Movie Case Study Milk

| August 19, 2015

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Rowe, G., & Guerrero, L. (2013). Cases in leadership (3rd ed.).Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage.
Select one to respond to:
1. Is it possible to establish just authority by defying authority? Is it possible to overcome anger with anger? What does the film show?
2. What is the duty of leaders to uphold authority when it conflicts with our conscience? Our own personal desires? Our sense of justice? The law of the land or God? What did Milk think?
3. What difference is there between leading people to be servants versus being friends?
4. Discuss the role of strength of will as it pertains to leadership in this film.
5. Expand on the following statement: One person with courage is a majority. How is that shown in this film?
6. If you do not have clarity about what you stand for and what you don’t, how could you obtain that clarity?
7. How do leaders uncover what needs to be said and heard? Where do you think they find the courage to say it? How did Milk learn?
YOU MUST USE —How To Analyze a Film As you might guess, conducting a semiotic (symbolic) analysis of a film is a somewhat more complicated venture than conducting a semiotic analysis of a print advertisement. This is not to say, of course, that movies and advertisements do not share similarities. Both, for example, are “texts” that rely on visual imagery to tell specific stories, and both are in the business of promoting specific ideologies. At the same time, print advertisements are limited by the static nature of their medium. Film, on the other hand, is not a static medium, and thus its stories are much more complex. Analyzing a film, then, as our text relates, is much more like “reading a novel. In short, analyzing a film requires you to take a careful look at the setting, plot, characters, dialogue, symbols, metaphors, archetypes, etc., as well as those factors that have an influence on the film, such as the social, historical, and political context in which the film was created. STEPS FOR CONDUCTING AN ANALYSIS OF A FILM Despite the differences between movies and advertisements, the goal of a semiotic analysis of a film is nonetheless the same as a semiotic analysis of an advertisement, namely to determine its current social significance. With than in mind, here is an expanded and modified version of the steps for conducting an analysis, tailored specifically to film: 1.) Establish the film to be analyzed 2.) Set aside your opinion; your task is to analyze the current social significance (This assignment is NOT a review of the film!!) 3.) Analysis of setting, plot, characters, symbols, etc. 4.) How does the film represents its topic 5.) Sketch the overall context (historical, cultural, and political) in which the film appears 6.) Develop a list of questions, concerns, and/or issues that will guide your analysis 7.) Develop a thesis statement Again, this is NOT the order in which everything should appear in your paper. This is merely a step by step of how to PREPARE to write a film analysis. It would also be helpful to find other important films in same genre of your chosen film and see HOW your film is different, and WHY that difference is important. ASSIGNMENT Using the steps for conducting an analysis of a film outlined above as the foundation for your argument, write a three to four page analysis of your chosen film. Preparation for this assignment requires the following: 1. Locating, renting, and watching the film 2. Going through the steps for conducting an analysis of a film as outlined above 3. Choosing a film study question to answer. After completing the steps, your paper should include the following: 1.) Your film study question 2.) A thesis statement 3.) A short but detailed description of the film 4.) An analysis of the film related to your chosen question that includes some of the details/discoveries that you made while completing the steps Modified from: B Hughes , CA State University Bakersfieldless Reference for Teamwork Rowe, W. G., & Guerrero, L. (2013). Cases in leadership (3rd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Incless

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