It is no doubt that Sherman uses Harvey’s elements of academic writing for her article. The title “Projecting the Self” and the subtitle “Filmic Technique and Construction” give readers an idea who should read this article and what this article is about. She started the first paragraph with the thesis which is “Film is always a construction.” I believe that this is the “main insight or idea” of this chapter, as she has mentioned with using the subtitle. The other subtitles she used in this article such as “Editing ‘Truth’ ”, are also interesting and “Editing Truth” is a paradox since, normally, truth cannot be edited.

I think Sherman believes that the necessary of the use of narration should depend on the content of the film and thus she quoted Hawes’s and Ferris’s opinions and their words. And these are the evidences which support her idea. Moreover, she did used orienting because she introduced who Hawes is: “Hawes, who used narration for Pizza Pizza Daddy-O,…” . This helps readers become familiar to Hawes.

When Hawes’s comments is ended, Sherman mentioned that there were directors had different ideas from Hawes’s and this is how “stitching” works since Harvey mentioned writer should use “stitching” to introduce a new idea. She also tends to cut a comment into pieces and uses a little paragraph to “stitch” them up. Besides introducing a new idea, Sherman also used these “stitchings” to remind readers what they should pay attention about the comment. If she had just quoted the whole comment, readers would be easy to miss important ideas and thus cutting a comment into pieces and using “stitching” can ensure readers to notice what Sherman wants them to do so. And I think this is Sherman’s writing style.

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