Catching the Big Fish Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lynch believes that the most important part of the pre-production part of filmmaking is to get everyone on the ______.

2. Which character was the actor scheduled to portray?

3. What was the name of the piece chosen for the film?

4. How many stages of consciousness are there?

5. Lynch claims that many people do not understand that creativity requires a great deal of which of the following:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Lynch's opinion on the increasing pace of society?

2. Explain Lynch's breakthrough at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. How did the project start? What did it inspire?

3. What is the purpose of TM? What is the pay off for committing to the practice?

4. Discuss Lynch's first experience with Transcendental Meditation or TM. When did the experience occur? What was Lynch's opinion of the practice before he started?

5. What was Lynch's first impression of Hollywood? What is desirable about the area?

6. What is the author's opinion on the amount of control a director should have over a film? What is Lynch's explanation?

7. Why does Lynch believe that every film is an experiment? What happens if the experiment fails?

8. Explain when and where Lynch tried TM for the first time. How has that experience affected Lynch's life?

9. What caused Lynch to put his artistic dreams on hold when he was a child?

10. Explain Lynch's opinion on choosing the right music for a score.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Lynch's view of the use of technology in film. Research and examine the filmmaking tools that are on the market today. What exists today that did not exist when "Catching the Big Fish" was published? How will those innovations move the film industry forward? Are there any downsides to having that sort of technology available to anyone? What are the benefits? What type of equipment and/or technology is being used by Lynch today? How are the new tools being used in a way that the old school equipment could not be used? What is the most popular tool on the market today?

Essay Topic 2

Lynch discusses various encounters with his favorite film directors. Lynch's favorite film directors include such iconic cinematographers Billy Wilder, Frederico Fellini, and Stanly Kubrick. Explore Lynch's interactions with each man and how those experiences affected Lynch and his work. Also examine the filmmaker's opinions on Lynch and his work.

Essay Topic 3

Aside from the creative aspects, film making is a technical process. Lynch explains the process in detail. What are the elements of film? Do the elements ever change? If so, how and why? Create a guide listing and showing examples of each element. Explain why each is important to the process.

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