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Final Project - Media Genres: Action Adventure
The final project in this course will be a multimedia academic article posted to a private course website by 11:30 pm Friday May 6. Expanding on the ideas and analytical skills developed in the weekly response writing, this multimedia project will integrate visual evidence representing action-adventure in media items (images, film clips, television clips, presentations, animations, etc.) textually interpreted through your analysis, interpretation, and use of theoretical frameworks and secondary sources.
You will write a 1500-2000 word analytical essay about an action adventure film or television series of your choosing. In your essay, you will closely read and analyze the text (including analysis of characters, structure, and the message(s) it sends/argument(s) it makes to audiences). You will discuss how this text fits into the media genre of Action Adventure by relating the text and your observations of the text to the assigned readings and in-class discussions from our class. You will also incorporate visual evidence (moving and/or still images) to support the arguments and observations made in your essay.
· You must choose an action adventure film or television source that was *not* assigned as a required viewing for the class.
· You may choose any of films and television series listed in the recommended list in the syllabus.
· If you choose to write about a film that has sequels and/or trilogies (i.e. a franchise such as Rambo), you may discuss more than one film, but you should focus most of your analysis on one of the films in the franchise.
· If you choose to write about a television series, you should watch multiple episodes (including the pilot episode) to get a “feel” for the show that is based on more than one episode. When writing, though, focus your attention on the pilot episode (as we did in class) and on no more than two additional episodes.
· "Read" your text (watch the film/television episodes) closely, carefully, and multiple times.
· Take careful notes of your observations about the text, questions that arise as you are "reading" the text, and your reactions to the characters, content, dialogue, presentation, action, music etc. within the text.
· Review your notes, looking specifically for patterns of observations, questions, or reactions that you had to the text.
· You will use your observations from closely reading your text to discover interwoven meanings, patterns, and functions in the text; develop a thesis about these meanings, patterns, and functions; and convey your thesis to your readers using evidence from the text that you interpret, analyze, and connect back to your thesis.
· *Use at least three required readings from the course to provide context for your close reading of your chosen action adventure text.
· This project does not require outside research, but you should connect your action adventure text to the readings that we have used in class this semester.
· We have had many resources for readings in this class that cover multiple aspects of action adventure genre films and television, and should provide plenty of secondary source and theoretical framework material for your project.
· You can use examples, frameworks, or arguments made in any of the following to support your arguments in your essay:
o Chapters from Tasker’s edited Action Adventure Cinema
o Chapters from Osgerby and Gough-Yates’ edited Action TV
o Jeffords’ Hard Bodies
o Any of the articles and book chapters posted in WebTycho’s Reserved Readings.
· You will need to include *and discuss* at least two pieces of visual evidence in your essay.
· Any visual evidence that you include in your essay must be explicitly discussed in and/or explicitly relevant to the points made in your essay. Extraneous visuals that have nothing to do with your essay will not help your reader understand what you’re saying, and will not help your grade. (Not even if they’re really cool images. If they’re that cool, then you should work them into your essay.)
· Pieces of visual evidence can include:
o Embedded film clips (from YouTube, Google Video, etc)
o Embedded Slideshows (Picasa slide shows, PowerPoint presentations, etc)
o Still images (screen shots, film/TV stills, promotional posters, etc)
· ALL VISUALS MUST HAVE CITATIONS.
o Recommended: Use an endnote approach. Number each visual piece and include a numbered list of citations at the end of your essay. Include at least the URL where you found the image
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Sample embedded YouTube video: