Syllabus

Reading & Assignment Schedule

Jan 22nd INTRODUCTION

Kevin B. Lee, “What Makes a Video Essay Great?”

Spike Jonze’s Her (Screening in Class)

[[Wordpress Workshop]]

Blog Assignment (Due Jan 27th 5pm): Set up a WordPress blog. Send me the URL so I can link to it on the course website. Write up a reaction to Jonze’s film on your blog. Comment on two of your classmates’ posts.

Jan 29th SCREENSHOTS, CINEMATOGRAPHY + COPYRIGHT & CREATIVE COMMONS

Reverse Shot, “New York / New York

– Drew Morton, “L.A.I.”

– Kevin B. Lee’s “Siri Says HER Should Win 2014 Oscar for Best Picture”

– Scott McCloud’s Through the Door (http://english.mansfield.ohio-state.edu/delagrange/569files/mccloud.pdf)

[[SnagIt + Screengrabbing Workshop]]

Blog Assignment (Due Feb 3rd 5pm): “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (http://thefilmexperience.net/hit-me-with-your-best-shot/): Choose one image from Her and discuss its significance/importance/relevance, etc. Screen-grab image and post it alongside your write-up. (250-500 words). Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.

Feb 5th SCENE STUDIES

– Christian Keathley, “Pass the Salt”

– Must See Films, “SHAME ‘Opening Shot’ – Film Analysis”

– Ali Shirazi, “There Will Be Blood/Through Numbers”

[[Audacity Workshop]]

GROUP Assignment (Due Feb 17th 5pmFeb 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.

Feb 12th VOICE-OVER: TONY ZHOU

– Tony Zhou, “David Fincher – And the Other Way is Wrong”

– Tony Zhou, “Jackie Chan – How to Do Action Comedy”

– Tony Zhou, “A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film”

Feb 19th + Her SCENE STUDIES GALLERY

Blog Assignment (Due Feb 24th 5pm): TBD

Feb 26th ARGUMENTS: KEVIN B LEE & the Desktop Documentary

TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE

Assignment (Due March 3rd 5pm): Create your own “desktop documentary” (no voice-over, just screen recording) to showcase your Top 5 Movies of all Time. Upload to Google Drive and embed it onto your own blog by Tuesday March 3rd.

March 5th SUPERCUTS: kogonada

– kogonada, “The Sounds of Aronofsky”

– kogonada, “Wes Anderson//Centered”

– kogonada, “Hands of Bresson”

[[iMovie + Keynote Workshop]]

Blog Assignment (Due March 10th 5pm):

March 12th BUILDING A PROJECT FROM THE GROUND UP

Assignment (Due March 24th 5pm): Project Proposal up on blog (250-500 words on the purpose, the structure and the main idea behind your project).

[[ March 14th – March 22nd SPRING RECESS ]]

March 26th PEER REVIEW OF FINAL PROJECT PROPOSALS: ROUNDTABLE

April 2nd SCRIPT/STORYBOARD

April 9th ORAL PRESENTATIONS + WORK ON PROJECT

April 16th ORAL PRESENTATIONS + WORK ON PROJECT

April 23rd ORAL PRESENTATIONS + WORK ON PROJECT

April 30th FINAL PROJECT GALLERY + WRAP-UP

Grade Breakdown

10% ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION

20% BLOG POSTINGS & RESPONSES

30% GROUP SCENE STUDY

40% FINAL PROJECT

Course Policies

– Attendance at all classes is expected. More than 2 weeks’ worth of absences puts a student at risk of failure; in this particular class, be aware that—since we meet only once a week—2 missed classes will decrease your grade and put you at risk of failure. Program policy dictates that students with more than 4 absences (in our case, 2 classes), regardless of the reason for the absence, are not eligible to receive an A grade. University policy excuses absences due to religious observance and permits students to make up work missed for these circumstances. If you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website https://sims.rutgers.edu/ssra/ to indicate the date and reason for your absence.  Being twenty minutes late to class constitutes half an absence. 

Participation is encouraged and thus any distracting behavior (cell phone use, inappropriate laptop use) is discouraged as it is disrespectful to your classmates and myself.

– I can be reached during my office hours and I promptly respond to emails (see all this information above). Jess Gonzalez, the Plangere Culture Lab Assistant is also our Digital Media Tutor. She’s available to help you with assignments Mon-Thu 3-8pm. To schedule a meeting, please reach her at jess.gonzalez@gmail.com.

You must submit all required assignments.

– Students will be asked to review and abide by the University’s code on plagiarism. This can be found online at: http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu.

– Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAA) of 2008, and Sections 504 and 508 that mandate that reasonable accommodations be provided for qualified students with disabilities. If you have a disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodation, please register with the Office of Disability Services for Students, which is dedicated to providing services and administering exams with accommodations for students with disabilities. The Office of Disability Services for Students can be contacted by calling 848.445.6800 and is located on the Livingston campus at the following address: 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Suite A145, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

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