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  1. page Auteur edited Here are the resources for the projects as well as some exemplars: 1. Choose the Director: AUTEUR…
    Here are the resources for the projects as well as some exemplars:
    1. Choose the Director: AUTEUR PROJECT,
    2. Documentary: Documentary Script
    3. Your Director, Your Life: Final Film (Your Director, Your Memory)
    Examples:
    Final Film:
    Final Film with Commentary:

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Saturday, June 18

  1. page y1 edited ... Titan Pad Link for Script Suggestions: https://titanpad.com/qJqf80O4Sh Today (Monday, May 1…
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    Titan Pad Link for Script Suggestions:
    https://titanpad.com/qJqf80O4Sh
    Today (Monday, May 11): Oh my gosh, I miss you guys already! I can't believe its already been like 5-6 minutes since I've seen you. Mrs. Sajan will show you a series of videos today - Ya Chun's documentary on Myra Derren followed by her memory project and her memory project with commentary. This will be due the last week of school. Take a look
    at the MEMORY PROJECT ASSIGNMENT - and as a class, discuss how she did based on the rubrics for the project and the project commentary.
    15 E: Documentary Video: Due on Friday, May 15. This will be handed in on Tuesday, the 19th, but Friday is the due date so that it doesn't overlap with....
    16: Final Narrative Film (ROUGH-ISH CUT): Due Tuesday, May 19. What??? You are trying to finish your documentary video AND the rough cut at the same time??? Didn't you read earlier that it should have been finished on Friday??? The final cut will be due 5/25- but if it is completed by the 19th we will include it in FILM NIGHT.

    THE AUTEUR'S PROJECT
    15 A: ANALYZE THIS!
    ...
    Characters must each have their own unique voices, and never directly state their wants or needs.
    Please refer to the New Film Rubric (available on the Google Doc) - for the standards associated with Screenwriting.
    Due Thursday, April 16
    Write your script Due Thursday April 9
    Today (Monday, May 11): Oh my gosh, I miss you guys already! I can't believe its already been like 5-6 minutes since I've seen you. Mrs. Sajan will show you a series of videos today - Ya Chun's documentary on Myra Derren followed by her memory project and her memory project with commentary. This will be due the last week of school. Take a look
    at the MEMORY PROJECT ASSIGNMENT - and as a class, discuss how she did based on the rubrics for the project and the project commentary.
    15 E: Documentary Video: Due on Friday, May 15. This will be handed in on Tuesday, the 19th, but Friday is the due date so that it doesn't overlap with....
    16: Final Narrative Film (ROUGH-ISH CUT): Due Tuesday, May 19. What??? You are trying to finish your documentary video AND the rough cut at the same time??? Didn't you read earlier that it should have been finished on Friday??? The final cut will be due 5/25- but if it is completed by the 19th we will include it in FILM NIGHT.

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  2. page y1 edited Pre-Challenge: Choose a scene from your favorite film and explain what appeals to you. Pre-Challe…
    Pre-Challenge: Choose a scene from your favorite film and explain what appeals to you.
    Pre-Challenge: What is effective about the lighting in Blade Runner?
    Challenge 1: Storyboard a Scene from Chungking Express.
    Challenge 2: Watch Pan's Labyrinth . Choose 5 camera angle/direction/framing/lens choices and 5 lighting choices. Create a powerpoint presentation that explains how those choices affect the mood and tone of the film.
    Challenge 3: HORROR TOYS: Make a film about a toy, using film conventions to turn it into a horror film. The story may be important, but you need to convey tone and meaning through your choice of:
    lighting
    color
    diffusion
    intensity
    camera
    angle
    distance
    lens - assigned - research & add to our online textbook on the google drive.
    movement -assigned - research & add to our online textbook on the google drive.
    sound & editing - at this point you will not be assessed on these elements, but should experiment with some ideas of your own.
    Challenge 4: Choose a film from my library (or check one with me) and create an analysis about how the director utilizes the following techniques to create meaning to the theme and tone of the film.
    Cinematography - camera placement & camera movement.
    Lighting - color, contrast, temperature, intensity, shadows.
    You may communicate these ideas through a short essay (300-500 words), a short film (2-4 minutes) or a keynote presentation (10-15 slides).
    QUIZ - anything in our FILM GRAMMAR 'TEXTBOOK' so far!
    Concept for MUSIC VIDEO due.
    Challenge 5: Watch The Cutting Edge and make notes on this TITAN PAD PAGE about *good advice*, *techniques* or *key vocabulary*. Everyone must contribute, and you may even add to the discussion. Be sure to list your names. There is plenty to talk about! Everyone should contribute 3-5 comments.
    Challenge 6: Current: Lola vs. Sammy Jenkins: FIGHT!
    Challenge 7: Recut Trailers:
    In class we watched "recut trailers" - The Shining as an uplifting family drama, and Toy Story as a horror film, for example.
    Your challenge is to take the film that you watched for your film analysis this week, and recut your own trailer in the wrong genre. Happy films could become tragedies. Horror films could be lighthearted comedies. Transformers 2 could be... a movie that makes sense. Twilight could be... something watchable.
    Here are the parameters for your project:
    It cannot be shorter than 30 Seconds.
    It cannot be longer than 45 Seconds.
    Pro tips:
    Try juxtaposing shots that don't belong together. For example, a reaction shot used for a happy scene is placed in response to something the character shouldn't be happy about.
    Choose music early, find a song that you would never use in the original film, and use that to edit your work to.
    Challenge 8:
    First Film Analysis: For the film that you recut a trailer for (or you can choose a new film if you prefer):
    Create an analysis on how the following factors reveal theme and tone in the film.
    Lighting
    Cinematography
    Editing
    You may also speak to the direction, but as we have not covered this in any direct way in class yet, it is not yet assessed.
    You must attempt to explain how sound creates meaning, but will not be graded on accuracy for this.
    You may do this in any form that you choose, but you will be assessed on how well you address the first three topics. For example, you might: write an essay, draw a storyboard or comic, do a podcast, video cast, prezi, keynote... etc. Surprise us!
    Challenge 9: Due Wednesday 12/3
    Titan Pad Link
    Welcome to the Scott Pilgrim Versus IB Film Year I challenge. This assignment is broken into three parts - make sure you address each one! You will be assessed on your ability to analyze and interpret what you have seen in the film.
    Part I: What themes does Scott Pilgrim v. The World deal with?
    You may either describe one of the themes, or if you can't think of any others after the first few are exhuasted, add your own explanation as to why you think these themes are accurate.
    Part II: Diegetic / Non Diegetic
    It would be absolutely ridiculous for me to ask you to decide one way or the other which elements of Scott Pilgrim are objectively diegetic or non-diegetic. It doesn't even matter because the fact is that it the film plays wiht diegesis in fun an interesting ways. So of course, I am actually going to make you do this - because while it is indeed a futile and nonsensicle gesture- you cannot attempt this without having a firm grasp on what diegesis is. In this section you must:
    1. Choose an element of the film and make a case for it being diegetic or non-diegetic. You may not choose anything that is unquestionably diegetic or non-diegetic. For example, Scott is diegetic. Everything he says in the film is diegetic. His clothes are diegetic, and even his thoughts are diegetic. The end credits are non-diegetic. You must choose something that is debatelable in its diegesis.
    2. Confirm or argue a point that someone else has made. If all the 'good examples' are taken, you can do this twice instead.
    Each of your responses should be a minimum of 100 words.
    Part III: Choose your Five Minute Sequence
    This does not have to be within one scene, but it must be a contiguious five minutes. List your name, give the sequence a title, and list the timecodes. You may have sequences that overlap, but only by 1 Minute with someone else! This will be part of your final exam.
    Part IV: Analyze your Five Minute Sequence (MID TERM EXAM) :) (DUE BY DEC 9)
    In this sequence, identify all of the following elements that represent director's choices in the film, and discuss how those things create meaning towards the theme and the tone of the film.
    Lighting
    Sound
    Editing
    Mise-en-scene
    Cinematography
    You may present this information in any way that you choose (podcast, presentation, essay, documentary, performance art, interpretive dance... etc) .
    Google Drive Link!
    Add your email HERE. Put each email on a new line.
    Challenge 10: Synecdoche, New York
    1.Watch Synecdoche, New York. If you’ve seen it, you may choose another movie by Charlie Kaufman or Spike Jonze that you have not seen.
    Create a definition of postmodernism in your own words, citing three different legitimate sources (not wikipedia).
    Choose a scene in the film that you think best exemplifies the idea of ‘the postmodern condition’ and explain why.
    Choose a scene from another film that exemplifies the postmodern condition, and explain why.
    You may present this information in whatever manner you'd prefer. Aim for around 500 words, more or less and use visuals to illustrate your points.
    Challenge 11: Devils on the Doorstep of Synecdoche New York, or a Postmodern Juxtaposition (due Tuesday 1/20)
    1. Watch Devils on the Doorstep. It will not be the movie you expect.
    Looking at your definitions of postmodernism (and what we discussed in class), explain why Devils is (or is not - if you want to challenge the assignment) a postmodern film.
    List five key ways that Charlie Kaufman and Jiang Wen create a postmodern condition for their film using film language (i.e. editing, lighting, cinematography, etc).
    You may present this information in whatever manner you'd prefer. Use visuals to illustrate your points.
    Challenge 12: 3 POSTMODERN IDEAS (due Thursday 1/22)
    Imagine 3 iterations of your story, transposed through a postmodern lens. Each story should have a different approach, although you may decide there is one area of postmodernism that you focus on - or try to include more than one in a single idea. The goal here isn't to show off your knowledge of postmodernism, but to imagine a way that it could add depth (or even ambiguity) to your original simple story.
    Here were your collective key points about postmodern film:
    Characteristics of Postmodern Film
    Simulacrum
    Questioning:
    Epistemic Certainty
    Objective Truth
    Conventions
    Disrupting Narrative Structure
    Self-Referentiality
    Pastiche
    Intertextuality
    Have you watched El Mariachi yet? No? Watch it! We will be discussing it in class next week!
    Challenge 14: POSTMODERN SHORT - Rough Cut Due: 2/26. Final Cut due: 3/2.
    Challenge 13: BUT I HAVEN'T SCENE IT! (get it?) (in class work)
    Based on two pages of a script from a film (that we have not watched), work with your team to decide how you would go about filming it.
    You must consider:
    Camera placement
    Camera movement
    Blocking
    Performance / Expression
    Any aspect of miss-en-scene that is necessary to the scene
    Recorded dialogue
    You may consider (time allowing):
    lighting
    other aspects of mise-en-scene that add depth & meaning to your scene.
    Titan Pad Link for Script Suggestions:
    https://titanpad.com/qJqf80O4Sh
    Today (Monday, May 11): Oh my gosh, I miss you guys already! I can't believe its already been like 5-6 minutes since I've seen you. Mrs. Sajan will show you a series of videos today - Ya Chun's documentary on Myra Derren followed by her memory project and her memory project with commentary. This will be due the last week of school. Take a look
    at the MEMORY PROJECT ASSIGNMENT - and as a class, discuss how she did based on the rubrics for the project and the project commentary.
    15 E: Documentary Video: Due on Friday, May 15. This will be handed in on Tuesday, the 19th, but Friday is the due date so that it doesn't overlap with....
    16: Final Narrative Film (ROUGH-ISH CUT): Due Tuesday, May 19. What??? You are trying to finish your documentary video AND the rough cut at the same time??? Didn't you read earlier that it should have been finished on Friday??? The final cut will be due 5/25- but if it is completed by the 19th we will include it in FILM NIGHT.
    THE AUTEUR'S PROJECT
    15 A: ANALYZE THIS!
    15B: ANALYZE THOSE! Watch the second film by your director, and follow the instructions on this worksheet.
    {Auteur Assignment 2.pages.zip}
    pages 09 version:
    {Auteur Assignment 2 09 version.pages}
    p.s. - read the directions- you can either fill in the blanks or present the information in your own creative way. Your choice. Due Friday, March 20.
    15 C: MAP THIS! Due Tuesday, April 7th. - also (optional) - watch Star Wars: A New Hope (1977).
    Watch Jaws and finish scripts/storyboards by Tuesday, April 28.
    15 D: Documentary Script: Due Wednesday, April 23.
    CHALLENGE 16: NARRATIVE WITH SOUND
    Final Script: This is the script that you will submit for possible filming. Only 4 will be chosen. It can be a revision or improvement on what you've already written, or it can be entirely new.
    Please make sure that it is in proper script format (Celtx is on the server if you haven't downloaded it yet).
    You must keep your script to about 3 Pages (more than 2, less than 4).
    You must use an 'editing trick' to inspire part of your film. See the OFFF Title Sequence for inspiration.
    You must have an obvious postmodern twist to your story.
    The story must take place in one location.
    Characters must each have their own unique voices, and never directly state their wants or needs.
    Please refer to the New Film Rubric (available on the Google Doc) - for the standards associated with Screenwriting.
    Due Thursday, April 16
    Write your script Due Thursday April 9

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  3. page YEAR2 edited ... Well, you'd better be studying for you final presentation next week! CURRENT: Get the keynote…
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    Well, you'd better be studying for you final presentation next week!
    CURRENT: Get the keynote document off the server instead- it is too big for me to upload on the wiki.
    Titan Pad Pages: You're on Your own now!
    Calvary
    Moonrise Kingdom
    The Piano

    Happy Chinese New Year!I *DO* hope you have plenty of free time to enjoy the break AND that you enjoy the films that you now MUST watch for your final assessments. So... what should you be doing towards your 3 Final Assessments?
    PORTFOLIO1. Not Finished your Portfoilo? THAT MUST BE FINISHED. This is now past due.• Final Film • Commentary • Trailer
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  4. page YEAR2 edited What's Going on THIS WEEK? ... CRAZY DIAMONDS. Double check that you've met ALL OF THE INDEP…
    What's Going on THIS WEEK?
    ...
    CRAZY DIAMONDS.
    Double check that you've met ALL OF THE INDEPENDENT STUDY REQUIREMENTS:
    {Independenet Study Final .pdf}
    ...
    Vivian
    Other: Start collecting Props & Costumes, finding locations. Casting. We will be collecting these soon.
    Titan Pad Link for Script Suggestions:
    https://titanpad.com/qJqf80O4Sh
    Last Year:
    Today (Monday, May 11): Oh my gosh, I miss you guys already! I can't believe its already been like 5-6 minutes since I've seen you. Mrs. Sajan will show you a series of videos today - Ya Chun's documentary on Myra Derren followed by her memory project and her memory project with commentary. This will be due the last week of school. Take a look
    at the MEMORY PROJECT ASSIGNMENT - and as a class, discuss how she did based on the rubrics for the project and the project commentary.
    15 E: Documentary Video: Due on Friday, May 15. This will be handed in on Tuesday, the 19th, but Friday is the due date so that it doesn't overlap with....
    16: Final Narrative Film (ROUGH-ISH CUT): Due Tuesday, May 19. What??? You are trying to finish your documentary video AND the rough cut at the same time??? Didn't you read earlier that it should have been finished on Friday??? The final cut will be due 5/25- but if it is completed by the 19th we will include it in FILM NIGHT.
    THE AUTEUR'S PROJECT
    15 A: ANALYZE THIS!
    15B: ANALYZE THOSE! Watch the second film by your director, and follow the instructions on this worksheet.
    {Auteur Assignment 2.pages.zip}
    pages 09 version:
    {Auteur Assignment 2 09 version.pages}
    p.s. - read the directions- you can either fill in the blanks or present the information in your own creative way. Your choice. Due Friday, March 20.
    15 C: MAP THIS! Due Tuesday, April 7th. - also (optional) - watch Star Wars: A New Hope (1977).
    Watch Jaws and finish scripts/storyboards by Tuesday, April 28.
    15 D: Documentary Script: Due Wednesday, April 23.
    CHALLENGE 16: NARRATIVE WITH SOUND
    Final Script: This is the script that you will submit for possible filming. Only 4 will be chosen. It can be a revision or improvement on what you've already written, or it can be entirely new.
    Please make sure that it is in proper script format (Celtx is on the server if you haven't downloaded it yet).
    You must keep your script to about 3 Pages (more than 2, less than 4).
    You must use an 'editing trick' to inspire part of your film. See the OFFF Title Sequence for inspiration.
    You must have an obvious postmodern twist to your story.
    The story must take place in one location.
    Characters must each have their own unique voices, and never directly state their wants or needs.
    Please refer to the New Film Rubric (available on the Google Doc) - for the standards associated with Screenwriting.
    Due Thursday, April 16
    Write your script Due Thursday April 9

    Older Challenges
    Pre-Challenge: Choose a scene from your favorite film and explain what appeals to you.
    ...
    lighting
    other aspects of mise-en-scene that add depth & meaning to your scene.
    Titan Pad Link for Script Suggestions:
    https://titanpad.com/qJqf80O4Sh
    Today (Monday, May 11): Oh my gosh, I miss you guys already! I can't believe its already been like 5-6 minutes since I've seen you. Mrs. Sajan will show you a series of videos today - Ya Chun's documentary on Myra Derren followed by her memory project and her memory project with commentary. This will be due the last week of school. Take a look
    at the MEMORY PROJECT ASSIGNMENT - and as a class, discuss how she did based on the rubrics for the project and the project commentary.
    15 E: Documentary Video: Due on Friday, May 15. This will be handed in on Tuesday, the 19th, but Friday is the due date so that it doesn't overlap with....
    16: Final Narrative Film (ROUGH-ISH CUT): Due Tuesday, May 19. What??? You are trying to finish your documentary video AND the rough cut at the same time??? Didn't you read earlier that it should have been finished on Friday??? The final cut will be due 5/25- but if it is completed by the 19th we will include it in FILM NIGHT.
    THE AUTEUR'S PROJECT
    15 A: ANALYZE THIS!
    15B: ANALYZE THOSE! Watch the second film by your director, and follow the instructions on this worksheet.
    {Auteur Assignment 2.pages.zip}
    pages 09 version:
    {Auteur Assignment 2 09 version.pages}
    p.s. - read the directions- you can either fill in the blanks or present the information in your own creative way. Your choice. Due Friday, March 20.
    15 C: MAP THIS! Due Tuesday, April 7th. - also (optional) - watch Star Wars: A New Hope (1977).
    Watch Jaws and finish scripts/storyboards by Tuesday, April 28.
    15 D: Documentary Script: Due Wednesday, April 23.
    CHALLENGE 16: NARRATIVE WITH SOUND
    Final Script: This is the script that you will submit for possible filming. Only 4 will be chosen. It can be a revision or improvement on what you've already written, or it can be entirely new.
    Please make sure that it is in proper script format (Celtx is on the server if you haven't downloaded it yet).
    You must keep your script to about 3 Pages (more than 2, less than 4).
    You must use an 'editing trick' to inspire part of your film. See the OFFF Title Sequence for inspiration.
    You must have an obvious postmodern twist to your story.
    The story must take place in one location.
    Characters must each have their own unique voices, and never directly state their wants or needs.
    Please refer to the New Film Rubric (available on the Google Doc) - for the standards associated with Screenwriting.
    Due Thursday, April 16
    Write your script Due Thursday April 9

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  5. page archive edited 2015 2014: DIRECTOR'S PROJECT: Assignment 1: CALL IT! Assignment 2: Analyze THIS! Assignment…
    2015
    2014:
    DIRECTOR'S PROJECT:
    Assignment 1: CALL IT!
    Assignment 2: Analyze THIS!
    Assignment 3: Analyze THAT.
    Assignment 4: That's Style x10 Due 4/15
    Assignment 5: MAP THIS. Due 4/17 *This is now fixed if you were having trouble finding the map.
    Assignment 6: What do you think? Due 4/23
    Assignment 7: Documentary Script Due 4/29
    Final Documentary Project: Due 5/9
    Assignment 8: Chart it. Due 5/14
    Assignment 9: Script and Storyboard: Due 5/15
    Final EXAM: Your Director, Your Memory - Due 5/27

    Completed Assignments & Projects:
    Assignment 1: 8 Choices
    ...
    Assignment 10: Mis-En-Scene Analysis *UPDATED*
    Assignment 11: Amelie in Analysis *UPDATED*
    DIRECTOR'S PROJECT:
    Assignment 1: CALL IT!
    Assignment 2: Analyze THIS!
    Assignment 3: Analyze THAT.
    Assignment 4: That's Style x10 Due 4/15
    Assignment 5: MAP THIS. Due 4/17 *This is now fixed if you were having trouble finding the map.
    Assignment 6: What do you think? Due 4/23
    Assignment 7: Documentary Script Due 4/29
    Final Documentary Project: Due 5/9
    Assignment 8: Chart it. Due 5/14
    Assignment 9: Script and Storyboard: Due 5/15
    Final EXAM: Your Director, Your Memory - Due 5/27

    Year 2
    ALL IS WELL!
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Wednesday, May 18

  1. page 2017 edited 2017 Google Drive ... YEAR ASSIGNMENTS: AUTEUR PROJECT Documentary Script (due may 25) Fin…
    2017 Google Drive
    ...
    YEAR ASSIGNMENTS:
    AUTEUR PROJECT
    Documentary Script (due may 25)
    Final Film (Your Director, Your Memory) - Due June 3
    Looking for Good References? Here are some good ones:
    Film Studies For FreeSenses of Cinema
    Mubi
    Strictly Film School
    Cinemafile Archive
    Looking
    for Inspirprocrastination?
    ...
    previous years.
    Read for Monday April 18:
    {The Hero's Adventure (From Power of Myth).pdf}
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  2. page 2017 edited 2017 Google Drive END OF YEAR ASSIGNMENTS: AUTEUR PROJECT Documentary Script (due may 25) Fi…
    2017 Google Drive
    END OF YEAR ASSIGNMENTS:
    AUTEUR PROJECT
    Documentary Script (due may 25)
    Final Film (Your Director, Your Memory) - Due June 3
    Looking for Inspirprocrastination? Here are some samples from previous years.
    Read for Monday April 18:
    {The Hero's Adventure (From Power of Myth).pdf}
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Sunday, May 8

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    2017 Google Drive
    AUTEUR PROJECT
    Documentary Script (rough draft due April 28)(due may 25)
    Final Film (Your Director, Your Memory) - Due June 3

    Read for Monday April 18:
    {The Hero's Adventure (From Power of Myth).pdf}
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