Oct 20 2009

Printing your essays

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Please bring a printed copy of your essay to class on Thursday. Don’t know where? Here’s some info that may be useful: https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0Bx-L9vXR90VdNDc0Yjk3MTEtMjg4Ny00Yzg3LThiYmItNjQ3NmYwMjcxYzE5&hl=en

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Oct 14 2009

Continuity Plan

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Greetings, my esteemed students.

We are going through difficult times, particularly for the continuity of the work we are doing in class. It is less than ideal for us to not meet and continue building upon our knowledge and gained analytical skills. It is therefore important for us to continue thinking about our class material. For this reason, here are the following assignments and rescheduled work.

1. Essay #1 is due on Tuesday, October 20. If we meet in person, turn in a printed copy. If not, attach and e-mail me the file. Between now and the deadline, feel free to email me if you have any questions.

2. Watch Robert Rodriguez’s Indie classic “El Mariachi” and be prepared to discuss it in our next class in light of the Looking at Movies material and the Pribram chapter. This will serve as a review for the midterm exam.

The midterm exam will be on the class after next… Hopefully Thursday next week.

Best wishes on these difficult times.

Leonardo

PS You can find El Mariachi in UPR Google Video (video.upr.edu) or through the email you received when I shared it with you several weeks ago.

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Sep 29 2009

Announcements

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A few announcements:

  1. The Assignments page in the blog has been updated and you have the details for both Essay #1 and Essay #2 (so you can start planning). Essay #1 is due on Tuesday, October 13.
  2. The reading for Tuesday, October 6 is available in the Course Documents site. Here’s a link.
  3. The Midterm Exam will be on Thursday, October 8.
  4. Bonus postings are available for the following films:
    1. Do the Right Thing
    2. Run Lola Run

To earn the bonus, you must post a 250-word analysis that makes a point about a scene (or group of scenes) using at least three cinematic elements of the film in an integrated fashion. In other words, how do at least three elements of film work together to achieve an effect?

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Sep 29 2009

Analysis of Sound in “Gas, Food, Lodging”

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For this posting, you must analyze the use of sound in Allison Anders’ debut film Gas, Food, Lodging. Focus on a scene or group of scene and analyze the use, design, function, and/or  purpose of sound in the film. The screening checklist in page 311 may be useful. Your initial 250-word posting is due before class on Tuesday, October 6 and your response to a classmate’s posting is dueby Thursday that week.

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Sep 22 2009

Protected: Analysis of Editing in Clerks

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Sep 15 2009

Protected: Analysis of Acting in “Reservoir Dogs”

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Sep 09 2009

Cinematography in “She’s Gotta Have It”

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For this posting you must analyze a shot, sequence of shots, scene, or cinematographic pattern in Spike Lee’s film “She’s Gotta Have It.” While the language of mise-en-scene is relevant to this analysis, you should focus on cinematographic elements, such as choices in film stock, implied proximity, camera angle, camera movement, lighting, and so on. Your initial 250-word posting is due on Tuesday, September 15 and your response to a classmate’s posting is due by the following Thursday.

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Sep 04 2009

Ratings and Comments

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Folks, please feel free to comment, review, or informally discuss the films, via the forum or by commenting on a posting. Also, Google Video gives you the ability to rate a video– and I’d love to see how the class rates the films.

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Sep 04 2009

Slacker

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Your assignments for Thursday, Sept. 10 are:

  1. Reach Chapter 5 (Cinematography) of Looking at Movies.
  2. Watch Slacker. There is no mandatory posting associated with this film, but feel free to discuss it and analyze it by commenting on this posting.

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Aug 31 2009

Analysis of Mise-en-scene in Sex, Lies, and Videotape

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Analyze the use of mise-en-scene in this film, focusing on a meaningful shot, series of “familiar images” or other patterns. Your posting should interpret the shot(s) chosen through analysis of its composition and/or design. Your initial 250-word posting is due on Thursday, September 3 and your response to a classmate’s posting is due by the following Tuesday.

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