The analytical paper is five to six pages long and differs from the film review, in that it is not primarily evaluative. This paper allows students to analyze a film, in terms of its social, political, and ideological contexts, by focusing on a close reading of the film text. Students apply the methodology of the screening report, but with a larger focus on understanding the filmic logic of a particular movie. I encourage them to work with the various theoretical positions we've discussed in class and to choose an approach that lends itself to the film. They must also provide a detailed analysis of film technique in two or three scenes. Using film theory allows the students to situate their study of film in cultural and discursive contexts; requiring them to use technical analysis reminds them that film involves specific inscription processes, which differ significantly from other forms of print and non-print media.