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Below you will find assignments, handouts, vocabulary, and other helpful links.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
5/16 We watched and discussed 2001 up until the "Jupiter Mission" section. See me if you were absent.
5/14 STORYBOARDS AND SHOOTING SCRIPTS ARE DUE TOMORROW BY 2:30. We finished Arrival and wrote a review. We then discussed some history and themes of our next (last) film, 2001: a Space Odyssey. We will start it next time.
5/10 We began our film for review. We watched most of it this class period. We will finish and write the review next time. Storyboards and shooting scripts for the project are due by Wednesday at 2:30. If I don't have them by 2:30, they will be worth no points; however, they must still be handed in to avoid an incomplete.
5/8 We finished and wrote about the film. The assignment was to determine what the film's hidden argument is and explain specifically how the film makes it. We then discussed writing film reviews (see the "Writing Reviews" button in the left column).
5/6 We began our Marxist Film Theory film, Fritz Lang's M. We watched the film up until the "M" is placed on his coat. We will finish the film and write about it next time. If you were absent, you can watch the film below.
5/2 Screenplays were handed in. We finished and wrote about the film. See me if you were absent. We then discussed the next two parts of the screenwriting assignment: storyboards and shooting script. Those last two sections are due by 2:30pm on May 15th. Handing them in early is preferred. We then took notes on Marxist Film Theory and voted on our next film.
4/30 We watched almost all of the rest of Wait Until Dark. We will finish, discuss and write about the film next time. Screenplays are due next time as well.
4/26 We finished Double Indemnity and discussed the real impact of genre study. We then began our next film, Wait Until Dark. Remember that screenplays are due next Thursday.
4/24 We watched most of our Genre Theory example Film Noir, Double Indemnity. We will finish and discuss it next time.
4/22 We briefly discussed the indie films we watched. The screenplay portion of the screenwriting assignment was given and is due on next Thursday, May 2nd. We then took notes on Genre Theory and the generic ingredients of Film Noir. We will watch an example of that genre starting next time.
4/18 We finished, discussed, and wrote about The Spanish Prisoner. Treatments were discussed and turned in.
4/16 We watched most of our next indie film, The Spanish Prisoner.
4/12 We finished and wrote about Waking Ned Devine. See me if you were absent about the assignment specifics. Concepts were handed back and we discussed the next step in the project: treatments. We had some class time to work on them. Treatments are due next Thursday, April 18th. Next time, we will start our second independent film.
4/10 We discussed and began our first of two independent films, Waking Ned Devine. We will finish the film and write about it next time.
4/8 Concepts were handed in. We watched one last example of screenwriting from the worst movie ever made: Plan 9 from Outer Space. We then segued into a discussion of the difference between independent and "Hollywood" film. You should get the notes from someone if you were not here. Next time we will start the first of two "indie" films.
3/28 We continued our discussion of screenwriting and went over the specific requirements for the screenwriting project. We looked at some examples of the parts of the project and assigned the first segment (three concepts). We then watched several short film examples to illustrate how the screenwriting project will be scored and to generate some ideas. The concepts are due on Monday, April 8th (right after the break). The requirements and examples can be found ON THIS PAGE. Talk to someone who was here if you were not.
3/26 We finished the film and wrote and in-class analysis of the relationship between the animation's form and the film's function. See me if you were absent. We also began our discussion of screenwriting.
3/22 We began our full-length animated film, Isle of Dogs. We will finish it and write an analysis next time.
3/20 We finished our in-class animation assignment based on several shorts and clips. These assignments were handed in. See me if you were absent.
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.