P.O.V.: Film and the Essay Instructor: Terry L. Bryant Classroom: ENG 286, MWF 8:30-9:20 A.M. Office Hours: Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 P.M., or by appointment Office: HFA 304D (823-5461); 823-5417 (Jan) for messages only E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Required Texts: Campion, Jane. "the Piano." ISBN 1-56282-703-0/Hyperion. Giannetti, Louis. "Understanding Movies." ISBN 0-13-269036-5 (includes $10 Blockbuster Video Gift Card)/Prentice Hall. Schiffhorst, Gerald J. and John F. Schell. "The Short Handbook for Writers." ISBN 0-07-055345-9/McGraw-Hill. Materials: Portfolio, Floppy disks, Blank Video Assignments: Assignments marked G indicate Louis Giannetti's " Understanding Movies." Week: 01 - Course Introduction, Interviews for film crews Morning Pages, Prewriting, History of Animation Introduction, "Creative Process: Norman McLaren," Chuck Jones in IBM's "The Creative Spirit" Read: G 119-125, 317; G C. 1 "Photography" Write: Film Crew Interview, Morning Pages 02 - Video Production Preparation Camcorder Presentation by Meg Schell, OIR Computer Presentation by Mark Olkiewicz Read: G "Glossary Terms" marked (G) & (T) Pages 505-518; G C. 2 "Mise En Scene"; G C. 5 "Sound"(by Sept.11) Practice: Check out a camcorder and practice shots & angles; complete practice before filming group project. Write: Morning Pages, (Inclass) focus on photography 03 - Video Production Preparation Quiz (shots, angles, proxemic patterns)."Visions of Light"-history of cinematogpraphy; Gillian Anderso video Soundtrack Presentation by Dr.Jerry Gardner ("Hook") Coordinate film crews & comoposers Read: Viki King handout; finish G C.5 "Sound" Write: Logline and one minute movie due Sept. 11, Morning Pages (storyline, character experiments), Memo 04 - Movement & Editing Screen "Black Kites" by Cinematographer Lisa Rinzler Read: G C.3 "Movement" & G C.4 "Editing" Write: Morning Pages, Character Lists due Sept.16, Memo 05 - Screenwriting Presentation of "Someone, Anyone" by Alicia Erian, Screenwriter Read: G C.9 "Literature" (N xNW Script, P.O.V.), Intro. Personal Essay/Montaigne, Lopate handouts Write: Morning Pages, Memo, Script due Sept.27(F) 06 - Directing "Hearts of Darkness"; Student Videos due Oct. 4 Read: G C. 6 "Acting " & G C. 7 "Drama" Write: Morning Pages, Memo, Synopsis Personal Essay 1 due Oct. 16 (Wk 8) 07 - Student Videos; Critical Theories Read: G C. 11 "Theory," "Antaeus..." by Lewis Thomas Write: Wordprocess three questions for Jay Boyar; Morning Pages 08 - Criticism Presentation by Jay Boyar, The Orlando Sentinel Midterm conferences re: progress and topics for research Write: Personal Essay due Oct. 16; Morning Pages conclude on Oct. 18; [Oct. 18, 1996 is the last day to withdraw] 09 - Documentaries Presentation of "Amazon Journal," Anthropological Criticism by Dr. Allyn Stearman Critical Review Essay 2 due Nov. 8 (Wk 11) 10 - Story "Citizen Kane" Read: G C. 8 "Story," G C.12 "Synthesis" Write: Memo 11 - Myth: The Hero's Journey, The Bluebeard Myth "the Piano" Read: "the Piano" (cover to cover) Write: Critical Review Essay 2 12 - Independent Films Veterans Day Holiday Presentation by Mike Monello of the Enzian Theater Spike Lee, Hal Hartley Read: G C. 10 Write: Memo 13 - Independent Films continued; Research Papers due Nov.20,1996 Student presentations to begin Nov. 22, 1996(F) 14 - Student Presentations, Memo Thanksgiving Holiday 15 - Student Presentations, Memo Last Class: Dec. 06, 1996 (F) 16 - Final Exam: Dec. 11, 1996 (W) 7:00-9:50 A.M. Assignments are subject to change with notification by the instructor; some guest speakers may require flexible scheduling. Policies Gordon Rule: Students must submit 6,000 words for grading within this semester. A grade of "C" or above is an acceptable passing grade (consult the Undergraduate Catalog for details). Grading Policy: See Official Grading Policy Change (handout). The final grade is primarily determined by an average of the grades on major assignments created using a variety of media. In-class writing, class participation, homework (memos, e-mail responses, etc.) and demonstration of creativity are also important considerations and receive the credit of major assignments. Class attendance is essential in a workshop course; in-class writing assignments may not be made up. Habitual tardiness is disrespectful and will affect the final grade. Three (3) unexcused absences are allowed before the final grade is lowered one letter grade per absence. 25% absence = "F" All papers are to be word processed in a 12 point font and are due at the beginning of class on the due-date assigned [submit late papers in class at the beginning of the next class]. LATE PAPERS are penalized one letter grade. E-mail assignments have separate instructions. Plagiarism is the basis for an "F" (consult the Undergraduate Catalog). Instructional Support: In addition to personal assistance from the instructor, students may request tutoring from SARC. Consult the instructor for more information. Portfolio Assignment: Consistent with the professional nature of the writer's workshop, students will develop a portfolio of their works. The portfolio will be used for collection of all assignments throughout the semester; it will also be used to encourage reflection upon those works by both the writer and his or her peers. Finally, students will be asked to conclude the workshop by assessing a selection of their finest work; this selection should demonstrate mastery of the skills of argumentative writing, thereby justifying the students' efforts and final grade.