Apollo 13

Formal Analysis of APOLLO 13 part 2

The task (which we will discuss in class on W 5/13):

  • Write a short and concise essay on what a pilot looks like based on the representations in The Right Stuff and Apollo 13. Prompts for thought:
    • What the two films have in common in terms of the visual representation of pilots.
    • The "looks" of the different actors.
    • The acting or performance styles of the actors.
  • Base your analysis on a critical examination of the use mis-en-scène. I have provided a set of images as references. Feel free to select or reference images of your own choosing.

Assessment:

  • I will look first at the precision and formality of your language. Be as specific and as technical as possible.
  • I will also be look at how clearly you explain your interpretation in visual terms. Being articulate is more important than being "right."
  • I will also be looking at how carefully your analysis is composed and edited and that you have addressed each of the required points for each image.
  • I think that one to three single-spaced pages is a reasonably guideline for length.

Submission:

  • You should submit your assignment via Moodle by M 5/18 at 5:00 pm. Additional details on Moodle.
  • This assignment is worth five (5) points.

The images:

At 7:09 from The Right Stuff:

RightStuff07mins09secs

At 105:59 from The Right Stuff:

RightStuff105mins59Secs

At 56:06 from Apollo 13:

Apollo1356mins06secs


Formal Analysis of APOLLO 13 part 1

The task (which we will discuss in class on W 5/6):

Write a visual analysis of one of the following frames. You choose what is interesting or important about mise-en-scène, the shot and/or the frame to discuss. Be sure to explain why the elements you are writing about are worth noting. Your reasons could be purely formal, the frame represents a demonstration of a particular technique or convention, or related to meaning, how the frame fits into the story or plot or significance of the film, or a combination of reasons related to form and meaning.

Assessment:

  • I will look first at the precision and formality of your language. Be as specific and as technical as possible.
  • I will also be look at how clearly you explain your interpretation. Being articulate is more important than being "right."
  • I will also be looking at how carefully your analysis is composed and edited.
  • I think that one to two single-spaced pages is a reasonable guideline for length.

Submission:

  • You should submit your assignment via Moodle by M 5/11 at 5:00 pm. Additional details on Moodle.
  • This assignment is worth five (5) points.

The images:

At 30:48:

Apollo1330mins48secs

At 60:48:

Apollo1360mins48secs

At 120:48:

Apollo13120mins48secs