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agenda :: 4/28

video warm-up: mind your head: the poems of henry ponder :: i found this pretty interesting – henry ponder is an obscure poet who composes mostly on twitter, sending out short, simple, sometimes funny or profound observations about the minutiae of daily life. the filmmaker here was inspired by his outlook on things and reached out to him about making a short film depicting reenactments of some of his poems. read more about their interaction and the inspiration here.

group meetings: get together with your small groups one last time to check in, share your progress, and field questions. remember that you should be ideally editing your raw material together at this time, so pay attention to the post-production aspects of video creation. does the pacing of the piece feel natural? are subtitles or other text spelled correctly? are music and other audio elements balanced?  does the piece in general make sense? are there any moments where the flow of the piece is disrupted or less polished? be picky for each other, and pay attention to the details.

workshop time: the clock is ticking on these projects – stick around to work independently editing on your computer, grab a camera and get some last-minute footage, do whatever the next item on this project’s agenda is and do it well! talk to me about your projects if you’re feeling stuck or need a little feedback on any problems you’re having. 


  • continue making progress on your project on your own. good luck, i can’t wait to see how they have turned out!
  • final project screenings will begin on thursday! hard to believe it came so quickly, but here is our schedule for the rest of the semester:
    • thursday april 30 (required attendance for all) ::  kimmi, don, connie, yuhe
    • tuesday may 5 (required attendance for all) :: shannon,  jesse, grace, fanwen, wangsoo, jun, kelsey, jason
    • thursday may 7 (optional reading day extension) :: seri, sophia, saina, xianhao, haley, mi so, tingnan, yuxiang, ian
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agenda :: 4/23

independent work:  Since you have very little time before your projects are due (and I realize how difficult it is to get so many things done at the end of the semester), today’s class time would be best spent letting you make unimpeded progress on your projects. As a result, use our class time to make progress on your project however you need. It’s a great day out there, perfect weather and sunlight for taking a camera out and shooting. Enjoy your day, be productive, and be ready to check back in with everyone on Tuesday for our last regular class meeting!
final screening schedule: now that we’ve settled on having reading day as an optional extension for final project screenings, here is what the schedule looks like. if you’d still like to show on thursday, may 7, but didn’t get a chance to add your name to my list, please email me as soon as possible to let me know your choice.
  • thursday april 30 ::  kimmi, ian, don, jason, connie, yuhe
  • tuesday may 5 :: shannon,  jesse, grace, fanwen, wangsoo, jun, kelsey
  • thursday may 7 (reading day) :: seri, sophia, saina, xianhao, haley, mi so, tingnan, yuxiang
  • follow your plan and continue production on your project. Some of you will have a very quick turnaround before screenings on April 30, so do yourselves a favor and get a head start if you haven’t already. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
  • complete the post-production segment of the production journal template fully, and post to your blog before class on tuesday, april 28.
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agenda :: 3/10

video warm-up: more advice from ira glass on storytelling :: (good taste :: 5:20) and (two pitfalls :: 2:46)
screening: exit through the gift shop :: banksy is perhaps the most infamous street artist in the world, and no one really knows who he is. which is even more surprising that he would produce and appear in a documentary! it’s partially about banksy and other street artists, but the videographer, thierry, becomes an important character in this documentary as well -thierry captures, and maybe even causes, the moment at which street art sells out and joins the “art world”. there’s a lot to learn from this one. in part, it shows one “filmmaker’s” commitment to capturing fleeting events on video and literally become a partner in crime with his subject – he’s fully immersed with his subject. also, a cautionary tale of what not do to when pretending to make a movie.
independent work/meetings: you’re free to do whatever you need for your project during this time, but use your time wisely. work towards the goals set forward in your pre-production journal, and begin piecing it all together if you have not yet. gather footage for a rough draft. next week we’ll be moving from production into post-production, so by the end of this week your footage gathering should be in full swing, should ideally be finished by the end of next week. remember your due dates for the module 2 project screenings will be when we come back from spring break – leave yourself time to edit and get a jump on it.


  • thursday’s class will be an independent work day. you have two choices: you can 1) come to class as usual and meet with me for 10-15 minutes to talk in person about your project, then be on your way or 2) use the time according to your needs, but fill me in about what you did in a 250 word blog post. it’s up to you, but i am here to help!
  • read barry hampe’s “visual evidence”, available on e-reserve
  • respond to this reading by writing 2 paragraphs that a) defines “visual evidence” according to hampe, and b) explains what visual evidence you are gathering for your project and how it is useful in telling your subject’s story. due on your blog by wednesday, 11:59 pm
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