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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $17.50
  • October 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-66490-4
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    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. 

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    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.  

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    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. 

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

      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