WELCOME TO THE FILM STUDIES PAGE!

What we've learned so far:

*6 Class Rules for 328
*How to give our brains a boost (Breathe in through nose, out through mouth!)
*Where our class info is located (Our wiki!)
*What we DO in this class (ANALYZE, not watch!)
*Ways of seeing (REAL & MIND's eye)
*What FORMALISM is (Critical approach), HOW to use it (Look for DETAILS & what they mean)
*WHY it's important (Critical thinking, train our brains to "SEE" details)
*HOW to do a formalist close-reading (or viewing) of a film scene (like we did with the Elizabeth clips)
*History of King Henry VIII
*Identify archetypes in film
*Examine situations and predict likely outcomes in film
*Compare/contrast sequels to originals (E.T.G.A.)
*Historical milestones during the Elizabethan Period (literature, new discoveries, war, etc.)
*The basic plot of Shakespeare's MacBeth and how these many Shakespearean plot structures are used in modern film
*The key elements of science fiction (with examples)
*The ways C.O.R. compares/contrasts with MacBeth
*How documentaries differ from other film genres
*How documentaries always present a position based on what the filmmaker includes/excludes
*How sea mammal parks used to procure their orcas
*Traced the history of Tillikum, the killer whale
*Examined issues & behavior of with killer whales in captivity vs in the wild
*Examined the court case between OSHA and Sea World
*Traced the history of the civil rights movement
*Identified key milestones and issues in the civil rights movement
*Examined these milestones through Secret Life of Bees film
*Examined symbolic meaning in Secret Life of Bees
*Explored character analysis in Secret Life of Bees
*Collaborated to explain symbolic meaning presentations for Secret Life of Bees
*Collaborated to create assessments for plot knowledge of Secret Life of Bees

FILM STUDIES COURSE INFO

History of Motion Pictures from Youtube

HISTORY OF FILM AND FX REVIEW

CIVIL RIGHTS TIMELINE

SYLLABUS WEEK 8:
MON-DIRECTOR PRESENTATIONS/EVALS
TUE-HISTORY OF MARTIAL ARTS IN FILM
WED-MARTIAL ARTS GENRE
THUR-MARTIAL ARTS GENRE
FRI-M.A.G. REVIEW


week 6
MONDAY-SECRET LIFE OF BEES/CIVIL RIGHTS TIMELINE & MILESTONES
TUESDAY-SECRET LIFE OF BEES.
WEDNESDAY-FINISH SECRET LIFE OF BEES/SECRETS CHART
THURSDAY-SECRET LIFE OF BEES-QUIZ/PREP PRESENTATIONS
FRIDAY-PRESENTATIONS


Week 2/3 (3 explores sequel to Elizabeth)
MON-TRACE HISTORY OF HENRY VIII/BEGIN ELIZABETH
TUE-FORMALIST ANALYSIS-ELIZABETH
WED-FORMALIST ANALYSIS-ELIZABETH
THUR-FINISH ANALYSIS OF ELIZABETH/PRESENTATION GROUPS
FRIDAY-ASSESSMENT: GROUP PRESENTATIONS

WEEK 1-
WED- CLASS RULES/COURSE OVERVIEW/WEBSITE, BLOG & QUIZ STAR ORIENTATION/QUIZ-CLASS RULES
THUR-WAYS OF SEEING/FORMALISM INTRO/FILM CLIPS
FRI-COMMON FILM TERMINOLOGY/FILM CLIPS

HOMEWORK: TAKE 5 MINUTES TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU LEARN EACH DAY. REVIEW THE FAB 4 EACH DAY!


MARTIAL ARTS GENRE:

MARTIAL ARTS UNIT







DIRECTOR PROJECT (150 POINTS):

GOAL-You will select a film director and conduct research on him/her. YOU WILL COME TO ME TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR DIRECTOR. *FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE-NO DIRECTORS CAN BE REPEATED.

Using that research you will create a presentation in Imovie about your selected director.
BE SURE TO INCLUDE:
*General description of what a director actually does
*Biographical info
*Filmography
*Awards/Recognition
*Budgets
*Quotes from interviews
*Use photos throughout
*5 question quiz on material covered at the end of your presentation

LENGTH-VARIES--SHOULD BE AROUND 3-5 MINUTES IN LENGTH

TIMELINE:
TUESDAY-SELECT DIRECTOR/BEGIN RESEARCH
WEDNESDAY-FINISH RESEARCH/ASSEMBLE PROJECT
THURSDAY-20 MIN TO FINISH PROJECT-BEGIN PRESENTATIONS OF PROJECTS
FRIDAY-FINISH PROJECT PRESENTATIONS


DIRECTOR SUGGESTIONS:
STEVEN SPIELBERG
JAMES CAMERON
RIDLEY SCOTT
QUENTIN TARANTINO
MARTIN SCORSESE
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
ALFRED HITCHCOCK
CLINT EASTWOOD
PETER JACKSON
TIM BURTON
ROBERT ZEMECKIS
GEORGE LUCAS
OLIVER STONE
SAM RAIMI
MICHAEL BAY
SPIKE LEE
RON HOWARD
JOHN CARPENTER
LUC BESSON
JOHN LANDIS
ROBERT REDFORD
ANG LEE
JOHN WOO



FILM STUDIES-
MARTIAL ARTS IN FILM-
OBJECTIVE-
I can trace the history of martial arts in film and its impact upon the film industry. I can identify key aspects of the martial arts genre.

Before-
Free thought association with "kung fu."
Wiki reading
During-
Martial Arts in Film video
After-
Running Review on Kahoot
Quiz Star






SECRET LIFE OF BEES UNIT:
THEMES:
FORGIVENESS
LOSS
EMPOWERMENT
*Think about how each character relates to each theme.


S.L.O.B. PRESENTATION RUBRIC


QUIZ-50 PTS

50-ACCURATE, PRESENTED CLEARLY, VARIED QUESTIONS

40-ACCURATE, PRESENTED SOMEWHAT CLEARLY, VARIED QUESTIONS

30-ACCURATE, NOT PRESENTED CLEARLY AND/OR SIMILAR QUESTIONS

20 & BELOW-NOT ACCURATE, NOT PRESENTED CLEARLY


SYMBOLS PRESENTATION-50 PTS

50-AT LEAST 3 SYMBOLS, WELL EXPLAINED, WELL ARTICULATED

40-AT LEAST 3 SYMBOLS, FAIRLY EXPLAINED, FAIRLY ARTICULATED

30-AT LEAST 3 SYMBOLS, POORLY EXPLAINED AND/OR POORLY ARTICULATED

20 & BELOW-LESS THAN 3 SYMBOLS, POORLY EXPLAINED, POORLY ARTICULATED


MAXIMUM POINTS POSSIBLE-100






BLACKFISH-DOCUMENTARY UNIT:
VIDEO GUIDE

*HOW IS A DOCUMENTARY DIFFERENT FROM A DRAMA OR FICTION PIECE?
*DO DOCUMENTARIES CONTAIN OPINIONS OR POSITIONS ABOUT A TOPIC? HOW DO FILMMAKERS ACCOMPLISH THIS?
*WHAT DO YOU "SEE" IN THE DOCUMENTARY? WHAT DO YOU NOT "SEE"?

SEA WORLD'S RESPONSE TO BLACKFISH

RESPONSE TO SEA WORLD'S LETTER

C.O.R. UNIT-

CONSIDER HOW PART OF THIS FILM'S PLOT SHARES SIMILARITIES WITH SHAKESPEARE'S MACBETH.

MACBETH SUMMARY


C.O.R. CHARACTERS:

VAKKO-BRAVE WARRIOR-LOOKS TO BE LORD MARSHAL (RELUCTANTLY)-FEELS HE SHOULD BE IT

DAME VAKKO-MANIPULATING-AMBITIOUS-THINKS HER HUSBAND SHOULD BE LORD MARSHAL-NOT ABOVE KILLING THE CURRENT LORD MARSHAL TO PUT HIM THERE-PLOTS AND SCHEMES--SHE HATES ELEMENTALS!

AERON-ELEMENTAL-MAKES PREDICTIONS-ENLISTS RIDDICK'S HELP TO FIGHT NECROMONGERS-CALLED A WITCH BY DAME VAKKO

RIDDICK-ABANDONED AS A BABY (MOTHERLESS CHILD)-CONFESSED MASS MURDERER--A FUGITIVE WITH A HUGE BOUNTY ON HIS HEAD--ENLISTED TO DEFEAT NECROMONGERS-FURIAN

LORD MARSHAL-TRIED TO WIPE OUT FURIANS AS A PROPHECY SAID HE WOULD ONE DAY BE KILLED BY ONE

KYA-MET RIDDICK WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG (POSING AS A BOY) & IDOLIZED HIM. ESCAPED WITH HIM FROM A SAVAGE PLANET. RIDDICK LEFT HER WHERE HE THOUGHT SHE'D BE SAFE--BUT SHE FELL INTO GREAT TROUBLE.

IMAM-ALSO ESCAPED WITH KYA AND RIDDICK FROM THE SAVAGE PLANET. WAS ONE OF FEW PEOPLE RIDDICK EVER TRUSTED.


THE PURIFIER-A NECROMONGER WHO "HELPS" PEOPLE MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM HUMAN TO NECROMONGER

TOOMBS-BOUNTY HUNTER

C.O.R. COLLABORATIVE PROJECT:
*YOU AND YOUR CREW WILL MAKE A SHORT VIDEO THAT COVERS 2 ASPECTS OF C.O.R. (SEE BELOW):

MINIMUM LENGTH: 2 MINUTES
MAXIMUM LENGTH: 5 MINUTES

FIRST PART--HOW C.O.R. IS SIMILAR TO SHAKESPEARE'S MACBETH--YOU MAY USE TITLE SCREENS & PHOTOS AS WELL AS VIDEO
SECOND PART-YOUR REVIEW OF C.O.R.--THIS IS YOUR VIDEO OPINION OF THE FILM (HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT, BEST PARTS/WORST PARTS)

*HAVE FUN! A SENSE OF HUMOR IS OK.
*BE APPROPRIATE-NO FOUL LANGUAGE OR UGLINESS
*RECORD IN CHUNKS. YOU CAN EDIT THEM TOGETHER.

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4TH BLOCK-WORST FILM EVER REVIEW:

READ THE ARTICLE BELOW & THEN, WRITE YOUR OWN REVIEW OF THE WORST MOVIE YOU'VE EVER SEEN.
USE AT LEAST 5 CREATIVE METAPHORS AND 5 CREATIVE SIMILES IN YOUR REVIEW. EMAIL IT WHEN YOU ARE DONE!
ARTICLE-ROGER EBERT'S WORST REVIEWS

SIGNS-GROUP PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

COUNTS AS A QUIZ GRADE
*DATE OF PRESENTATIONS:
4TH BLOCK-MONDAY
5TH BLOCK-TUESDAY
*GOAL-YOUR GROUP WILL MAKE A PRESENTATION TO THE CLASS LASTING NO LESS THAN 10 MINUTES/NO MORE THAN 15 MINUTES ABOUT YOUR ASSIGNED TOPIC.

STEP 1:
BRAINSTORM ALL THE POSSIBLE SIGNS FROM THE MOVIE FOR YOUR TOPIC.

STEP 2:
DECIDE WHICH SIGNS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TO COVER. EACH GROUP MEMBER SHOULD HAVE A SIGN TO PRESENT/EXPLAIN.

STEP 3:
EACH MEMBER SHOULD COME UP WITH THEIR EXPLANATION FOR THEIR SIGN AS IT RELATES TO THE FILM.
USE GOOGLE TO EXPLORE ANY EXTENDED MEANINGS YOUR "SIGNS" MAY HAVE. *ALSO, SEE NOTE ABOUT VISUAL AID BELOW.

STEP 4:
THE GROUP SHOULD PREPARE A SHORT QUIZ ABOUT THEIR TOPIC TO GIVE THE CLASS AT THE END OF THE GROUP PRESENTATION. QUIZ SHOULD LAST NO LONGER THAN 2 MINUTES WORTH OF YOUR PRESENTATION.

*EACH PERSON SHOULD USE SOME TYPE OF VISUAL AID LIKE THE BOARD, A POSTER, A DRAWING, LAPTOP & PROJECTOR, ETC. FOR YOUR SIGN.



CAST AWAY UNIT:
Cast Away Unit:
IMDB Listing
Wikipedia Link
Special Effects Link
Interview with Don Burgess, ASC

Consider the following questions:
1. What is the universal conflict?
Man vs. Nature, Man vs. God/Fate, Man vs. Man, Man vs. Himself--which fits the best?
2. What are some themes explored in this film?
Time is _.
Living is _.
Hope is .
3. What evidence can you find of the changes that Chuck Noland experiences (physically and emotionally)?
4. Describe the difference between the everyday "idea" of a tropical island and the reality that Noland encounters.
Our idea: palm trees, lots of fruit, beautiful weather, paradise
Reality: rugged terrain, storms, little variety of food
5. How does Noland become resourceful while on the island?
Skates, dress, videotape, volleyball, leaves, coconuts--what does he do with these?
6. Why does Noland create "Wilson"?
7. What part does art play in Noland's experience?
Angel wings, cave drawings, Wilson--what do they do for Chuck?
8. Why is a rope hanging from the top of the island's cliff?
9. Does Noland go "insane"? Why or why not?
10. Describe the dynamic between Noland and Kelly. How does it change?
11. Digital effects editing was used throughout this film. Can you describe scenes in which this process was used?
12. How do you feel about the movie's ending? Was it what you expected or hoped for or would you have created a different ending?

Other issues/considerations:
*What is the difference between living and existing?
When we live, we are engaged in life. Work, love, fun, etc. When we merely exist we only have to breathe, eat and sleep.
*What do you, personally, live for? What would keep you going if you were in Noland's situation?
*Why do we measure time the way that we do? Do we really need to?
*Explain the difference between the following:

Time before the crash --measured in seconds and minutes; Chuck's always rushing; he always has a destination

Time on the island --measured in days--then months--then seasons--then years; weather related (rainy season, dry season, windy season); measured by tides

Time after the island--measured moment to moment.**



FORMALIST GROUP PRESENTATIONS-BASIC GUIDELINES-(FOR ELIZABETH)


*USING FORMALIST PRINCIPLES, YOUR GROUP WILL BE ASSIGNED ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

  1. EXPLORE SYMBOLISM IN ELIZABETH. YOU SHOULD USE AT LEAST 4 AND HAVE EXAMPLES AND DETAILED EXPLANATIONS TO BACK THEM UP
  2. EXAMINE THE USE OF ARCHETYPES IN ELIZABETH. YOU SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 3 AND HAVE EXAMPLES AND DETAILED EXPLANATIONS TO BACK THEM UP.
  3. COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE CORONATION AND ENDING SCENES. YOU SHOULD HAVE IN-DEPTH DETAILS AND EXAMPLES TO BACK THIS UP.
  4. CONDUCT AN IN-DEPTH CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF NORFOLK, ELIZABETH, ROBERT OR WALSINGHAM. USE EXAMPLES AND IN-DEPTH DETAILS TO BACK UP YOUR IDEAS.

*EACH GROUP MUST HAVE A VISUAL AID.
*EACH GROUP MUST HAVE A VIDEO CLIP (SEARCH YOUTUBE) TO USE AS AN EXAMPLE.
*2 GROUP MEMBERS SHOULD TAKE TURNS DOING THE PRESENTATION.
*A THIRD GROUP MEMBER MUST ADMINISTER A SHORT QUIZ FOR THE CLASS TO END THE PRESENTATION.

INTRO TO FORMALISM UNIT (FOR WEEK 1):
INTRODUCTION: Ways of "Seeing"
The first thing we need to remember is to see with "both" sets of eyes--our real eyes and our mind's eye. You look at what your real eyes see and then you examine what it means to you (that's using your mind's eye--You know, like when somebody says "You see what I mean?).

We'll practice this a bit with a few film clips in class. What's important is not whether you are "right" or "wrong"--what's important is to train your eyes to pay attention to what you see in a scene. Details like facial expressions, wardrobe, setting, props, movement--that kind of stuff--can mean a lot!
*And don't forget--sometimes what you don't see is important, too!

CLIP 1-
ELIZABETH-CROWNED

CLIP 2-
ELIZABETH-ENDING


FORMALISM:
HANDOUT FOR FORMALISM


I ROBOT UNIT:
PRACTICE QUIZ
2ND PRACTICE QUIZ
QUOTES
I, ROBOT WIKI
I ROBOT SHORT STORY