Some Ideas for your Film EssayTuesday, April 13th, 2010
Film essays should be fun and easy to read
This is a very popular topic for school essays nowadays. A film essay has the advantage that every student enjoys watching movies, even when most of them don’t enjoy writing so much… So don’t freak out if a teacher asks you to write an essay on this topic, because you could do much worse! Film essays are funny to write and read, although you should focus on “serious” topics and not only repeat the best lines on the film you are analyzing.
Here is some advice for writing a great essay on the topic of films and cinema in general.
Choosing a film
You don’t necessary have to pick a deep, meaningful, internationally awarded –but yet awfully boring- “serious” film. In fact, you can write great essays almost on any film you actually enjoyed. Yes, that is correct! You can love the film and use it as material for a fantastic essay. The only thing you need to take into account is that, even if the movie is fun and full of jokes, the essay should be focused on a meaningful topic. For example, if you are planning to write an essay on the Die Hard saga, you can’t base your work in the premise “John McLane rocks!”, but instead “How and why Bruce Willis characters represent the classic hero in modern films”.
Don’t “tell the story”
You may feel tempted to use some valuable word amount summarizing the plot of the film. Don’t. Teachers feel it is a waste of time, the student’s as well as theirs. So go straight to the analysis of the film and let the teacher find out about the details. Maybe they haven’t watched the film you wrote about… even better! They will have to go out to the DVD store and rent it! Wouldn’t it be great if, for once, they had some homework to do this time?
Compare and contrast in film essays
The compare and contrast structure is ideal when it comes to writing a film essay. There are many things you can compare the film with. For example, previous works from the same director, or actors, or screenwriter. You can also compare a film to its sequel, or, if it is a remake, the two versions (the old and the new one). And, should the film be based on a book, you can always compare them. Trust us when we say this last option could give you a lot of extra credit, especially if you manage to demonstrate you actually read the whole book just for this work in particular!
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