Several of you have emailed me asking for an extension on the due date for the final paper. I know this is a busy time of year, and I feel your pain. As a result, I will extend the deadline by 24 hours. Final papers are now due no later than Tuesday, 12/10/13 at 11:59 p.m.
I hope this helps, and I look forward to reading your papers.
Please note that I have made the following changes to our class schedule:
1. Class attendance on Wednesday 12/4 is now optional. This class period will be dedicated to helping those of you who would like some last minute guidance on your final papers. Bring a rough draft, and we can discuss.
2. Class will not meet on Monday 12/9. Papers are due by 11:59 p.m.
Thanks for a great semester, and hope you enjoyed it!
As a quick reminder, this week’s screening of The Sweet Hereafter (1997) is no longer mandatory. Instead, I will offer the following extra credit opportunity:
After viewing The Sweet Hereafter, write a one-page analysis of the film as it relates to one of the elements of narrative film discussed in your textbook (e.g. story versus plot, character function, diegetic or non-diegetic elements, etc.). This assignment will be worth one point towards your final grade. In order to receive credit, you will need to turn in your analysis no later than Monday, November 25.
I should have posted this earlier but I have been swamped. Sorry for the delay. As I explained in class, I am offering an opportunity to earn extra credit related to the new documentary film Let the Fire Burn. A link to the film’s website may be found here.
Here’s how this will work. I will give one point of extra credit for any student who brings me their ticket stub (that’s right, I will give you extra credit just for going to see a movie). I will give two points if you bring me a ticket stub and a brief (it doesn’t need to be more than two double-spaced pages) analysis of the film. Remember, I do not want a review. Instead, you should focus on writing a short analytic essay that makes use of some of the terms and theories we have discussed in class.
The film is currently playing at the Midtown Art Cinema, but I have no idea how long it will be there. As a result, I encourage you to check it out ASAP if you want to take advantage of this opportunity.
Just a reminder that we will be meeting in Library Classroom 1 (1st floor, near Saxby’s) next week (both days) for research sessions. Nedda Ahmed will introduce you to some helpful resources and techniques that will serve you well in writing your final papers.
For up to five extra credit points, analyze the clip below in terms of cinematography and/or mise-en-scene. You will be given one point for each substantive observation you make (accordingly, there is no need to analyze more than five elements of the scene). As I have noted repeatedly throughout the semester, analysis is more than simple description. Thus, in order to get a point, you will need to do more than identify a camera angle, prop, etc.; you will also need to tell me how these elements function in a broader context.
I forgot to remind you today, but please remember to screen Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) prior to coming class on Monday the 23rd. We will be discussing the film in detail. Please pay special attention to the elements of mise-en-scene we discussed in today’s class (lighting, sets/setting, costume/makeup and staging).
Very sorry for the short notice, but I am afraid I have to cancel class for today due to a family emergency. We will meet for our regularly scheduled class session on Wednesday the 18th. Again, my deepest apologies.
I just wanted to extend a warm welcome to those of you who have signed up for Film 1010: Aesthetics and Analysis. A variety of information, including the reading list, graded assignments, course policies, and a tentative weekly schedule can be found under the Film 1010 tab in the menu above. For the course description, click here.
I look forward to meeting you all, and enjoying a productive semster.
Ever since Apple introduced the iPhone 4s with its SIRI feature (Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface), smart alec cinephiles and Kubrick fans the world over have been telling it to “Open the pod bay doors.” What’s funny about this, is that SIRI gets it. Go ahead, try it. SIRI is ready, prepared with any number of witty rejoinders like, “We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently.” SIRI is in on the joke, and ready to make with some snappy paratextual discourse.
Now, some talented folks at the comedy and gaming centered site Rooster Teeth are having some fun with SIRI in a way its programmers didn’t anticipate. Instead of pulling from just one movie, they use Apple’s latest innovation to spoof the whole horror genre. Defamiliarization can be fun. Check it out. You’ll never look at your iPhone the same way again.