WELCOME, FILM STUDENTS
Below you will find assignments, handouts, vocabulary, and other helpful links.
11/8 We completed and turned in our in-class assignment after watching some remaining documentary clips and shorts. Next time we will begin our full-length documentary film. See me if you were absent. This assignment is an assessment assignment that must be made up to get credit for the class.
11/6 We began our discussion of non-fiction film. We took some notes on the different documentary modes (you should get them if you were absent) and then began an in-class assignment to identify the modes and rhetorically analyze some documentary clips. See me if you were absent.
11/2 We finished Wait Until Dark and discussed it's similarities and differences compared to Double Indemnity. We discussed how the changes in economics, technology, aesthetics, and sociology between 1944 and 1967 contributed to those differences. There was an in-class assessment assignment to write a Mirror Theory analysis. See me for details.
10/31 We discussed and began our Neo Noir, Wait Until Dark. We will finish it and write about Mirror Theory next time. Get the notes from someone if you were absent.
10/29 We finished and discussed the Mirror Theory implications of Double Indemnity. We then discussed Neo Noir. Next time, we will watch a Neo-Noir film to compare with the Film Noir.
10/25 We took notes on the Film Noir genre. We discussed the film and how the film may reflect its time and place. We then watched the first half of Double Indemnity. We will finish the film next time.
10/23 We finished our animation unit by examining the implications of modern CGI technology. We finished the animation assignment and turned it in. We then took notes on Lacan's Mirror and Media as a Mirror. We will begin a film next time.
10/16 We continued watching several animated shorts. We began an in-class assignment to identify the form, the quality of the form, and the function of each example. Then, you were to write about the relationship between the form and function. Does the style of the animation and the purpose of the animation fit together well? Would the function be helped or hurt by a change in form?
10/12 We began our discussion of animation. You will need to get the notes from someone who was here if you were not. We discussed the big disadvantages of animation, one of the biggest advantages, and the history of American animation.
10/10 We finished examining our directors by watching examples from Michel Gondry (see example below). We then took the Auteur Theory test. You will need to make this test up, if you missed it. See me.
10/8 We watched and took notes on auteur examples from Spike Jonze, Anton Corbijn, and Jonathan Glazer (some examples below). We will finish our examples and take the test next time. Extra credit is also due by 2:30pm next time.
10/4 We discussed and took notes on Auteur Theory. We began our examples of the theory by watching three short pieces directed by Chris Cunningham (one example below). Next time we will look at other directors' works.
10/2 We finished The Village and had an in-class writing assignment comparing the two films in several specific areas. See me if you were absent. This assignment is an non-optional, assessment assignment which will need to be made up to avoid an incomplete for the class:
9/28 We began viewing M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. We will compare this film, using Cave Theory, to The Truman Show.
9/26 We finished and discussed The Truman Show. We will begin the next film to compare it to next time.
9/24 We discussed our first theories, Cave Theory and Cognitive Dissonance. We then discussed and began our next film: Peter Weir's 1998 classic, The Truman Show. We will finish the film next time and begin watching another. We will then compare/contrast the two films in writing.
9/20 We finished the film, watched some clips from contemporary filmmakers, and discussed why it is valuable to look at our film history. We then wrote an in-class examination (assessment assignment) of how The Kid can be used to illustrate the five core concepts of media literacy (see the Media Literacy button in the column at left under the Theory section). This paper was turned in at the end of class.
9/18 We continued taking notes and discussing early film history. We viewed "A Trip to the Moon" and "The Great Train Robbery" as well as some other early short films. We then began our viewing of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. We will finish it and write about it next time.
9/14 We discussed the film's use of cinematography and sound to create/enhance the story and theme. We then had an in-class, non-optional writing assignment to write a paragraph explicating the cinematography and another for sound design. See me for details and rubric. We then began to take notes on film history and watched a couple of early film examples.
9/12 We finished viewing the film.
9/10 We discussed and began our first full-length film. You will have to write an analysis of the films use of sound and cinematography to create or enhance the story and meaning. This will be a non-optional assessment assignment. We will finish the film on Wednesday.
9/6 We watched several clips as examples of cinematographic principles. We completed an in-class assignment to write about two principles from each clip and about the overall effect of the cinematography on the meaning and tone of the clip. Talk to someone who was here if you weren't.
9/4 We finished taking notes and discussing basic cinematography. We began an in-class assignment to describe how cinematography is used in several clips from films. Talk to someone who was here if you were not. Also, if you haven't yet handed in your disclosure document, please do so ASAP.
8/30 We watched an example of cinematic sound being used very well to contrast our example from last time. We then began our discussion and notes on cinematography. We covered transitions, movement, and field of view. Get the notes from someone who was in class and check THIS DOCUMENT. We will finish our notes and watch cinematography examples next time.
8/28 We discussed and took notes on cinematic sound (6 basic concepts of how sound is constructed and used to create meaning in film texts). If you were absent, you can find that information HERE. We also watched an example of sound being used very poorly. We will watch an example of it being used well next time. Disclosure documents were handed in.
8/24 We discussed the film from last time. We then discussed the five core concepts of media literacy as they apply to film analysis. We watched a short film (in two parts below) and wrote an analysis based on any two of the five core concepts. Those analyses were turned in at the end of class. Disclosure documents are due next time.
8/22 We reviewed the disclosure document, class polices, and this website. We discussed the evaluation of "Fits and Starts" from last time. We then briefly discussed analysis and the film analysis triangle. We watched another short film, "Earthquake," and wrote an evaluation on one value and a preliminary analysis on what the film means and its impact. These analyses were handed in at the end of class. Disclosure documents are due, signed and correctly filled out, on Tuesday, the 28th.
8/20 We discussed the value of film and the difference between evaluation and analysis. We discussed evaluating film based on the five values (plus one). We then watched a short film, "Fits and Starts," and wrote an evaluation on all five values. We will discuss these evaluations next time.