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.