2) Character: Your essay must identify and analyze the central characters. What are they like? Are they recognizable “types”? How do they comprise the film’s conflict? How are they relevant to the director’s central idea or impression he/she is attempting to convey? All dialogue must be documented properly. You must therefore include numerically, in parentheses, the point at which the dialogue you are presenting and analyzing appears on the tape or DVD.
3) Film techniques/aesthetics: You are not expected to be a “film expert,” completely familiar with technical elements such as lighting, editing, camera angles, sound, music, etc. However, using your own ability to closely observe an aesthetic environment, you must analyze one or more of the above elements in at least one important scene that you believe contributes to the effect of the film on its audience. This scene(s) must be closely and thoroughly scrutinized and documented properly. You must include numerically, in parentheses, the point at which the various elements you are presenting and analyzing appear on the tape or DVD. This analysis should comprise a substantial part of your essay.
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