Hero’s Cycle Project

Topic: Evaluating and Studying Film

Length: This depends on the option you choose below

Format: MLA paper format; works cited page for ALL sources of information and ALL images/videos used in the project. You may add the works cited page to the end of your project or submit it separately as a document.
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Submitting Your Work: When you are ready, please upload 1. the hero’s cycle worksheet as a .doc or .pdf, 2. your works cited page as a .doc or .pdf, 3. your infographic/poster or presentation as a .pdf. If you create a Prezi, Piktochart, or slideshow and want to send a link to your work rather than a .pdf, include a link to your project in your works cited page. You will not be able to upload a link and files to the same submission. Name your work LastName_TitleofAssignment
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Film Analysis Project
This assignment is a project as it is not a traditional paper, nor are you expected to make an analytical claim about the film,  Instead, you will illustrate your understanding of the film concepts you studied as well as illustrate your understanding of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Cycle” or “Hero’s Journey” by creating a visual representation of how one of the films below makes use of the hero’s cycle. Specifically, your visual representation should take the audience through the protagonist’s hero’s journey, highlighting through examples and explanations how specific parts of the movie align with or fit into the cycle.
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Assignment Guidelines

Step 1: Choose a Film and Watch It
You will choose one of the following films for this project.
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Step 2: Take Notes and Plan Out Your Project
This worksheet will help you identify the various parts of the cycle in your film.Preview the document You will need to fill out and submit this worksheet. Use it to fill in most of your written ideas from the film.

You have two options for this project: a poster or infographic, or a Prezi or presentation. Each option should follow the specific guidelines below. The project should be divided into three parts based on Joseph Campbell’s cycle: The Ordinary World, The Special World, and The Return. Within these parts, you should provide examples from the film that fit the various parts of the cycle. Most steps in the cycle will apply to the films above. In your project, you should discuss literary elements (plot, character, setting, point of view, theme, symbols, imagery) AND cinematic elements (camera angles, score, acting, lighting, editing, specific shots) while discussing the film’s hero’s cycle.

For instance, if you were creating a visual representation of how Star Wars uses the hero’s cycle, you might explain that Luke meeting Obi-Wan is “Meeting the Mentor” in the cycle and represent that through a visual paired with words (quote from the film; quote from your notes on the hero’s cycle). As you are discussing film, you might also talk about how that particular scene is shot, and as you understand literature, you might also talk about how that meeting starts the rising action of the film.
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Step 2: Take Notes and Plan Out Your Project
This worksheet will help you identify the various parts of the cycle in your film.Preview the document You will need to fill out and submit this worksheet. Use it to fill in most of your written ideas from the film.

You have two options for this project: a poster or infographic, or a Prezi or presentation. Each option should follow the specific guidelines below. The project should be divided into three parts based on Joseph Campbell’s cycle: The Ordinary World, The Special World, and The Return. Within these parts, you should provide examples from the film that fit the various parts of the cycle. Most steps in the cycle will apply to the films above. In your project, you should discuss literary elements (plot, character, setting, point of view, theme, symbols, imagery) AND cinematic elements (camera angles, score, acting, lighting, editing, specific shots) while discussing the film’s hero’s cycle.

For instance, if you were creating a visual representation of how Star Wars uses the hero’s cycle, you might explain that Luke meeting Obi-Wan is “Meeting the Mentor” in the cycle and represent that through a visual paired with words (quote from the film; quote from your notes on the hero’s cycle). As you are discussing film, you might also talk about how that particular scene is shot, and as you understand literature, you might also talk about how that meeting starts the rising action of the film.
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Step 3: Create Your Infoproduct

Option 1 Infographic (one poster/infographic with visuals, text, shape, color, and clean layout; created using or infographic tool like Piktochart

  1. Complete the hero’s cycle worksheetPreview the document.
  2.Create a poster or infographic detailing the film’s use of the Hero’s Cycle.
        1.Incorporate two cinematic and/or two literary elements in your discussion.
          2.Incorporate evidence from Joseph Campbell resources on the Hero’s Cycle.
          3.Incorporate evidence from film videos and literary analysis notes.
          4.Create a separate works cited page.
            5.As you will submit the worksheet along with your infographic, you do not need to include detailed text in your infographic. This is a visual project, not an essay, so entire paragraphs are inappropriate for the medium.

    3.Submit the worksheet, your infographic, and your works cited page.
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Option 2 Prezi (Links to an external site.) or Presentation (10+ slides using visuals, images, text, color, shapes, links, and clean layout; created with Prezi (Links to an external site.), PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Keynote

Complete the hero’s cycle worksheetPreview the document.
Create a Prezi or Presentation detailing the film’s use of the Hero’s Cycle.
Incorporate two cinematic and/or two literary elements in your discussion.
Incorporate evidence from Joseph Campbell resources on the Hero’s Cycle.
Incorporate evidence from film videos and literary analysis notes.
You may incorporate your works cited page in your presentation or create a separate works cited page.
As you will submit the worksheet along with your presentation, you do not need to include detailed text in your presentation. This is a visual project, not an essay, so entire paragraphs are inappropriate for the medium.
Submit the worksheet, your Prezi or presentation, and works cited page.
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You must use a combination of screenshots/images from your chosen film,  and other supporting images, icons, text, color, or shapes. Text should be kept at a minimum on each slide or each part of the infographic. It is better to create a longer slideshow or larger infographic than to present paragraphs of text on a visual. A visual is not a paper. Study the lesson Developing Infoproducts for help creating your project.

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