Monday, June 12, 2017

Last Day

Please take a last look at Tim Dirk's Check out the top 100 films of all time. In the comment section below, write about this course and how your knowledge of film has improved.

Please work on your final projects. Turn these in any day this week. Please send the URL's for the video to the comment section here. Then, make sure you turn in any missing work, etc.

2nd Period we will screen the last part of Alien by Ridley Scott.

Have a relaxing summer and good luck with your final exams!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Film Project; Alien (part 2)

Please continue to work on your film projects. See previous post for details.

You should complete all missing work for this class by Monday, June 12. The last day to submit any materials for this class is June 12. Your final project is due by the end of that week. You will not see me past Monday's class. Please make arrangements to turn in all work.

Period 2: Alien, Part 2.

HOMEWORK: Complete all film studies work.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Final Film Project: Day 2.5

For your final project, you have an option.

A. Collaboratively, work on an original film, using a film script (perhaps one that you have written), and create an original short film. All members of the team should work together in a significant manner to see the completion of the film project. (i.e., each member of the team should have a well-defined role to complete in the making of the film...)

  • Submit your film by June 16 (last possible date to turn in your film draft). Films should be submitted to Youtube as MP4's, then send me the link for your team's film in the comment section of our last blog post (June 12). 
  • Films can be of any length.

B. Choose a director from the American New Wave, research, watch 1 film from this director and at least 3 clips from other films directed by the auteur. Use this information to create a short film documentary about the director & his/her impact on film.
  • Woody Allen
  • Robert Altman
  • Hal Ashby
  • Peter Bogdanovich
  • John Cassavetes
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Brian De Palma
  • William Friedkin
  • Dennis Hopper
  • George Lucas
  • Mike Nichols
  • Bob Rafelson
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Steven Spielberg
Submit the documentary by June 16 (last possible date to turn in your documentary draft). Films should be submitted to Youtube as MP4's, then send me the link for your team's film in the comment section of our last blog post (June 12). Films can be of any length, but should discuss the significance of the film(s) that you researched and information about the director.

C. Select a director from the list below

Contemporary Film Directors:
  • Pedro Amoldovar
  • Wes Anderson
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • Danny Boyle
  • Mel Brooks
  • Charles Burnett
  • Tim Burton
  • Joel & Ethan Coen
  • James Cameron
  • Jane Campion
  • Sofia Coppola
  • David Cronenberg
  • Cameron Crowe
  • Alfonso Cuaron
  • Julie Dash
  • Guillermo Del Toro
  • Claire Denis
  • Ava Duverney
  • Clint Eastwood
  • David Fincher
  • Jean Luc Godard
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Mary Harron
  • Werner Herzog
  • Peter Jackson
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarratu
  • Ang Lee
  • Spike Lee
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Richard Linklater
  • David Lynch
  • Terrence Malick
  • Steve McQueen (not the actor)
  • Bennett Miller
  • Hayao Miyazaki 
  • Errol Morris
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Gordon Parks
  • Tyler Perry
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • John Sayles
  • Ridley Scott
  • Jim Sheridan
  • John Singleton
  • Steven Soderbergh
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Julie Taymor
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Melvin Van Peebles
  • Gus Van Sant
  • Keenan Ivory Wayans
Watch 3 films from the director, research, and write a research paper on the director examining his/her films. See handout on Stanley Kubrick as an example.

Your research paper should include a works cited page with the three films you watched, and any other resources you used in your paper. Each paper should summarize the director's career or important aspects of his/her life that connect reasonably to the films you watched, and, furthermore examine the 3 films from this director as indicative of this director's style and artistic voice. What is important about these films in relation to our film-viewing contemporary culture? See previous handouts and chapters on films as models for what I'm expecting. Your paper should be long enough to analyze the material you researched and present it in an effective and clear, thoughtful manner.

Period 2: Choice: Before leaving the lab, please choose our last class film--see handouts for additional details on each film:

  • Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)
  • Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)
  • Toy Story (1995, John Lasseter) 
We will then screen the film today and Thursday. 

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