agenda :: 3/19

writing warm-up: now that you’re in the midst of completing your module 2 project, visit the website futureme.org and send your future self an email from your present self. think about the things you’ve learned so far in the past two modules, and send along advice or words of encouragement to help yourself out at the end of the semester. set the deliver date for one month from now (april 19), submit, and wait.

reading recap: “shitty first drafts”

“For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.” (p. 22)

  • the first draft is the “child’s draft” – let it run wild, don’t get bogged down in your adult aesthetic or criticisms, just see what comes out of it. or the “down draft” – just get it down
  • the second draft is the “up” draft – you’re fixing it up
  • the final draft is the “dental draft” – you’re checking “every tooth to see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed, or even, God help us, healthy”

group meetings: as a group, view everyone’s rough drafts. explain what stage it is in to your group, and what you plan to do between now and your due date to finish up. think of this time as a mini-critique, giving honest and helpful feedback to your peers. make note of what works, and help find solutions to what doesn’t. this is your last chance to meet with your groups, so make it worth your while and gain as much feedback as you possibly can! ask questions, be critical, and think of the “dental draft” approach. is everything in place and working? what needs to be fixed or put in place? does the visual style match the subject of the piece? is there a balance of a-roll and b-roll material? a clear story with a beginning, middle, and end?

independent work: use the rest of the class period however you need in order to stay on schedule for your screening next week. i’ll stick around to talk if you have questions or want to show me your rough draft for some feedback for the weekend. you’re free to stick around and work on your edits here or in the lab, or leave to go complete some final shooting or work outside of the classroom, but let me know what your plan is!

homework:

  • complete the post-production segment of the production journal, due on your blog by monday, march 30 at 11:59pm. you do not have to complete the “reflection” phase of the production journal until your project has been screened, so i will assign this next week.
  • our first group of students will show their work on the tuesday, march 31, when we come back from break. we will hold a critique as usual. students in this group, make sure that your video is completed, posted to your blog, and easily viewable for us during class.
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