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What interesting insights emerged in the paper?

I know it says Movie, but I need a TV show, I would prefer a show like Doctor Who
Your paper should examine a television text or series of television texts. You might analyze several representative episodes of a single series across multiple seasons, an entire season, or a few selected episodes that inform your criticism. You might also choose to compare multiple series. Whatever the television text, you should be able to place the message(s) in a recognizable genre, or you should be able to propose a previously unidentified/unexamined genre. Further, there must be a clear rationale for selecting the texts you chose. Finally, you should have a clearly articulated research question that you will answer through close reading of your selected text(s). Secure approval for your topic and approach your instructor before you invest much time on a topic. The final paper should be 6-10 pages (not counting reference pages, title page, abstract or appendices).
Requirements
Include an introduction that clearly, yet briefly, justifies your selected television text. This is also the section where you would identify any previous studies of that program, or other examples of television series or episodes in the same genre genre (i.e., a review of relevant literature). Additionally, this section should serve the standard functions of an introduction (catch the reader’s attention, give a reason to read your paper, end with a clear purpose statement and preview of the remaining sections of your paper). This section should also provide at least one research question that you will address in your paper.
Describe your method. For most of you, you will be explaining and referencing a method of criticism described by O’Donnell (2017) or Foss (2004). However, if you are familiar with another method of criticism or find another method of criticism that is more appropriate to apply to the reading of your selected television text, you are welcome to explain and cite that method instead. This section will also include a brief (not exhaustive) review of other examples of studies that have applied this method.
Texts: Provide a brief descriiption of the program(s) you are analyzing, including a range of time when and on which network(s) the selected episodes were first broadcast, a brief synopsis of the premise of the program(s), and a brief introduction of relevant characters. Do not include a long, irrelevant, history or overly detailed series and episode summaries.
The actual criticism should describe/quote selectively from the texts using the concepts of the method, interpreting the text through those concepts. Be sure that you are conducting a critical analysis of the texts, not just a “TV Guide-style” review of the program. You should take a position and argue for it. Be clear about your conclusions and provide evidence from the texts or other sources (e.g., scholarly journals or books) for your conclusion.
Conclusion: What interesting insights emerged in the paper? What we can learn about this genre, narrative, portrayal, issue, etc. from your analysis? You should also identify future directions for study (e.g., other examples of this genre or other programs with similar portrayals that you might analyze, or other genres or methods of criticism that this text may be examined through). End your paper by reviewing your findings and argument, and show that you have accomplished the purpose you identified in the introduction.

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Film studies

Describe the arrangement of the shots in the way you would edit them

DESCRIPTION
THE SET-UP: You are an editor. You have been given the following footage. You do not have to use every one of these shots but you cannot add any new shots. You have to work with what you have.

THE STORY: A teenager named Pharoah is suddenly thrust into a new role when his parents disappear under shadowy circumstances leaving him in charge of a house and a rambunctious 6 year old brother named Lucas.

THE SCENE: In this scene, Pharoah is receiving a text from his dad confirming that they will not be returning and to make up a lie to tell his brother. Pharoah, lies to his brother in their backyard, and the scene ends.

FIRST PASS: The director wants a classical, straightforward style. Describe the arrangement of the shots in the way you would edit them (e.g, We begin with shot 1 but cut to shot 1A when the mother puts the pitcher on the table. We then cut to 1D and hold that close-up until she rises from the table. Then we cut to shot 1C…)

SECOND PASS: The director is fired. The new director loves Le Bonheur and the modernist approach. He wants you to retain the essence of the scene but re-cut it in the modernist style. Please describe the shots you’d use and how you would edit this scene.

THIRD PASS: That director is also fired. The newest director wants you to forget the modernist approach but doesn’t want to repeat the exact editing of the first pass. Think of some creative way to re-edit the scene in a fairly realistic, straightforward way that changes the scene from the first pass.

REFLECTION: Write a paragraph about each version, explaining your choices and what you were trying to achieve

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Describe one of the broad theories you have learned about in class (auteur theory, genre theory, formalist theory) and analyze your selected film through that lens.

film must be over the movie Unforgiven 1992
Identify your selected film, including writer, director, year of release, and genre.
Briefly summarize the film in which you apply your knowledge of the difference between the film’s story and its plot.
Describe one of the broad theories you have learned about in class (auteur theory, genre theory, formalist theory) and analyze your selected film through that lens.
Evaluate the use of three specific techniques and design elements employed in the film as they contribute to the overarching narrative and theme of the film. This can include elements of mise-en-scène (e.g., lighting, sound, composition of frame, costuming, etc.) and editing (e.g., cuts and transitions, shots used, angles, etc.).
Describe the connection between this film and society (i.e., politically or culturally, positive or negative) and draw conclusions about its impact.
Must be five to six double-spaced pages (1500 to 1800 words) in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
Must use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the course text
With references from the school textbook

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Film studies

Explain how repetition (of concepts, images, shapes, colors, objects, cinematography, words, etc.) has a metaphoric/performative significance in a film or films.

Prompt:
The films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli covered in this course are not only excellent examples of anime cinema, but they also demonstrate how their oeuvre has developed into a unique and complicated series of aesthetic principles that unite the films. For your final paper, elaborate on the significance of theme or topic within the films of Studio Ghibli, and make a clear argument related to why you believe the filmmakers utilize the theme/topic so repeatedly. Use sources read/watched in class, but also provide additional sources from your own research.

Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:
Chronicle the journey of a particular type of character or characters and make an argument for their significance to the messaging of Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli.
Draw attention to line or lines said in the films and how it/they are relevant to your interpretation of the Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli oeuvre.
Explain how repetition (of concepts, images, shapes, colors, objects, cinematography, words, etc.) has a metaphoric/performative significance in a film or films.
Examine from a theoretical perspective the implications of certain thematic components of a film or films. Possible lenses to consider are feminist studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, disabilities studies, environmental studies, etc.
Research and do a deeper analysis of a film or films than was covered in lecture. You may even want to explore different films from the ones brought to your attention by the professor, i.e. other Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films in their catalog but not focused on in lecture.
Elaborate on your own journey through your experiences with the films this quarter and the self-reflective homework assignments. Please be sure to make an argument, not just chronicle your beliefs; you can believe whatever you want, but you must contextualize it within the course materials with cited source references and introduce a novel perspective.

Be specific and go deep with your analysis! Clearly indicate what your argument is with a nuanced thesis. Your argument should address what your interpretation of the films is, focusing on several detailed examples from the films that speak to proving your point. Avoid too much plot and character summary (even with films not covered in the course) or merely providing a list of examples with no argument threading them together. Also, refrain from statements like “I think” or “in my opinion,” as they weaken an argument by stating the obvious (redundant).

Notes

The paper should be 5-7 pages long and written in MLA format. This includes your name, the instructor’s name, the course, and the date (in that order) double-spaced at the top left of the first page, and your name and the page number on the top right of each subsequent page. All references from an outside source must be parenthetically cited, with a Work Cited provided on a separate final page.
The paper will be graded on originality of thought, strength of argument, and execution. Form and content will not be considered separately. In other words, if the writing is vague or grammatically awkward, the themes of the paper are not being clearly expressed. You are encouraged to either schedule a meeting with the instructor and/or TA to go over your paper in advance of the deadline, ask a friend or colleague to edit your paper, and/or seek help from the campus’ many writing centers.
Turn the paper in through Turnitin via Canvas by the deadline. There are no late submissions.

Guidelines for Writing and Editing Papers
Argument:
Could the first paragraph be dropped or is it necessary to the paper? (Avoid hype and wild generalizations.)
Is there a clearly stated thesis or question set up in the first paragraph? A paper should have one controlling focus, to which everything contributes. What expectations does the opening of the paper set up for the reader?
Does the rest of the paper fulfill those expectations set up at the beginning? (e.g. does it demonstrate the thesis, or answer the question?) Or does it seem to start in one direction and end up in another? (Hey! I thought this bus was going to Los Angeles, but we’re in Chula Vista!)
Are statements within the paper clear and supported with evidence from the text? Are there confusing phrases where you are not sure what the paper-writer meant? (This is much easier to catch in someone else’s writing than in your own. Get a friend to read your paper and tell you where you are unclear.)
What are the most important or interesting points? Are they presented persuasively? Could they be strengthened in some specific way? Can you think of counterevidence or other objections to the point being made, evidence or objections which the paper needs to address as part of its strategy of persuasion? (Tip: avoid assertions that include “every,” “all,” “none,” “never,” or “always.” Your reader will immediately think up one exception, which is all that is needed to undermine your claim.)
If you include quotations or a bit of plot summary, do you use this material to make a point? Do you comment on it? Or is it just filling up space? (Avoid too much plot summary; you can assume we’ve read the play.) Just as arguments need supporting evidence, so evidence needs to be made part of an argument.
Organization:
Does the paper wander off from its stated topic into irrelevant material?
Does each paragraph have a clear focus, or does it include material that does not belong there? Could that material go better in another place, or should it be cut?
Is there a logical order or reasonable flow to the series of points made in the paper? (Could you make an outline of this paper?) Or does it jump disconnectedly from one topic to another, piling up a random bunch of ideas, to the reader’s confusion?
Does the conclusion fit the paper? A conclusion should sum up but without repeating what you said at the beginning. Answer: “So what?” What have you shown, or what insight have you gained, or what does this help us understand? Again: avoid hype and wild generalizations but do broaden out to address the significance or implications of what you have said.
Mechanics:
Spelling, word usage, grammar, punctuation. Check the meanings of a word you are not sure about; wrong usage gives readers the wrong message. If you use another book or essay or website, make sure you cite your sources and use the correct forms. (Check any writing manual for footnote forms.) Proofread and correct careless errors.
Tone:
Write as one normal person addressing another; avoid extra fancy or pedantic writing, as well as writing that is too slangy or “cute.” Also avoid a correct but awkward or dull style: e.g. repetition of a phrase or idea, or lots of sentences in a row with identical structure. It helps to read your paper aloud. If you can’t get through the sentence without a pause, there should probably be a comma where you took a breath. If something sounds clumsy or dull, make it sound better. Even silent readers are affected by what they “hear” mentally.

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Film studies

How does sound design help or hinder the narrative in your chosen film?

You will submit a two-page reflection on either Luis Bunuel’s Belle de Jour (1968)) or Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins (2010). Watch them on Kanopy. (Links to an external site.) Answer the following question: How does sound design help or hinder the narrative in your chosen film?
Be sure to use specific details and relate to your textbook or external sources. If you don’t cite Prince to support your arguments, you will not get full credit.
You must follow APA Format; make sure you have a title page, abstract and citations.
Do not use terms like “personally,” “I think,” “I feel.”
Do not write a review of the film.
Don’t use first person point-of-view.
Treat reflections as if they were short essays. Avoid a casual, chatty, gossipy tone.
Each reflection will be submitted to the Assignment Dropbox link within Canvas