The Wonder Ring By Stan Brakhage Film Analysis

The Wonder Ring by Stan Brakhage Film Analysis

*******The Wonder Ring (Stan Brakhage, 6 min., silent, 16mm, 1955)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD7uqs4y7tQ
(Section: 3:44 – 4:09) This section has 3 shots, starting with the first frame of the shot with inside the train when it is stopping at the station and ending with the last frame of the relatively long-take shot with the view from the train window.*********

This is the film needed to write about^^^^^^^

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A student will write an analysis of the assigned section of the online video chosen from the list posted in myCourses. The paper should not mention any other sections of the chosen film/video.

A student should watch the entire video at least once, then focus on the assigned section, watching it multiple times, even pausing it to analyze a still frame, in order to write an analysis not based on memory but from a close viewing experience. This assignment requires immersion with the work.

An analysis should discuss formal elements in cinema, as well as other possible decisions made by the filmmaker and how they would work to express a certain idea(s). The paper should not be a summary of the section, rather it should focus on details of each shot and how shots are juxtaposed. Do not focus on subject matters.

*******Below is a list of elements that a student may want to focus on the analysis.

  • Visual composition (line, shape, color, contrast, texture, movements, space, etc.)
  • Camera movements (stationary, handheld, panning, dolly shot, etc.)
  • Camera position (level/height, angle, distance from a subject, etc.)
  • Filming speed (slow motion, fast motion, time-lapse, etc.)
  • Other camerawork (zooming, rack focus, changing exposure, etc.)
  • Viewpoints (subjective/objective, surveillance camera, etc.)
  • Lens perspective (wide-angle, normal lens, telephoto, fish-eye, etc.)
  • Lighting (use of natural light, use of artificial light, direction of light, and use of shadow, etc.)
  • Spatial relations (planes of action, shallow/deep space, outside of the frame, foreground and background relationship, 2D/3D space, etc.)
  • Montage (graphic continuity, rhythmic, spatial, temporal relations, viewpoints, etc.)
  • Visual effects (superimposition, transition, negative image, optic illusion, freeze frame, reversed motion, etc.)
  • Other filmmaking techniques (re-photography, loop printing, direct animation, hand-processing, etc.)
  • Types of sound (music, ambient/environmental sound, sound effects, voice over, electronic sound, etc.)
  • Relation between sound and visual (diegetic or non-diegetic sound, direct sound from the optical soundtrack, etc.)
  • Use of different source materials (found footage, still photography, cutout paper, written text, home movie footage, etc.)
  • Choice of medium, format, and/or device (film, analog video, digital video, 8mm, 16mm, interlaced video image, use of a scanner, etc.)

A student should look for what is unusual and distinctive about the way the film/video is made, regarding its formal elements. How do these formal elements contribute to or interact with our understanding of the film? What are the techniques used to structure the shot? What kinds of strategies are used to express possible concepts? What would be the filmmaker’s interests to the audience, viewing experience of the work?

There is no particular writing style I would request you to follow, but please keep it formal, not casual. The paper should focus on your analysis on the assigned section of the chosen film/video – do not write why you have chosen this film/video over others, and do not write an intro or conclusion, as I am not asking you to generalize or summarize the main concept/idea of the section or the entire film/video.

Finally, do not include any quotations and do not do any research on the filmmaker or film/video – we want to hear only your own interpretations and analysis of the film/video.

*****Requirements:

  • The paper should be between 750 & 1,000 words
  • The paper should include the name of the filmmaker and the title of the film/video as a title of the analysis paper
  • The paper should include a student’s name and the course number & name of this course (CINE 122/ARTS 180B: Innovation and Expression in Film and Video) at the top of the paper
  • The paper should not have any sort of introduction
  • The paper should not have a conclusion
  • The paper should not include any quotations
  • The paper should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.docx) in my Courses

RUBRIC

Excellent Quality

95-100%

 

Introduction

45-41 points

The background and significance of the problem and a clear statement of the research purpose is provided. The search history is mentioned.

Literature Support

91-84  points

The background and significance of the problem and a clear statement of the research purpose is provided. The search history is mentioned.

Methodology

58-53 points

Content is well-organized with headings for each slide and bulleted lists to group related material as needed. Use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance readability and presentation content is excellent. Length requirements of 10 slides/pages or less is met.

Average Score

50-85%

40-38 points

More depth/detail for the background and significance is needed, or the research detail is not clear. No search history information is provided.

83-76  points

Review of relevant theoretical literature is evident, but there is little integration of studies into concepts related to problem. Review is partially focused and organized. Supporting and opposing research are included. Summary of information presented is included. Conclusion may not contain a biblical integration.

52-49  points

Content is somewhat organized, but no structure is apparent. The use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. is occasionally detracting to the presentation content. Length requirements may not be met.

Poor Quality

0-45%

37-1 points

The background and/or significance are missing. No search history information is provided.

75-1 points

Review of relevant theoretical literature is evident, but there is no integration of studies into concepts related to problem. Review is partially focused and organized. Supporting and opposing research are not included in the summary of information presented. Conclusion does not contain a biblical integration.

48-1 points

There is no clear or logical organizational structure. No logical sequence is apparent. The use of font, color, graphics, effects etc. is often detracting to the presentation content. Length requirements may not be met

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The Wonder Ring by Stan Brakhage Film Analysis

The Wonder Ring by Stan Brakhage Film Analysis