Writer's WebWriting for Film Studies: Advice from Professors
Content by Carter Staub and Savannah Gillespie, Site by Megan Venable

Below are interviews with two professors, Abagail Cheever, Ph.D., and Joe Essid, Ph.D. They offer insight about what to expect from a film studies paper, how an essay for film studies may differ from an essay for a literature class, and how film can be incorporated into the study of literature. Key points from the interviews follow the videos.


Abagail Cheever, Ph.D. :


Key Points:

Students "write as if it were a novel... never thinking about how the visual elements of the frame also work to tell that story"

"Where has the director placed the camera, and how does that effect what I see in front of me?"

"A discussion of both the narrative and the plot, but also a discussion of how the visuals are being used in conjunction to that"

Joe Essid, Ph.D. :


Key Points:

"Film provides different types of techniques that are related to motion"

"Novices... will tend to review the film instead of getting into the technical details"

"Go beyond plot into film-making"

"Students need to learn to communicate in multiple genres"

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