Length: 4-6 pages
Must include 2 to 3 ‘outside’ sources in your essay
Include a Works Cited page as the last page of your essay
To analyze a short film and to include researched support for your argument.
Students will choose a short film, no longer than 40 minutes in length. Students can visit websites with free access such as:
https://www.shortoftheweek.com/channels/ (Links to an external site.) https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=short+films (Links to an external site.)
https://www.filmsshort.com/ (Links to an external site.)
https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase (Links to an external site.)
If you have streaming service, you might also view sites such as amazon prime or Netflix.
When choosing a film, view a variety of genres until you find one that interests you. Maybe the film changes your view about something, tugs at an emotion, helps you relax, or could be just a waste of your time. Be sure to view the film more than once for anything you might have missed.
• Based on your choice, introduce your topic and begin with a brief overview, specifically for an audience who has not seen the film. Lead to your thesis statement.
• Analyze the film based on the criteria that you decide (this should be in your thesis statement/evaluation). Here, the criteria may be aspects of the film or a major component such as the story, a specific character, issues raised, or theme.
• As you write, consider how you will support your ideas. Your support should include moments of the film for evidence as well as your own reasoning. You must also include ‘hard’ evidence and one form of evidence must be a journal article or book. You may also include a credible website article, blog, or film review to support your argument about the film.
• Finish with your overall thoughts. What should readers come away with after reading your review?
Length: 4-6 pages