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