F/TV2A Deanza College Stop Motion in Pioneering Films Research Paper


double-spaced paper (approximately 5-7 pages). 
“Stop Motion in Pioneering Films, 1895-1905” is my Topic

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F/TV 2A: HISTORY OF CINEMA (1895-1950)
De Anza College
Susan Tavernetti, instructor
This optional assignment gives you an opportunity to explore an area of film history—between
1895 and 1950—that interests you. Topic possibilities and approaches are numerous.
RESEARCH PAPER: This focuses on some aspect of film history with emphasis on research
using published material. Proper citations and complete bibliography of source materials are
REQUIRED. Read “What is plagiarism?”: http://www.plagiarism.org/article/what-is-plagiarism.
Also read “What Is Citation?”: http://www.plagiarism.org/article/what-is-citation.
Follow the in-text citation style of MLA (Modern Language Association):
Also adhere to the MLA guidelines for the Works Cited page:
Documentation MUST be complete, and citations (including endnotes or footnotes and
Works Cited or Bibliography) MUST be in an acceptable format to receive credit for this
paper. FIVE (5) or more SCHOLARLY references are required. Beware of inaccurate
information on Internet sites, including the open-source Wikipedia, a non-scholarly
If this is your first Film Studies class, I recommend that you write a research paper.
Technological Film History: technical developments of the period (motion picture cameras,
printers, lenses, projectors, film stock, lights, sound, color) that changed the course of film
history and their impact on the artistic process; technological and aesthetic influences upon the
development of deep focus cinematography; the deterioration of nitrate and color film; film
preservation; special effects in the cinema; colorization; 3D.
Industrial Film History: Silent filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area; film financing;
marketing, distribution and exhibition; MPPC monopoly; economic structures of Hollywood; the
star system; censorship in motion pictures; the Office of War Information in Hollywood.
Social Film History: McCarthyism in Hollywood; the representation of minority groups; social
issues as depicted on film (racial or ethnic prejudice, birth control/abortion, alcoholism, drug
use, crime); image studies (depiction of World War I on film, the Great Depression period on
film, Nazi ideology in German genre films); the effects of film on viewer behavior and attitude;
film as a reflection of psychological and cultural identity; the star image.
Aesthetic Film History: realism vs. formalism; classical Hollywood narrative system; genre
history (Western, comedy, musical, science fiction, horror, melodrama); movements (German
expressionism, Soviet socialist realism, French impressionism, surrealism).
Film History Research: compile an annotated list of scholarly film Web sites and/or databases
on the Internet and an annotated list of published film reference material available in the De
Anza Learning Center. Discuss their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their credibility.
Please contact me if you need more specific topic ideas within the topic areas suggested.
ANALYTICAL PAPER: This paper demands thinking, defining and supporting your ideas
about a specific film topic. Developing and communicating a critical judgment in writing is much
more difficult than sharing an opinion in casual conversation. You may need to do some
research and documentation in connection with your paper. This option is available only to
those who have already completed at least one Film Studies course.
Themes: loss of individuality and fear of technology in science fiction films; good vs. evil in
classic horror films; the political, mythological or psychological implications of a film such as The
Adventures of Robin Hood or The Wizard of Oz; social criticism in the films of Lois Weber,
Charlie Chaplin or Orson Welles.
Characterization: women in Pre-Code films or war films of the 1940s; heroes in the Western
film; monsters in classic horror film; male and/or female film noir protagonists.
Form: anti-traditional stylistics in film noir; German expressionist style in The Cabinet of Dr.
Caligari; Soviet montage principles used in Eisenstein’s The Battleship Potemkin or Strike;
theatrical conventions in early Edison and Lumière shorts; experiments in narrative structure.
Comparison and contrast: remakes such as Murnau and Herzog’s Nosferatu and Coppola’s
Bram Stoker’s Dracula; a film adaptation of a literary work; two directors such as D. W. Griffith
and Spike Lee regarding The Birth of a Nation and BlacKkKlansman; two films from the same
period such as Chaplin’s The Gold Rush and Keaton’s The General; influence of silent films on
music videos.
Genre groupings: formula plots, conventions, iconography.
Auteur groupings: 2-3 films by the same producer, director, screenwriter or cinematographer.
MAY 17: Clear your topic for a research or analytical paper with me.
Email your topic idea to me. This preliminary step is REQUIRED by the deadline date, if you are
considering a paper submission, but does not oblige you to write one.
JUNE 21: Due date for the typewritten, double-spaced paper (approximately 5-7 pages).
Submit your Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF,
OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs or plain text file to Canvas and a hard copy
directly to me. The file must be less than 40 MB.
No late papers, email attachments or papers left in my faculty mailbox will be accepted.
This paper can earn enough points to boost you into a higher-grade level. The paper cannot
hurt your grade, nor will it affect anyone else’s grade. Papers of unapproved topics and/or
research papers with incomplete documentation will receive a grade of “No Credit.”
De Anza College defines plagiarism as “presenting the work of others without crediting them.”
Always cite the source of phrases, sentences, etc. that you quote or paraphrase. Plagiarism
offenses will result in an “F” on the assignment and possible disciplinary action.

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