Level 8

Literary and Mechanical Devices

  • You must PASS the Literary and Mechanical papers BEFORE being able to turn in the Term paper.
  • If you do not pass, follow the Re-write criteria for redoing a paper.
  • See the rubric for Theory papers
  • You do NOT need sources for Literary Devices and Mechanical Devices papers.
  • See a Writing Consultant for further help.
  • Be careful of Plagiarism; there is NOT ever an excuse for plagiarizing.

What are Literary Devices

  • Literary devices are elements in fiction that allow us to talk about various aspects of a story, as well as to better understand how to fashion/create stories.
  • Download the Literary Devices document
  • Do NOT use the following numbers on the Devices list: 2, 4, 8, 11, 13, 22, 23, 24, 27
  • Discuss three of these then show examples of each device from your film.

Writing with Literary Devices

  • In all of the previous papers, the top paragraph discussed the theory and the bottom paragraph applied the theory to the film.
  • With Literary Devices, describe one device with an example from some other film and then give example/s from your film of that device. Then, describe the next device and examples, etc.

What are Mechanical Devices

  • Mechanical Devices are the sound, cuts, and camera angles of a film (those elements of a film that rely on Mechanical items like microphones and cameras)

Writing about Sound

  • Discuss a diegetic sound that works, and one that doesn't work so well
  • Discuss a non-diegetic sound that works, and one that doesn't work so well
  • Canon: How to Film Films with Filmmaking with Ryan Connolly - Ep4, Sound
  • Introduction to Foley and Sound Effects for Film
  • Diegetic and Non-Diegetic Sound

Writing about Camera Angles

  • Discuss a camera angle that works well (name the angle), and discuss one that doesn't work so well (and then name an angle type that would work better)
  • Basic Camera Shots for Filmmaking
  • The 30 Camera Shots Every Film Fan Needs To Know
  • Camera Angles with Zach King

Writing about Cuts

  • Discuss a cut that works well (name the cut), and discuss one that doesn't work so well (and then name a cut type that would work better)
  • Cuts & Transitions 101
  • The History of Cutting - The Birth of Cinema and Continuity Editing
  • Types of Cut Used in Editing


  • No sources needed for Literary Devices or for Mechanical Devices
  • Do not use encyclopedias or dictionaries.
  • Find a human named full article that discusses the concepts.