Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces the reader to film terms and the major film theories, serving a great purpose for individuals who want to think and write critically about film. Containing numerous new photos, this engaging and practical guide progresses from taking notes and writing first drafts to creating polished essays and comprehensive research projects. Moving from movie reviews to theoretical and critical essays, the text demonstrates how an analysis of a film becomes more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.Briefly presents several approaches to film analysis and writing about film-auteurs, genres, ideology, kinds of formalism, and national cinemas. Introduces students to a range of film terms and topics-mise-en-scéne, point-of-view, composition, and realism. Each chapter concludes with short writing exercises that help students view, evaluate, and write about film more critically. A comprehensive Glossary allows students to accurately describe their observations of the details of film practice.Thirty percent of photos are new and feature more pedagogical direction in the captions.