The following is the order for the Final Presentation schedule on April 20. We will plan to meet in the 3rd floor classroom in Tucker Student Center (where we met earlier in the semester). This rubric should guide you and let you know our grading distribution for this project: final-presentation-rubric
We will attempt to knock out all presentations on April 20, but we won’t push it either.
If you have questions as you prep -please let me know.
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).
What to include
Bio – Provide background on hometown, family life, educational experience, early interests.
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.
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).
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.
Clint Eastwood has lived a pretty crazy life on film and television. He’s been a gunslinger, gangster, dirty cop, crusty old boxing trainer, and war-time soldier. He’s acted, written, produced and even directed Oscar-winners. After nearly six decades in the business, he shows no signs of slowing down. In 2016, Eastwood directed the critically acclaimed “Sully”.
Clint Eastwood talks to Parkinson about his switch between acting and directing, and what drives him to make films. Free video clip from the popular British talk show ‘Parkinson’.
The legendary (and neighborly) Clint Eastwood dropped by to chat with Ellen today. He told Ellen what keeps him making incredible movies year after year, then shared his work rescuing animals.
Address two of the following questions and post by noon on April 18:
After more than 60 years in the business, what are some of the things you can learn from Eastwood about perseverance?
What interests you the most about his varied career? Explain.
Compare Eastwood’s path and life to another filmmaker with similarities.
How does Eastwood manage the balance between directing, producing and acting?
After watching the interviews, share your thoughts on his personality.
Eastwood has been an audience and a critic fave for his work ethic, and yet many times he will actually shoot rehearsals (and put those takes in a final cut of the film), and he provides a certain amount of freedom for his cast. How do the two of these find balance in filmmaking for Eastwood?
Jodie Foster grew up in the entertainment business getting her first taste of stardom at 3 years old. TV commercials, magazine ads, television shows and Oscar-winning films have taken this child prodigy throughout roles of time, space, history and into the arms of serial killers. The Ivy League scholar, Foster has acted, directed and produced films for audiences of all types, but she’s drawn to films that speak truth and ask questions of life.