3 September 2009

Level II, Period II

Review yesterday’s discussion of the camera. Questions?

Let’s listen to this brief talk about story telling by Ira Glass of “This American Life.” from Chicago Public Radio — http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=360

Glass is the guy who created the program, and this is what he’s learned over the course of his career — http://bit.ly/tpStE OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loxJ3FtCJJA&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Freporterscenter&feature=player_profilepage#t=90

Yesterday I came up with this vague story for the class to storyboard based on our discussion about the language and grammar of film: “There is a farm house on the prairie. The wind is blowing. In the distance, trucks pass on the highway. Suddenly smoke appears from the chimney…” Or something like that. You were supposed to take my words and turn them into images that reflect the story, and then produce an image of the next shot, which advances the story and sets the action. I wasn’t looking for beauty… Let’s see what you accomplished. But first some questions:

  • What was I looking for?
  • What do you think was the point of this exercise?
  • Did you find a difference between writing for the page and creating a storyboard for film or video?
    • What problems did you encounter in the process?
    • What surprises?
    • How were the two — print vs. video/film — – the written word-story, and the image told-story — similar?
    • How were the different?
  • Can you list the visual “tools” — based on yesterday’s lesson on the camera and the language of film — that you used in your storyboard?
    • Look at your storyboard, at each panel, and tell me what the camera is doing.

Okay, on to this week’s movie. “Sicko” speaks to the president’s upcoming address to a joint session of Congress on healthcare, September 9. This legislation may well be the most momentous social program in the last 100 years of American history, including the New Deal. Who knows what the New Deal was? NOTE: ALL THREE MASS COMM CLASSES WILL FOLLOW THE LEAD UP AND FOLLOW-ON (SECOND-DAY STORY) ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION.

Michael Moore, the filmmaker has been called a lot of things. His documentaries have been derided as “mockumentaries.” Is this fair? Is he biased? What do we mean by bias?

  • First, what does “deride” mean? It’s a good SAT word.
  • Second, what is a mockumentary? What would you guess?
  • Three what other films do you know by Moore?
  • If anyone wants a full credit of 100 — I’m not talking about extra credit — I will accept a paper or series of proofs showing where Moore lied, not where he bent the truth in favor of his arguments, but where he actually distorted the truth into a lie.
  • Be prepared to write me a 250 word paper describing the film.

Level III, Period III

I want reports from the groups — WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO SEND ME A TREATMENT. YOU WILL LOSE ONE FULL GRADE POINT FOR EACH DAY YOU GO PASS YOUR DEADLINES. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO MERCY. FACE THE DOOOOOOOOOM! After all, as you often remind me, you are seeeenyours.

  • Matthew, Lawrence and Kareem — you’re doing a dance film. How is it going. I will grade you on it.
  • Leigh Anne, Seth and Katie — you’re working on Eli Seed’s film. Please report.
  • Lawrence and Tony, if you look at the assignment board, you were supposed to be doing a film together. What happened.
  • Francisco – what is your status with this class, since you got put in here without ever having Level II.
  • Daniel and Sai — when are you going to upload and beginning editing.
    • When are you going to send me a treatment?
  • Matthew, Austen, Patty — why has your group grown so large? Why should I tolerate it?

    Level I, Period IV

    Recall that I how showed you Google was making a new effort to present news in pictures?  http://news.google.com/news?&imv=1 Now take a look at the way this web site is presenting the news — http://www.newsmap.jp/#/b,e,m,n,s,t,w/us/view/ Let’s discuss.

    Let’s finish the popcorn reading on the history of Media.

    I will write a summary of this information to give to you tomorrow or next Tuesday, depending on the film we watch today.

    Okay, on to this week’s movie. “Sicko” speaks to the president’s upcoming address to a joint session of Congress on healthcare, September 9. This legislation may well be the most momentous social program in the last 100 years of American history, including the New Deal. Who knows what the New Deal was? NOTE: ALL THREE MASS COMM CLASSES WILL FOLLOW THE LEAD UP AND FOLLOW-ON (SECOND-DAY STORY) ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION.

    Michael Moore, the filmmaker has been called a lot of things. His documentaries have been derided as “mockumentaries.” Is this fair? Is he biased? What do we mean by bias?

    • First, what does “deride” mean? It’s a good SAT word.
    • Second, what is a mockumentary? What would you guess?
    • Three what other films do you know by Moore?
    • If anyone wants a full credit of 100 — I’m not talking about extra credit — I will accept a paper or series of proofs showing where Moore lied, not where he bent the truth in favor of his arguments, but where he actually distorted the truth into a lie.
    • Be prepared to write me a 250 word paper describing the film.
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