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Unit 3 part b
Your next English task is part of the creative writing unit and is an article about a film that has played an important part in your life.
The word count for this piece is approximately 500 and you will have one and a half hours of controlled assessment time to write your final article.
You will be given a planning sheet which should be submitted following the assessment.
The film you use is your personal choice.
Producing Creative Texts
As with any kind of writing, you need to start by identifying your genre, purpose, audience and style.
The first step is to become familiar with the genre (or form), so if you are planning to write an article, start by reading some that have already been published.
Unlike the previous unit, marks will be awarded for: originality, flair, creativity, and the ability to write to a chosen brief.
Your use of sentence structure, language, and punctuation is also important in this unit.
To inform - the article needs to tell people who is in the film, who it is by ( the director), and any other additional information.
To describe - you should describe the story, characters and some of the action - without spoiling the plot or giving too much away!
To analyse - you need to give your opinion on why you think the film is so good/why it is important to you.
These different purposes will give you a basic structure for your writing.
It's important to use the right language when discussing films. Make sure you comment on some of the following:
Performance: how the film is acted
The kind of film: plot/story
Direction: how the story is told
Editing: how the parts of the film or action are put together
Cinematography: how the film looks (how it is photographed)
Music and sound effects: how the music works with or against the pictures
Special effects: how the film uses unusual techniques such as computer-generated imagery (CGI)
Camera angles: how the film creates mood by manipulating the camera, eg: Close-up and extreme close up, mid-shot, long-shot.
Panning shot: the camera is fixed but the lens moves across a scene, eg a landscape
Useful vocaulary for your article:
Aims and Outcomes:
Analyse the mechanics of the film
Use of creative promotional campaigns
Region-specific marketing tailored to the sensibilities of moviegoers in different locales
The use of distinct trailers and print advertisements in different markets
China, Japan and U.S.
Dive in and commit to the movie
Ann Lee visited Germany, Mexico, Taiwan and India
"It is rare that we have anybody travel on this sort of level to all of these markets"
Planning to write an article
Content is the key:
"Tell a story like nobody else does"
Use plenty of examples to back up your points. If you make a statement about the film, back it up with a descriptive example. Describe the way scenes look, the way a certain person acted, camera angles, and so on. You can quote dialogue to help you make your points as well. In this way you are giving your readers a feel for the film and continuing to express your critique of the film at the same time.
Give it some personality. You could treat your review like a formal article, but it's more interesting if you make it your own. If your writing style is usually witty and funny, your article should be no exception. If you're serious and dramatic, that works, too. Let your language and writing style reflect your unique perspective and personality - it's much more entertaining for the reader.
Write several paragraphs discussing interesting elements of the film. Discuss the acting, the direction, the cinematography, the setting, and so on, using clear, entertaining prose that keeps your readers engaged.
Keep your writing clear and easy to understand. Don't use too much technical filmmaking jargon, and make your language crisp and accessible.
Remember, this is an article about why the film is so important to you. Did it have a certain message attached to it? Did it move you? What events were happening in your life at the time? Who did you see the film with? You need to comment on your own personal opinion about that film, why it played an importnat part in your life,
Your article should have a number of purposes:
Hilarious, touching, superb, disturbing, well-portrayed, low-key, shrouded, sequel, hinted, core, blockbuster, convey, suspense, vaunted, emotionally-charged, disjointed, dull, non-clichéd, family fun, thought-provoking, ponderous, lapsing, animation, hero/heroine, dramatic, climax, satisfying, rich, dark,
powerful, natural, touching, astounding,
echoes, depicts, originates.
Studying Your Source Material
Gather basic facts about the film. You can do this before or after you watch it, but you should definitely do it before you write the article, you'll need to weave the facts into your review as you write.
Here's what you need to know:
•The title of the film
•The director's name
•The names of the lead actors (and any other films they have appeared in)
Writing your article
Style of Writing
Discuss and analyse the following clips...
To introduce conventions of a Film Review/article in terms of language, structure and style.
To prepare students with the information needed to apply these conventions to their own writing
To analyse and discuss various clips using some of the languge explored.
'A local newspaper is inviting people to write about films that have played an important part in their life. Write a piece about a film that has been important to you.'
Analyse the different components that come together in the film as you watch it. During or after your viewing, ask yourself what impression the film left with you in some of these areas:
Direction - consider the director and how he or she choose to portray/explain the events in the story. If the film was slow, or fast paced. If you've seen other films directed by the same person, compare them and determine which you like the most.
Cinematography - what techniques were used to film the movie? What setting and background elements helped to create a certain tone?
Writing - evaluate the script, including dialogue and characterization. Did you feel like the plot was inventive and unpredictable or boring and weak? Did the characters' words seem credible to you?
Editing -was the movie choppy or did it flow smoothly from scene to scene? Take note of the use of lighting and other ambient effects. If the move has computer-generated graphics, think about whether or not they looked realistic/fit in with the rest of the film
Costume design - did the clothing choices fit the style of the film? Did they contribute to the overall tone, what did they add to it?
•Set design - consider how the setting of the film influenced its other elements. Did it add or subtract from the experience for you? If the movie was filmed in a real place, was this location well-chosen?
•Score or soundtrack - did it work with the scenes? Was it over/under-used? Was it suspenseful? Amusing? A soundtrack can make or break a film, especially if the songs have a particular message or meaning to them.