American Beauty Essay

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American Beauty Essay

  1. 1. American Beauty<br />Essay Question<br />
  2. 2. “Choose 1 scene from American Beauty and analyse its effectiveness.”<br />Your chosen scene should not be longer than 5 minutes<br />You must cover representation of characters; narrative theory; representation theory and genre, technical aspects of the language and audience<br />You should aim to write in as much detail as you can (approx 2 sides of A4)<br />You could sign up to www.scribd.com , publish your essay and then embed it onto your blog<br />
  3. 3. Genre<br />Which genre(s) does the film fit? Rememberwww.filmsite.org for definitions. <br />Which codes and conventions will audiences recognise?<br />Are there any visual or aural iconographies apparent in your chosen scene? <br />
  4. 4. Narrative Theory<br />Analyse the narrative structure of your clip by explaining where it comes in relation to the film. See “Telling Stories – The Media’s Use of Narrative” sheet<br />Link to Todorov (exposition, problem, complication, climax, resolution) p.1<br />Link to Propp’s character roles if relevant p.2<br />Link to Levi Strauss’ binary oppositions p.3<br />Link to Barthes’ codes p.3 and ppt and how these codes offer gratifications for audiences<br />Link to Syd Field if relevant<br />
  5. 5. Representation of characters<br />Analyse the characters in your chosen scene using the “Representing the World” handout -* Questions we would ask when analysing representations (p.1) <br />* Representing the Real media language choices (lighting, music, editing, camera work and mise en scene) (p.2)<br />
  6. 6. Representation theory<br />If relevant link scene to Laura Mulvey’s “Male Gaze” theory<br />
  7. 7. Media Language<br />This should have been covered in your discussion of representation<br />Also consider denotations and connotations<br />Refer to “Media Language 1: The Moving Image” handout for a reminder of key terms and their definitions.<br />You must comment on camera angles/movement; editing; lighting; sound; mise en scene<br />
  8. 8. Audience<br />Consider who the target audience would be for the film generally and how they are positioned in relation to the characters in your scene.<br />
  9. 9. Essay plan<br />Into – background to film; bring in genre; introduce chosen scene<br />Relevant narrative theories<br />Representation of characters and media language<br />Audience<br />Conclusion – sum up effectiveness of chosen scene<br />

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