Weeks Ten Goals
We have finally arrived at video, folks. For the next two weeks, you’ll be learning about and making video. You’ll have a chance to choose how you want to tackle your video work, including continuing group work, if that’s what you enjoy Meanwhile, what the heck is up with the evidence that people are finding?!
Assignment: Daily Creates
Learn How to Read a Movie
Start this week by reading the late, great film critic Robert Ebert’s short piece How to Read a Movie. You’ll notice in this essay that many of the same concepts that you learned about in photography and design week are echoed in thinking about how movies are made. (And the layering concept that is so crticical to thinking about audio plays out in working with video, too.)
Next, choose at least four of the following videos (they’re all short!) about filmmaking to watch:
- Kubrick // One-Point Perspective
- The Shining // Zooms
- Tarantino // from Below
- Examples of Editing Techniques
- Example of a Match Cut
- Top 20 Cinematic Techniques
- Camera Angles and Techniques
- Hitchcock loves Bikinis
Finally, choose one of the following films from the apoc/post-apoc genre to watch:
- The Day the Earth Stood Still, Robert Wise, 1951 (Available on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes for $3.99)
- The Quiet Earth, Geoff Murphy, 1985 (Available for FREE on through UMW Library/Kanopy)
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick, 1964 (Available on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes for $3.99)
- Night of the Living Dead, George Romero, 1968 (Available for free on YouTube)
- The Andromeda Strain, Robert Wise, 1971 (Available on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes for $3.99)
- Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron, 2006 (Available on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes for $3.99)
- 28 Days Later, Danny Boyle, 2002 (Available on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes for $2.99)
- 10 Cloverfield Lane, Dan Trachtenberg, 2016 (Available for free on HULU)
When you’re done, you’re going to create your first video — a video essay in which you analyze at least one scene from the film you chose, through the critical lens of the readings/resources you reviewed this week.
This assignment is a slight variation on the classic ds106 Video Essay assignment in the Assignment Bank. For this class, you need only analyze one scene (although you’re welcome to do more), and you must choose a scene from a movie in the list above (which you must watch in its entirety!) In particular, your analysis should reflect what you learned by reading Ebert’s essay and reviewing the other filmmaking videos above.
I’ve put together a page of tips and resources for this week that you may find helpful as you complete this assignment.
Assignment: Reading Movies Blog Post
Video Assignments: Path One
Assignment: Video Work from the Assignment Bank
Video Assignments: Path Two
For those of you who really enjoyed creating the radio shows, you have the option of taking a similar approach to video. You’ll divide into groups of 3-5 characters (can be the same as your radio group, but don’t have to be) and produce a 9-15 minute video story together (3 minutes per group member). Much like with radio, you can choose the format and story, but you must involve the characters you’ve deveoped in some way. Here’s how the work will be divided:
Organize into your group as quickly as possible and decide on your approach to your video episode. You may use the Video assignments in the Assignment Bank as inspiration for your show, but you don’t have to. In addition to planning this week (deciding on format, choosing a story to tell, writing a script, planning shooting locations, etc.), each group member must produce a short (30-60 seconds) “trailer” for your show that introduces your concept, characters, story, etc.
Working in your group, produce and edit your video episode. You’ll get more information next week about sharing your work.
Assignment: Video Group Planning Reflection
This week you must submit your second self-evaluation. I will be reading it and responding to it with comments. If I think that you and I aren’t on the same page with regards to your progress in this class and your current earned grade, I’ll ask you to come and meet with me.
Question of the Week
What question would you like to ask the class?
Assignment: Weekly Post
This week’s checklist:
- Complete 2 Daily Creates.
- Read How to Read a Movie.
- Watch at least four of the short filmmaking video clips.
- Choose and watch a film from the list provided.
- Complete a video essay about at least one scene in the film you watched.
- Write a blog post about the Ebert essay, the video clips, the film, and your video esssay.
- Choose which path you are going to complete and either
- Complete 8 stars of video work (4 tying into stories from our radio shows) and write them up in posts OR
- Complete the planning stage for your group project and write at least two posts about your plannign process
- Complete your second self-evaluation and submit it on Canvas by Monday at midnight.
- Write your weekly summary and answer the QOTW.