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For this assignment you need to select several scenes from your favorite film (or one of your favorites), and edit them together and comment on some of the filmic elements of the scenes? Why do you like these scenes? What strikes you about them? What makes them good cinema? Is there a subtext at work in this film? In short, construct an essayistic commentary on the scenes as a narrator explaining to your audience what you find important about the scene, and why. What’s more, what do the details you have pinpointed say about the film more generally. For an excellent example, see Rob Ager's analysis of space in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sUIxXCCFWw

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Video Essay

 

 
 
 
Titus (1999)

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Process
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“Video Essay” 5 Star Video assignment (“The Notebook”)

I must say that attempting this video essay assignment really put me at ease. The main reason is because I love to write! The second reason is because i didn’t have to worry about nor have the hassle of editing certain clips and trimming the movie since i searched on…

Tutorial: How to separate audio from video on iMovie

 
 

In this tutorial, I explain how I extracted the audio from the interview of Anthony Hopkins and put it together with appropriate video clips as a part of my video essay on Titus.  This part took the longest time to edit, and it turned out to be much…

Film Essay – Curly Sue Tutorial

For this video essay assignment these are the steps i took to complete the assignemt:
I went to YouTube and in the search box i typed curly sue.. after doing so a bunch of different videos popped up. After carefully selecting the three videos that i wanted i selected them…