Alyson Blythe
Literature, Film and Music Production, Women's Studies
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Community College / Lower Division
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    Moving Pictures Review Rubric


    This is a review of

    Sharman, Russell Leigh. Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema. University of Arkansas, 2020. Open Textbook Library.

    completed by Alyson Blythe, Assistant Professor of English/Humanities Coordinator at Fletcher Technical Community College. 



    The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary.

    The text provides a beginner’s overview of film history, production, and analysis for students at the freshman level or higher. A glossary of terms is needed. Sections are comprehensively broken-down, with all aspects of cinema production being addressed, from mise-en-scene, narrative structure, and genre to cinematography, editing, sound, and acting (including a detailed explanation of the two schools of acting). The text also includes historical details to illustrate the evolution of cinema. While thorough as far as covering all the film terminology, tropes, et cetera, the discussion does not go in-depth.

    The inclusion of a section on Directing would make the text more comprehensive. From the Open Textbook Library, there’s  Exploring Movie Construction and Production by John Reich that gives a similar overview of cinema production and construction, but with a section on Directors.

    Content Accuracy

    Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

    The text provides a comprehensive overview of the history of film and criticism. Especially in the more technical content of the text , discussion is mainly defining terms and then briefly illustrating.

    Relevance Longevity

    Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement.

    Through myriad examples (and sufficient video links), the text explores the evolution of film, the art and technology of cinema, and the importance of the medium to society. Although much cinematic language is used, it is defined/exemplified effectively with both classic to contemporary examples. Text can be easily updated/supplemented with additional YouTube examples. Text also references a range of film examples, from classics to contemporary works, and includes recent technological advancements in cinema.


    The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used.

    The text contains clear prose and understandable concepts for freshman-level and above. Film terminology is clearly defined/illustrated with examples in text and video links. For links to videos, the content significance is explained in text. Also, key terms are bolded throughout the text for easier reading. The text effectively simplifies and illustrates film industry terms.


    The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.

    Text clearly conveys the purpose of the work and its organization, while also emphasizing the use of cinematic language. Content is exemplified with videos that discuss/elaborate on text’s content. Author’s conversational tone is consistent throughout.


    The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

    The text effectively introduces students to the concept of film and film analysis. The text is divided into 2 main sections—Introduction to Cinema and Representation in Cinema—with additional subsections that can be easily divisible, reorganized, and integrated throughout a course or courses.   

    Organization Structure Flow

    The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion.

    The text is a well-structured introduction to cinema as it begins with a brief history and discussion of how to watch/analyze a film, the importance of construction/production (sound, editing, acting), and then more in-depth analysis of two subgenres of film.


    The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.

    The text is easy to use, images are clear, and videos contain images with links to YouTube. Simplicity of layout makes text easy to use with multiple devices/platforms.

    Grammatical Errors

    The text contains no grammatical errors.

    The text contains no grammatical errors. The conversation-style of the text is engaging and the content is not overly technical or complex.

    Cultural Relevance

    The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

    While the majority of the text focuses on history and production (narrative, cinematography, editing, sound), a section also focuses on representation in cinema, specifically with detailed chapters on Women in Cinema and African Americans in Cinema. Also, included in the opening, A Brief History of Cinema, media and its global influence are discussed. However, additional video samples could be cited to include more diverse perspectives in cinema.


    This text was reviewed for the English course Introduction to Women’s Literature for a section on Women in Cinema. Specifically, “Chapter 9: Women in Cinema” will be utilized in this course. “Chapter 10: African Americans in Cinema” was reviewed for inclusion in the course Introduction to Film.