Submit your reflection to Turnitin.com by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
For the next few days we'll be accepting student-nominated selections and, afterwards, we'll vote on which film the class will see. (Each class section will choose its own film, but we need at least 4-5 nominations per class to make this work.)
If you wish to nominate a film, you must leave a comment below with the following information NO LATER THAN Monday, 5/7 at 9 p.m.:
1) The film's title, director, and year it was released (check IMDB.com for this info)
2) 2-3 sentences about why you're nominating this film. If you've seen it before, why do you think viewing the film would be a valuable experience for the class? If you haven't seen it, why are you nominating it?
- The film you're nominating should be no longer than 2 hours (less than this would be even better!) and its content should be appropriate for our class.
- 1 nomination per person.
- "Sign" your comment with your first name and last initial!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
The test will focus on Sam Mendes' American Beauty, Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest, and the key terms and concepts from chapter 2 from our textbook, Understanding Movies. Be sure to look over your notes, your homework assignments, and all Viewing Guides and handouts (especially regarding the Classical Paradigm and Episodic narrative structure). Also, know how to define "rhetoric" and be able to give an example of "rhetoric of the moving image." Along with the general plot, key quotes, and character developments of our films, be sure to also focus on these areas in your review:
- In North By Northwest: 3-act structure; director's cameo; day for night shooting; femme fatale; MacGuffin; final cut privileges; title credits; parody; montage; characterization and compression; visual irony; phallic symbol; visual foreshadowing; character subtext; "stealing a shot"; film subtexts; matte shot; "Becoming George Kaplan"; "The Matchless Eve Kendall"; "Murder scenes shot lovingly and love scenes shot murderously"; epiphany and character arc; how tension and suspense are created in "The Crop Dusting Scene." Be able to cite specific examples of these concepts from the film to prove your point
This is only a general guide and possibly not a complete list of everything we learned and everything you should study!
Extra help will be offered after school at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/24 in room 452.
The approximate test breakdown: 60% multiple choice / 20% mini-mise en scene analysis / 20% short answers
Saturday, April 14, 2018
❶ Let your eyes wander around this frame from Modern Times for a few minutes. Using “The Elements of a Mise en Scène Analysis” handout you received in class, analyze the frame considering the following elements numbered 1, 3, 9, 10, 14, and 15.
❷ Write a 1-2 page typed and double-spaced mise en scène analysis that ultimately describes the frame’s significance to the film as a whole and/or something significant regarding the characters in the frame.
❸ I suggest this as a structure for your essay:
❡1 - A brief description of the frame’s context–who is in the frame, what’s their relationship, and what’s happening at this moment in the story.
❡2 - A breakdown of the elements numbered above (1, 3, 9, etc.) Make sure you explain your responses: how do you know it's Closed Form, for example. And what makes the Dominant the Dominant?
❡3 - An analysis of how those elements contribute to the frame’s overall meaning or significance.
Look over the model mise en scène analysis provided in class and click on the image above to get a closer look.
Submit your analysis via Turnitin.com by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, 4/18.
Monday, March 19, 2018
There will be a very brief Reading Reward (quiz) on TUESDAY, 4/10 [NEW DATE] on some of the key concepts from Chapter 2 of our textbook, Understanding Movies. The best way to prepare is to thoroughly read Chapter 2, completing the fill-in-the-blank handout (on Google Classroom) as you go, and focusing on the following terms and concepts:
Sunday, March 4, 2018
The test will focus on Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the key terms and concepts from chapter 1 of our textbook, Understanding Movies. Also, review everything from the beginning of the course, such as literary, dramatic, and cinematic aspects, etc. Look over your notes, your homework assignments, and all Viewing Guides and handouts.
Along with the general plot and character developments of Jaws, be sure to focus on these areas in your review:
This is only a general guide and not a complete list of everything we learned and everything you should study!
Extra help will be offered after school on Tuesday, 3/6 in room 452 at 2:35 p.m.
UPDATE: Approximate test breakdown: 60% multiple choice / 20% mini-essay (on classical cinema) / 20% short answers
Monday, January 29, 2018
- Film style: Realism, formalism & classical cinema
- Shots: Long, medium, close-up and the effects they create
- Angles: Eye-level, high, low, birds-eye view, and oblique (also known as canted or dutch) and the effects they create
- The role of the cinematographer
- Photography: Soft-focus, deep-focus, and rack focusing (selective focusing)