Tutor profile: Vallorie W.
Why is writing important?
Writing is an essential part of our communication process. Every document that governs us, every contract we sign, every story we read, even love letters are all written forms of expressing thought and action. Words are powerful and can shape decisions and public opinion. Without the ability to express that well through written means, the argument would be lost in confusion. It's important to know where a comma goes or which form of 'your' or 'you're' to use. We cannot get lazy in our writing tasks. Don't lose your penmanship either! Write physically with a pen or pencil and good old fashioned paper! Don't lose the art of letting your thoughts run through your pencil onto the page--as strange as it sounds. Sharpen your skills when using your electric pen known as your PC where we do a lot of writing as well. Use a dictionary and a thesaurus, actual books you can pick up and look at! It's easy to get distracted when you go to the Internet's dictionary. Writing requires you to stay on task. Civilization would be lost without writing. If you think about it, most every civilization has had a written form of communication. Writing must have been important to them. It should be as highly favored today. Study punctuation rules, look up new words, learn to properly structure sentences, but most of all, just write.
Subject: Film and Theater
How different is film from theater?
Film production refers to field work. Many sets are staged outdoors, or in secured locations, or a studio controlled environment. The story is broken up in terms of locations. Sometimes the end of a movie is filmed before the beginning. An editor takes all the raw footage, follows a script, and puts it together in its final form. Theater takes place on the stage and movements are limited. Three walls contain the play with the fourth wall open to the audience. For the most part, it remains an invisible fourth wall that actors don't respond to. In films, lines are delivered for each scene shot. Depending on the type of camera work, for example, close-ups, it may not be important for the other actor to be present. The camera will solely be focused on the actor's CU and most times, a reader feeds the lines. In theater, there is a need to learn dialogue and retain it. Plays can run two and half hours and that means lines must be memorized.
How can I write a great research paper?
You must first decide what you will write about. A broad subject is like filling up the sink with all the dishes--it's too much. But you want to narrow it down to one particular thing within that subject. For example, my students in film class had to write a paper about any film they chose. It was impossible to write about everything in and around the film, but they needed to break the film into elements. Films have elements that bring it all together like the acting, the lighting, costume design, the editing, the camera work, on and on. So they took one part of the film's element and they researched everything about, say, camera angles. A good research paper digs into the heart of the subject matter. Invest in note cards and spend some time in a real library. The Internet is good, but the information source could be questionable. Sometimes, the Internet can be difficult to find newspaper archives without paying a fee, and that is when a physical library with microfilm is so valuable. Find as much material as you can on your subject and try to get at least five good sources. More won't hurt! Use your note cards to write down important and valuable facts. Be sure to also note on the card where you found that information for the Works Cited page. When the time comes to write the paper itself, you can organize your note cards so you can write your paper from the facts you acquired. Remember, tell us what you're going to tell us, tell us, and then conclude with what you told us.
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