You are asked to write a 2500 word (+ / – 10%) response to a theoretical debate that you can identify in the literature (by ‘literature’ we mean a suitably academic publication, such as Animation Studies or the Animation Journal). You should use one particular film, series, commercial or game that is using animation (in any style, partly or fully, short or feature length) as an example that you use to discuss and provide evidence for within your argument.
In order to make sure that you are not concentrating too much on describing the plot/game-play you should write a synopsis of the film/gameplay and place it in the appendix of your essay – this is not included in the word count. This should NOT be a blurb, but a summary of what happens (so this might include spoilers for people who haven’t seen it).
You need to make sure that your essay question is suitable via a tutorial with Alke.
Examples from previous years have included:
1. Analyse how (film/game x) uses animation to engage its audience? (This could have a focus on how the uncanny valley is used – or avoided – , discuss the use of stereotypes or look at how animation is used to portray a particular culture or time period)
2. Analyse one key principle of animating lifeless objects using (film/game x) as an example. (This can NOT be facial expressions)
3. Analyse what using animation can add to the documentary genre using (film/game x) as an example.
4. Analyse the importance of sound for (film/game x) in regards to the animation that is used.
You could also use the following starting point:
Based on the BAA screenings, identify one trend in contemporary animation and discuss it by putting it into a larger theoretical context using appropriate secondary sources.
For this starting point, you are using the films as starting points, but you will still need to use academic sources to back up what you are saying about the trend you identify!
The essay will need to make use of appropriate secondary sources that need to be properly referenced using in-text citation and a bibliography in the Harvard system of referencing.
An essay without a proper bibliography will fail!
You should also keep in mind that illustrations can be used as evidence and should be used where appropriate.