Application of auteur theory | eng225 | Ashford University

 

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 8 of Film: From Watching to Seeing, as well as your instructor’s guidance and lecture materials, and Chapter 7 from Film Genre Reader IV. The ENG225 Research GuideLinks to an external site. in the University of Arizona Global Campus Library will be particularly helpful in locating required sources. This assignment is your opportunity to apply the auteur theory to the work of one selected director. To do that, you will watch at least two feature-length films by the same director as the basis for your analysis and argument.

  • Choose a film from the Approved Films List Download Approved Films Listand identify that film’s director (e.g., Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing).
  • Choose another film directed by the same director (e.g., Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman).
  • Watch your chosen films twice—once to ensure that you have grasped the storytelling and once more to more specifically note on how each film fulfills the criteria of auteur theory.

Note: If you would like to write about a director whose films are not listed, you must email your professor for approval in advance or you may not receive credit on this assignment.

Reflect: 

Think back to the film you chose in your Week 2 written assignment, to see if the film’s director meets the criteria of auteur theory and look ahead to the Week 5 final paper guidelines to ensure that you choose films for this assignment that will work with the requirements on the final paper. You may opt to write about the same film in your Week 2 written assignment and Week 5 final paper, and applicable pieces of this assignment can be used to write both. If you do this, you should reflect on and revise this assignment based on your instructor’s feedback before you incorporate it into any future writing assignments.

Review the Week 3 Sample Paper Download Week 3 Sample Paper, which provides a clear guide for developing a solid analysis as well as insight on composition. For additional support, review the Summary vs. AnalysisLinks to an external site. resource.

Write: 

In your introductory paragraph,

  • Explain auteur theory in your own words and why this is a useful approach to the study of film.
  • Describe, using Chapter 8 of the text as a reference, the criteria for what makes a director an auteur.
  • Identify a director who meets the criteria posed by auteur theory.
  • Summarize briefly the ways in which this director meets the criteria using examples from at least two of the director’s films.
  • Develop a thesis statement that focuses on how your chosen director and their films meet the criteria posed by auteur theory and advances the possibilities of storytelling through the medium of film.

In the body of your paper (at least three paragraphs),

  • Apply the lens of auteur theory in breaking down the director’s technical competence, distinguishable personality, and interior meaning using specific examples of their work (e.g., particular scenes or plot components).
  • Analyze the specific ways in which filmmaking techniques, consistent themes, and storytelling distinguish your chosen director as an auteur among their peers.
  • Evaluate your chosen director’s ethos, that is what they have to say about complex social and cultural issues.

In the conclusion of your paper,

  • Connect each element of your analysis to show how your chosen director meets the three criteria of auteur theory and what this director’s body of work has to say about social and cultural issues.

The Directors and Auteur Theory paper

  • Must be 900 to 1200 words in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA StyleLinks to an external site. as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft WordLinks to an external site.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper in bold font
  • Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.
    • Student’s name
    • Name of institution (The University of Arizona Global Campus)
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Due date
  • Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic VoiceLinks to an external site. resource for additional guidance.
  • 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 two scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper guide.Links to an external site.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References ListLinks to an external site. resource in the Writing Center for specifications. 

ATTACHED ARE THE MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT. USE THE SAMPLE PAPER FOR REFERENCE NOT A SOURCE… PICK FROM THE LIST OF MOVIES A FILM TO WRITE ABOUT, THEN PICK ANOTHER FILM BY THE SAME DIRECTOR FOR ANALYSIS….. USE APA FORMAT FOR

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