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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?!

Daily Creates

Assignment: Daily Creates

Complete two TDCs over the course of the week. You can pick which ones.

Todays TDC

#tdc2355 Photograph a cactus or something thats fitting for a Western landscape, and make some symmetry art out of it.

Need inspiration? Have a look through some of Viv’s tree artwork for ideas. ( Just make sure there is at least one reflective plane.

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:

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

Write a blog post in which you reflect upon what you learned and watched and you share your final video essay. Note: Your video should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and embedded into your post! Please don’t upload a video file to WordPress and link to it.

Choose Only One Path!

For the next two weeks, as we work on video, you should choose ONE of the following paths.

Video Assignments: Path One

Assignment: Video Work from the Assignment Bank

Complete at least 8 stars of video assignments this week, and have at least 4 of them involve an apocalyptic narrative from one of the radio shows (can be yours, but it doesn’t have to be). Try to work in some of the characters and plot points of the shows you listened to. If you choose this option, you will receive a second set of video assignments to complete next week.

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:

Week One

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.

Week Two

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

Write up all your planning in at least two blog posts  and make sure you share your trailer in one of them.

Level up to the Media Wall!

As you work on video for the next two weeks, one challenge you can give yourself is to create something worthy of being played on the HCC Media Wall. For a video to work in that space, it should not depend heavily on audio or it should be clearly captioned. If you really want to get fancy, you can even download a mask file to create a video that works within the confines of the abstract shape of the wall. HCC building manager, Cartland Berge, and I will review any work submitted for the media wall to determine if it passes muster 🙂

If you’re doing Path One and take on this challenge, knock 2 stars off of your total weekly requirement.

If you’re doing Path Two and take on this challenge, knock 3 minutes off of the total length of your movie. 

Self-Evaluation #2

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.

Assignment: Complete Your Second Self-Evaluation

Login to our Canvas course and go to the Assignments section. Follow the instructions for the second self-evaluation assignment.

Question of the Week

What question would you like to ask the class?

Weekly Summary

Assignment: Weekly Post

Make sure you’ve completed all the assignments above. Write up your weekly post by Monday at midnight. Remember to refer to The Guide for Writing Blog Posts for tips on how to write our weekly posts! 

Weekly Checklist

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.