Film analysis: saving private ryan

Paper should be organized around a thesis statement that clarifies what will attempt to accomplish in your paper, and how you will proceed. Review the Final Film Critique sample, which provides an example of a well-developed analysis as well as insight on composition.

In paper,

  • Identify 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  (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.

The Final Film Analysis paper

  • 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 a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of Your Essay (in bold)
    • Your First and Last Name
    • University 
    • Course Code
    • Instructor’s name
    • Due Date
  • Must utilize academic voice. 
  • 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.
  • Must document any information used from sources in APA style 
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style