Friday, March 8, 2013

March 5, 2013 Lesson

Essential Question: How do media producers use cinematic techniques to achieve special effects?

I. Do Now: Quiz ( 8 minutes from the bell):
Directions: Identify explicitly connections between an author’s choices of literary techniques in a story or novel we have read and a hypothetical director’s choice of cinematic techniques.
Include in your written response the following: 

1. The work of literature you are using as an example (underlined, if its a novel; in quotations, if its a short story).

2. An explanation of the specific mood,tone and point of view in the work.   

3. An explanation of specifically how the mood, tone, and point of view in this story/novel, that you have identified, “may be represented” in a movie. 

4. Explain thoroughly the use of:
  • specific lighting and sound
  • specific camera shots, angles and movement used

II. Activity 2.19: _________Highlight words that exemplify the tone of the passage 2 on pages 156-157.

III. Strategies for Film Watching and Analysis

a._________How do we take notes, when we are watching a movie? What is important to note and what isn’t? If we identify the details of the story while or immediately after we see the scene we will likely carry this understanding with us. This is more effective than rehashing what we saw later after it is no longer fresh in our mind. Of course, time will allow other understandings to evolve.

b. Strategy ( Think and write notes in response to the following on page 158):
  1. Note the characters in these particular scenes. Learning the characters’ names would be helpful, as you can more effectively talk about the scene if you can refer to characters by their name.
  2. Not only note their name but how are they characterized?
  3. In this particular scene, what is “normal” (conventional) to you and what is “abnormal” (unconventional)? Why is this depicted in this way? Does it add to the mood/tone?
  4. What particulars of the setting also contribute to the mood/tone?
  5. Do you think the author/director is making light of Charlie and his family’s situation?
  6. How might “normal” people respond to the situation at hand?

a. _________Familiarize yourself with page 158. 

b. _________Watch Scenes 1-7 (0-0:20:20) up to Charlie receiving a Wonka bar.

_________In pairs, respond to the two questions on page 158. In pairs, consolidate  the “notes” you made between the two of you onto a blank piece of paper once you have also re-created the graphic organizer found on page 158 on the paper. You will hand this in (with your names on it). 

Homework: Read Chapter 3 & 4, Animal Farm. Missing assignments (Get those in)?
Questions from Thursday/ Friday about the two YouTube videos on the Russian Revolution are due.


Group Work/ Groups of three: Director, Cameraman, and Actor(s)
Directions: Pick a scene that we have viewed. We have viewed seven individual “scenes” so far. Describe how you would apply the following cinematic techniques listed for your group in the portrayal of that scene from the point of view of the director, cameraman, and and actor(s). All of you will have to coordinate your answers to come up with one scene (not three different versions of the scene). Each group member will turn in a written explanation of your contribution as either a director, cameraman, or actor(s) to each of the cinematic techniques listed for group. 

Review and answer the questions for Activity 2.20, page 159
Page 134 has all the descriptions of cinematic techniques to consult. 

Group A: Extreme Close-up, Eye Level, Zoom, Front or Back Lighting,Wipe, and Diegetic Sound

Group B: Long shot, Eye level, Dolly/Tracking, High Key Lighting, Flashback, and Diegetic Sound

Group C: Medium Shot, Low Angle, Tilt, Bottom or Side Lighting, Fade, and Non-Diegetic Sound

Group D: Close-up, High Angle, Boom/Crane, Low Key Lighting, Shot-Reverse-Shot, Non-Diegetic Sound

Group E: Two Shot, High Angle, Pan, Low Key Lighting, Dissolve (Editing Technique), and Diegetic Sound

Group F: Extreme Close-up, Eye Level, Pan, Front or Back Lighting, Shot-Reverse-Shot (Editing Technique), and Non-Diegetic Sound

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