2/22 A2 finished watching the film. Both classes wrote an in-class assessment assignment to analyze how each of the two films reflected their time periods' economics, technology, aesthetics, and sociology. The assignment also included a comparison of the two films' arguments (themes) and a comparative evaluation of the films' artistic values (mainly sound and cinematography). This is a mandatory assignment and must be made up to avoid an incomplete. If you were absent, come see me. We then began our notes and discussion of auteur theory.
2/20 We continued watching Wait Until Dark as our neo-noir comparison to the film noir, Double Indemnity. A2 did not quite finish the film, but A3 finished. Next time, we will be writing our mirror theory analysis and comparison of the two films. It will be one of our mandatory assessment assignments.
I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO UPDATE MY SITE FOR A FEW DAYS DUE TO A LOG-IN GLITCH. WE FINISHED DOUBLE INDEMNITY AND BEGAN OUR NEO-NOIR FILM, WAIT UNTIL DARK.
2/13 We discussed and started our next film, Double Indemnity. You should be looking for how the film reflects 1944's technology, economics, aesthetics, and sociology. We will finish the film next time.
2/9 We discussed The Kid. We then took notes on Lacan's Mirror and Media as a Mirror theories. We took notes on Film Noir in preparation for our film next time. Get the notes from someone if you were absent.
2/7 We had a substitute. The class watched and discussed Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. See me if you were absent.
2/5 We finished our notes on film history and watched a few examples of the early evolution of film. For each example, we wrote an evaluation of entertainment and artistic value. We also wrote an explanation of what was "new" or innovative. How did that film progress the medium?
2/1 We continued taking notes on film history. We watched films from Georges Melies and Edwin S. Porter. Get the notes if you were absent.
1/30 We had our first critical thinking assessment assignment on analysis and evaluation of sound, cinematography, and genre theory. See me if you were absent. YOU MUST MAKE UP THIS ASSIGNMENT to avoid an incomplete. We then took notes on early film history and watched and discussed some examples from Edison and the Lumiere brothers.
1/26 We finished and discussed the film. We will write about it next time. The writing next time will be an ASSESSMENT ASSIGNMENT, and is therefore NOT OPTIONAL. Failure to complete that assignment will result in your grade changing to an incomplete.
1/24 We discussed Genre Theory (get the notes) and our first full-length film. We began watching Galaxy Quest. You need to be annotating and analyzing at least 3 elements of sound design (very specifically) and their effect on the film. You need at least 7 specific elements of cinematography. Finally, you will need to talk about the film's adherence to genre requirements and if you experienced "generic frustration."
1/22 We finished our in-class practice assignment (evaluating the cinematography and sound) with clips from Empire of the Sun, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, October Sky, and The Return. The evaluations were handed in. Please have your disclosure document handed in by next time (if you haven't already), or you will risk not watching our first full-length film.
1/18 We briefly discussed the "art" of cinematography in comparison to the "craft" we've taken notes on. We then began our practice assignment to evaluate the use of cinematography and sound design to create or enhance the meaning of film scenes. We watched and evaluated a clip from Silverado, a clip from House of Flying Daggers, and a scene from Across the Universe. We will continue this assignment with more scenes next time.
1/16 We finished our notes on cinematography. If you missed them, you can find them by clicking on the "Cinematography" button in the column at left. We will be using those notes for a practice assignment starting next time.
1/11 DISCLOSURE DOCUMENTS WERE DUE TODAY. We evaluated "Sweet" (you can view it HERE) based on it's use of cinematography and editing to tell a story. We examined different aspects of visual vocabulary and how those aspects play into our psychology and physiology in order to create meaningful communication. We took notes on specific cinematographic elements (transitions, movement, and field of view), and we will continue those discussions next time. Get the notes from someone if you weren't here.
1/9 We finished our discussion of cinematic sound. We evaluated two different film clips: the opening scenes of Birdemic: Shock and Terror and the opening scene of Gravity. Get the notes from someone if you were absent. Disclosure documents are due next time.
1/5 We discussed the disclosure document and class policies. The correctly filled-out and signed last page of the disclosure document is due next Thursday, January 11th. We then discussed the film from last time and watched and evaluated another short film (see below). We then began discussing cinematic sound design as a meaning-making element. We discussed the first two basic concepts.
1/3 We discussed the difference between evaluation and analysis and the specific expectations for evaluating and analyzing films in this class. We completed an in-class practice assignment by analyzing and evaluating a short film. If you were absent, get the notes from someone who was here. The film is below.