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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $17.50
  • September 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-26523-1
  • 288 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Karen Gocsik (Author, University of California, San Diego), Dave Monahan (Author, University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Richard Barsam (Author, Hunter College)


The most succinct, practical, and affordable introduction to thinking and writing about film.

Writing About Movies offers students 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. Written by the director of the Warren College Writing Program at University of California, San Diego, and the authors of the leading introductory film studies text, Writing About Movies is the only writing guide a student of film will need.


A guide for student writers, by a seasoned teacher or writing

Writing About Movies is a clear and concise guide to academic writing that any college student can use. Writing About Movies provides tips on how to generate ideas, narrow a topic, construct a thesis, structure an argument, and revise one’s work, thus taking students through the entire arc of the writing process. 

A succinct, easy-to-reference introduction to film form, film theory, and film analysis

Writing About Movies also introduces students to the principles of film form (narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, sound, etc.), the basics of film theory, and the skills and techniques that are essential to viewing films intelligently and perceptively. Writing About Movies is clear, concise, and helpful for all film students—neophytes and film studies majors alike—in need of a quick and reliable reference.  

An unbeatable value

Writing About Movies is affordable on its own, but it is also available at a significant discount when packaged with Looking at Movies, Fifth Edition.  

    Part I: Preparing to Write
    1 The Challenges of Writing About Movies
    2 Looking at Movies
    3 Formal Analysis
    4 Cultural Analysis

    Part II: The Writing Process
    5 Generating Ideas
    6 Researching Movies
    7 Developing Your Thesis
    8 Considering Structure and Organization
    9 Attending to Style
    10 Revising Your Work

    Part III: Resources
    Illustrated Glossary of Film Terms
    Shorthand Notation for Screenings

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