MDA3200: Theory Essay

Deadline: Tuesday, 5 May 2015 at 23.59

A 2000 word essay which demonstrates an historical perspective.
The essay will conform to the conventions of academic writing, and will include a bibliography.

(Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)  

(1) The complex relationships between theory and creative film practice;

(2) Specific film theories and the critical practices they have generated;

(3) The ways in which aspects of film studies have been shaped historically by different theoretical shifts

(4) Applying film theories to the analysis of film / video work;

(5) Reflecting critically on this application of theory and the relation of theory to practice;

(6) Advanced reading and applied thinking skills;

Choose one of the following:

  1. Critically evaluate aspects of Grand Theory in relation to film examples, possibly including your own work.
  1. Compare different theoretical models of the film spectator, passive and active, and consider their significance for filmmakers.
  1. Discuss theories that relate to representation from the perspective of a practicing filmmaker or screenwriter.
  1. Explore the challenges involved in confronting the “always already” in film production, referring to appropriate theoretical ideas.
  1. “Morality is a get-out from true ethical filmmaking.” Discuss this statement by reference to film examples, possibly including your own work.
  1. Discuss how such fundamental questions of ontology – what is film – and epistemology – what knowledge does it offer – can be of value in developing filmmaking projects.
  1. “Filmmakers have made the most significant contribution to film theory.” Discuss this statement by reference to two filmmakers from different historical periods.
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