WELCOME, FILM STUDENTS
Below you will find assignments, handouts, vocabulary, and other helpful links.
3/18 We continued our examination of animation. We began an in-class assignment to identify how the style or form of the animation connects to or enhances the purpose or function of the animation. See me for details if you were absent.
3/14 We finished the film and wrote our analysis of the film's mode(s), relative truth, and consequences. See me if you were absent. The film can be found below (remember that it is PG-13 and was edited in class -- it is not edited below). We then began our next unit discussing animation. Get the notes from someone if you were absent.
3/12 We discussed and began our full-length documentary, The King of Kong: a Fistful of Quarters. We will finish it and write about it next time.
3/8 We continued our assignment from last time. We examined clips from Planet Earth 2, Spellbound, Steep, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Winged Migration. See me if you were absent. The assignment was handed in. We will start our full-length documentary next time.
3/6 We took notes on non-fiction film and the modes of documentary. We began an in-class assignment to identify the mode, the relative truth, and the possible consequences of non-fiction films. See me for details. As the first part of the assignment, we watched a documentary short (edited for class -- the non-edited version contains profanity) called "Delusions in Modern Primitivism."
3/1 We finished Some Like It Hot. We had an in-class writing assignment to discuss what can be learned about 1959 technology, economics, sociology, and aesthetics. See me if you were absent.
2/27 We discussed and watched the first half of our Mirror Theory film, Some Like It Hot. We will be finishing it and writing about it next time.
2/25 We discussed The Kid and film history. We watched a clip from Chaplin's The Great Dictator which led us into a discussion of Mirror Theory. We briefly discussed Lacan's Mirror (which we won't be using), and we discussed in some detail Media as a Mirror Theory. Get the notes if you were absent. We will start a film next time.
2/21 We watched Chaplin's The Kid. We will discuss it next time. We also had a short, in-class writing assignment. See me if you were absent.
2/15 We continued our discussion and notes on early film. We watched a few more examples. There was an in-class assignment to examine your own tastes and habits in choosing films. See me if you were absent.
2/13 We began our discussion of film history. We took lots of notes and watched some examples of early film. We will continue next time.
2/11 We completed an in-class Auteur Theory assessment. See me if you were absent. You will have to schedule a time to make it up.
2/7 We finished our viewing and note-taking on the auteur directors. This time we covered Spike Jonze, Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer, and Michel Gondry. We will take our test next time. Representative videos can be found below.
2/5 We had an in-class assessment on The Truman Show. You need to write an analysis of how the film portrays the "ideal" instead of the "real," how the film entices the audience to "believe" its digetic world, and what about you made you respond to the film the way you did. We then took notes on Auteur Theory and began our theoretical analysis of our first director, Chris Cunningham. You can find a representative video below.
2/1 We finished watching and discussing the film. We will write an assessment of the film next time.
1/30 We discussed and took notes on Cave Theory, Cognitive Dissonance, and Phenomenology. We then began our next film, The Truman Show. We will be writing a theoretical analysis of this film the class period after next.
1/28 We finished our film and had our first assessment. The assessment assignment requirements are as follows: Assessment must be written in essay form (at least 3 paragraphs with a central thesis and textual support. The analysis must include at least 3 elements of sound and at least 3 elements of cinematography, as well as their contribution to the value (especially literary value or theme) of the film. Directed by George Roy Hill. Cinematography by Conrad Hall. Sound Design by David Dockendorf. Music by Burt Bacharach.
1/24 We watched and took notes on most of the rest of our film. Come prepared to write a detailed evaluation of the sound and cinematography next time when we finish the film.
1/22 We finished our cinematography evaluation assignment and handed it in. We then began our first full-length film. We will have an assessment at the end of the film on evaluating sound design and cinematography.
1/17 We finished our notes on cinematography. We watched and examined several clips. There was an in-class assignment to evaluate elements of cinematography from the clips. We will finish and hand in this assignment next time.
1/15 We continued our notes on cinematography covering movement, angle, field of view, composition, and framing. We will finish them next time and, hopefully, start our first film.
1/11 We watched and analyzed "Sweet." We then began our discussion and notes on cinematography (covering transitions). You should definitely get the notes if you were not here. We will continue this discussion next time.
1/9 We finished our discussion of cinematic sound. We completed a practice evaluation of the use of sound in two film clips: the opening sequence of Birdemic: Shock and Terror and the opening sequence of Gravity. See me if you were absent.
1/7 We went over the class policies and the disclosure document. The last page of the disclosure document (correctly filled out and signed) is due on Friday, January 11th. It is very important that it is filled out completely and correctly. It includes a permission slip, and you will not be allowed to watch full-length films in the class until it is turned in. Disclosure documents can be found HERE.
We then began discussing and taking notes on the use of sound. We made it through the first basic principle in A2 and the first two principles in A3. Go HERE to get that information if you were absent.
1/3 We discussed the value of film and took notes on the five core concepts of media (film) literacy. We discussed evaluating film based on the five values (plus one). We then watched two short films, "Fits and Starts" and "Earthquake," and wrote a short evaluation for each on all five values. See me if you were absent. The films are below.