To present a reflection on Module 2, from its specific critical point of view via
Breaking Bad as
practice for your Final
Instructions: Watch all of Season 1, Episodes 17
2. “Cat’s in the Bag…”
3. “…And the Bag’s in the River”
4. “Cancer Man”
5. “Gray Matter”
6. “Crazy Handful of Nothin’”
7. “A NoRoughStuffType
Then, write a 23
page essay from the following perspective: Visual & Audio Elements (V/A Elements as “style”)
Which include shot composition (distance, angles, framing, focus and lighting & movement); music & other sounds; and
editing & cuts.
Approaches: Pick ONE
A). Choose one episode to discuss some V/A Elements (composition; sound; editing; etc)
B). Choose one V/A Element and discuss it across several episodes in the batch. (Be specific about the scene)
C). Choose different V/A Elements and discuss across different episodes. (i.e. Ep 1 angles, Ep 3 lighting, Ep 6 sound)
For all: Briefly describe the scene (be specific), classify the element, explain why the element was used, and analyze how
this element created meaning, made commentary, or offered subtext?
Suggestions for elaboration: Is this element used consistently? How does this element compare across episodes or to other
programs (or other media)? Is there anything exceptional or bothersome about this element? Overall how would you
evaluate it’s use as good or bad.
Formatting and Organization
Cover Page: Separate page with your name, specific episode(s), selected approach, and prompts info
1) Brief introduction: Attention getter, relate the paper, thesis & preview
2) Main points: Distinct main points (different elements/episodes), paragraph breaks, clear transitions (typically, 35
3) Brief conclusion: Signal the end, brief review, decisive last line.
pages, typed, doublespaced,
12 point font, 1’ margins, in Word. Proofread. Check character spelling
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