Anatomy of a Film

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Collaboration, Interpretation, Analysis in Modern Horror

Personal Statement

This brief portfolio assignment will grow out of your “letter to self,” which we’ll work on the first day of class. Working from your letter, revise it with the following purposes and questions in mind. Your personal statement should be no longer than 2 pages, double spaced.

  • Tell us a little bit about your background – where were you born and raised?  Who is in your family, and what types of careers do they have?  Where did you go to school and what interests you personally and academically? What led you to choose Marymount?
  • What are your goals for this class? Your worries? How do you think this course might be useful for your future classes at Marymount, or in the world beyond campus?
  • What kinds of things do you hope to get involved with at MU?  Beyond MU?  What are your hopes and goals for the future?  If you’re not sure of those things yet, what are some possibilities?

You do not need to answer all of these questions, but try to adhere to the spirit of the assignment: helping me get a sense of you, and helping you formulate a sense of your goals! You will have the opportunity to revise this; it should appear in your interfolio portfolio as a page titled “Personal Statement.”

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Course Description

This term, we will be learning the basics of film analysis through the popular genre of horror. The major course assignment is the creation of a collaborative film commentary track, supplemented by smaller assignments, both individual and group, intended to prepare you for the major assignment. Part of these assignments will involve the use of technology unfamiliar to you, research resources unfamiliar to you, and methods of analysis unfamiliar to you; therefore, another central component of this course is learning how to engage adaptively with new tools and contexts.
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