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Adaptation of a film can happen in numerous ways to numerous effects. For this assignment, you will get the chance to “remake” or create a sequel to a film (on paper). You will be playing director, casting director, producer, editor, costume designer, art director, and music supervisor.
Select one of the following films to “remake”:
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund, 2002)
The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Coen, 2000)
Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1952)
Incorporate all the following elements into your essay, following the instructions carefully:
Rationale: In at least one thorough paragraph, answer these questions: Why did you select this film? Why do you think it should be remade or continued with a sequel? Make your case as an artist (how is this an exciting, creative endeavor?) AND make your case to a studio head (how is it marketable—to what audience(s), when, and why?).
Casting: Recast at least FOUR major characters, using individuals alive and working in 2021. In a detailed paragraph, explain your choices, especially if you’re making a sequel to a much older film.
Scene addition and subtraction: Select one or more scenes to add (you may describe or script this) and explain why you made this choice; then, select one or more scenes to cut and, in a single paragraph, explain why you made this choice.
Chronology: Explain how you would reorder scenes—this can be radical or minor—and to what effect in at least one paragraph.
Historical period or regional context: Place the film at least ten years away from the original or in another regional context. In at least one paragraph, explain why you think this is a worthwhile change and how it would transform the film’s impact.
Costuming: Thematize the “look” of one central character in a manner very different from the original. Consider hair and makeup, fashion, color, fit, masculinity/androgyny/femininity, age-appropriateness, region-appropriateness, fabric, garment selection, and anything else you think is relevant to recreating that character, and then explain your choices in one paragraph. Your choices must include considerations beyond those in step #5. Please include images.
Set design: Select one significant set that appears in the film to transform. Explain why you chose that particular set and how you would change it in a single paragraph. Please include images.
Props-mastering: Online, find at least three props that belong in the film and include the images in your document. In a detailed paragraph, explain how you see each prop used and why that specific object would be appropriate.
Music supervision: Select at least three songs or pieces of music that you feel would be appropriate for inclusion and where you would place them in the film. In a detailed paragraph, explain your reason for including these songs and your reason for placing them at those moments. If the film you’re remaking already contains iconic music, how does this complicate matters? Do you keep the original version? Do a new interpretation? Omit it entirely?
Conclusion: In at least one thorough paragraph, make your closing statement for why this film needs to be made, including potential difficulties along the way.
No length requirement (it CAN be longer than seven pages if needed), but make sure to cover all sections in precise, specific detail
Write in MLA format:
Typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman font
Standard rules of paragraph construction (topic sentences, supporting quotations, appropriate transitions)
Aim for an academic tone, not an informal one. Avoid first- and second-person pronouns (I, me, my, you, we, us, our, etc.), as well as personal narrative (“This is my favorite movie because I remember watching it with my friends when we were kids.”)
Reference the sample remake PDF to help you understand how this paper should be completed