Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tumblr Assignment: 'The King's Speech'

For this week's Tumblr topic, read this article entry from the Los Angeles Times from Patrick Goldstein's "The Big Picture" blog.

 Then, write about what you think about the accuracy and usefulness of the MPAA's rating system. Does it work? Can it be improved? If so, how?

Due 11/21/10

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tumblr Assignment: ABEL

All Periods:

For this week's assignment, you were able to watch the as yet unreleased film from director Diego Luna, ABEL. You have a great opportunity to really express yourself.

Write a movie review giving your honest opinion of the movie.

Click HERE for detailed instructions on how to write a movie review.

Due 11/14/10

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tumblr Assignment: The Raven (1935)

All Periods:

Last Friday, you got the opportunity to watch The Raven (1935) starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Although not based on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, the film credits Poe as "suggesting" the story.

How were The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart referenced in the film?

Due 11/07/10

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MSNBC: Declaration of Forward

Period 2:

Here is the link for the MSNBC ad that uses the Declaration of Independence as the basis for its script.

MSNBC: Declaration of Forward

Note: It's a YouTube link, so you can't view it on the school network. ಠ_ಠ

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tumblr Assignment: Movie Purgatory

All Periods:

Read this article from the LA Times:
Hollywood's little secret: movie purgatory

Then, in your tumblr blogs, answer this:
What steps can be taken by filmmakers, studios and distributors to avoid having any movies in "purgatory"?

Note: If you are not following me on tumblr, then I cannot see your posts.

Due 10/31/10

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Storyboard Paper

All Classes:

Click here to create your own storyboard paper.

Periods 1 & 3, your aspect ratio is 4:3.
All other classes, your aspect ratio is 16:9.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Poets for the Poetry Project

Periods 1 & 3:

Here is the list of poets you will choose a poem from for your poetry project.

Contemporary American Poet Choices
Billy Collins
Yusef Komunyaka
Claude McKay
Maya Angelou
Niki Giovanni
Gary Soto
Robert Frost
Anne Sexton
E.E. Cummings
Elizabeth Bishop
Adrienne Rich
Dylan Thomas
Rita Dove
Langston Hughes
Countee Cullen
Alice Walker
Sylvia Plath
Allen Ginsberg
Emily Dickinson
Lucille Clifton
Gwendolyn Brooks
Li-Young Lee
Christina Rossetti

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tripod Parts

All Periods:

So you know we call a tripod sticks, but what about the individual parts? Here's a list and diagram of the head and arm/handle that should help you.

A. Plate
B. Tilt lock
C. Pan lock
D. Plate release
E. Plate lock
F. Arm/Handle lock

Other Parts (not pictured):

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Camera Manuals

Periods 1, 2, 3:
To understand the camera you are using in class, take a look at the manual:

Periods 4 & 6:
Don't think I forgot you. Here is a link for the HD camera too:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tumblr Assignment: 5 Favorite Movies

All Classes:

Now that you're at your workstations, take a look at the Internet Movie Database to research your 5 favorite movies.

In your Tumblr blog, post a list of those 5 favorites, who directed them, and 3 other movies that director made that you would be interested watching.

Have fun!

Oh, and don't forget, if you're not following me, I can't see your work.

Due 10/17/10

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Basic Filmmaking Terms

All periods:

Here are a list of terms that might show up on a quiz soon. Study up!

Long shot
Full shot
3/4 shot
Medium shot
Medium close-up (MCU)
Close-up (CU)
Extreme close-up (ECU)
High angle
Low angle
Point of View (POV)
Depth of Field
Rule of Thirds
Head space
Lead room (Lead space)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall 2010 Semester Begins


If you're reading this, you're probably taking a video production class at Hollywood High.

For info on the class, important documents will be hosted on the school website as well as here in this blog.

Here are the syllabi for Fall semester:

Here are the class rules and policies:

- A. Manriquez

Friday, April 9, 2010

Typography: Serif Fonts

Period 4

Here's an interesting article on serif fonts. There are links to download some good ones. Have fun.

And just for reference...

- A. Manriquez

TV Outside the Box

Take a look at a possibility for TV in the future. I see this working with viewing glasses. Here is virtual reality, only more real.

Make sure to post comments with your thoughts.

- A. Manriquez

Monday, March 15, 2010

Herzog 101

All Classes

For this week's blog entry, you are to read the article linked above. It has movie clips that you have to see at home. Yay for YouTube being blocked at school! This should be a good start for you to prepare for this Friday's screening of Nosferatu the Vampyre, which is the movie you will be writing about in your blog.

- A. Manriquez

More links on Werner Herzog:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Let's Start Your Viewing Blogs

All Classes

Now that you have a shiny brand new LAUSD email account, let's get you started on YOUR Viewing Blogs.

First, if you lose your Acceptable Use Policy forms, you can download it here:
Just turn in page 3 & 4 of the form.

Second, before writing anything, and to avoid looking... well, not so smart, here are some links that will help improve your writing immediately. Although there is some pretty neat stuff at the Reference Guides at, I like the following guides so much more.

Now, here is an example of my Viewing Blog that I will keep along with you.

Then, head over to to start your Viewing Blog. You need only put in your new email address, a password of your own, and your mymail username to sign up.

Make sure you put your full name in the title of the blog, (i.e., "Jane Smith's Viewing Blog")

Finally, your first entry should be a brief synopsis of On the Waterfront and a detailed account of any cinematic techniques you noticed in the film as well as a few sentences on your opinion of the film.

- A. Manriquez

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wrapping Cable

Periods 1-3

If you happen to forget our lesson on wrapping cable, here is a link that should help remind you how to wrap cable using the "over/under" method. It's a YouTube video, so you'll have to watch it at home. There are plenty of videos on the subject. This one was the shortest and most straight forward. Enjoy!

- A. Manriquez

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Film Crew Positions

Periods 1, 2, & 3

For your notes, continue to research the details of the different jobs that are shown on the Art Department slide.
You can visit the Film Crew page at Wikipedia for a start.

- A. Manriquez