20 May 09

For all levels — A disturbing article in TIME magazine about technology and privacy:



Literacy and the American Classic Cinema – Four eras over five days, with a test on Friday… “High Noon,” “Citizen Kane,” “Casablanca,” “On the Waterfront.”

Questions that appear on the “Citizen Kane” handout:

  1. What is the “story-telling vehicle” of the film?
  2. Charles Foster Kane  claims he doesn’t  care about money, but he’s very rich. On the other hand, he is interested in newspapers. What does that tell us about Kane’s real interests.
  3. I’ve mentioned that Orson Wells who stars in Citizen Kane was a great movie master. This film is strong on technique. What techniques have you seen thus far in the film?
  4. What is gained by using these techniques, what purpose do they serve?
  5. How is “Citizen Kane” like a detective story? And how is a detective story like reporting?
  6. Note — “High Noon” relied on the clock to “drive” the drama. “Citizen Kane” relies on Kane’s last words. 

For Level IIs, if you’re up to it:

Greensboro Filmmakers–

Don’t forget… early bird registration ends this coming Monday, May 25th!  Save $20 by registering now.
Go to:  http://www.48hourfilm.com/greensboro

The project kicks off on June 19th, and your completed film will screen up on the big screen at the Carousel Luxury Theaters.

Also, a quick note from our friends at the City of Greensboro about permits:

Please remember if you are planning on filming in the Greensboro area – in parks, cemeteries, downtown, etc. – you must have a completed agreement (attached) signed for approval and returned to Barbara McKenzie no later than June 1, 2009.

Barbara McKenzie
City of Greensboro, Special Events


19 May 09

Here’s a good site description for Twitter:


How many people in the class use Twitter?


Level I, Period Two.


Literacy and the American Classic Cinema – Four eras over five days, with a test on Friday… “High Noon,” “Citizen Kane,” “Casablanca,” “On the Waterfront.”

Questions that appear on the “High Noon” handout:

  • Why does the marshal decide not to ride to safety with his new bride, but instead returns to the town to face trouble?
  • Why does the marshal’s wife decide to leave?
  • Why does Harvey the deputy decide to quit his job and turn in his badge?
  • What does the story tell us about Harvey, both through the Mexican woman and through Harvey’s own behavior in the bar, drinking?
  • What role does the Mexican woman play in defining the sheriff?
    • Through his deputy?
    • Through the new wife?
  • Why do the town’s people not support the marshal when he goes to the church seeking their support?
  • Is the marshal protecting the town, or is he protecting himself, knowing that he can’t outrun the evil outlaw and believing that he will find support in town, should it come to a fight?
  • What does the marshal’s behavior tell us about him as a character? Think of his reactions when he realizes that he is not going to get the support of the town.

13 May 2009

The library of the imagination in the three parts —


How Mass Comm might use cell phones and Google Maps to save the world….



Level I, Period II

Sequence for creating a A/V script template, or Podcast script template:

1. Go to WORD

2. Menu > Table > Insert > Table

3. Dialogue box opens. Choose two (2) Columns and 20 Rows.

4. Click OK

5. Top Row TYPE “Picture,”; then tabe to next column and TYPE “Narration.” If you’re writing a Podcast or Radio script type “Sound” in place of “Picture.”

Continue presenting concepts for media project due at the end of the week, Friday,  15 May 2009.

6 May 2009

What do you think?


History of Online Video and YouTube


5 May 2009

Remember I told you about the “Got Milk” adverts?




Okay, quickly, the Tribeca film festival is in full swing — here are four shorts we can watch, one each day for the rest of the week.



Level II periods one and three —






4 May 2009

Level I, Period Two —

Target audience –As defined by Wikipedia: “In marketing and advertising, a target audience, or target group is the primary group of people that something, usually an advertising campaign, is aimed at appealing to. A target audience can be people of a certain age group, gender, marital status, etc. (ex: teenagers, females, single people, etc.) A certain combination, like men from twenty to thirty is often a target audience. Other groups, although not the main focus, may also be interested. Discovering the appropriate target market(s) to market a product or service to is one of the most important stages involved with market research. Without knowing the target audience, a company’s advertising and the selling efforts can become difficult and very expensive.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_audience

– Elements:






Marital status

Family status