Description of Project
(1) Select a director who directed more than three movies in the period 1950-2000. Give basic details of the director's life and career. Identify some of the director's most important films. What honors and awards did the director receive? Provide a sampling of critical opinion about the director's work (e.g., film reviews or articles). View at least two films by your director and comment on them (one of them can be a film you would have watched previously for the class). Write about how the director used the following elements in the two films you watched: editing (montage), sound and music, cinematography, special camera work (e.g., steady cam, hand held, optical effects, etc.), special effects (this can include stunt work).
(2) Select one feature-length film made in the period 1970-2000. You are not to use a film that you have previously written about, or a film that has been included in the course content. Present information about the making of the movie, about its success at the box office, about awards it was nominated for and/or received. Also present a sampling of the critical reaction to the film, from both the time of its release and later on. Finally, watch the film and react to it. Assume your reader does not know anything about the movie. Give a simple, short story synopsis, and then write about how the director used the following elements in the film: editing (montage), sound and music, cinematography, special camera work (e.g., steady cam, hand held, optical effects, etc.), special effects (this can include stunt work).
(3) Select a topic involved with the craft, distribution, or exhibition of movies and write a short research paper on its development. For example, if you want to write about cameras, take a narrow view of that broad topic, such as the steady cam. You do not need to get too technical, but it is important to fully clarify why the topic you've selected is important to film studies and the film industry. Some broad topics include: camera development, projection technologies, theatrical design, special effects technologies, digital sensors, and the Method school of acting.
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