Film Analysis
Welcome Back!

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to a new school year at North Brunswick Township High School! My name is Mrs. Smith and I will be your child’s Film Analysis teacher this year. I am truly excited about the upcoming year and I look forward to a delightful and productive school year. Please know that I am always available to answer questions or to provide your child with extra help (by appointment only). You may also feel free to contact me at

Film Analysis is an English elective that will provide students with a basis for understanding film and visual arts as an artistic and literary medium. The focus of Film Analysis will include the use of selected films and scenes from movies in order to reflect on themes, ideas, and values as they reflect on society. Students will make connections through music, poetry, short stories, plays, research, and writing. Basic Public Speaking is an English elective that will provide students with a platform to become confident speakers. Students will learn to research, compose, and deliver various types of speeches such as impromptu, informative, persuasive, demonstrative, and panel presentations. Students will become familiar with various techniques for using technology with their presentations. Furthermore, students will read and analyze famous speeches from literature and history.

The following information serves as a brief overview to your child’s syllabus that was handed out in class today, and should be signed and dated by you. Please feel free to read over the syllabus for more detailed information.

Required Texts:
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (documentary) narrated by Mark Cousins
Essential Cinema: An Introduction to Film Analysis by Jon Lewis

Progress Report Calculations: 
All progress report and interim averages will be calculated based on the following criteria:
Projects & Writing (In Class Writings, as well as Independent Reviews): 35% 
Weekly Class Participation Grade (Participation in Discussions, attentiveness during film screenings, Analysis Sheets): 40% 
Tests and Quizzes: 25%

Homework Policy: 
Homework must have a proper heading in the left hand corner (your name, date, class, HW’#) and be clear to read. If given handwritten homework and your writing is sloppy then type your homework. If an assignment is typed, please double-space, use one-inch margins, 12-point font in Times New Roman.
Homework is due on time and will not be accepted late. For larger projects and papers ten points will be deducted for every day the assignment is late, I will no longer accept the assignment after three days past the due date. 
Occasionally, class discussions, quizzes, tests, are based on the homework assignments; please help students to be prepared. Class discussions, quizzes, tests will not be done satisfactorily if a student does not complete homework assignments on time. The completion of homework assignments allows students to be prepared for class instruction and minimizes anxiety. In addition, when a student is absent it is their responsibility to make up missed homework, and get class notes. 

Make-Up Assignments: 
I follow the school regulations regarding makeup work. If you are absent the day of a test or quiz, be prepared to take the test or quiz the first day you return. The work must be made up during your lunch, study hall or otherwise free period. If you are absent on the day of a group presentation, the group will present to the best of their ability and an alternative assignment may be required from the absent member. When you return to school from your absence please make sure you speak with me after class. Once again, it is your responsibility to check with me and to complete any makeup work. 

These are the tools that you will need to be prepared for class each day. Please make sure that you come prepared to work with the proper tools needed to complete assignments and participate in class discussion.
Binder – We will be taking notes on a regular basis. You should have a section of your binder with paper designated for this class. Furthermore, your binder should be split into three sections notes, vocabulary, and homework. Periodic notebook checks may take place throughout the semester!
Pens – Please come prepared with at least two blue or black pens for writing in this class. Work will not be accepted if written in any other color. (You may bring highlighters or colored pens for annotating and highlighting.)
Folder – You will need a folder to place handouts that you receive during class and any papers or tests that are graded and returned back to you.

The following films may be viewed in class:

The Classic Film:
Modern times
An Affair to Remember
Casa Blanca
Some Like it Hot

Drama and Suspense:
There Will be Blood
No Country for Old Men
The Godfather I and II
The Sixth Sense

Foreign Film:
Pans Labyrinth 
Run Lola Run
Life is Beautiful
Slumdog Millionaire

Dystopian and Science Fiction/Fantasy:
28 Days Later
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
The Matrix

Revolution/Resistance & Protest:
V for Vendetta
District 9
Do the Right Thing
Into the Wild

Film Noir:
The Usual Suspects 
The Maltese Falcon
The Dark Knight
Double Indemnity

Image and Spectacle:
The Cell, Hero, Last Air Bender, 2012

Comedy and Musical:
The Wizard of Oz
Napoleon Dynamite
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
O’ Brother Where Art Thou

The Teen Film:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Final Exam:
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Tree of Life (2011)
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Avatar (2009)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit my classroom, schedule a conference, you can feel free to contact me at I look forward to working with your child and meeting you soon. Let’s work together to ensure your child’s success!

Mrs. Smith