For this assignment, you will reconstruct the production history of a Steven Spielberg film of your choosing. You must gather available research including primary documents, such as (potentially) scripts, storyboards, costume sketches, onset photos, musical scores, etc. Then you will create an infographic on ThingLink.com illustrating your findings. You will post the link to this infographic on the discussion board in the “Assignment #1” tab.
The purpose of this assignment is to better understand the economic and industrial context of which Spielberg works. Understanding Spielberg’s contributions to the field is only possible when we look at the economics of it, after all, he is credited as being the “Father of Blockbuster Films.”
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be skilled in seeking to develop ways to better understand how Spielberg’s movies—as a business and economic institution—operate in Hollywood and captured audience’s imagination many times over.
This week your job is to make an infographic via ThingLink. If you’ve never used ThingLink before, take some time to explore the site and figure out how it works. I’ve made a short, basic video about how to use ThingLink to get you started. Click here to watch it and learn a few basics on signing up for a free business account and creating an infographic. The link is also here: http://youtu.be/qZfqDOqqa8E?hd=1
You may want to create an education account and say you’re a teacher – these accounts are free to make and share your links. Do NOT make a business account or you will have to pay.
To access ThingLink.com to complete this assignment, you must sign up for a free education account (say you’re a teacher) on ThingLink.com and then get familiar with how to use the site.
For an example of an infographic I made after signing up for a free education account (say you’re a teacher) on ThingLink.com, please see this link:
This sample infographic is about themes in Spielberg’s work, but yours will be about the production history of one of his films.
Your infographic should document your chosen film’s history in pre-production, shooting, and post-production (editing). Rather than only serving as a description of the production history of ONE of Spielberg’s movies, your infographic should also be an analysis of production history by addressing at least three (3) of the following questions:
What kind of economic and technical restraints (or benefits) contributed to the financial success (or failure) of the film?
What kind of social and or artistic factors contributed to the financial success (or failure) of the film?
What are the steps involved in creating a blockbuster film? Did your chosen film follow these steps? Why (or why not) and how?
How does your chosen film impact the way movies are made and sold today?
In what ways is Spielberg considered a brand and how does branding come into play when making or distributing a film?
In addition to being a movie director, Spielberg is also a producer, story deviser, businessman, popular historian, Holocaust memorialist, educator, and brand personification. How does Spielberg playing these roles continue to develop within a synergistic approach that sets him and his film apart from other filmmakers?
Let’s consider the film, Spielberg, and his company (or the studio he made the movie under) to all be a business and economic institution. This being said, how does the film you chose to research—as a business and financial institution—operate in the history of cinema?
Your infographic should contain:
Plenty of examples in your answers.
Citations from at least three academic sources (peer-reviewed articles, books, articles or chapters provided in class, etc.)
At least one picture (not video—360 picture is okay)
At least three clickable buttons with info about the film’s production history (and addresses some of the questions above).
You must write at least 600 words total in your infographic.
Due by 9/22 9:00 AM
Post your Thinglink.com link to your infographic on Blackboard in the discussion forum found in the “Assignment #1” tab.