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I have read 10 resources for a 3000 word film studies essay, I would read more but I have no time. It's due in less than 48 hours and I have written 174 words because that's all I can come up with what am I supposed to do? I feel like I've done everything right and yet nothing?
Its not cheating to use gen-AI to get your creative juices flowing. Gen-AI software like Claude or Chat-GTP can act as your sounding board to spin off ideas. Please do not simply cut and paste what gen-AI software spits out - often the material is full of errors.

For example, say your assessment is to "choose a film from a list - say Casablanca - and discusses how far does your chosen film demonstrate a constant shift between passive and active spectatorship." I simply asked Claude that question and this is what they said:

"The film Casablanca is considered a classic of Hollywood's Golden Age, and its narrative structure and visual style offer an interesting interplay between passive and active spectatorship. Here's an analysis of how the film demonstrates a constant shift between these two modes of viewership:
1. Passive Spectatorship:
- The film's use of a straightforward narrative, with a linear plot progression, allows for a more passive viewing experience at times.
- The romantic storyline between Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) unfolds in a manner that invites the audience to immerse themselves in the emotional journey of the characters.
- The film's iconic scenes, such as the "As Time Goes By" scene in Rick's Café Américain, encourage a passive absorption of the atmosphere and emotional resonance.
2. Active Spectatorship:
- The film's setting in the politically charged atmosphere of Casablanca during World War II introduces elements of suspense, intrigue, and moral dilemmas that demand active engagement from the audience.
- The intersecting storylines involving the resistance movement, the pursuit of the letters of transit, and the complex relationships between characters require the viewer to remain attentive and actively follow the various plot threads.
- The use of stylized camera angles, such as low-angle shots and close-ups, creates a sense of tension and invites the audience to actively scrutinize the characters' emotions and motivations.
- The film's memorable dialogue, filled with wit and underlying meanings, encourages active interpretation and analysis by the viewer.
The constant shift between passive and active spectatorship in Casablanca is achieved through the careful balance of romantic elements and suspenseful intrigue. The film allows the audience to be swept away by the emotional intensity of the central love story while simultaneously demanding active engagement with the political undercurrents and moral complexities. This dynamic interplay between passive immersion and active analysis contributes to the enduring appeal and richness of Casablanca as a cinematic experience."

This surely would be enough of a start for you to then take each of the points and expand into paragraphs and introduce references from your textbooks? Maybe some of what Claude has spewed out is incorrect (I don't know film studies is new to me) so you ignore those bits. Hope you can see that you are no longer looking at a blank piece of paper but have a skeleton outline of how you can tackle the question.
Original post by catrionabruce3
I have read 10 resources for a 3000 word film studies essay, I would read more but I have no time. It's due in less than 48 hours and I have written 174 words because that's all I can come up with what am I supposed to do? I feel like I've done everything right and yet nothing?
Hi @catrionabruce3 ,

If you have a good reason for being late in finishing it, ask for an extension.

I write faster when I print my resources and annotate them. I have dyslexia so I also use a mobile app to read the page as I am reading it which gives me a double input of the text.

One of the reasons I struggle sometimes is not understanding why I am reading something and not planning before I start. To be quick I skim read and if I don't find know if something is applicable to cite I don't use it. I use the search function for PDFs to find something quickly. I use textbooks as a starting point, which allows me to write faster. Then I use journal articles to add depth. Books especially recent ones have good references at the end of the chapters.

One of the situations when I believe is okay to use AI is to make an outline of the essay and ask for keywords for your literature search.

Be careful because if you copy something from AI you will be punished, but as the other reply says it might be good to give you ideas about where you want to take the essay.

I know we are in different fields but do you want to ask me something else?

Hristiana (Kingston rep)
1st Year Mental Health Nursing Student

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