Have a list of keywords / search terms ready!
Before your start searching--whether for books, articles, or reliable content on the open web--make sure you're clear about what exactly you hope to find. Look closely at your assignment topic or research question, and create a list of words and concepts that are useful for searching--then keep adding to it!
Here's one way to phrase a research question for this assignment...
|How does the mise-en-scene of [your-choice-of-one-film] reflect cultural, social, or political implications?|
The main concepts in this question include the words: mise-en-scene, cultural, social, political, and implications. Plus--of course--whatever film you've chosen to focus on.
For each main concept, create a list of synonyms, related terms, and alternate spellings. Often a thesaurus can be helpful with this step.
Examples of search terms useful for this assignment:
|narrative structure, plot||themes||ideology (Panopticism, Marxism, Feminism)|
|characters||mood, atmosphere||screenplay/script (tone, voice, style)|
political: politics, policies, activism, protests, protesting, advocacy
implications: influence, impact, effect, legacy, significance
Us > horror, thriller
Parasite > drama, satire
Avengers > superhero film, action, adventure
the director (a.k.a. auteur) associated with your film. Examples...
Us > Jordan Peele; Parasite > Bong Joon Ho; Avengers > Joss Whedon
You'll need to experiment with different combinations of search terms to see what terms gain the most useful results. It helps to have a few options to start with--not just the words first mentioned in the assignment topic or research question.
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