Film Music: The 300, The Role Of Sound (1:43:27 To 1:45:40) (Essay Sample)

This end-of-term written assignment (600 – 800 words, typewritten) will be an examination and analysis of a selected film clip, and the role of music—and more broadly, the role of sound—within that clip, as it interacts with the film’s visual track. Each student will select a clip between one and three minutes in length (with perhaps some flexibility in length, one way or the other, depending on the clip). A “first-come, first-claimed” set of sign-up boards is now available. Each student must select a film clip (by title and times) that has not already been claimed. An extensive list of films is provided (below) from which to select a clip.
PLEASE NOTE: You may select a film that someone else has already selected. Two or more of you can select the same film. But you must select a film clip that is uniquely your own. And you must make your selection from one of the films listed below.
Remember you have access to three of the five full-length films in this course. Any clips not included in the lessons, open forums, or discussion boards are fair game. Also, any film on the list is fair game–you simply need to own, rent, or borrow the film.
Your paper provides an opportunity to apply the O.A.R.S model of examination (Observation, Analysis, Reflection, Synthesis), which has been practiced in the discussion boards, and which has been repeatedly modeled in the lessons of this course. The key is to focus, and to examine in detail.
Here are some more tips about writing your paper: You can assume the reader has seen the film, but you still want to orient your reader with a brief introduction of your topic. Similarly, at the end of your paper, you want a conclusion that provides insight and synthesis–stating the sorts of things that come from reflecting on the observations and analysis that make up the “meat” of your paper.
Peruse the film list, and select a film from the list and identify a clip between 1 and 3 minutes in length that will be the subject of your paper. It’s possible that the clip could be shorter or longer—but check with your instructor about any exceptions.
When you are sure of your selection, go to the corresponding Sign-up Board and post your film title with start and stop times for your selected clip. The Sign-up Board explains exactly how to do this.
Some examples of clips that have already been “claimed” (by virtue of their having been the subject of examination within our lessons) provide a model for your sign-up “posts.”
If you select any of the films that we have included in the lessons, open forums, or discussion boards, you must be sure that the clip you have selected is not one that has already been presented for consideration. It is your responsibility to make sure of this. Further, there are several films that we have yet to consider that will be part of the last unit’s lessons and discussion boards. Specifically, these films include:
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Edward Scissorhands
The Dark Knight
In this regard, you cannot select any of the following clips from these films:
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (25:28 to 26:11, 34:30 to 35:00, 44:30 to 51:17)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (0:00 to 10:14, 19:46 to 20:35, 46:09 to 47:31, 50:45 to 52:11, 55:16 to 57:40, 1:02:03 to 1:06:01, 1:08:12 to 1:13:24)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (0:00 to 25:03, 1:13:58 to 1:16:30, 1:50:16 to 2:14:29)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (0:00 to 38:24, 1:23:50 to 1:33:30)
Edward Scissorhands (0:00 to 5:38, 9:50 to 14:51, 15:40 to 16:40, 17:54 to 19:39, 25:59 to 27:33, 47:54 to 51:54, 55:46 to 56:44, 1:02:54 to 1:06:27, 1:18:49 to 1:20:16)
Batman (3:33 to 7:08, 10:32 to 12:25, 14:18 to 17:08, 54:50 to 57:19)
Atonement (0:00 to 3:18, 6:10 to 14:31, 20:00 to 24:42, 25:57 to 28:14, 30:20 to 32:55, 39:59 to 43:29, 43:49 to 49:44, 54:21 to 57:37, 59:29 to 1:02:48,
1:03:16 to 1:05:04, 1:05:09 to 1:10:18, 1:11:56 to 1:14:02, 1:16:48 to 1:18:52, 1:20:00 to 1:21:52, 1:26:29 to 1:28:45, 1:34:50 to 1:38:07, 1:44:30 to 1:46:16)
Gladiator (0:00 to 13:00, 23:32 to 26:09, 32:00 to 38:37, 38:42 to 46:42, 48:56 to 50:35, 51:05 to 1:00:45, 1:03:08 to 1:05:47, 1:05:52 to 1:08:41, 1:09:03 to 1:16:10)
The Dark Knight (33:29 to 37:54, 46:19 to 53:28, 1:00:22 to 1:04:05)
Juno (0:00 to 4:15, 7:17 to 10:56, 1:12: 46 to 1:18:01, 1:19:10 to 1:29:23)
Film List for Final Paper
Films: A – D
12 Years a Slave
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
20th Century Women
3:10 to Yuma
45 Years
Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Tintin
Alexander Nevsky
American Graffiti
American Hustle
An American in Paris
Anna Karenina
Apollo 13
The Asphalt Jungle
August: Osage County
August Rush
Away from Her
Barry Lyndon
Barton Fink
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Best Years of our Lives (1946)
The Big Chill
Big Hero 6
The Big Lebowski
The Birds
Blackboard Jungle
Blue Jasmine
Blue Velvet
Body Heat
The Book Thief
The Bourne Ultimatum
Boy and the World
The Boxtrolls
The Brave One
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The Bride of Frankenstein
Bridge of Spies
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Brief Encounter
Brokeback Mountain
Broken Arrow
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain Fantastic
Captain Phillips
Changeling (2008)
Charade (1963)
Chariots of Fire
Charlie Wilson’s War
Cheyenne Autumn
Children of a Lesser God
Children of Men
The Children’s Hour
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Cinderella (1950)
Cinema Paradiso
Citizen Kane
A Clockwork Orange
The Constant Gardener
The Contender
Crash (1996)
Dallas Buyers Club
Dances with Wolves
The Danish Girl
The Dark Knight
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Dead Again
Deepwater Horizon
Destry Rides Again (1939)
The Dirty Dozen
Django Unchained
Doctor Strange
Don Giovanni
Double Indemnity
Dr. Strangelove
Drums Along the Mohawk
Duel in the Sun