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  1. Writing Film Analysis TIPS!

  2. Integrating Quotes

  3. Integrating Quotes • When author says it better than you can

  4. Integrating Quotes • When author says it better than you can • To provide evidence from an authority

  5. Integrating Quotes • When author says it better than you can • To provide evidence from an authority • Explain relevance of quote to your own claims

  6. Integrating Quotes • When author says it better than you can • To provide evidence from an authority • Explain relevance of quote to your own claims • Make sure the quote is spoken by someone - don’t leave it hanging by itself

  7. Integrating Quotes • Examples: According to Bordwell, a motif is “any significant repeated element in a film.” “A motif is any significant repeated element in a film,” says Bordwell.

  8. Thesis Statements

  9. Thesis Statements • Provide the overall point of your argument

  10. Thesis Statements • Provide the overall point of your argument • Are controversial - can be disagreed with

  11. Thesis Statements • Provide the overall point of your argument • Are controversial - can be disagreed with • Provide a roadmap for your paper

  12. Thesis Statements The Wizard of Oz offers spectacular mise-en-scène, with wonderful costumes and large, fantastic sets.

  13. Thesis Statements Citizen Kane uses lots of important techniques to tell a story about greed and loneliness.

  14. Thesis Statements In this paper, I will show how cinematography, especially shot composition and camera movement, relate to the theme of overcoming fear in Jaws.

  15. Thesis Statements In Breathless, the use of jump cuts, hand-held camera, and grainy black and white film stock together convey the theme that life is unstable and full of unanswered questions.

  16. Thesis Statements The rest of the paper serves to support the thesis - always explain how each new point relates back to your main point. (And don’t forget to underline it)