*Here is your grading rubric for this assignment: story-evaluation-rubric-2018
Assignment: After you view your “40 years of film story” selection, address the following sections (in any writing style you choose), and load your reflections onto your personal film blog, and then post a link to that review at the bottom of this page (and email the link to me). *You should remember to add three photos, three search tags, and three links to each evaluation post. You are not limited to word count for this evaluation (but 500-800 will be fine), just make sure that you address the guidelines. This assignment is due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 5.
Examine the Character & Story:
- Describe the story – summary (synopsis). Don’t tell everything. Offer the highlights and overview only. Brevity is key here; capture the synopsis of the film, not each scene. Try to keep this to a paragraph or two. That may be tougher than you think.
- Don’t forget to mention the inciting incident somewhere in your summary. What launches the character into action within the story?
- What was the story question?
- What approach does the author take –what genre (Comedy, Drama, Action, Family, Animation, Adventure, etc.) – or is it a combination of several? Explain why you feel this way?
- Does the story seek to entertain or is there a deeper meaning (or both)? If there is a moral to the story, what is the message? Did the story feel complete?
Why is this story important for viewers? Or is it?
- Discuss the impact of the characters.
- What literary hero best represents the protagonist(s)?
- Think about character arc when evaluating.
- Were the characters round? Flat? Dynamic? Static?
- How did the main characters interact with the story?
Explore the Character Conflicts – examine why they are important
(All stories have a character conflict – it is this conflict that should drive the story)
- Character vs. Character
- Character vs. Nature (do characters faces storms, earthquakes, tornados, natural disasters, etc?).
- Character vs. Self (internal battles & struggles with one’s feelings, desires, physical or mental limitations, etc).
- Character vs. Society (battles with culture, education, politics).
- Character vs. The Unknown or Supernatural (any unknown future, enemy, situation, feelings, etc.).
- Character vs. God/Religion (battles and struggles with one’s understanding and/or relationship to religion, God and/or figures representing religion).
- Character vs. Machine (or technology) – (when humans battle the power of technology and that results in machine taking on or taking over for man).
Author’s intent and focus. Which one of the following was the most important aspect for you? Why? Give examples to support your reasoning (Sometimes there may be more than one).
Was it a …
- Focus on Plot – the Story.
- Focus on Emotional effect or mood (does the story seek mainly to convey or elicit emotions – (sadness, joy, anger)?
- Focus on Character. The character drives the story.
- Focus on style or Texture – (unique style in writing or conveying mood, overly figurative language. Is it written to convey language of a certain time or place, strong symbolism, etc.)?
- Focus on ideas – Was this mainly a message-film, designed to make you think? Does the story try to convey a moral or social statement or message. Stories about human nature, coming of age, human relationships, politics, society’s ills, or cultural warfare may be idea-driven films. These stories are meant to leave a lasting impression.
Part IV – Personal Response and Recommendations (combines reflections and interpretations with ‘how the movie made you feel’)
- What are the weakest and strongest points to the story?
- What is the genre?
- Does the story succeed or fail? Why do you think so? Did it make you laugh? Did it make you cry? Did it scare you?
- What are your overall personal reactions to the story (if you haven’t already answered this above)?
- Who is this story’s appropriate audience (families, children, adults, men, women, college educated, foreign culture, etc.)?
- If you gave it a report card grade –what would that grade be? Make sure the grade matches your evaluation.