ISU Director Study
FIFTEEN PERCENT (15%) of your final mark in this course is going to be made up of an Independent Study Project based upon researching and educating the class about a film and/or television director and his/her work.
STEP #1: Select a Director
The first thing you need to do is pick someone as the basis for your project. If you're the type of person who is very interested and engaged in the film scene, you may already know the names of director's you'd be interested in researching. However, if not, think about some of your favourite films and look up the names of their directors. In addition, you could consider what TYPES of movies you enjoy, and Google the names of prevalent directors within those genres. While making this decision, remember the following tips and guidelines:
- each student in the class must select a different director for his/her project.
- your director must be credited with at least TWO (2) film/television projects.
- the most successful projects are based upon famous or well-known film directors, as there will be far more information available upon which you can base your research.
- if you select a director based upon his/her television work, he/she should also have a noteworthy film career in order to be a valid choice for this project.
- your director selection must be approved by your teacher before you begin researching him/her.
Although it's not required, you may want to take a look at this List of Directors to give yourself some idea of the options available to you.
STEP #2: Research and Complete Your Project
The written portion of your Independent Director Study is made up of the following components:
STEP #3: Present Your Project to the Class
After researching and completing the written components for your project, you will present your work and educate your peers about the director(s) you chose. Apart from simply earning marks for your work, you are attempting to educate your classmates about the director's career and style, potentially motivating them to try watching one of his/her movies on their own! Your presentation must include the following:
- ISU Director Study - This assignment sheet outlines specific requirements for each of the project's components.
- Documenting Sources in MLA Format - Your project is to be formatted according to MLA guidelines, and this document will show you how to properly cite your sources on the List of Works Cited page.
- Marking Scheme - This document outlines how your project marks will be broken down and assigned. Make sure you meet all requirements listed here to earn yourself the best possible mark.
Although you're welcome to use any and all resources you can find on your director (and I urge you to use offline material, if you can find it), following are some examples of some websites to help get you started with this project.