Assignment 1

Next unit we begin our brief history of film music. Thus, I have assigned 2 very brief excerpts (part 1, part 2). Be sure that you transition to the new textbook as well.

The first paper is due Friday, 11:59PM, September 20th and should be emailed as a PDF. It is a short paper (3-4 pages, double-spaced, standard serif typeface, 12pt font size, 1 inch margins) that should demonstrate your facility both with formal academic writing and the concepts we have covered in the first unit. All papers must have a thesis or point and show evidence of proof-reading/revision and critical engagement.

Pick a film that was shown in class and interpret the film’s soundtrack either through its use of leitmotive or the division/blending of diegetic and non-diegetic music. Those of you who have yet to engage with the music in your weekly film responses should attempt to do so in this paper. This paper is meant to be swift, so focusing on a scene, character or sequence is your best bet to keeping it under 4 pages and to the point.

You are allowed to use “I” in papers for this class, but it is best to avoid generalizing through “we” since you likely do not have time to survey a vast audience. If you are describing the experience of viewing a film in a group setting and can speak to the group’s response (i.e. eruptions of laughter, screams, etc.), only then “we” is appropriate.


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