GROUP Assignment (Due Feb 19th Midnight): Choose one scene from Jonze’s Her and create a scene study of it. Script/Storyboard must be approved in class Feb 12th before recording/editing.

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For the next two weeks we will be working on crafting a video essay study of four scenes of Spike Jonze’s Her (2013). You will be working in groups of 2 or 3. You can take cues from the various Scene Studies we looked at this week or go over to the New York Times and watch a couple of their “Anatomy of a Scene” work to get you inspired.

You will work on crafting a script to be read as a voiceover over the scene in question. The script (which should aim to include cues as to how to match up specific points with specific images on screen) is due next week (on Tuesday as usual, posted to each group member’s blog).

Bear in mind that, on average, 130 words translates to 1 minute’s worth of talking.

To book time in the Plangere Culture Lab, email either Paul Bielecki or Jess Gonzalez (our multimedia tutor). They will work with you to try to match you with open time that will fit their schedule, but they cannot, and will not accommodate students who show up without any prior email contact.

You will then have next week (if you choose to book one of the mics from upstairs) and the following weekend to record your voiceover (you can choose whether you all participate or whether one of you is “the voice” in your piece). You will have time on Feb 17th to mix the two parts of your assignment (video and audio) so don’t worry about needing to have that done by class.

[[As for checking out equipment the Snowball USB mics cannot be taken out of the PCL. Students needing to do any type of audio recording with the Snowballs will need to fill out equipment reservation form online. This form should be used for reserving cameras and microphone equipment.]]

You can find all four scenes here and a sign up sheet for each here.



About Manuel Betancourt

Manuel is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker. He's a pop culture enthusiast and an eternal Buffy fan. His work has appeared in Film Comment, TheAtlantic.com, Backstage Magazine, Vice, INTO, Esquire.com, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Catapult, among others. He's a regular contributor to Remezcla and Electric Literature. | @bmanuel
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