MR. SAXTON'S PICKS:
9/22 We finished watching "A Trip to the Moon." We then finished our notes on film history and watched "The Great Train Robbery" and a large section of Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid." If you weren't here, get the notes.
9/20 We finished and turned in the papers on The Truman Show (the analyses according to Cave Theory/Cognitive Dissonance and Phenomenology). We then took notes on early film history and watched some examples. You will need those notes for an upcoming test.
9/18 We finished The Truman Show and spent some time discussing it in groups and as a class. We then wrote the first section of our paper (the evaluation of the cinematography and the sound design). These were not handed in today, we will finish the paper (the theory analyses) in class next time.
9/14 We began our first film, The Truman Show, and began annotating based on evaluating the sound and cinematography and analyzing the film according to Cave Theory, Cognitive Dissonance, and Phenomenology. We watched most of the film (up until the point where Truman is "asleep" in the basement), and will finish it next time.
9/12 The counselors took this class period for "Utah Futures" stuff.
9/8 We continued evaluating the cinematography and sound in film clips. Those clips were the ending gunfight from Silverado, the opening conflict in the gang in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and the final rocket launch from October Sky. The assignment was turned in at the end of the class period. We also took notes on "Cave Theory," "Cognitive Dissonance," and "Phenomenology" as analytical theories. We took some notes on our upcoming film.
9/6 We re-evaluated "Sweet" based on the second half of the cinematography notes. We then discussed cinematography as a craft and as an art with some example clips. We then evaluated the cinematography and sound design from some film clips. This in-class assignment will continue and be turned in next time. The clips we evaluated today were from The Return and Gravity (A2 also evaluated a clip from Edward Scissorhands).
9/1 We finished taking notes on cinematography. Get the notes from someone who was here if you were not. It was a shortened day (due to the assembly), so that's pretty much all we did.
8/30 Disclosure documents were due today. We began discussing cinematography elements. If you were absent, you should get someone's notes on transitions, movement, and field of view. We then watched a short film ("Sweet" by Elyse Couvillion) and looked for how it used transitions, movement, and field of view to tell its story without dialogue. If you were absent, you can watch the short film on Vimeo HERE.
8/28 We finished taking notes and discussing the basic concepts of cinematic sound. We had a short, in-class assignment to evaluate the score, digetic music, ambient sound, ADR, library sound, and Foley from three films: the opening scene of Birdemic: Shock and Terror, "Last Stop," and "Earthquake."
8/24 We went over the disclosure document and class policies. We discussed the analysis and evaluation of "Fits and Starts" from last time. We then took some notes on Deconstructionism and cinematic sound. We got through the first three basic concepts and then took a short quiz on identifying genre based on score.
8/22 We took notes on the differences between filmed and printed texts; the differences among summaries, evaluations, and analyses; and the film analysis triangle. If you were absent, you should get those notes from someone who was in class and come see me for clarification. We then had an in-class assignment to watch, evaluate, and analyze the short film, "Fits and Starts," which is available below. That written assignment was due at the end of class.
"The Kid" (1921)
"The Great Train Robbery" (1903)
"A Trip to the Moon" (1902)
A few Edison and Lumiere "Actualities" from 1895-1902
THE TRUMAN SHOW (1998)
Several clips to evaluate cinematography and sound design
"Fits and Starts"