Please write an essay of approximately 3 pages (you can write a little more or a little less), typed and double-spaced, in response to one of the topics below. In your essay, it is important that you explain the issues you are writing about clearly and in your own words. When applicable, use technical terms of analysis as far as we have covered them (continuity editing, wide shot, representation, ideology, etc.) and explain them. Make sure to critically evaluate the reasons that are given in support of the views expressed in the sources, as well as the reasons that lead you to your own position. Please do not plagiarize.It is sufficient to indicate the number of the topic you are responding to. You do not need to restate the whole topic in your work.
Scrolling down, below the instructions, you can find the rubric for this assignment. Don’t be intimidated by the scope of the rubric. Writing is an inherently complex process. The rubric reflects a lot of things that are required for good essay writing that you are likely to intuitively get right. The rubric will help you check whether you have taken care of these aspects.
Make sure to divide the body of your essay into an introduction, paragraphs, and a conclusion. Your introduction should tell the reader what your essay is about and what conclusion you will arrive at. Stating the conclusion briefly in the introduction allows your reader to pay attention to important points in your essay that lead up to your conclusion. It is best to first write your essay, see where your work leads you, and write your introduction after you have completed your essay.
Make sure to mention the title(s) of the works that you are focusing on in your introduction, as well as the names of the authors/directors of these works.
Make sure not to misquote a text or to claim something wrong about a text. For example, it would be inaccurate to say that Metropolis is about an alien longing to go home (that would be E.T.)
In your essay, make sure to explain things. Whenever you make an abstract point, try to illustrate it with a concrete example. For example, if you claim that Fredersen is a powerful character in Metropolis, make sure to support it by providing an example, such as that he can hire and fire people at will. Keep in mind that quotations are not explanations. Whenever you use a technical term, (such as ‘mise-en-scène,’ or ‘montage’) explain it to the reader.
Make sure to explain the reasons for why you find something plausible or convincing, or why not. For example, if you come to the conclusion that Bordwell and Thompson’s account of genres is not convincing, then you have to explain your reasons for your assessment to the reader.
Your assignment asks you to make connections between various sources that we have been covering, in particular films and readings. Make sure to explicitly state these connection and to evaluate them. For example, if you arrive at the conclusion that the relation between A Trip to the Moon and Suvin’s definition of science fiction is problematic, what does that mean? If A Trip to the Moon does not line up with Suvin’s definition of science fiction, does that indicate that there is a problem with Suvin’s theory, or A Trip to the Moon‘s status as science fiction film, or both?
Make sure to provide a complete list of accurate references after the body of your essay. The complete source for each of our readings is given at the top of the reading guides. All ideas that you include in your essay that are not originally yours need to be referenced, even if you do not include word-for-word quotations by their authors in your essay. You may choose any of the accepted forms of referencing, such as MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, etc., but you have to use the style you decide on consistently. Films you refer to in your essay need to be included in your list of references by listing the title, country of production, and year of original release.
Check your essay for spelling errors.
Make sure to check your grammar.
Make sure to express things in your own words and to not deliver a string of quotations, citations from Canvas pages, and lecture notes.
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