Monday, September 18, 2017

The RotMI Reading Project

Here's a chance to read a great book about--what else--film!

By Friday, 9/29, find an appropriate book (see below) and bring it to class.

It may be a book...

Whatever book you choose it should be between 100-300 pages, appropriate for a school assignment, and brought to class on Friday, 9/29. Books on iPads, Kindles or other electronic devices are more than welcome.

We'll discuss in class how we're going to write about our books and by when you need to finish reading. Just go find a great book about film!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Key Concepts for Chapter 1

There will be a very brief Reading Reward (QUIZ) on Friday, 9/15 on some of the key concepts from Chapter 1 of our textbook, Understanding Movies. The best way to prepare is to thoroughly read Chapter 1, completing the fill-in-the-blank handout (that you received in class) as you go, and focusing on the following terms and concepts:
  • 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)
Good luck!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome to the RotMI Blog, FALL 2017!

Bookmark this site now! It's the place to come for course information and everything you need to keep up with assignments and due dates!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Final Exam Project Written Reflection

Click on the image to get the requirements for the Final Exam Project written reflection. Then check out the Film Terminology list to make sure your film exhibits at least 5 of these cinematic elements and 1 camera movement.

Submit your reflection to by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Student Choice Film

It's time for our class to pick the next film we'll study!

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, 5/1 at 9 p.m.:

1) The film's titledirector, and year it was released (check 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!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Key Concepts for Chapter 2

There will be a very brief Reading Reward (quiz) on Tuesday, 3/28 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 (that you received last week) as you go, and focusing on the following terms and concepts:
  • Mise en scéne
  • Aspect ratio
  • The dominant
  • Open form vs. closed form
  • Proxemic patterns
  • Classical composition
Good luck!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Test on Tuesday, 3/7

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:
  • In Jaws: The aspects of classical cinema; thriller as genre; metonymy; the "Jaws Shot"; triadic composition as motif; long take; DVD special features; continuity errors; cameo; Quint's monologue on the USS IndianapolisBe able to cite specific examples of these concepts from the film to prove your point.
  • Key Terms and the Effects They Create: framing (shot types), camera angles, lighting (high/low key, neutral); visual rhetoric (the definition of RotMI); deep focus; shallow/soft focus; rack/selective focus; eye-line match; diegetic, non-diegetic, and internal diegetic sound; authorial and subjective points of view--and EVERYTHING FROM CHAPTER ONE of our textbook! 
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 Monday, 3/6 in room 452 at 2:35 p.m.

UPDATE: Approximate test breakdown: 60% multiple choice / 20% short answer (on classical cinema  & what is Rhetoric of the Moving Image?) / 20% mini-essay (LCD aspects)

Good luck!