Week 2 – Discussion ENG225: Introduction to Film ASHFORD UNIVERSITY
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
This discussion forum will be assessed on a 10-point scale and is worth 5% of your final grade.
Mise-en-Scène: What Lighting Tells Us About Theme, Character, and Genre [WLO: 2] [CLOs: 2, 3]
Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapters 3 and 5 in your course textbook.
As you prepare to write this discussion, take a few moments to do the following:
Review the grading rubric for this discussion.
Select a film from this list of approved choices. Preview the document.
Note: If you would like to write about a film that is not on this list, you must email your professor for approval in advance or you may not receive credit on this discussion.
It can be easier to grasp the importance of the term mise-en-scène if we break it down into its component elements. Each one of these elements works to create meaning and tell the story. This week, you will look at the impact of lighting choices on the creation of meaning in a film.
In any film, the intensity and direction of lighting will influence how an image is perceived by the viewer, and it can establish or enforce particular themes. Think back over films you have watched and consider how the use of lighting in key scenes helped establish the theme or tone. Think about how lighting affects your perception of certain characters and moments. Consider how these uses of lighting work in shaping the story and its themes.
Write (due Thursday, Day 3)
In at least 250 words, and using specific examples from your chosen film, write a post in which you
Identify the type of lighting used (traditional three-point, high-key, or low-key) and assess the impact of the lighting used to establish the theme.
Describe the typical effects of the style of lighting being used.
Explain how this technique contributes to the theme.
Discuss how the lighting advances the story.
Compare how the scene might play if different choices had been made.
You must use at least two outside sources, in any combination of embedded video clips, still photos, or scholarly sources. All sources should be documented in APA style as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.). Please view the video Posting in a Discussion in Canvas (Links to an external site.) for guidance on how to integrate multimedia with your response.
Guided Response (due Monday, Day 7): Respond substantively (150 to 175 words) to at least two of your classmates’ posts. In your responses, reference your initial post and show how your ideas relate to those of your peers, extending the discussion. Provide support for your position. Substantive responses use theory, research, experience, and/or examples to support ideas and elaborate on the discussion topic.