Report on a Director

An alternate way to earn out-of-class hours is to prepare a presentation about an important film director. Mr. Machtay can loan DVDs and recommend directors. If you want to choose a director of your own, clear the choice with Mr. Machtay.

You will watch 3 movies by a famous film director. Then create a PowerPoint presentation with the following information:

  1. Information about the director’s life: born, died, education, other jobs, awards?
  2. What were influences on this director’s work? Who did he/she learn from? How did he/she become a director?
  3. What was this director famous for? What types of movies? What style or genre? What makes this director’s work identifiable?
  4. What did critics say about this director’s work (find writing by influential film critics)?
    • How did this director’s work influence current movies
      Research: did later filmmakers credit this director?
      Higher-Level Thinking: Are there recent movies that reflect this director’s influence?
  5. What do you think about this director’s work? What do you like or dislike? Does some of it feel old-fashioned and dated? Does some of it feel timeless?
  6. Choose a short clip (3 to 5 minutes) from one of the director’s movies to show in class. Explain to the class why this clip represents the director’s style.

A = 6 hours

B = 4.5 hours

C = 3 hours

D = 1.5 hours