Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Roberto Rossellini: Rome, Open City/Guy Maddin: My Dad is 100 Years Old

Editing: Hitchcock explains the Kuleshov effect:

Medium Cool: Fictional Characters in Present-tense History:

My Dad is 100 Years Old:

Required Writing:

Next week, at the beginning of class, the first draft of your midterm assignment is due. More info on the content for the midterm is in this previous post. The word count for your first draft is a minimum of 2,500 words. This draft can be very rough -- I'd rather you just sit at a computer and vomit out your ramblings than sit stalled looking at a blank screen. The idea is for me to have a chance to edit and push your manuscripts with comments and questions. Of course, make it as good as you can, but don't trip yourself up trying to make it perfect. Give some thought to images you'd like to include (screen captures that may be online).

While the final draft is going to be due on the eighth week of class, the submission of the first draft is an assignment unto itself, that will be graded on its own terms. Failure to turn in a rough draft on time will affect your midterm grade negatively, even if you manage to turn in a good final draft by week eight. I want a hard copy of your rough draft -- if you want to insert some images with the printout, feel free to do so. Do not post your rough draft to the blog -- your final draft will be posted to the blog.

Because the rough draft is due next class, I'm not assigning the usual short writing assignment for the blog this week -- just concentrate on your midterm project.

Recommended Viewing/Reading:

On Rossellini and the emergence of Neorealism:

On the evolution of Rossellini's style, and where his desire to transcend traditional cinematic narrative lead him:

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