Paper Requirements for CinematicThematic Analysis 1200 word minimum your heading header title and Works Cited page do not count toward

Paper Requirements for Cinematic/Thematic Analysis
1200 word minimum (your heading, header, title, and Works Cited page do not count toward your overall word count)
Do NOT summarize!
The Skeleton (Outline) that is posted is VERY detailed. Follow it EXACTLY.
You MUST include at least three secondary sources (an additional source that helps you to better understand the plays/genre/etc.; this should not be another fictional story; you are looking for analysis, critique, interpretation, etc.)
Make sure any secondary sources you use are reliable!
Do NOT use Shmoop, SparkNotes, Wikipedia,,, etc.
If you are unsure about your secondary source, do not hesitate to ask me!
Your paper must be submitted on TurnItIn through MyTCC
before 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 22.
Paper Requirements for Poetry Explication, Short Story Analysis, and Dramatic Analysis:
MLA format
no first person (I, me, my, mine, myself, we, us, our, ours, ourselves)
no second person (you, your, yours, yourself, yourselves)
no contractions (can’t, don’t, won’t,
isn’t, etc.)
no long quotes
(this is anything over three lines of poetry or four lines of prose)
do NOT start sentences with coordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
papers must be written in present tense (please refer to this article:
Literary Present Tense)
MUST include your primary source(s) for all of your papers (in this case, the two out of the three films you choose will need to be cited)
MUST have proper in-text citations (refer to
Purdue Owl MLA)
MUST have a proper Works Cited page (refer to Purdue Owl MLA)
do NOT refer to people as “Mrs.,” “Ms.,” or “Mr.” (but you can call them “Dr.” if they are a medical professional or if they have a PhD)
do NOT refer to authors/directors/screenwriters by their first name only (you are not on a first-name basis with them!)
do NOT use the word “thing(s)”; it is ambiguous
there is a difference between “1900s” and “1900’s”
Example: This particular movement happened in the 1900s.
1900s (without
the apostrophe): The years in the century spanning from 1900-1999
Example: The 1900’s movement affected millions of people
1900’s (with
the apostrophe): Shows ownership
Use the Oxford Comma!
***If sources are required for a paper, you must have in-text citations for direct quotes and/or
the source must be visible in your
Works Cited page citations.***
Screenplays; In-Text Citations; Citing Dialogue; Works Cited Page Citations for Primary Sources
Screenplays to make it a bit easier to quote; youll still need to find the scene and put the time after the quote:
Big Fish:
Pans Labyrinth:
I have pulled this information from Purdue Owl MLA and modified it, somewhat, to reflect this assignment:
Time-based media sources
When creating in-text citations for media that has a runtime, such as a movie or podcast, include the range of hours, minutes and seconds you plan to reference. I have put sample in-text citations for each of the films here:
(Burton 00:45:55-00:50:30), (del
00:02:15-00:02:35), (Hallström
How to cite dialogue
between two or more people
Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented
from the left margin while maintaining double-spacing. Your parenthetical citation should come
after the closing punctuation mark.
This trepidation can be observed in the scene between the Faun and Ofelia:
FAUN: No- no- dont be afraid- I beg you!! Look!!
He opens a small wicker basket and from it emerge to more FAIRIES: one BLUE, one RED.
Ofelia smiles.
OFELIA: My name is Ofelia. Who are you? (del
However, once Ofelia becomes aware of the Fauns friendship with the fairies, she gains her confidence and seems to immediately trust the Faun.
Please note that after the quote, I go back to the one inch margin to then explain the quote.
DO NOT START A PARAGRAPH OR END A PARAGRAPH WITH A QUOTE! Always comment on the quote or explain the significance of the quote after presenting the reader with it.
Films or Movies
To emphasize specific performers or directors, begin the citation with the name of the desired performer or director, followed by the appropriate title for that person.
Lucas, George, director.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977.
will have the most information to relay for the Works Cited page citation:
Hallström, Lasse, director. Robert Nelson Jacobs, screenwriter. Joanne Harris, author.
Chocolat. Miramax,
Information for you to build your own citations for
Big Fish
Pans Labyrinth:
Big Fish: Tim Burton, director. John August, screenwriter.
Pans Labyrinth: del Toro, Guillermo, director and screenwriter
You can find the rest of the necessary information to build your Works Cited page citation on the IMDb
sites I have posted in the announcements.

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