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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 6 edition (29 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321412281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321412287
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Timothy Corrigan is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Whereas a lot of books out there tell you how to view and appreciate a film, there is not much guidance as to how to put these impressions into words. We all watch films on a regular basis and might be able to discuss them somewhat knowledgeably, but neverthess writing a review, a screening report or even a film analysis can be a difficult and intimidating task. Corrigan's book fills tis gap. This book does not only provide theoretical advise, but it is also full of sample texts written by critics, academics or students. Anybody writing on film will find this book immensely useful and very hands-on. It is very clearly structured and very "econimically" written, a style Corrigan advocates throughout. I read this book from start to finish when I first bought it and still go back to it on a regular basis when I feel stuck writing a film analysis. This book is invaluable!!!
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One thing I can say is I enjoy a good film. O.K. if it moves I'll watch it. But until I read this book I really was just looking with out seeing.
It is nice to have this guide confirm what one knows as common sense. Probably because the guide is designed to take you from ground zero to a level of appreciation and allow you to convey your opinion intelligently.
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If you have an earlier edition you will still get the essence of the book. Newer editions add different resources and research information.
Some of the highlights are:
* A shot-by shot analysis of a sequence from the film "Potemkin"
* Suggestions on using the Internet
* Sample student writing

Some contents:
Writing about the Movies
Preparing to Watch and Preparing to Write
Film Terms and Topics
Six Approaches to writing about Film
Style and Structure in Writing
Researching the Movies
Manuscript Form

This guide is an eye opener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Intro to Film Study 9 Sept. 2007
By C. J. Singh - Published on Amazon.com
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Timothy Corrigan, in the preface to "A Short Guide to Writing About Films, sixth edition," says, "Writing essays about films is, in short, one of the most sophisticated ways to respond to them." In this concise book, he lucidly explains how to write screen reports, movie reviews, as well as theoretical and critical essays on films.

Here's a sample of his lucid writing. Defining terms often used in film study: mise-en-scene -- "the arrangement of the so-called theatrical elements before they are actually filmed; these include sets, lighting, costumes, and props"; shot/reverse shot -- "an editing pattern that cuts between individuals according to the logic of their conversation"; jump cut -- "a cut within the continuous action of a shot, creating a spatial or temporal jump or discontinuity within the action."

Moreover, this updated edition explains the supplementary features often included in DVDs such as story boards, behind-the-scene documentaries, and interviews with the cast and crews.

Even if you don't intend to write about films, reading this blessedly brief book will enhance your enjoyment of watching films. Five shining stars.

-- C J Singh
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sure, why not 4 Mar. 2013
By Guangy - Published on Amazon.com
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great help with writing reviews, especially for amateurs like me. it's an useful introductory course into a world of critiquing.
5.0 out of 5 stars I've looked at clouds from both sides now 10 Nov. 2007
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
One thing I can say is I enjoy a good film. O.K. if it moves I'll watch it. But until I read this book I really was just looking with out seeing.
It is nice to have this guide confirm what one knows as common sense. Probably because the guide is designed to take you from ground zero to a level of appreciation and allow you to convey your opinion intelligently.
If you have an earlier edition you will still get the essence of the book. Newer editions add different resources and research information.
Some of the highlights are:
* A shot-by shot analysis of a sequence from the film "Potemkin"
* Suggestions on using the Internet
* Sample student writing

Some contents:
Writing about the Movies
Preparing to Watch and Preparing to Write
Film Terms and Topics
Six Approaches to writing about Film
Style and Structure in Writing
Researching the Movies
Manuscript Form

This guide is an eye opener.
4.0 out of 5 stars A book to use in class 24 July 2014
By Carlos Mario Pineda - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a very special book. As its name says is a guide to write about films and mr. Corrigan is very clear. His exposition of the situations a student must comfront is made sistematically. As a text to use in class is ideal. I'm a teacher of this subject and it was amazing to find that many of the homeworks sugests by mr Corrigan in his book are good ideas to guide the students. Besides, the book offers several ways to read a film, some of them very important and so obvious that seems to be no necessary....
4.0 out of 5 stars college requirement 16 Dec. 2013
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College book requirement. Interesting book. I majored in Political Science and this book is engaging and easy to read. If you like the topic, it helps a lot
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