Finals Week

Finals Week Spring 2018

  • We do not meet as a class.
  • Blogging continues through W 6/13 following the regular schedule (get details).
  • The grading self-assessment is due at 6:00 pm on R 6/14 (get details)
  • My office hours will change for finals week. Check my faculty homepage for specific days and times.
  • The final deadline for work to count for normal letter grades in Spring 2018 is 5:00 pm on F 6/15. No extensions will be granted for after that day and time. Refer to individual assignments for details.

Finals Week Spring 2015

  1. We will not meet as a class.
  2. The final Formal Analysis should be submitted by 7:50 pm on W 6/10 following assignment instructions.
  3. Blogging for Week 10 continues through T 6/9.
  4. For work to count towards your final grade in Spring 2015, it will need to be submitted by 5:00 pm on F 6/12. No extensions will be granted for after that time and date.
  5. I will post Finals Week office hours by the end of this week.

Formal Analysis of MOON

The task (which we will discuss in class on W 6/3):

  • Write an analysis identifying the following in relation to Moon:
    • The most notable or interesting uses of mise-en-scène.
    • The most notable or interesting uses of the camera.
    • The most notable interesting uses of sound as it relates to your reading of mise-en-scène.


  • I will look first at the precision and formality of your language. Be as specific and as technical as possible.
  • Note that you will be able to check the film out on DVD from Hamersly Library. You can also rent Moon in HD from Amazon.
  • I will also be looking 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 two to four single-spaced pages is a reasonable guideline for length.


  • You should submit your assignment via Moodle by W 6/10 at 7:50 pm. Additional details on Moodle.
  • This assignment is worth ten (10) points.

Frame Analysis: THE BLING RING

Choose one (1) of the following frames and produce a detailed analysis of what you see. Exercise your best judgment about what to write about in terms of m-e-s, the shot and the frame. If you can't explain why you are writing about something, don't write about it.

Go here for full instructions.

At 6:18:


At 37:51:


At 83:41:


Finals Week

  • We will not meet as a class.
  • I will have new office hours for Finals Week. Please check my homepage for details. I will have the days and times posted by the end of this week.
  • The third essay is due by the end of the day (11:59 pm) on W 6/11. However, you may submit your assignment starting on M 6/9 (but not before). See essay instructions for additional details.
  • You will have until the end of the day on W 6/11 to arrange an extension for full credit.
  • The Frame Analysis for The Bling Ring is due following the normal schedule for that assignment.
  • Blogging for week 10 continues through T 6/10.
  • To count towards your grade in Spring 2014, work must be in by 5:00 pm on F 6/13.

Film Analysis: Broken Flowers

Below are images from Broken Flowers for use in the Film Analysis assignment. These frames were taken at five, forty five and eighty five minutes. What do you think these frames suggest about the use of mise-en-scene in Broken Flowers?

Remember, you only need to do a Film Analysis for two of the three films in this second group. However, Broken Flowers is the final film in this group.

5 minutes.


45 minutes:


85 minutes:


Finals Week information

  • My finals week office hours will be posted to my faculty homepage by Thursday (6/6) afternoon.
  • Blogging continues until 11:59 pm on T 6/11.
  • Film Analyses for Broken Flowers due following the normal schedule, as are the Film Notes for Jim Jarmusch.
  • See the Calendar and the instructions for the final essay for information about other assignments due during Finals Week.
  • The deadline for any and all work for Spring 2013 is 5:00 pm on F 6/14. Work submitted after that deadline will not be counted towards a regular letter grade for this term.
  • Please note that I will be away at a conference June 12-15. I will still be available via e-mail during this time and will be on campus M 6/17.
  • We will not meet as a class during finals week.

Second thematic essay: supplemental images

One of the requirements of the second essay is to include a close reading of one of the 5/45/85 frame grabs from the second set of films or of an alternative, which you can select yourself or may be suggested by me. I have chosen the following images from The Age of Innocence, The Dark Knight and The Royal Tenenbaums:

From The Age of Innocence:


(at 18:49)


(at 73:43)


(at 110:21)

From The Dark Knight:


(at 10:24)


(at 89:25)

From The Royal Tenenbaums:


(at 4:50)


(at 27:08)