To: Intro to Film Students – Winter 2018
Subject: Final Project Options – Research Paper, Blog, Website, or Video = 100 Points
See Syllabus p. 2 for Grade equivalent’s – i.e. 83 – 86.9 points = B
Important: No matter which option selected, you must follow MLA style, have a minimum of three scholarly
sources, four images, and a properly formatted Works Cited page.
See links p. 2 of this document – for links to assistance.
You are now reading a two-page document. Please see p. 2 of this document for Evaluation Grid and how points will
distributed and awarded. As noted in the Course Syllabus on p. 3 – this Final Project is worth 100 points and may be
submitted anytime up until Sunday, April 8, at 11:59 p.m. Please follow the MLA Style Guide – Style Guides are available
in library, bookstore, and online. Film titles are either formatted as Moonrise Kingdom or “Moonrise Kingdom.” You will
automatically lose ten points if you do not format film titles properly.
For information on using the library (in person and/or online), doing research, and formatting and creating a
college level research project you may consult – our Film Studies specific librarian Rachel Clark. To set up an
appointment either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-577-6709.
See Content Tab – Library http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/film
Requirements for this Film Comparison/Contrast Project (no matter the option you select):
1. Select one full-length film VIEWED IN CLASS (i.e. Road to Perdition, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark
Thirty, Fargo, The Big Sick, Get Out, The Thin Blue Line, Casa Blanca, Straight Outta Compton, etc.).
2. Select one full-length film NOT WATCHED IN CLASS that you are intrigued with. Possibly other
films by the Director, and/or other films with the same themes, etc.
3. Select ONE aspect of cinema studies that you are particularly interested in (cinematography, sound
design, acting, editing, writing, ideology, etc.).
4. Select ONE scene from each of the films from 1. & 2. above. (Please do not select more than two
scenes as your basis for discussion). Please do not summarize the entire plot and story of films,
assume that your reader (me) has seen your selections. Focus on your cinematic topic.
5. Write a comparative/contrast thesis statement on your selected cinema studies aspect. (i.e. The
following is an analysis comparing and contrasting the sound design in select scenes from Black Hawk
Down (Ridley Scott, 2001) and The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015). This is an ideal thesis statement.
6. No matter what option you select, you must find (do research) and include within the body of your
paper three scholarly sources (not Giannetti) to support and enhance your thesis statement.
Scholarly sources are peer-reviewed, published by academic presses, and can usually be found in the stacks in the library (books) or online
via your login at WSU. I generally use FirstSearch database, but there are several others. Note: Wikipedia, IMDB, newspapers such as
NYTimes and USA Today are not scholarly sources. However, if your subject is cinematography, you may use American Cinematographer as
one of your sources. You can consult Giannetti and put in your Works Cited page, but it does not count as one of your three scholarly sources.
7. Find (on the Internet or screen capture from your films) at least two images per scene that you are
discussing. Minimum (4) – to receive full credit. Must use proper citation under each.
8. Select one of the four formats allowed for this project (must include scholarly sources & images):
Research Paper – must be three pages plus a Works Cited Page = four total pages
*Submitted via Safe Assignment Link on BB
Website – must be equivalent to three-four pages with a Works Cited Page
*See http://www.weebly.com is free website tool
Blog – must be equivalent to three-four pages with a Works Cited Page
*Link on BB – https://wordpress.com is free Blog tool
Video – three-four minutes in length – must be equivalent to three-four pages with a Works Cited Page
* Posted to https://www.youtube.com and linked to me
Your Film Project will be evaluated via the following point distribution grid:
Three – Four
Page with Three
Two films (one
from class, one
of your choice,
from each film,
Sources in body
Body of work
relating to topic
Minimum of four
images to receive
Images must be
See prior student
example and MLA
Project exhibits a
(mostly free of
Project shows a
for film as an art
TOTAL POINTS (100)
Earned = Earned = Earned = Earned = Total Earned =
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