This is word for word what the professor says on the instructions:
You are required to write two papers during the semester. Each paper should be from 5 to 7 pages in length, neatly typed, double spaced, and professionally presented. This does not include the cover page or the bibliography.
The opening paragraph of each paper should introduce your topic. your topic must address one of the selected topics provided or one that is approved by this instructor.
Since it is a
research paper you must cite at least three different sources. This could include websites, magazine articles, books, or the film itself.
Remember this is a
research paper and you must cite your sources and do not be afraid to have portions of the paper as quotes from your sources. Many times students will start with a
quote to introduce their subject.
The biggest mistake you can make when doing this paper is not to quote your sources and make it appear that the ideas and facts are your own. Please cite your sources and use quotes as often as you need them.
If you need help in the format of your paper, a
good online source is Purdue OWL (http://owl.english.perdue.edu/owl/resource/658/01/)
I must choose one of the following topics. The topic I picked was the one I found the most interesting and thought would be the easiest to retrieve information on. However you may choose any one of the following topics:
1.) Principles of Early Optical Systems and Series - Photography that led to the invention of the movie camera. This could include the contributions of Edison and the Lumiere Brothers.
2.) Research the life of George Melies and his contributions to cinema history.
3.) The film contributions of Edwin S. Porter highlighting his film "The Great Train Robbery."
4.) Research D.W. Griffith: his influences, early years, and his contributions to the narrative form, citing films such as "Intolerance" and "Broken Blossoms."
5.) Research D.W. Griffith and his film "Birth
of a Nation
." Discuss the controversies surrounding the film and the cinema techniques he contributed.
6.) Research the German films "Nosferatu" and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligiri" and how they influenced contemporary horror films.
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