A Short Guide to Writing about Film, Global Edition (9e) : 9781292078113

A Short Guide to Writing about Film, Global Edition (9e)

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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in Film Criticism, Film History, Writing for Film, or Film Appreciation.

A succinct guide to thinking critically and writing precisely about film

Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces students to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling them to write more thoughtfully and critically. With numerous student and professional examples, this engaging and practical guide progresses from taking notes and writing first drafts to creating polished essays and comprehensive research projects. Moving from movie reviews to theoretical and critical essays, the text demonstrates how an analysis of a film can become more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.

Table of contents
  • 1.  Writing about the Movies  
  • 2. Beginning to Think, Preparing to Watch, and Starting to Write  
  • 3. Film Terms and Topics for Film Analysis and Writing 
  • 4. Six Approaches to Writing about Film  
  • 5. Style and Structure in Writing  
  • 6. Researching the Movies  
  • 7. Manuscript Form  
  • Appendix: Symbols Commonly Used In Marking Papers  
  • Glossary of Film Terms  
  • Works Cited 
  • Credits  
  • Index  
New to this edition

  • Each chapter now opens with a list of learning objectives  which alert students to the key topics they should master by the time they complete the chapter.

  • New exercises found within each chapter  ask students to apply a key concept they just learned. These exercises can be assigned as brief writing assignments or the basis for class discussion.

  • Nearly 25 percent of the images are new with very contemporary films included.

  • New content on digital media has been added.

  • Exercises have been freshened and updated throughout.

Features & benefits
  • Concise explorations of the most important approaches to film analysis and writing about film, including auteurs, genres, ideology, kinds of formalism, and national cinemas, give students a quick course in the fundamentals for film theory.
  • A range of film terms and topics, including mise-en-scéne, point-of-view, composition, realism, and so on, are introduced, so students understand and use correct terminology.
  • Each chapter concludes with short writing exercises that help students view, evaluate, and write about film more critically.
  • Guidance on working with electronic sources helps students understand the limitations and pitfalls of electronic research.
  • A comprehensive Glossary allows students to accurately describe their observations of the details of film practice.
  • A wealth of images features captions with pedagogical directions.