Film Studies Final Exam Breakdown

Here's a bunch of stuff to review for the test

If You're Writing Something...

I'm looking for the first act or so of a film (about 30 FinalDraft pages) in proper screenplay format. Your script can be entirely original or an expansion on something you've already worked on in class. Here's your chance to be creative!

If You're Filming Something...

I'm looking for your work in the form of a short filmed subject (like 10-15 minutes of original content). Your goal is to show me how you contributed to the final project. So if you writing the script, I'll need it. If you're directing or editing, please let me know what role you played in that process (you might want to type up a quick Microsoft Word document to explain). And, of course, if you're acting in the film in addition to working behind the scenes, that's always a great way to show participation.

If You're Taking the Exam...

You've got 100 multiple choice questions waiting for you and one (five-paragraph) essay. Here's the breakdown:

  • Unit 1: Script and Story Basics (15 questions)
  • Unit 2: Film History (10 questions)
  • Unit 3: Shot, Scene & Sequence Composition (9 questions)
  • Unit 4: Suspense (6 questions)
  • Unit 5: Blockbusters (5 questions)
  • Unit 6: Sound (5 questions)
  • Unit 7: Four Quadrant Films (15 questions)
  • Unit 8: Comedy (17 questions)
  • Unit 9: Drama (18 questions)

The Essay question will deal with broader themes across many films. You should be prepared to incorporate evidence from the full-length screenings we discussed in class.

  • Toy Story
  • Casablanca
  • West Side Story
  • Psycho
  • Jaws
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Die Hard
  • Groundhog Day
  • Rocky
  • Schindler's List