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Higher Education

Writing About Movies, 5th Edition

  • Karen Gocsik
  • Dave Monahan
  • ISBN-10: 0393664902
  • ISBN-13: 9780393664904
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

The only writing guide a film student will ever need

Two books in one: a handy guide to the process of academic writing and a brief but thorough introduction to the basics of film form, film theory, and film analysis. Clear, accessible, and surprisingly affordable, it’s the only writing guide a student of film will ever need.


  • A GUIDE FOR STUDENT WRITERS, BY A SEASONED TEACHER OF WRITING A respected teacher and scholar of writing, Karen Gocsik is the director of the Analytical Writing Program at University of California, San Diego. Her expertise provides students with thorough and time-tested advice about how to generate ideas, narrow a topic, construct a thesis, structure an argument, and revise one’s work.

  • A SUCCINCT, EASY-TO-REFERENCE GUIDE TO FORM, THEORY, AND ANALYSIS Co-author Dave Monahan is an award-winning filmmaker, teacher, and author of the leading introductory film text, Looking at Movies. He introduces students to the principles of film form (narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, sound, etc.), the basics of film theory, and the essential techniques of viewing films intelligently and perceptively.

  • AN UNBEATABLE VALUE Writing About Movies is priced affordably and costs much less than similar guides. It’s also available at a significant discount when packaged with the leading introduction to film text, Looking at Movies. No other book offers students more, or more helpful, information and guidance for so little cost.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Challenges of Writing About Movies
Chapter 2: Looking at Movies
Chapter 3: Formal Analysis
Chapter 4: Cultural Analysis

Chapter 5: Generating Ideas
Chapter 6: Researching Movies
Chapter 7: Developing Your Thesis
Chapter 8: Considering Structure and Organization
Chapter 9: Attending to Style
Chapter 10: Revising Your Work

PART III: Resources

Illustrated Glossary of Film Terms
Shorthand Notation for Screenings