H Intro to Cinematic Language

Intro to Cinematic Language & What Does It Mean to Look

Essential Questions

  • What makes cinema a separate art form from theatre and literature?
  • How do directors use cinematic language to express their art?
  • What does it mean “to look”?
  • What is the power of cinema?

Wed 8/30
Collection of Summer Work

Syllabus Review

Attendance & responses

HW:  Complete the following:

  • Review syllabus with parent/guardian and sign
  • Film questionnaire & Film Terminology Pre-test
  • Signup for Remind *required either by text or email

Thurs 8/31
Drop

Fri 9/1
Collection of syllabi

Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (up to 8.42)

“This experimental work aims at creating a truly international absolute language of cinema based on its total separation from the language of theatre and literature.”

  • What do you notice about the way the film is constructed?
  • What does your mind do as the images appear on the screen?
  • How does Vertov achieve a new language “based on its total separation from the language of theatre and literature”?

Film Terminology Review for test next week

HW: Annotation Overview and reading & annotating Hitchcock_on_Hitchcock

Tues 9/5
Reviewing Hitch’s reading

Examples from the films that Hitchcock is addressing

  • Psycho
  • North by Northwest

HW: Hitchcock on Dick Cavett
Take notes on the following clip of Hitchcock on Dick Cavett

  • What new understanding do you have about Hitchcock’s approach to cinema from this clip?
  • What new terms does he explain/use?

Wed 9/6
Reviewing Hitch & Film Terminology Review

  • The terminology you learn here is the foundation for all of the work we will do this semester.  It is imperative you not only understand the meaning of the terms but also begin to understand the way directors use techniques related to their purpose.

Thurs 9/7
cont. to review terms

HW:  Review terms

Fri 9/8
Test on terms and intro concepts

HW:  Read overview of Anatomy of a Scene assignment and choose film.  Locate the film and start watching!  In your journal, respond to the following:

  • What is this assignment asking me to do?
  • Who is the audience for this assignment?

Mon 9/11
Counselors visit

HW:  Submitting film choice on google classroom and locating the film.  Start watching and note taking if you can!

Tues 9/12
Overview of first composition assignment

  • What is this assignment asking me to do?
  • Who is the audience for this assignment?

Discarded Image – Jaws

Intro to Rear Window 

rear-window-discussion-questions

HW: night to watch and take notes on your other Hitchcock film

Wed 9/13
Drop

Thurs 9/14
Cont. Rear Window

HW: have film watched for tomorrow’s class

Fri 9/15
cont. Rear Window
Discussion

HW:  online discussion on classroom and submit scene choice for Anatomy of a Scene film

Mon 9/18
finish Rear Window

HW:  Rear Window response using feedback from your summer work to write a focused response AND start the planning your Anatomy of a Scene.  What will your focus be?

Tues 9/19
Writing the Rear Window Response and in class work day

  • Reviewing scene
  • Elements of construction
  • Writing, refining, and recording

Wed 9/20
In class work day

  • Reviewing scene
  • Elements of construction
  • Writing, refining, and recording

Thurs 9/21
No School – Rosh Hashanah

Fri 9/22
In class work day

  • Reviewing scene
  • Elements of construction
  • Writing, refining, and recording

Monday 9/25
Final in class work day

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HW:Upload links or videos to classroom

Tues 9/26
Drop

Wed 9/27
In class viewing