Tag Archives: Screenings

agenda :: 5/7

screenings: seri, sophia, saina, xianhao, haley, mi so, tingnan, yuxiang, ian

homework:

  • just a reminder that your last item of homework for the semester is to complete the “reflection” segment of the production journal. post to your blog when you are done. the final due date for these blog posts will be friday may 8 at 11:59 pm, so that i can get grades back during finals week
  • another reminder: i will be in our usual room at the usual time to hand back final grades (calculated from your individual module grades and the master rubric) on tuesday, may 12. if you will still be on campus and want to stop by and pick up your grades and my personal feedback, you are more than welcome to! otherwise, grades will be posted in the online system and you will have to wait a bit for them to be processed.
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agenda :: 4/5

screenings: don, shannon,  jesse, grace, fanwen, wangsoo, jun, kelsey, jason

ices forms: since this is our last official day together, i have to ask you to spend a few minutes filling out these forms. i appreciate your feedback about the course and love to read about what you’ve found most useful or what could be improved. thanks for your help!

homework:

  • if you haven’t shown your final project yet, i’ll plan to see you on thursday, same place and time: right here in room 106 at 2pm. if you won’t be coming in on thursday, it’s been great to have you in class and good luck during finals week!
  • just a reminder that your last item of homework for the semester is to complete the “reflection” segment of the production journal. post to your blog when you are done. the final due date for these blog posts will be friday may 8 at 11:59 pm, so that i can get grades back during finals week
  • another reminder: i will be in our usual room at the usual time to hand back final grades (calculated from your individual module grades and the master rubric) on tuesday, may 12. if you will still be on campus and want to stop by and pick up your grades and my personal feedback, you are more than welcome to! otherwise, grades will be posted in the online system and you will have to wait a bit for them to be processed.
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agenda :: 4/30

final project screenings begin today! here’s the final schedule for screenings. as you can see, we only have a few to get through today. give these students your best possible feedback:

  • thursday april 30 (required attendance for all) ::  kimmi, connie, yuhe
  • tuesday may 5 (required attendance for all) :: don, 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

homework:

  • continue working on your final projects and complete them for your due date. i’m excited to see the next round of videos on tuesday!
  • once you have shown your project to the class and gotten feedback, your last item of homework for the semester is to complete the “reflection” segment of the production journal. post to your blog when you are done. the final due date for these blog posts will be friday may 8 at 11:59 pm, so that i can get grades back during finals week
  • i will be in our usual room at the usual time to hand back final grades (calculated from your individual module grades and the master rubric) on tuesday, may 12. if you will still be on campus and want to stop by and pick up your grades and my personal feedback, you are more than welcome to! otherwise, grades will be posted in the online system and you will have to wait a bit for them to be processed.
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agenda :: 4/21

writing warm-up: imagine a world without computers, smartphones, any sort of the technology you use daily to entertain yourself. what would you do with your day? how would your rituals or routines change? would it be difficult for you? would it make you more or less productive?

screening: web junkie :: i saw this one recently and though you might find it interesting. it addresses the social issue of Internet addiction in a strong first-hand investigatory way.

writing response: take the next 10 to 15 minutes to free-write and respond to the piece we just watched. what do you believe is the argument this film is making? do you think the filmmakers believe these camps are a good thing or not? do you strongly agree or disagree with the way the issue is presented?

final due dates: after some rigged election results, an old-fashioned straw poll, and lively debate during class last time, i think i’ve finally settled on my solution for the due-dates debacle. we will stick with the official due dates as april 30 and may 5, because that is what is listed on class schedule and i understand many of you have already planned around these dates for to study for finals and make arrangements for other things. also, because i can’t require you to come in on you reading day, and it would feel wrong to force you to if you didn’t want the extension in the first place. if it best for you to stick with your original due date, feel free to. however, i will allow everyone to take the option of thursday may 7 (reading day) as an optional screening extension. you will still need to be present on both of the original screening days to participate in the discussion, and i just need to you sign up on the list i’m passing around the classroom. that’s as fair as i could figure it out, and hope this is agreeable to everyone.

group meetings: get together once again with your small groups and share your progress. discuss ways that you are all moving from pre-production into production, share any footage you might have, sketch out storyboards or talk through intro sequences or other segments of your project that you are able to envision. check with each other about the goals that you set last week, and set new goals for the week to come. as usual, i will be walking around to answer questions and help brainstorm if needed.

homework:

  • continue work on your final video project. you should ideally be in the heart of production right now, following a clear plan you have set in place through your pre-production and production journal responses. at this stage, you hopefully are starting to collect some footage and assemble it into a very rough cut in your editor.
  • start filling out the “post-production” segment of the production journal as you move into this phase of the project. this response will be due on your blogs by class time next tuesday, april 28. i will remind you of this again in thursday’s homework assignments.
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agenda :: 4/9

writing warm-up: you and your friends are ordering a pizza tonight, but can’t agree on what toppings to put on it. write briefly about how you would likely deal with this situation.  do you argue passionately for your personal choice? do you take the role of a mediator, listening to others’ opinions? how do you come to a conclusion in which everyone is happy?

screenings: 

  • a few more student projects :: andrew :: sean :: jin :: michael :: edwin
  • “please vote for me” :: this is one of my favorite pieces to show, because it is pretty simple in premise but packs a punch when it comes to the argument that it creates and issue it addresses. what do you think the argument being made is regarding the nature of democracy and voting?

elevator pitches: i’m interested in hearing about what’s on your mind for the module 3 project. i asked you to come to class today with a few brief ideas about the issues or subjects you’re interested in pursuing, so let’s all take a moment to talk about these as a group. each person gets a few minutes to sum up their ideas in just a few sentences (as in the amount of time you would have in an elevator with someone).

homework:

  • readingEverything is an Argument by Andrea Lunsford and John Ruszkiewicz, available on e-reserves. create a blog post that addresses question #2 on pages 42-43. instead of writing one paragraph for each occasion as the question instructs, pick one  – either to convince, to explore, to make decisions, or to mediate/pray – and write one paragraph in as much detail as you can. (don’t worry about the in-class trading with a partner part either, just the first part about the written paragraph). post to your blog by monday at 11:59pm.
  • pre-production journal: it’s time to start planning for your module 03 project! take your written “this i believe” essay and short list of ideas and find a way to translate its content into a video piece. we’ve seen students do this very directly with their essay, and others have interpreted it much more loosely. start answering the pre-production segment of the production journal again in regards to your initial idea. remember, it is important to do this before shooting, as it helps refine your idea and the direction it will take. planning is key to a successful project, and this is meant to give you a roadmap. have some of this completed by class-time on tuesday.
  • for your listening pleasure: david foster wallace commencement speech at kenyon college, “this is water” – no assignment tied to this, but i hope you’ll listen if you’ve got a few minutes. d.f.w. makes a really interesting argument about what the value of your college education really should be. he’s a pretty notable writer who grew up in this area and died a few years back. there just happens to be a movie about his life premiering at ebertfest next week as well!
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agenda :: 4/7

writing warm-up: list 5-10 beliefs that you hold to be true.  Your beliefs can range from broad philosophical thoughts such as, “nature is more important than nurture,” to more specific instances such as “cats are better than dogs.”  (take 10 minutes, think hard)

intro to module 03moving ahead to your final project – back in pre-production/brainstorming mode. you have a lot of freedom in this module to follow your ideas. there aren’t as many guidelines as long as you are following a subject you believe in and can make an argument about it, and examine your held beliefs in a critical light.

final screening dates: because these projects are a little longer and everyone deserves adequate feeback and critique, we’ll break these screenings up over two days. final projects will be screened on april 30th and may 5th, no exceptions. i hope you learned a bit about how to manage your time in module 2, this module will require you to work even quicker! here are the screening groups, assigned by alphabet once again:

  • april 30: kimmi, xianhao, ian, seri, saina, don, jason, tingnan, sophia, connie, yuhe
  • may 5: shannon, yuxiang, jesse, grace, mi so, fanwen, wangsoo, haley, jun, kelsey

(i came up with a solution to give you all a little bit more time, but you may not prefer this solution.. we can put it to a vote if you like.)

screening :: student work: damian :: daniel :: tony :: paul :: eric :: andrew :: sean :: jack :: tasha :: jin :: sung

this i believe :: audio essays: a good way to get started thinking about what beliefs will guide your final project, and what the big message is. a radio program revived by npr, featuring the written and spoken essays of celebrities and everyday people like you.

  • jackie robinson :: wayne coyne :: sarah adams :: william wisseman :: are these people trying to win an argument? i’d say no, its really more about presenting ideas and opening a dialogue about the beliefs that guide their daily lives – not so much about convincing others that they are right.

screening: this american life, “god’s close-up” (30 min)

homework:

  • write your own ‘this i believe’ essay. use the writing warm-up as a starting point. follow the criteria for a successful statement of belief: authentic voice, narrative coherence, communal relevance; and also the essay writing tipspost to your blog by wednesday at 11:59pm (we’ll have an in-class activity using them, so no excuses – do your best, and try to write directly about one belief in particular. there will be time to revise or change this statement)
  • between the writing warm-up, the ‘this i believe’ essay, and any other brainstorming you might do, come to class on thursday with three possible topics for your final project. be prepared to talk about these with the class.
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agenda :: 4/2

warm-up: if you’re showing your work, double check your link on youtube and make sure everything’s playing right and accessible for your screening. looking forward to seeing your work!

module 2 screenings: kimmi, xianhao, ian, seri, saina, don, jason, tingnan, sophia, connie, yuhe

homework: if you screened your project today, pull up the production journal template one last time, and answer all the prompts in the reflection segment. everyone should have these completed and posted by this monday, april april 6 at 11pm so that i can start grading and get them back to you quickly.

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agenda :: 3/31

warm-up: if you’re showing your work, double check your link on youtube and make sure everything’s playing right and accessible for your screening. looking forward to seeing your work!

module 2 screenings: shannon, yuxiang, jesse, grace, mi so, fanwen, wangsoo, haley, jun, kelsey

homework: if you screened your project today, pull up the production journal template one last time, and answer all the prompts in the reflection segment. everyone should have these completed and posted by this monday, april april 6 at 9pm so that i can start grading and get them back to you quickly.

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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.

homework:

  • 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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agenda :: 2/24

motif screenings: time to show your final projects of module 1! as usual, we’ll give everyone a chance to show their work, and we will respond accordingly with polite and insightful feedback.

introduce module 2:

  • next week we’re moving forward into module 2, the art of the real. you’ll be taking everything you’ve learned so far and using it to create a longer, more sophisticated piece about someone or something you do not know much about already. this is a fun project that will involve a lot of freedom, but also will require you to work more independently over a longer period of time. in this module, we’ll be looking at the artist’s process of inquiry more closely and following four phases of production: pre-production, production, post-production, and reflection.

homework:

  • on your blog, respond to your experience in module 1 in writing (~250 words). write in as much detail as possible about 3 things you learned in the first three projects and how you came to this understanding. for starters, was it something that happened in class, in discussion with your groups, or out on your own while working? why was this important to learn, and will it be useful moving forward? due on your blog on wednesday by 11:59pm
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