph concisely wraps up the main idea, ending with a solid sentence reiterating the idea.
o Engages in analysis by using
§ specific examples from the film, with citations using timecode from DVD
§ specific examples from the book, including at least one short quote from the book for each supporting paragraph
§ explanation of how that example proves some principle/s of film studies
§ explanation of why this film creates a certain message or meaning through the construction shown in this scene
1. Find a Book: For this assignment you must choose a film that was adapted from an original literary source. One place to find a film to use for this assignment is the website “Based on the Book: www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/movies. You must select a film that has been adapted from a novel (you are not allowed to use a play, comic, graphic novel, nor children/young adult book).