Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Umbrella Man

Period 2

Here is a new and very beautifully stylized short documentary by Errol Morris. Enjoy.

The Umbrella Man

- A. Manriquez

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

In The Cut - The Dark Knight

Periods 3, 4, & 5

Today you're going to have a taste of deconstruction for the sake of understanding spatial continuity. If you have no idea what I just wrote, you will after this assignment.

Follow these directions CAREFULLY and IN ORDER.
1. CLICK this link
2. READ the article on the page (ignore the Comments section)
3. READ the script pages from The Dark Knight that the article references.
4. WATCH the second video clip on the page. It is the scene you just read. Enjoy the explosions.
5. WRITE a paragraph describing the scene you just watched. Does it match the script?
6. Now, WATCH the first video clip to see the deconstruction and analysis of the scene.
7. Lastly, in the same document as step 5, ANSWER the question: Do mismatches in spatial continuity ruin this scene, why or why not?

Note: Use your mymail account to complete this assignment in Google Docs. Don't forget to name the document (e.g., P3_Lastname_DarkKnight), and use a proper heading. If you forgot your mymail password, I feel bad for you, son.

Due at the end of the period on Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

- A. Manriquez

Friday, November 4, 2011

Final Cut Pro X Tutorials (FREE!)

2nd, 3rd and 5th Periods

If you're looking to get ahead at learning Final Cut Pro X, take a look at the link below to watch some free tutorials that will do the trick.



- Manriquez

11th Grade NMA - Beat Sheets

Period 2

This Wednesday, November 9th, your documentary trailer outline or "beat sheet" is due.

Documentary Beat Sheet Considerations
  • Who will you interview?
  • What questions will be asked?
  • What stylistic visual elements will be used? (color, composition, title design)
  • Is there a single connecting element? (interviews, narration, title cards)
  • What type(s) of music will be used?
  • How will the story be divided into three acts?
  • Other than interviews, what specific elements will be collected?

For reference, take a look at this blog entry from writer John August:
WTF is a beat sheet?

- Manriquez

Thursday, November 3, 2011