Hey Toneemarie, this is the feedback I got from my teacher, can you work on it?
Your outline provides a brief synopsis of the film you chose is about, and hints at what your analysis may reveal about communications. However, it seems you are not clear on the assignment. "Fear" and "sense of loss" are not communication elements, by themselves. The assignment provides a chart from which you can choose two communication elements - see chart below. You may wish to review textbook and online materials about these communication elements that you have studied earlier to help you make your choice. After you choose two elements, then analyze the film to find examples of these elements. Then, provide supporting points from movie scenes and provide your analysis of what this teaches about communication.
In your Rough Draft, and your Final Project essay, I'll be looking for you to select two communications elements, provide examples you find in the film, and tie them to the communication traits and concepts you studied in this course - as well as how they might apply to developing your own effective communication skills.
On your outline below, I have also made grammar and sentence structure edits to help you strengthen your essay. (Be sure the "Track Changes" function is turned on, so you can see them.) Also, be sure to attribute any resource materials you may use in developing your essay.
Criteria for Movie Analysis - Project Outline & Point Values
Introduction in outline presents film details 5 pts
Outline includes first communication element chosen from chart to study in the film, with supporting points from movie scenes and what this teaches about communication. 5 pts.
Outline includes second communication element chosen from different area of chart to study in the film, with supporting points from movie scenes and what this teaches about communication. 5 pts.
Conclusion projects plan to present personal impression of how film demonstrated two chosen elements of communication. Plans to close with personal application. 5 pts.
TOTAL POINTS EARNED
For your paper, choose two communication elements from two different areas in the following chart:
Area #1 - Relationships
- Stages of Relational Development
- Relational Dialectics
- Attraction Theory
- Exchange Theory (cost/reward)
- Life-cycle of relationships
(beginning, maintaining, ending)
- Relationship Rules Theory
Area #2 - Conflict and Power
- Myths of Conflict
- Conflict is Inevitable
- Conflict Styles Have Consequences
Area #3 - Language and Culture
- Saphir-Whorf Theory
- Polarized language
- Low/High Context culture
- Specific/concrete, precise words in dialogue
Area #4 - Nonverbal Communication
- Eye Contact
- Facial Expressions/Gestures
Time or chronemics
G141/COM1002 Section 39 Introduction to Communication
Project Movie Analysis
I chose to write a review of the movie Crash (2004) starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, and Matt Dillon, among other well-known actors and actresses. The reason is this movie discusses a prevalent undercurrent in American society that simply will not go away. The issue of racism is so entrenched in the psyches of most Americans that it is accepted as part of the culture, . Mmuch like baseball and apple pie. In reviewing the movie, I hope to explore a few of the scenes where people often fear what they do not understand or misunderstand. Because of fear people will find that they react in ways that are totaling uncharacteristic of their normal behavior. It is interesting how much hurt a totally stranger can inflict by an attitude or certain look toward another person from a different racial background. Oftentimes the person causing the offense is totally unaware of the pain they have caused. By reviewing this movie, hopefully I can better understand my own fears and prejudices.
Crash, the movie by Paul Haggin is as familiar as it is bold and unapologetic. Much like the events that it portrays, living with racism and dealing with it are dealt with as part of day to day life. Along with those who pretend or are totally unaware of its existence as they hide behind stereotypes and unfounded fears based on television or the media hysteria of the week.
Thesis: Most of us are aware of prejudices and can relate in one way or another to the scenes in the film.
The two elements for analysis are fears and a sense of loss. Those that have material wealth are less likely to admit they are afraid though perhaps they fear the most.
II. Analysis: Understanding Fear
In the intertwining of the stories in this film there is an undercurrent of fear. Each character chose to respond to fear in a different way. First taking a look at the characters and then how each chose to deal with the fears they faced in the film.
A. First scene
Ryan played by Matt Dillon is a cop who has been on the force a while. His partner is Thomas, new to the force, actor XXXXX XXXXX. Ryan feeling the pressures of the job and his inability to communicate any affection or attachment to his fatherfather, who is very ill and possibly dying, reacts by crossing the line. He frisks a young woman out with her husband, African American actors Thandie Newton and Terence Howard, after catching them making out in their Mercedes.
B. Second scene
Jean, from the opening, is a wife that has all the security systems and alarms that money can bybuy, yet she is afraid. When she is involved in a car crash, her things are stolen and she has her husband immediately come to her aid. After which she insists on changing the door locks.
C. How Fear is communicated in Crash
Fear is often shown through angry outbursts or action in crash. As if by hurting something or someone else, you can somehow remove fear. The detective Graham says, "We're always behind this metal and glass. It's the sense of touch. I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just so we can feel something" (Fuchs--Crash, 2005). This line pretty much says what everyone is feeling.
III. Understanding Loss
Coming to terms with losing something such as dignity, self- respect, a loved one can make communication difficult and misconstrued.
A.FirstA. First scene
The young locksmith goes home to his young five year old, daughter who has experienced the loss of innocence and a loved one as she has a nightmare about gunshots that were fired near her home in the past.
B. Second Scene
A merchant who owns a small store was just robbed and so lost money and merchandise from his store. He is from Iran and it appears to be a racially charged attack. The owner, Farhaad, played by Shaun Toub is fearful for his life and business.
C. How Loss is Communicated in Crash
Loss can be felt in a number of ways. It is communicated through a look, a shared experience, an act of violence, and even a car crash.
IV. Conclusion: Lessons Learned or Observations from Crash
Lessons and observations from this movie revolve around communicating the hidden things of the heart.