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how is gender and cinema for phd?
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I think, your results would greatly drpend on methodology. Just elaborate rigorously, what are the selection criteria? What is the ligic behind selecting certain films?
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I'm writting an essay to analysis a film with Textual analysis,expecially I want to use content analysis, Is there anyone can give me some suggestions about what should be included in this method of textual analysis?
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Essential Guide to Understanding, Analysing and writing on Film
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So I am trying to conduct a study. I want to compare two film critics ratings
They both give 1 to 5 star ratings. I am going to measure the success of the film by box officer numbers. For ratings 1-4 and if the films when any awards or are nominated or win I will give the movie 5 stars. This I have down pretty well. What I am wondering is how should I compare them?
I will have two raters being Critic A and Critic B. They give pre-release rating and I will assign each movie a “actual-post release rating based on numbers and results” The idea is to determine how accurate each rater is and what are the chances that they totally miss on movies. Such as how often are 5 star movies flops and how often are 1-2 star movies mega hits. I also would like to group the movies into studios, to see if certain studio ratings are more accurate.
I am thinking a two way ANOVA for each rater at the .05 alpha level, but seeing how this is my first time designing a study I could use some help. I think the design is sound, it’s using the correct analysis which I am unsure on. Any help in the statistcal analysis I should use would be helpful! Thanks
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are you sure you are comparing the right things?
movie critics - there are varying degrees of expertise, attitude, taste - approach a movie not from the perspective of box office success/flop, but whether, when filtered through their criteria, they consider the movie to be artistically successful. Almost always that success is determined on cultural/entertainment factors, not the potential for a fantastic box office.
That being said, how many 1- 2-star movies have been mega hits - do you know of any? I don't, but then I am not a critic, studio exec, statistical analyst. As for 5-star movies being flops, the assignment of stars is based in largely subjective qualities - which gives you many examples of retrospective fodder
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_biggest_box-office_bombs gives a detailed cost breakdown but no critics' ratings
you may have to hunt around for contemporaneous critics' reviews.
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Is anyone analyzing film rhetorically?  I refer both to the rhetorical structures in a film and the rhetorical approches that film critics adopt.
There are class, race, and gender structures in films that viewer respond to and reject.  Critics may consciously or unconsciously use terms that bias perception of a film due to "normalized" terms used in describing a film. "Normalized" can mean that a film is being attacked by a film critic while the terms seem innocuous enough.  For instance, "sentimental" is often used for certain mass appeal films and films that depict the lower social strata.  In Europe the term "kitsch" often refers to films popular with the poorer classes of society.  In the US the term "sentimental" serves the same function.
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many film scholars are still analyzing ideology, "race", class and gender are notions in a lot of analysis  by feminist, post-colonialist or marxist scholars. I guess one will not find that much literature under the term "rhetoric", but films are part of greater discourse and play a significant role in constructing and distributing ideological, stereotyped or subversive approaches to these issues. (as for sentiment: there is a whole field of studie in melodrama and sentiment. just have a look at Lea Jacobs The Decline of Sentimemt. American Film in the 1920s f.e.
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Does anyone know about general databases about Europen research projects (national and EU) ?
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Hi there, look at this: 
The 8th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference – Final Call
Deadline for abstracts Monday 2nd March 2015
The 8th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference will take place at the University of London, UK on Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th September 2015.
It is organised by a committee grouped around the London Screenwriting Research Seminar – the University of Bangor, the University of East London, The University of Greenwich and Royal Holloway, University of London.
The key theme of this year’s conference is Screenwriting: Text and Performance.
We invite discussion about screenwriting as process and practice, and how it engages with and can be understood in relation to text and performance across a wide field of media and practices, including film, television, games, online, transmedia and other digital platforms. We are particularly interested in abstracts for presentations on the following topics:
Interpreting screenplays – how do producers, directors, actors work with screenplays?
How screenplays affect and invoke performance?
What can performance reveal about writing screenplays or screenplay structure? Screenwriting and literature
Screenplays and screenwriting by authors best known in another field
Case studies on individual writers or texts
We would also like to invite abstracts for presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:
National traditions of screenwriting and storytelling
Different screenwriting practices and formats
Historical perspectives on screenwriting and screenplays
Screenwriting, the screenplay and different production structures
Screenwriting and adaptation
Practice based research in screenwriting
Screenwriting for television, games and animation
Screenwriting for new media forms, online, transmedia etc.
Please send abstracts (250-300 words) as a word or pdf document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference abstract” to:srnconflondon2015@gmail.com
Abstracts may be submitted until March 2nd 2015. Earlier submissions are welcome. Remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Also include a brief statement (100 words) detailing your publications and/or screenwriting practice.
We aim to let you know by mid April 2015 whether your paper has been accepted. Keynote speakers will be announced early in 2015.
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space in cinema from a female angle  
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I have been working on the representation of space in films based on Jane Austen's novels and how the directors (re) interpret the descriptions given by the author. I would suggest exploring the concept of liminality and perhaps reading articles such as this one,
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