Reading & Assignment Schedule (
UPDATED FEB 27th UPDATED MARCH 13TH)
Jan 23rd INTRODUCTION
- This is How We Dream Part 1 & 2”
- TED Talk: “The Shared Wonder of Film“
- Trailer for Black Swan (2010)
[[Wordpress Workshop + Set up Group Google Drive Folder]]
Blog Assignment (Due Jan 29th 5pm): Set up a blog (I recommend WordPress). Send me the URL so I can link to it on the course website. Reaction to a trailer of your own choosing. (250-500 words). Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.
Jan 30th DO THE MOVIES HAVE A FUTURE? I
- “The Way We Live Now,” Do the Movies Have a Future? David Denby
- “The Decay of Cinema” – Susan Sontag (or PDF here)
- NYTimes “Independent movies” 2010 (or PDF here)
- Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002)
Blog Assignment (Due Feb 5th 5pm): Reaction to Adaptation (2002) & Denby. Must include an image. (500 words). Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.
Feb 6th DO THE MOVIES HAVE A FUTURE? II
“Conglomerate Aesthetics: Notes on the Disintegration of Film Language” & “Pirates on the iPod: The Soul of a New Screen.”“The Way We Live Now,”Do the Movies Have a Future? David Denby
- Online Film Criticism Parts I and II. (or PDF here & here)
Blog Assignment (Due Feb 12th 5pm): Twitter-challenge. Review your Top 5 Films in reviews of 140 characters of less.
Feb 13th SNOW DAY: CLASS CANCELLED
Blog Assignment (Due Feb 19th 5pm): Choose one of the resources listed under the post Frames & Screenshots and write a reaction to it: describe it for your readers (what is it? what kind of site is it?) and then respond to it (why did you choose it? why do you find it interesting? does it make you think of cinema in a new way? is it mostly creative or scholarly?) Be sure to embed an image or a video about your resource in your post. 250-500 words.
Feb 20th VISUALS: CINEMATOGRAPHY, COPYRIGHT & CREATIVE COMMONS
- Why PIPA/SOPA is a Bad Idea, Clay Shirky
- Creative Commons 101: http://plugusin.pbworks.com/w/page/68814373/Creative%20Commons%20Video & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DKm96Ftfko
- Looking at Movies 3rd Edition Chapter 1: Looking at Movies & Chapter 6: Cinematography (or PDF here)
- Paperman (2013) (http://themovieblog.com/2013/watch-disneys-short-film-paperman/)
Blog Assignment (Due Feb 26th 5pm): “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (http://thefilmexperience.net/hit-me-with-your-best-shot/): Choose one image from Paperman (2013) and discuss its significance/importance/relevance, etc. Screen-grab image and post it alongside your write-up. (250-500 words). Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.
Feb 27th FAN CULTURE & CULTURAL ANALYSIS: A DISNEY CASE STUDY
- “Is there a Fan in the House? The Affective Sensibility of Fandom” Lawrence Grossberg (PDF here)
- “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” Laura Mulvey (PDF here)
- Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2010)
Blog Assignment (Due March 4th 5pm): Reaction to Black Swan (250-500 words). Must include an image. Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.
Mar 6th SOUND & PODCASTS
- Looking at Movies 3rd Edition Chapter 9: Sound (or PDF here)
- Sounds of Aronofsky: http://supercut.org/video/421
- Natalie Portman Cries A Lot: http://supercut.org/video/113
- Pop Culture Happy Hour: Frozen Princesses And Character Deaths
Assignment (Due Mar 12th 5pm): Group podcast. In groups of three/four, produce a short podcast on any of the films we’ve discussed this semester. Share podcast via Google Drive.
Mar 13th SUPERCUTS, MASHUPS & VIDEO ESSAYS
- Looking at Movies 3rd Edition Chapter 8: Editing (or PDF here)
- “Eyes Wide Shut; Notes Towards a New Video Criticism” (PDF here)
- Scott McCloud’s “Through the Door; Digital Production” (PDF here)
[[iMovie Workshop]] + [[Keynote Workshop]]
Blog Assignment (Due Mar 18th 5pm): Pick one of the video essays listed under resources and write an analysis of it. Either embed the video essay into your post or link to it, and post an image of it. 250-500 words.
Assignment (Due March 26th 5pm): Group Video Essay. In groups of three, produce a short video essay on Black Swan. Share video essay via Google Drive.
Mar 20th SPRING RECESS – NO CLASS
Mar 27th BUILDING A PROJECT FROM THE GROUND UP
Assignment (Due April 1st 5pm): Rough Draft of Project Proposal posted to your blog.
April 3rd PEER REVIEW OF FINAL PROJECT PROPOSALS
Assignment (Due April 8th 5pm): Final Draft of Project Proposal posted to your blog.
April 10th SHARING YOUR WORK
April 17h FINAL PROJECT PREVIEW/REVIEW
April 24th FINAL PROJECT PREP/INDIVIDUAL STUDENT MEETINGS
May 1st FINAL PROJECT GALLERY + WRAP-UP
20% ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION
20% BLOG POSTINGS & RESPONSES
15% VIDEO ESSAY
30% FINAL PROJECT
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– Participation is encouraged and thus any distracting behavior (cell phone use, inappropriate laptop use) is discouraged as it is disrespectful to your classmates and myself.
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