In this paper, students should discuss how one watches a film critically and how one derives
meaning from a film. Students should also identify some criteria for evaluating a film.
This paper should also make use of technical and critical terminology from the text. The reflective paper is not an analysis of a single film (and therefore is not a continuation of
the Literary Elements Essay). It is a discussion of film analysis in general. However, students
are encouraged to use specific examples from films to illustrate their general claims.
This paper should be eight pages of text with a title page, reference page and in-text citations
where necessary. The reference page should at least include The Art of Watching Films and any films used as examples.
Reflective Essay: Analyzing Movies, Film, and Cinematography
II. How I watch the film critically (use “SEVEN” for examples)
III. How I derived the meaning of the film (use “THE NOTEBOOK” for examples)
IV. Identify criteria for evaluating the film (use “AVATAR
” for examples)
Reference That I Must Include in this Essay
Boggs, J., and Petrie, D. (2008). The Art of Watching Films (Ashford Custom 7th ed.). Mountain View, CA Mayfield. ISBN: 2301
Note: Here is a companion site that goes with this required source/book
Boggs: The Art of Watching Films, 7/e (2008)
Online Learning Center: http://www.mhhe.com/awf7
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Boggs, J., and Petrie, D. (2008). The Art of Watching Films (Ashford Custom 7th ed.).
Mountain View, CA Mayfield.
Dirks, T. (n.d.). Tips on Film Viewing. Part 2. Filmsite. Retrieved August 9, 2010 from http://www.filmsite.org/filmview2.html
Goudreau, K. (2006). American Beauty: The Seduction of the Visual Image in the Culture of Technology. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. 26 (1): 23-30.
LoBrutto, V. (2005). Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures. Westport,
Avatar (2009). Director: James Cameron.
Seven (1995). Director: David Fincher.
The Notebook (2004). Director: Nick Cassvetes.