COVID Learning Experience Meredith Morgan

Summary

This is a montage video of my typical day of online school.

Logline

A student goes to school and is bored.

Intent / Goals

My goal was to make a simple film that students could relate to.

Research

I didn’t have to research much for my role because I was playing myself.

Questions

Was the film relatable? Did the edits fit in well?

Peer Feedback

“YES relatable!!!” – Brian

“I think that the edits fit well, It was easy to see the clear passing of time, and the film was very relatable. I also liked the ending, and the audio of the teacher added a lot I think.” – Stuart

“I thought the edits were smooth, I liked the blackout in the beginning” – Robbie

“I think it was relatable, and the edits were pretty seamless. I think if you wanted to make it more interesting/engaging, you could utilize more of a variety of shots so it wasn’t the same shot the whole time.” – Avian

“the quiet audio for the zoom teachers was good because they audience couldn’t really pay attention to them just like the character in the film” -Neil

“I really liked the edits near the middle of the film. I think it captured the moods of online learning!” – Bradley

Evidence of Editing: Us (2019) – Meet the Tethered Scene

Editing Language

  • Cutting to individual people & places instead of a whole room shot
  • Shows the emotion on people’s faces, specifically Red
  • Creates suspense for the viewers

Mirror Cutting

Editor Nicholas said in an interview “We talked about match cutting as a technique but we did a lot of what I call ‘mirror cutting’ to an inverted action or an inverted emotion or an uncanny replica of something. The underground dance/fight at the end was the purest form of musical, psychological, and artistic editing.”

Mirror cutting is similar to match cutting and cross cutting which are other techniques used by editors, in shows like Stranger Things which there are “two worlds” it is crucial to the emotion of the show to cut between.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Match_cut

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-cutting

Thoughts of a Cynical Dog Feedback

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12cElW7Pp1HIGxITmPLAloxMXaex6_QMJ/view?usp=sharing

Summary

This 60 second film is a narration of my dog’s inner thoughts while I am petting him. I often think to myself, what if my dog doesn’t love me as much as I think he does? Or what if he isn’t a big happy doofus on the inside? This was my interpretation of what he might be thinking.

Questions

  • Was it funny?
  • Was the sound quality ok?
  • Do you think my dog is cute?

Peer Feedback

  • Loved the voice over! Sound quality was great. – Bradley Berbells
  • I would recommend more close up’s of the dog and a shot of yourself from the dogs point of view. – Aidan Anderson
  • I thought it was funny! I liked how you narrated the dogs thoughts! – Avery Miller
  • I like how the dog understands the flow of time as it is but also thinks of things in terms of dog years. – Dylan Werts
  • The sound was great, very funny, very cute dog. He didn’t seem very enthusiastic to be in your film – Nairn Peters
  • I liked the dog, and the different things he explains. I thought it was funny – Stuart Whitney
  • Beautiful angled shot – Brian Favorite

60 Second Film: Thoughts of a Cynical Dog

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12cElW7Pp1HIGxITmPLAloxMXaex6_QMJ/view?usp=sharing

Summary

This 60 second film is a narration of my dog’s inner thoughts while I am petting him. I often think to myself, what if my dog doesn’t love me as much as I think he does? Or what if he isn’t a big happy doofus on the inside? This was my interpretation of what he might be thinking.

Feedback Questions

  • Was it funny?
  • Was the sound quality ok?
  • Do you think my dog is cute?

Film Analysis: The Handmaid’s Tale

“The Handmaid’s Tale on the High Line” by gsz is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Summary

I chose the Handmaid’s Tale to analyze because I like dystopian stories with strong characters, which the series fits the bill for.

Film Analysis

Film TitleThe Handmaid’s Tale
Year2017
DirectorReed Morano
CountryUSA
GenreDrama, Sci-Fi
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?I would change some of the visuals and lighting

As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.

Ask yourself the following questions:

TOPICYOUR NOTES
1. Who is the protagonist?June (Offred)
2. Who is the antagonist?Aunt Lydia, Commander and Wife
3. What is the conflict?The oppression of women and other minority groups
4. What is the theme? (summarize in one or two words)Learn more…Women’s liberation
5. How is the story told (linear, with flashbacks, flash-forwards, at regular intervals)Learn more…Linear with flashbacks
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?Offred has been captured by the new totalitarian state that was made to raise birthrates and help the environment but the leaders established biblical law and interpreted it in a way that oppressed women and anyone who didn’t fit their mold.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
reactions?
The sound and editing make it a very suspenseful watch, and they want us to feel this way so it puts us in the shoes of people living there.
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do
particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?
The setting is realistic, the house that Offred lives in is old architecture but could still exist today, however, the lack of any seemingly modern technology shows how this society has returned to tradition.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?All the characters are costumed and made up very simply. Even the high-class women seem to not be wearing makeup. All formal wear is uniform and there is a lack of originality amongst the crowds. “Servant” women such as Marthas and handmaids have their hair covered.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?The lighting is also simple and really just shows what we would see through our own eyes.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?The camera angles help to build suspense and really show the expressions and reactions of the characters.
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?The music exemplifies emotion and can dramatize the events of the plot.
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?Margeret Atwood wrote the Handmaid’s Tale as a reaction to the rise of the Christian right in America, and this TV series was developed for similar reasons. This show was made to show how fast things could go south in our country.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources“The Handmaid’s Tale is a haunting confluence of tenses. It’s also one of the best shows of the year so far, at times hard to watch but impossible to ignore.” -Liz Shannon Miller (indiewire, The Verge)
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Explain why.I picked the first five minutes because I think the opening is important and sets up the entire show.
0:00-5:00
16. In the selected scene: write a sentence for each of the elements below:
a. Screenwriting:Opens to June’s family presumably trying to escape
b. Sound Design:Muffled background noise but loud effects (car crash, gunshots)
c. Camera Movements:Hovers around June’s face to show her reactions
d. Light Setup:Shows darkness in the forest, in the room the window is behind her to signify the change in mood
e. Soundtrack:No music in the opening scene, just loud sound effects
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?Rising dialouge/conflict in the US surrounding certain women’s rights/issues

Film Analysis: mother!

Film Title: mother!
Year:2017
Director:Darron Aronofsky
Country: US
Genre: Horror
TOPICYOUR NOTES
1. Who is the protagonist?mother!
2. Who is the antagonist?Him, guests in house
3. What is the conflict?Unwanted guests come into mother’s house and it leads to chaos
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words)God and the earth
5. How is the story told (linear, with flashbacks, flash-forwards, at regular intervals)Linear but with circular timeline
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?mother and her husband, not given a name and just called Him, live a peaceful existence in a large house in the middle of nowhere. Unwanted guests appear and cause the house and mother’s life to devolve into chaos. The movie includes many biblical themes and characters that represent Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, and Jesus.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)?Why does the film encourage such
reactions?
The film influences particular reactions by editing the film to increase suspense, with close up shots and long pauses between the action. The film also encourages these reactions by having certain “scary” music.
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized?What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?The setting is realistic, it’s probably a real house and even if it isn’t it definitely could be. The atmosphere suggests tranquility devolving into chaos. The house itself represents the universe.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do
costume and makeup convey character?
Mother is clothed and made up very simply. This shows that mother lives a minimalist life which conveys her uncomplicated demeanor.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?The dark and shadowy lighting shows some of the hidden secrets that the house harbors.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?Camera movements and closeups of mother help to increase our emotions and empathize with mother.
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the
image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?
There is no music!
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film?Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?The film is somewhat void of culture because it doesn’t exist in a specific timeline but it has elements from many different eras among the different scenes and characters.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sourcesExample: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All
Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.
“By all means, go to “mother!” and enjoy its roller-coaster-of-weird exhibitionism. But be afraid, very afraid, only if you’re hoping to see a movie that’s as honestly disquieting as it is showy.” – Owen Gleiberman
Variety
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements.Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene. Example, from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.Explain why you chose this scene.1:20:00 – 1:25:00, this movie represents the whole film very well. It is the beginning of the third act in which the whole house and mother’s whole world devolves into chaos. “the Poet’s” book is published and droves of people begin coming into the house, many of them pulling pieces of the wall to “prove that they were there”.
16. In the selected scene: write a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting:Minimal writing, strangers saying strange things
b. Sound Design:Mother sounding desperate and scared, no one listening to her, and increasingly loud din in the background
c. Camera Movements/Angles:Closeups and sweeping shots frequent throughout the movie
d. Light Setup:Dark and shadowy
e. Soundtrack/Score:Very quiet movie
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?Isolated world, scenes turned into warzones and chaos

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

Film – Week 14 – Intro to Analysis

“Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner” by classic film scans is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Analysis gave me great freedom of emotions and fantastic confidence. I felt I had served my time as a puppet.”

Hedy Lamarr – Read about 1930s actress Hedy Lamarr-inventor of cellphones, Wi-Fi and GPS

SUMMARY

This week I got a lot of work done and also cleaned my room.

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY & THE BRAIN)

Image from bananatreelog.com

I think it was important for me to remember that certain levels of stress are normal and the worksheet reminded me of that. Almost every teenager in high school will experience situational and test anxiety, so I am not alone.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

I solved the problem of not having a super good organization system for my different classes schoology and zoom links by making bookmark folders.

Story of Film – Episode 2 – The Hollywood Dream

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“film” by popturfdotcom is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Notes

The following material is from Wikipedia

1918-1928: The Triumph of American Film…

…And the First of its Rebels

Story of Film – Episode 1 – Birth of Cinema

Film
“Film” by adpowers is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Notes

The following material is from Wikipedia

Introduction

1895-1918: The World Discovers a New Art Form or Birth of the Cinema

1903-1918: The Thrill Becomes Story or The Hollywood Dream