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Jan 18 – Introductions, expectations, schedule, blogs, assignments. Overview of alfred-hitchcocktopics & expectations, final project overview, film evaluation outline, and Hitchcock “The Master of Suspense.” Assignment: Respond to online response post of Hitchcock readings & videos, write film evaluation on a select Hitchcock film. Semester Project Update: Post up to three ideas for your final project.

Jan. 22 – Hitchcock Response post is due by 11:59 pm.

Jan. 24 (Wednesday) – Hitchcock film Evaluation should be posted to your blog (and email link to professor, and post link to evaluation assignment page) by 11:59 pm.

Jan. 25 – Class Topics: Why do awards matter? The impact of the script. Finalize your filmmaker project/topic before the end of class. Assignment: Respond to online response post of Woody Allen readings & videos, write evaluation on a select Woody Allen film (or a final project film). Semester Project Update:Finalize filmmaker for semester project.

Jan. 29 – Woody Allen Response post is due by 11:59 pm.

Jan. 31 – (Wednesday) – Woody Allen film Evaluation should be posted to your blog (and email link to professor, and post link to evaluation assignment page) by 11:59 pm.

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Feb. 1Topics: Francis Ford Coppola and/or Martin Scorsese. Assignment: Respond to online response post of Francis Ford Coppola and/or Martin Scorsese readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film (or a final project film). Semester project update: Identify (3) three films for review from your filmmaker.

Feb. 8 – Topics:  Clint Eastwood. Assignments: Respond to online Clint-Eastwood-Perfect-Worldresponse post of featured readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film (or a final project film). Semester Project Notes due today: Identify and turn in 5-7 (five to seven) strong sources for your biographical sketch. Print, online articles, audio, video sources, interviews with filmmakers, writers, actors, etc. are acceptable. The links or the initial sources should be shared with me via email.

Feb. 15 – Special guest Gary Moore (actor & member of Screen Actors Guild nominating committee). Topics: John Hughes & Cameron Crowe. Assignments: Respond to online response post of featured readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film (or a final project film).  Semester Project Notes – due today: Have working draft of the introduction for your final paper. This should be turned in for grade and feedback. *This will count as a weekly writing assignment grade.

Feb. 22 – Topics: Daniel Day Lewis Assignments: Respond to online response post of featured readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film (or a final project film). Semester Project Notes: View one of your selected films by this date (and make detailed notes). Begin work on biographical sketch draft.MV5BMzU4YzI3ODItYzY3NS00ZTQ2LTg2YzUtNTdjMTVlYjVkYTE4XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjUwNzk3NDc@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_

March 1 – Topics: Tim Burton & Steven King. Assignments: Respond to online response post of featured readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film (or a final project film).

March 4 (by 11:59 pm)  – Semester Project Notes: Have draft of biographical sketch complete and turn it in for grade and feedback. *This will count as a weekly writing assignment grade.

March 8  – (Thursday before Spring Break)Topics: Tom Hanks & Ron Howard. Assignments: Respond to online response post of featured readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film (or a final project film). Assignments: Respond to online response post of featured readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film (or a final project film).

March 8-15 – Semester Project Notes: Should watch final two films of your featured filmmaker (and make detailed notes). Have next draft of introduction, biographical sketch, and 1/3 of your film overview analysis complete.

March 15  – No Face to Face Class – Spring Breakl_ecdf8f7aa81d5163129fee54d83a5e63

March 22 Topics: Emma Stone & Sandra Bullock.  Semester Project Notes: Have draft of introduction, biographical sketch, and 2/3 of your film overview analysis complete.

March 29 – No Face to Face Class – Easter Break. Semester Project Notes: Have draft of completed project ready (including intro, bio sketch, 3 films, wrap).

April 5 – Topics: Ridley Scott &  John Williams. Assignments: Respond to online response post of featured readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film.

April 8 –Semester Project Notes: Semester project is due by 11:59 pm. NO late projects accepted. 

April 12 – Topics: Peter Jackson. Assignments: Respond to online response post of peter-jacksonfeatured readings & videos, write evaluation on a select film. This is your final written evaluation.

April 19 – Semester Projects Presentations (or screenings)

April 26 – Semester Projects Presentations (or screenings)

May 3 – Semester Projects Presentations (and screening).

 

***Schedule is subject to change

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Presentation Guidelines (April 19, 26)

You will present your findings, research and your observation on your selected tanaka-kinuyo-moving-camerafilmmaker on April 19 & 26.

The following dates/time slots were secured last night. If you don’t see your name, you should contact me.

April 19:

Kathryn -Reese Witherspoon

Tanner  -Sly Stallone

Thomas – Steven Spielberg

April 26:

Sam – JJ Abrams

Allie – Robbin Williams

Chelsea – Julie Andrews

Christian – Hans Zimmer & The Empire Strikes Back

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  • Length – 15 minute -30 minutes (minimum – 1 hour max)
  • Visual Aids – Optional – you may use powerpoint, Prezi, Keynote, Slidedog, etc. or short film clips or soundbytes, toys, photos, handouts, music clips, etc.
  • Notes – Don’t read your presentation –speak from notes. Remember –you are the expert, and you’re sharing that knowledge with us.
  • Top Five – Provide a list of five “must see” films from your filmmaker, and be able to explain why they’re the top five (if asked).
  • Be Prepared -There will be a time for Q&A from me and the class.

 

What to include

  • Bio – Provide background on hometown, family life, educational experience, early interests.antoinefuqua02
  • Entertainment Industry – How did they break into the film world? Are they involved in any other type of entertainment business? What was the first big break into the Biz? How were they trained in the biz (formal education, on the job training)?
  • Film Genres – Is the filmmaker drawn to certain types of films (animation, action, comedy, drama, etc.)?
  • Trademarks – What trademarks or reoccurring elements have you seen with your filmmaker? Specialties? Role types? Themes? Message focus? Actors, actresses, directors or cinematographers they may work with regularly? Reoccurring sound design elements, music styles or visual elements? Any particular character conflicts show up in most films?
  • Awards – What are some of the awards the filmmaker has achieved? Mention key (or landmark) films or types of roles? If it is several awards, mention number and identify 1st major award and film.

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  • Present and future – What is the filmmaker currently working on, or planning to work on? Is there a new movie from the filmmaker currently in theatres? If so mention this and address if it is a success or failure (financial and critical).
  • Film Highlights – Since you have viewed three films from the selected filmmaker now you should be able to offer insights on what you’ve gained from viewing the filmmaker in action (if you haven’t already addressed this). Think about the stylistic and technical approaches to filmmaking, the things that stand out the most about the performances and productions, things you learned from watching the action critically instead of for pure enjoyment, things that grabbed your attention on film that reading about it on paper didn’t, etc. You’re not being asked to recap each film – just highlight your findings about the experience you gained from watching the filmmaker in action. Anything surprise you about the research and applied evaluations?
  • Five Things: Name three to five great things (or even trivia) that everyone should know about your filmmaker (if you haven’t already).
  • Q&A – You should provide a time for questions and answers either during your presentation or at the end (your choice).a-cameron-crowe-music-movies-say-anything-01

 

Peer/Audience Responsibility

  • Engagement – Everyone in the class should be engaged and should ask at least 2-3 questions of someone else each night.
  • Reviews & Assessments – You will be asked to provide a peer review and assessment of each film expert. I’ll provide guidelines.

 

Semester Project Rubric (due April 8)

**The semester project is due April 8 (no late work accepted).sandra-bullock-2014-critics-choice-awards-part-ii_1

You may submit a draft of your work to me as late as March 30 for feedback (and ten additional point on your project). If you decide to do this, you will receive feedback  by April 5. You draft must including strong working sections of each area of expectation (intro, bio, evaluations, wrap, source attribution).

Format guidelines:

  • Your semester project should be a minimum 10 pages in length (double spaced if printed). Based on your materials (introduction, biography, compare/contrast sections –this should be easy). This should be based on five (5) to seven (7) strong and reputable sources outside of the films you view (do not use Wikipedia). Look for one additional source for each film you evaluate. You will also need a bibliography page at the end of your content pages using proper formatting. You should make sure that you offer strong transitions between each section as needed.
  • 12 pt font (Georgia, Times, or Palatino).
  • Header in upper right hand corner on each page should include the name of your selected filmmaker and your name.
  • Number the pages in the upper right hand corner of each page.
  • Category headings or subheadings as needed throughout the paper. Examples: Introduction, Biography, Film heading, etc.
  • List your sources at the end of the paper on a bibliography page including the films you examine.
  • The paper should be written in the appropriate scholarly style throughout your work including in-text citations when needed. You should always be aware of source attribution.article-0-182C9824000005DC-618_634x543
  • There are numerous scholarly citation generators available online to assist you if needed. Ask if you need direction here.
  • Use APA, MLA, Chicago or an appropriate format.

 

Expectation Guidelines

 

  • Worth 20 points – The introduction (at least two – three strong paragraphs will offer a tease or a preview of what the reader will find in your paper. It should include limited information about your filmmaker, your chosen films, and why this filmmaker is interesting and worthwhile to explore (should not be just because you like them). *Worth 20 points

 

  • Worth 25 points – A biographical sketchon your selected filmmaker should be based on five (5) – seven (7) strong sources (do not use Wikipedia). Sources may include video or audio interviews and reports, online references, or print pieces. I will need to approve your main sources. Things you should include (at a minimum) in this section: birthplace, family background, childhood interests, personality type, school or training, what inspired the filmmaker to enter the cinema world, film trademarks/themes, box office successes/failures, awards or critical success earned by filmmaker, etc. This should be approximately one-two pages in length. *Worth 25 points

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  • Worth 40 points – Compare/Contrast Section – An evaluation of at least three (3) of your selected filmmaker’s projects. You should use the film evaluation thoughts and guidelines we have implemented during this course as a guide. Explore the stylistic approach to each film and the impact the filmmaker made on the finished product. Look for filmmaker trademarks, techniques, themes –compare and contrastwhat you discover in these three films. Examine the following as appropriate: story, acting, characters, conflicts, lighting, messages, film genre, music, camera angles, cast, crew, etc. After viewing your film – you should also identify at least one outside source connected to that film to provide additional insight for your final draft of your paper. This section should be 1200-1500 words. Combined, part III should be about 3/5 of your final paper. Your main focus here is getting and understanding of the filmmaker’s style. You should be able to identify similarities (and strengths and weaknesses) of the filmmaker you’ve selected. *Worth 40 points

 

  • Worth 15 points – Wrap/Conclusion  – You will then need to wrap the paper with movies-and-films-directed-by-spike-lee-u5an explanation and defense on why this filmmaker is or isn’t worthy of further study by others based on your research, observations and film evaluations. If the filmmaker is still living – what future prospects do you believe he/she has in film? If he/she is featured in a current film releases, this should be noted. This would also be a good time to mention any upcoming projects in the works (if you haven’t addressed it elsewhere). What insights did you gain from examining the filmmaker’s background and films? Because of this study, is there a new appreciation or reinforcement for your thoughts on the filmmaker’s work? Explain. This should be at least two (2) to three (3) strong paragraphs minimum (300-500 words would be sufficient).*Worth 15 points

 

  • Loss of points – Additional points will be subtracted for identified spelling, grammar, or technical issues with project or formatting issues or misattribution of sources.

Peter Jackson Films for Consideration

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For your final film evaluation, you may select a listed film from Ridley Scott, John Williams or Peter Jackson. This evaluation is due by April 18 (11:59 pm). I will not accept late evaluations for this particular assignment. Follow the guidelines and rubric we’ve established throughout this semester. If you select a movie featuring Peter Jackson, you should pay special attention to the special effects and share details about that impact on the film.

The Frighteners (1996)

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

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The Lovely Bones (2009)

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

Peter Jackson: Born of Monster Movies

tumblr_nni7mi2tBh1qh5xqho2_1280From watching the original King Kong at nine years old, to shooting short films as a kid, to making cheesy & creepy horror films, to becoming an Oscar-winner …. Peter Jackson has become one of New Zealand’s greatest exports. His attention to detailed filmmaking, innovative special effects work and the the guts to take risks in filmmaking has brought Jackson fame, glory and legendary status.

Read this biography here:

https://www.biography.com/people/peter-jackson-37009

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Here, Peter Jackson explores happiness, love, humanity and dreams …

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianrashid/2016/09/20/an-afternoon-with-peter-jackson-director-of-lord-of-the-rings/#41b885ce1b88

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Here, you’ll explore some of Peter Jackson’s favorite films (and inspirations):

 

Peter Jackson Trademarks:

https://prezi.com/zpgm94arqq7k/trademarks-of-peter-jackson-films/

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Leadership Lessons from Peter Jackson & his Team:

https://www.talentgear.com/learn/december-2014/leadership-lessons-from-peter-jackson-and-his-team/

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Answer Three of the following questions (Due 4.9.18 by 11:59 pm):

  1. What did you discover about Peter Jackson that you didn’t know before? (select something different from other students)
  2. What intrigued the most about Peter Jackson’s career?
  3. Compare Peter Jackson to another filmmaker we’ve explored this semester (similarities).
  4. Why do you feel that Jackson has been able to achieve such monumental success?
  5. What life lessons can you learn from Peter Jackson?
  6. How has Peter Jackson’s WETA company helped to shape filmmaking? Explain why you say that?

John Williams Films for Consideration

For your final film evaluation, you may select a listed film from Ridley Scott, John Williams or Peter Jackson. This evaluation is due by April 18 (11:59 pm). I will not accept late evaluations for this particular assignment. Follow the guidelines and rubric we’ve established throughout this semester. If you select a movie featuring John Williams’ score – you must write at least one paragraph focusing on the score, sound, and silence and the impact they play.

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

 

The Sugarland Express (1974)

 

The Towering Inferno (1974)

 

Jaws (1975)

 

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)anewhopeposter

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

 

The River (1984)46539-empire-of-the-sun-0-230-0-345-crop

 

Empire of the Sun (1987)

 

Always (1989)

 

Hook (1991)

 

Far and Away (1992)

 

Jurassic Park (1993)5d11d02e457a98fdab8883f263736c3e

 

Schindler’s List (1993)

 

Amistad (1997)

 

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

 

The Patriot (2000)Unknown

 

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

 

The Terminal (2004)

 

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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

 

War Horse (2011)

 

Lincoln (2012)

 

The BFG (2016)

The Music Lives: John Williams

“I have to say, without question, John Williams has been the single most significant john-williams-star-wars-999375-1280x0contributor to my success as a filmmaker.” – Steven Spielberg

Address four of the questions after engaging in the materials below. Due April 9 (11:59 pm).

The music of John Williams has had a lasting impact of cinema and it has changed the voice of music’s impact on film. From “Jaws” to “Star Wars” to the “Harry Potter” franchise, his mark is well-established, and now in his eighth decade of life, he’s still producing award-caliber scores.

john-williams-george-lucasAt 85 years old, John Williams has earned 51 Oscar nominations (22 wins), which is more than any other person alive; only the late Walt Disney has more nominations (59). Williams’ latest nomination was for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

Explore his biography, articles, and video clips below, and then address the questions for the response post.

Read the biography and check out clips of his music in action on the link below from the Biography Channel:

https://www.biography.com/people/john-williams-9532526

Here – John Williams discusses the “power of music” in this 6-minute interview:

In this five-minute clip from the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award recognition, you get a glimpse of the humor (and humbleness) of John Williams as he celebrates other within his journey:

This eight-minute segment explores the universal language of music from John Williams score for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

After taking in all the materials  – address the following questions and post your responses to four of the questions by Monday, April 9.Star-Wars-9-Soundtrack-Score-John-Williams

  1. How does John Williams discover and find musical voice for characters?
  2. What intrigued you the most about Williams’ life?
  3. What did you find most interesting about Williams’ approach to scoring film?
  4. Provide thoughts about Williams’ exploration into “the power of music.”
  5. As we’ve explored the importance of music, sound and silence this semester in film, how does getting to know more about John Williams and his approach help you appreciate the audio journey of film more?john-williams-star-wars
  6. Williams has been involved in some amazing blockbuster films throughout his life, as you’ve explored his life through the bio, clips & interviews – which of his films have had the biggest impact on you? Why? And how did his music add to that impact or appreciation?