#Web Content Treatment

Aim: How do we clarify the details to our show ideas?

Objectives: 

  • Complete Treatment 
  • Create Groups

Do Now:

    1.What is a Treatment?

` “A treatment is a short story narrative written in simple, non-technical language (ie. no camera angles, transitions, etc.). A proposal, which frequently includes a treatment, is a thorough description of all aspects of a project.” according to http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu

    2.What is the purpose for having a treatment when developing show idea’s

`  The purpose for having a treatment when developing show idea’s it summarizing a concept and captures emotion.

 

#Personal Voice vs Expository Mode 4/9/14

Aim: How can we identify the difference between Personal Voice vs Expository Mode ?

Do Now: Today we will be watching multiple film clips to identify the differences in narrations between fictional and non fictional films.

                  1. What is the function of the “narrator” in film and literature?

` To create a better flow of the story

2. What does the narrator do?

` The narrator tells a series of main events in the story

3. What is the difference between a narration told in 1st person and one told in 3rd person?

` The difference between a narration told in 1st person and one told in 3rd person is that in 1st person the narrator tells a series of events that happen to him/herself in 3rd person the narrator tells a series of events that happen to the characters.

 

Activiy: As we watch the 2 clips create a vendiagram that marks the similarities and differences.

Emperors New Groove  :    Fiction , First person, Animated, Entertainment

Similarities    :  They both used animals to tell a story

Extreme Killers   : Third person, Non-fiction, Real life figures, Educational

 

6 Types of Documentary :

  1. Poetic documentaries were a sort of reaction against both the content and the rapidly crystallizing grammar of the early fiction film.
  2. Expository documentaries speak directly to the viewer
  3. Observational documentaries attempt to simply and spontaneously observe lived life with a minimum of intervention.
  4. Participatory documentaries believe that it is impossible for the act of film making to not influence or alter the events being filmed.
  5. Reflexive documentaries they draw attention to their own constructedness
  6. Performative documentaries stress subjective experience and emotional response to the world.

 

#Amar Film Response

What makes this film unique is that they made such an emotional film without the help of a sad tone/song . While I watched this film, it made me feel sad to see such a young child suffer and strive just to be a breadwinner for his family . How many of you have seen a child strive like this ? He being at the top of the class and then able to carry 2 jobs at such a young age. I feel ashamed that he’s doing way better than I am with the little that he has. Why is that we complain ? For such the little things in life . Amar wakes up at 3:58 to take on such a busy day. Most of you probably never even seen the struggle Amar has. Think about it , we should change our perspective, stop being lazy and take on our says with pride without the complaints.

 

#Classwork 4|7

Aim: Why do directors want their audience to feel emotion?

 

Activity:

 

1. Who/what can  be documented in your school or community that  can  fulfill the 3 aims that we learned today? explain how your subject  connects to each aim .

`   I would document Medgar because I would be giving a voice to those who never get to speak, finding out the irregular things of those and focus that Medgar is not only a prison but its a happy home for some.

2. What is a tagline? Research taglines for TV shows that you know.

` A tagline is is a small amount of text which serves to clarify a thought.

Houston, we have a problem.
 
Apollo 13 (1995)

3. Create a tagline for your documentary about that subject.

` Hard work is a challenge in an imprisoned home .

#Voice Over Response

The Voice Over was a great short video . It really had me wondering . It taught me you never know what might happen if you don’t continue to try . In the video the 3 main characters we’re all struggling . The astronaut was out of oxygen , soon to die . The soldier , trying to get to the denotater but had no legs and the little boy trying to get his first kiss but was too busy thinking about it . In the beginning they we’re weak fragile people who were just dealing with the worst and by the end of the film they were strong survivors . I’ve never seen anything like this . It reminded me of my 8th grade graduation because this man told us a crazy story about 3 abnormal things that had nothing to do with each other sorta like this movie . What did an astronaut , solider and sailor have to do with each other  ? The only thing that seem to bother me is the part of how they we’re going to die . It kinda made me want to tear up . I don’t know what this movie has to with the class but my theory is that we’re watching it to be taught a lesson about taking life seriously or something . I don’t know . But I loved this film . 

#Do Now: 4/4/14

Aim: 

How can we analyze documentaries for truth?

Do Now:

1. What are the 3 aims of a documentarian ?

` Give voice to the voiceless , find the extra ordinary in the ordinary to exult the everyday  , focus on the journey not just the destination

2. Research a documentarian

Who?

` Marc Singer

What is their focus?

` Find the extra ordinary in the ordinary to exult the everyday

Previous work and awards?

` According to Wikipedia “His first film Dark Days, about a homeless community living in the tunnels underneath New York , was awarded The freedom of Expression Award, The Cinematography Award and The Audience Award at the SunDance Film Festival of 2000. Dark Days was also awarded Best Documentary/Non-Fiction film of 2000 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and won the Independent Spirit award for Best Documentary of 2000 from the IPF.”

#Looking through the Lens for Truth

Do Now:

1. How can you break down the relationship between Filmmaker and Audience?

` The relationship between Filmmaker and Audience is that the filmmaker must make a movie that satisfies his/her audience and the audiences job is to critic them.

2. Who has the power?

` I believe the audience has more power because if a movie is made, who will see it ? who is it made for ? who will review it ?

3. Could there be one without the other?

` I believe there can’t be one without the other because without the filmmaker no one is able to see the movie and without the audience there are no ratings/comments.

Case Study :

1. Should a filmmaker inform audiences that portions of a film are documentary and others are not?

` I believe a filmmaker shouldn’t inform audiences that portions of a film are documentary and others are not because it will probably have the people wondering and give them a shock of curiousness.

2. How closely should a film that is based on a specific historical incident stick to the facts?

` I believe a film should closely be based on a specific historical incident to stick to the facts because others may want to go and look it up and have more facts and detail about the incident.

3. Should the filmmaker alert the viewer that certain characters within a historical film have been dramatized or that they are fictional composites?

` I think they shouldn’t alert the viewer that certain characters within a historical film have been dramatized or that they are fictional composites because it gives the movie a certain amount of drama and mysteriousness. It causes people to ask questions.

4. Should a filmmaker deliberately seek to be persuasive or to advocate a political position in a history-based film?

` I believe a filmmaker should deliberately seek to be persuasive in a history-based film because if people wanted to know the truth they should go research it themselves.

2. Should filmmakers be allowed to alter historical fact for a higher purpose? What about writers and editors in other media?

` I don’t think filmmakers should be allowed to alter historical fact for a higher purpose because everyone should be able to know the truth, if they can’t do it neither should writers nor editors in other media.

4. Is myth making a legitimate purpose for a filmmaker?

` I believe myth making is a legitimate purpose for a filmmaker because its grabs the reader’s attention more.

#Movies and the impact of Images

Read: The rise of the Hollywood Studio System (Pg 192-195)

Answer :

1. Why did Hollywood end up as the center of the film production

` Cheap Labor, Diverse Scenery

2. Why did Thomas Edison and the patents Trust fail to shape and control the film industry, and why did Adolph Zukor of Paramount succeed?

` They succeeded because Adolph brought a lot of theaters , so they we’re guaranteed to play , A Monopoly of moeny

3. How does vertical Integration work in the film business?

` Company dominates , dominates production and distribution .

Part 2

1. Describe your favorite story from your childhood.  Discuss, specifically, what makes this story strong. Think about the main characters, the conflict and the most exciting moments.

` My favorite story from childhood was chicka-chicka Boom Boom. It was about letters racing to get to the top of the tree. What made this story strong was the ability to learn your alphabet, the most exciting moment is the end when they all meet up at the tree.

#12 Years of Slave Exit Slip

1. In what ways did the experiences of male and female slaves differ?

` The men would have done more field work and more advance things as chopping wood and plow, while the woman hoed

2. Which parts of the film do you think would have most affected a white watcher and why?

` I don’t think any parts of this film would have most affected a white watcher honestly, because I’m not while and they haven’t been through most of the struggles back people did.

3. Describe the relationship between female slaves and the wives of their masters.

` During the relationship between female slaves and the wives of their masters, slave women were forced to comply with sexual advances by their masters on a very regular basis. Consequences of resistance often came in the form of physical beatings. Most often the masters were already bound in matrimony, which caused tension and hatred between the slave and the mistress of the house.

4. Under slavery, African American men and women existed within a culture of fear. Using these sources, describe how slave owners created and used this culture of fear to control slaves.

` Slave owners created and used this culture of fear to control slaves by making examples out of those being whipped and lynching making sure they won’t run away.

5. Create your own in depth question. Share with your neighbor. Have them submit your question with their answer to the question and vice versa.

` How would you feel if you we’re a slave, would you have your own a slave ?

`  How do you feel about the abuse, rape and discrimination done to black slaves ?

#The Toughest Scene I Wrote:

Read article: http://www.vulture.com/2013/12/john-ridley-12-years-a-slave-toughest-scene-i-wrote.html

Activity: In one paragraph discuss some of the challenges during the development of this film

` Some of the challenges during the development of this film are it’s lighter than the other scenes, a bit of an oasis. ” It’s a bit of a WTF moment for the audience.” They introduce a whole new character late in the movie. They thought this was really important to include because she was a woman of color in that era being able to elevate herself to a degree.