Class 3: In-Class Essay & Preparing for Group Projects

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“How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers’ names.” Alice Walker


“If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.”  James Baldwin



Freewrite about how characters in the films you’ve watched learn something important about themselves, about who they are and who they can become, by understanding more about the people around them, their families, the place they grew up, the social and cultural norms and traditions they participate in.

In-Class Essay Exam #1


  • Choose another film from the class list (Sp103FilmList2017), view it, and write a screening report.
  • Read “Cinematic Techniques Intro”: (cinematic-techniques-intro); be prepared for a class quiz next time asking you to identify and describe what this article tells you about 1. Camera Shots/Techniques (including framing, angles, & movement); 2. Editing, 3. Sound, 4. Lighting, 5. Sets, 6. Costumes, 7. Props, and 8. Acting Choice
  • For two of the 8 techniques described in the “Cinematic Techniques Intro” reading, find at least 2-4 reliable sources which provide additional information about how each of the cinematic or theatrical elements work (see the note below about finding reliable sources on the internet).  For each of the two techniques you’ve chosen, write a 250-350 word summary of the additional information you’ve found in the sources you’ve researched; also make sure to include a bibliographic list of sources per summary. You will be using this material next week in class to begin work on your Group Class Project.
  • For three of the films you’ve viewed and have written screening reports for this semester, write a 250-350 word analysis describing how one of the two cinematic techniques you’ve studied more in depth works in the films.  In your analysis, give at least one example from each of the three films of the technique in action:  how is it used and what impact does the technique have on telling the film’s story?
  • Note about finding reliable sources on the internet:Be especially careful when evaluating Internet sources! Never use Web sites where an author cannot be determined, unless the site is associated with a reputable institution such as a respected university, a credible media outlet, government program or department, or well-known non-governmental organizations.  (OWL, Purdue University,
  • To summarize, in your journal when you come to class next time, you will have the following pieces of writing:
    • A Screening Report on another film selected from the class list
    • Two 250-350 word summaries, one each, about the two cinematic techniques you’ve researched in more depth–and include a bibliographic list of your sources for each
    • A 250-350 word analysis of one of your selected cinematic techniques in action in three films you’ve watched this semester