Reflect on your past hypotheses of your future. You can start with the ubiquitous question “What did you want to be when you grew up?” and go from there. How did you used to imagine your future? What were the aspirations and goals that you set for yourself? Did you or do you now pursue those goals, or did you change direction? Where did you imagine you would be at this time in your life ten years ago? After those reflections, also ask yourself: How does reflecting on your past imaginings of the future affect you now? In other words, what does experiencing future nostalgia feel like? Does it seem to have the same qualities that the others nostalgias have been having?
The film Clueless is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Respond to this film, and think of it in relation to writer/director Amy Heckerling’s nostalgia for the book and the relevance of its story in her mind to inspire the film. What is it about nostalgia for books that lends itself to movie adaptation? Is this still Jane Austen’s story, or does nostalgia for writing necessitate adaptation that inevitably separates it from the world of the book?
The studio system created a development pattern for film making that has been compared to an assembly line style of production. This concept facilitated the creation of multiple films at an amazingly rapid pace. This process had its advantages and disadvantages.
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:
Articulate the development and history of the studio system.
Chapter 4 in your textbook
Studio System (55:37)
Explain the concept of vertical integration and how it relates to mass production in the movie industry.
Highlight the advantages and disadvantages as a result of this mass production concept. Write 1-2 pages explaining vertical integration and the concept of mass production as it relates to the movie industry. Outside sources are not required, but please identify any outside sources used in your research.
The dark lighting of the film noir genre is just one of its many unique filming techniques. These techniques set them apart from any other genre.
They are easy to identify and analyze.
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:
Analyze and critique a film.
Chapter 10 in the textbook.
Film Noir (55:24)
Film Noir: Two Clips (14:24)
Clip 1: Beginning to 4:46 then
Clip 2: 7:13 to end
After watching the videos and reading the text, write 2-3 pages describing the scenes from Two Clips of Film Noir movies in detail, paying particular attention to the filming elements. Be precise, descriptive, and detailed; do not take any element of mise-en-scène for granted. Please include the following questions:
What does the image contain?
Where was the camera?
Does the camera move?
When and how?
What does the lighting look like?
What did the characters say and do?
How were they introduced to the audience and to each other?
What were the similarities between the two films?
What were the noticeable differences?
Choose two characters from August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and one character from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Discuss one character per supporting paragraph. How does that character work to fight or maintain their given circumstances in regards to dealing with racism or sexism? Are there any characters working against the character you chose? Use evidence from the text to support your argument.
Explain. You may use a quote for each supporting paragraph to back up what you are saying, but keep it to 2 sentences or less each.
You must write 1 essay about a 2-3 pages in length, double spaced, 12 pt. Times font.. You must write your answer in the space provided for the essay question OR you can upload your essay as an attachment. What I am looking for in your essay answers is a 5 paragraph essay format. I want you to support your statements with specific examples from the plays. I want to know your opinion about the play you are writing about, so think critically. I have copied a paper outline below that you can use as a model when writing your answer. This outline breaks down what a 5 paragraph essay looks like. Again, be specific and support your thesis with multiple examples from the play. Read over your essay before submitting it in to make sure you don’t have spelling mistakes and that your argument is clear. Also, please italicize the title of the play when writing about it.
Paper Outline Template:
Opening paragraph giving an overview of what your paper will be about and the plays you will be analyzing. ( August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House). Give a 2-3 sentence summary of each play in your own words. Then the thesis statement, which includes the three characters you will be analyzing.
Supporting Paragraph #1: (The first character you will be discussing and it’s connection to the essay prompt)
Supporting Paragraph #2: (The second character you will be discussing and it’s connection to the essay prompt)
Supporting Paragraph #3: (The third character you will be discussing and it’s connection to the essay prompt)
Conclusion: Reiterate thesis and “wrap up”.
here’s the link to the video:
Aliens & No Country for Old Men
Watch the two films. Create a post that answers the 2 questions for the week. After some of your classmates have posted, give at least 2 substantive replies to other original posts.
Sound, in film, plays an integral part in creating suspense and conveying tone/feeling for a film. From the otherworldly aural creations from Alien to the stark silence of NCFOM (I’m just going to shorten it, you can too), the filmmakers use sound to their advantage to keep their audiences on the edge of their seats. As humans, hearing is one of the main ways we use to survive. The film makers desire to emulate that rustling in the bushes that makes our ears perk up and our hair stand on end.
Please provide 1 example from each film of how the filmmakers created a “Jump Scare” (An event that causes the audience to literally jump from their seats with fright) using only sound. Follow-up: How do you think they could have made it better?
Please provide 1 example from each film of how the filmmakers conveyed place/presence/environment through sound.
Finally, Foley is the art of creating sounds using objects. That sound is later dubbed onto the film track in sync with the action requiring sound. See https://youtu.be/UO3N_PRIgX0. Give me 2 examples from each film where a sound effect was used and what you think they might have used to create it.
As always: Give me a Haiku for each film describing their use of sound.
Write a youtube video script on the popular company tik tok. Please answer these questions while making the script, interesting, fun, and engaging.
1. How did tik tok start?
2. Who owns tik tok?
3. why do big companies fear tik tok?
4. What controversies has tik tok been a part of?
5. Who controls tik tok?
6. What is next for tik tok?
Take inspiration from this video:
The INSANE Truth About TikTok (Full Movie) – YouTube
Requirements for this Film Comparison/Contrast Research Project (must follow 8 steps):
Select one full-length feature film VIEWED IN CLASS . Examples Road to Perdition, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty, Fargo, The Big Sick, Get Out, The Thin Blue Line, Casa Blanca, Straight Outta Compton, etc.).
Select one full-length feature film NOT WATCHED IN CLASS (not a film clip) that you are intrigued with. Possibly other films by the same Director, and/or other films with the same themes, etc.
Select ONE aspect/topic (that we have studied) of cinema studies that you are particularly interested in (cinematography, sound design, acting, editing, writing, ideology, etc.).
Select ONE scene from each of the films from 1. & 2. above. (Please do not select more than two scenes as your basis for discussion). Please do not summarize the entire plot and story of films, assume that your reader (me) has seen your selections. Focus on your cinematic topic.
Write a comparative/contrast thesis statement on your selected cinema studies aspect. This is the type of thesis statement I am looking for: The following is an analysis comparing and contrasting the sound design in select scenes from Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) and Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott, 2001). Notice that both films are about war. Sometimes it is a good idea to select two similar genre films, or two films directed by the same person, etc.
Overall goal of this project is to help you increase your research skills. You must find (do research) and include within the body of your paper two scholarly sources (not Giannetti) to support and enhance your thesis statement.
This is very important! Scholarly sources are peer-reviewed, published by academic presses, and can usually be found in the stacks in the library (books) or online via your login at WSU. I generally use FirstSearch database, but there are several others. Note: Wikipedia, IMDB, newspapers such as NYTimes and USA Today, and The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are not scholarly sources. However, if your subject is cinematography, you may use American Cinematographer as one of your sources. You can consult Giannetti and put in your Works Cited page, but it does not count as one of your two scholarly sources. See above document WSU Library How To – for step-by-step research for scholarly sources.
Find (on the Internet or screen capture from your films) at least two images per scene that you are discussing. Minimum (4) – to receive full credit. Must use proper citation under each. Proper citation includes: description of shot, title of film, director, year produced, and country of origin. See this example (do not follow the way the sample paper shows — the information student provides is in the body of paper).
Figure 1. Medium Close-up Rick Blaine. “Casa Blanca,” Michael Curtiz, 1942. US.
Film Research Paper – must be three (3) pages plus a Works Cited Page = four (4) total pages
For Reading Quizzes 5-8, you will choose one question to answer from each section. So, you
will be answering three total questions.
Please answer thoroughly, and give textual evidence and analysis to support your answer.
Answers should be at least 150 words, and include at least two quotes.
While the “furnishings” of the Youngers’ apartment are described as “tired,”
many members of the Younger family are also described as being tired (23). For
example, when he wakes up, Walter Younger is described as being “still more
oriented to sleep than to a new day” (26). And Walter accuses Ruth of being
“tired”: “You tired, ain’t you? Tired of everything. Me, the boy, the way we live
– this beat-up hole – everything” (32). What conditions might be causing the
members of the Younger family to feel tired? What message might Hansberry
wish to deliver about the relation between the setting and the characters? How
does the setting reflect the characters, and why?
2. One of the earliest conflicts to emerge in A Raisin in the Sun is a marital conflict
between Ruth and Walter. When Travis tells his mother that he is supposed to
bring fifty centers to school, Ruth responds by saying, “I ain’t got no fifty cents
this morning”(28). Yet when Travis asks his father for fifty cents, Walter reaches
into his pocket with an “important gesture” and then hands the money to his son
(31). Why do Ruth and Walter respond differently to their son’s request for fifty
cents? And what do you make of the way that Ruth and Walter look at each
other at this moment? What do Ruth and Walter communicate through these
non-verbal gestures and facial expressions?
3. After his wife Ruth ridicules his dream of opening a liquor store, Walter says,
“That is just what is wrong with the colored woman in this world…Don’t
understand about building their men up and making ‘em feel like somebody.
Like they can do something” (34). Walter concludes, “We one group of men tied
to a race of women with small minds!” (35). Moments later, while discussing
Beneatha’s desire to become a doctor, Walter says, “Who the hell told you (that)
you had to be a doctor? If you so crazy ‘bout messing ‘round with sick people –
then go be a nurse like other women – or just get married and be quiet” (38).
What do Walter’s comments about his wife and sister reveal about his
personality? Later he makes fun of George’s shoes and the college style. What
else does this say about his view of how to “be a man.”
4. Toward the middle of Act I, Scene 2, Lena receives a letter with the insurance
check for ten thousand dollars. When her son Walter enters and attempts to talk
with Lena about his plans to open a liquor store, Lena rejects his proposal
without any discussion: “there ain’t going to be no investing in no liquor stores”
(70). Analyzing this scene, literary scholar Lawrence Kappel argues that Lena
“asserts her authority and slaps him down with her refusal to consider his
business proposal – as clearly as she had literally slapped Bennie’s face in the
first scene.”11 Do you agree with this scholar’s suggestion that Lena’s response
to her son’s entrepreneurialism resembles her response to her daughter’s
atheism? Do you think Lena abuses her authority by refusing to consider
Walter’s business proposal?
5. When Lena asks her son why he talks “so much ‘bout money,” Walter responds
by asserting, “Because it is life, Mama!” (74). Lena retorts, “Once upon a time
freedom use to be life. In my time we was worried about not being lynched and
getting to the North if we could and how to stay alive and still have a pinch of
dignity too….” (74). Do you think Hansberry would want audiences to agree
with Walter’s assertion that “money” is the most important thing in life? Or
would she want audiences to agree with Lena’s assertion that “freedom” and
“dignity” are most important? Why might Lena’s dreams differ from both of her
children’s? Why does Lena have a hard time understanding both Walter and
Beneatha? Why do they have a hard time understanding her? Why might Walter
and Beneatha feel “restless”?
Section II: Choose One
6. Compare Beneatha’s two love interests, George and Asagai–what does each
man represent to her? Represent in the play? What interests her about both of
these men? What does she like most about each of them? What does she like
least about each of them? How do each of them treat her? How does her family
react towards each of them? How do their backgrounds differ? Who do you
think she likes more, and why? Please use specific examples/quotes to support
your answer. Hansberry was challenging stereotypes and mainstream media’s
depictions of both black Americans and African Americans. Do you think
Hansberry challenges 1950’s stereotypes with these two very different
characters? (*Hint: Research Assimilation vs Afrocentrism)
7. Ruth’s Pregnancy: Is it significant that nobody knows where Ruth has gone?
Why might Ruth have chosen to keep her pregnancy quiet? Does Ruth want to
get an abortion or is she reluctant? What conditions motivate her to consider
having an abortion? Hansberry juxtaposes the scene where the women are
talking about pregnancy and with Travis and the other children chasing and
killing rats. Why would these two scenes be interweaved, and why does Ruth get
so upset? How does everyone (Mama, Walter, Beneatha react to the news of the
pregnancy?) What does Ruth ultimately decide to do and why?
8. Karl Lindner, the only white character who appears in the play, travels to the Younger
household because he has been charged with proposing to “buy the house” from the
Younger family (118). But from the moment that Lindner opens his mouth, his speech
is stammering, hesitant, and filled with digressions. Despite asserting that he is “going
to try to get right to the point,” he takes a conspicuously long amount of time to arrive
at his point. Ruth is even moved to ask, “Would you like another chair – you don’t look
comfortable” (116). Why is Linder so uncomfortable? What might his faltering,
digressive speech reveal about Karl Lindner’s mindset? Do you think Lindner knows
that what he is about to propose is morally wrong? Why or why not? Why is what
Linder is saying, obviously so racist, but also so ironic–what kind of family is he
describing? What is ironic about this whole encounter? (Also consider the historical
and autobiographical context–what family is really in danger). What are your thoughts
about Linder and how the family reacts to him?
9. At the very end of Act II, Scene 3, Walter admits to Lena that he gave the rest of the
insurance money to Willy Harris. “Mama…I never…went to the bank at all” (129).
When Lena asks whether Walter has also spent the three thousand dollars intended to
pay for Beneatha’s medical school, he confesses, “Yessss! All of it….It’s all gone….”
(129). Hearing this news, Lena walks over to her son and “starts to beat him
senselessly in the face” (129). How does Lena respond to the news that Walter has
squandered the insurance money? Is her response justified? In your view, what should
the Younger family do next? Should they proceed with their plans to move into the
house in Clybourne Park? If not, what should they do instead? What are their options?
Section III: Choose One
10. After Walter loses the money, he has his lowest moment of the whole play, imitating a
stereotype, “putting on a show,” using the N-word, and getting down on his knees,
stating that after this performance for Linder that he’ll “feel fine! Fine! FINE” (144).
Why does Hansberry have Walter perform this “anguished imitation of the slow witted
movie stereotype” (144)? What does this reveal about the nature of Linder’s proposal?
If Walter allows his family to be bought out, do you think he will really be “fine”? Why
or why not? How does this display contrast to how Walter really speaks to Linder?
Why does Mama make Travis stay? Please analyze Walter’s last speech to Linder.
Has Walter changed? Analyze his repetition of “proud” and “pride.” Why is that
significant? Look at the pronouns he uses, shifting from “I” to “we”; why is that
significant? Discuss his tributes to his son, and his father, Big Walter, and the women in
his life. Do these changes illustrate a dawning awareness of the women and their
dreams? Their dignity? What are other significant moments in this speech and why?
11. It is easy to dislike Walter and his mistakes, comments, and actions. But does he ever
physically hurt anyone in his family? How is he as a father? What were his dreams for
his son? For his family? Is he ever unfaithful to his wife? What options did he have to
start a business? Get a loan? Go to school? What obstacles did he have to overcome as
a black man in the 1950’s? Were his dreams wrong? Is he a victim of his
circumstances? Do you think he can be considered a sympathetic character at all? Use
evidence from both the play and from the pre-reading.
12. Does the play have a happy ending? Some reviewers of A Raisin in the Sun criticized
the play for ending on a note of false triumph and contrived happiness. Does the play
suggest that all of the challenges faced by the Youngers have been resolved? In an
unpublished first publish of A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry included a fourth act in which
the Younger family is shown sitting in the living room of their new home, armed,
awaiting attack by a mob of hostile white residents from Clybourne Park (much like
what happened to her own family in her real life). Yet Hansberry decided to cut this
final act from her play before it was performed on stage. How would this ending have
changed the play’s message or tone? Why did she choose to cut it? Do you think she
made the right decision to cut this act? Why or why not?