MR. SAXTON'S PICKS:
11/16 We took notes on film distribution and the differences between "Hollywood" film and "Indie" film. We watched a clip from Plan 9 from Outer Space as an example of poor screenwriting as well as an example of how independent film began. We then began our next film looking for how independent films attempt to get noticed by being original. A2 voted to watch Waking Ned Devine, and A3 voted for The Spanish Prisoner.
11/14 We discussed the specifics of the screenwriting assignment (see THIS PAGE). We then watched and evaluated several short film examples. We then wrote and handed in three concepts to be turned into screenplays.
11/10 We took the test on Auteur Theory. If you were absent, you will have to see me to schedule a time to make it up.
11/8 We finished covering our Auteur directors with examples from Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer, and Michel Gondry. Get the notes from someone who was here if you were not. Next time, we will have a test in which you will have to identify directors by their style in their work. An example of each director's work can be viewed below.
11/6 We took notes on Auteur Theory and began watching example clips. We began an in-class assignment to determine directorial style through examples of directors' work. Get the notes from someone who was here. Today, we covered Spike Jonze and almost covered Chris Cunningham.
11/2 We finished Wait Until Dark and had an in-class assignment to write three paragraphs discussing how Double Indemnity matched the requirements for Film Noir, how Wait Until Dark was similar and different from those requirements, and which of the two genres you prefer and why. See me for clarification.
10/31 We began our next film: a Neo-Noir from 1967 called Wait Until Dark. You should be looking for now this genre is similar to and different from Film Noir.
10/27 We finished Double Indemnity. We discussed the genre requirements, why it may have been popular, and how it changed. We discussed the next film and it's genre for comparison.
10/25 We took notes on Genre Theory and Film Noir. We began watching Double Indemnity looking for how well it fits the requirements of the genre and why people would have liked the genre.
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10/12 We took notes on animation types and history. Get the notes from someone who was here. We also watched a few examples of cel animation looking for the advantages and disadvantages of the style (some of which are below).
AS OF 10/11, IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO HAND IN EXTRA CREDIT AND LATE WORK.
10/10 We finished and discussed the documentary. There was an in-class assignment to write about why the filmmaker chose the mode for the film, what the film's purpose is, the level of "truth" in the film, and possible strategies for approaching non-fiction film to avoid being manipulated.
10/6 We began our full-length documentary, Murder on a Sunday Morning. You should notice the mode, the editing (what we don't see), the purpose, and the level of truth.
10/4 We added to our assignment we started last time with several more documentary clips and shorts. See me if you were absent. We will start our full-length documentary next time.
10/2 We took notes on non-fiction film and documentary modes. We watched one documentary short, "To the Shores of Iwo Jima," and identified the mode, the purpose, and rated the truth factor. See me if you weren't here (and get the notes from someone who was).
9/28 We finished and discussed M. We then took a short test on all the notes we've taken so far. See me to schedule a time to make up the test.
9/26 We took notes on Marxist Theory and our upcoming film. We then watched a little over half of Fritz Lang's 1931 film, M. There may be a test next time. Bring your notes with you
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.
WAKING NED DEVINE (1998)
THE SPANISH PRISONER (1997)
A few short films as inspiration for the screenwriting assignment.
Music videos, shorts, and commercials from several directors for auteur analysis.
WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967)
DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
Several animation shorts and clips
MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING (2001)
Clips from several documentaries including Spellbound, Steep, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Winged Migration, and "Delusions in Modern Primitivism"
"To the Shores of Iwo Jima"
"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"