Title Sequences: Research Paper


    This paper should show your grasp of the pivotal concepts and historical developments in film title design. you now go beyond CLOSE READINGS ( see attached file “CLOSE READING” for this ) to develop an argument.

    ** Please focus on at least THREE(3) title sequences(also called an opening sequence or intro, your choice of a movie “title sequence”, for example, the movie “JAMES BOND” ).

    **You should use a minimum of THREE(3) references from the readings (see attached files “KERR”, “CODERINGTON”, “KIRKHAM”, “LAT1958”, “LAT1966b”, they are mostly quite short);  additional sources are good, and a majority of your referenced articles or book chapters must be from scholarly journals or books, not from newspapers or magazines. The format of this research paper is like that of any other persuasive essay:

    1. You must have a thesis (an argument you can state in one sentence, usually at the end of your first paragraph after you state your topic) in your paper.
    2. Generally, it is a good idea to state your topic in a few sentences and then state your thesis, as the last sentence of your first paragraph.
    3. Feel free to contact me at any point in the composition process to discuss your ideas, your clips, your stills, your sources, and your argument.
    4. Write clear, concise, reader-friendly prose. Write to be understood.

    !!!!  Your essay should have a title that describes specifically what your paper is about. If your title is overly general, it means you do not have a topic or a thesis.

    **It may be a good idea to have the titles of the films you’re discussing in your essay title, but it also needs to announce your approach to them, your angle on them.
    **Do not summarize the texts or the title sequences you are discussing. You may assume that your reader has read the reference material carefully and is familiar with title sequences.
    **Develop an outline before you start writing. Be coherent and concise. Remember to back up your points with concrete references to the film or text and quotations from it. **Integrate quotations into your paper: after citing, translate each quote into your own words and say what it means for your argument. Incorporate stills from the sequences you discuss where it is appropriate.

    !!!!!!!!!Make sure your paragraphs are in themselves developed clearly. It is acceptable to use “I” or “my” as in “I would argue” or “in my view,” but do not personalize your argument (“When I saw the film I felt that . . .”). You’re writing a persuasive essay directed at an audience, not an autobiography.

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