Final Project Research

Your final project includes a 500 word opening project statement, a scene analysis and an annotated bibliography, as well as PPT or Google slides with  your “finding” or handout. You must link to either an image or a clip of an adapted scene that you analyze.

Potential topics: Use a critical reading from the course as a starting point plus at least one review of a film/literature adaptation of your choice.  You may find  up to 3 other sources that enhance a specific way to “read” this film in terms of adaptation. 

Open with a project statement and scene analysis (500-750 words) introducing your topic, and analyzing a specific scene that shows your major points regarding adaptation. This is the first step to developing an annotated bibliography. What’s an annotated bibliography? Basically, it’s a list of sources like they would appear on a Works Cited page, but followed by 1-2 paragraphs of you describing how the sources is helpful, where it’s published, and how you used it to better understand your topic.

Sample source entry for a review on a bibliography
Flint, Peter. “Alfred Hitchcock Dies; A Master of Suspense” New York Times (30 Apr 1980) A1. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Web. 13 Feb 2013.

Sample source annotation: This article in the New York Times gives a good oveview of Hitchcock’s life and career and lets me argue that his auteur style is easily evident in his film Rebecca, adapted from Daphne DuMaurier’s novel. Flint locates several hallmarks of Hitchcock’s work that I will analyze in Rebecca: the sense of a “woman in peril,” the use of extreme low and high angles to make the viewer disoriented, and the use of music and silence to heighten suspense. These 3 hallmarks are all found in his earliest U.S. film release, Rebecca. The  New  York Times is a widely respected publication, and I found this article in the library databases, so I  know it’s a credible academic source.

An effective annotation will address the following:

I. INITIAL APPRAISAL of credibility of source (Summarize)
A sense of what type of  source this is (review, interview, academic article), and how this article is trustworthy, as well as what insights it offered to the project overall. USE LIBRARY DATABASES to avoid credibility problems. (Credibility is particularly important with websites: Who wrote/published this? Is the author associated with a reputable institution or organization? What are the basic values or goals of the organization or institution?)

II. CONTENT ANALYSIS of source (Assess and Reflect)
Which ideas in this source specifically address a scene or topic of concern to you?  Explain why you chose this article/review/interview and how you plan to use it. Do you have a sense of the target audience for the publication–a specialized or a general audience? How did this source help you better understand your topic or scene? Does the author strive to establish an objective tone, establishing strengths and weaknesses of the film/book you examine, or are they heavily “pro” or  “con” fans  of the movie/book/director/author/actor?