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Unit: A Classroom with a View
TASK ONE: Criteria A: demonstrate an understanding for film/directorial techniques
Select one of the ‘texts’ below. You will imagine yourself to be the director, and write up a 350-450 word rationale, explaining the choices you made, and how those directorial decisions create a specific perspective for your audience. Aim to show how FIVE techniques BLEND together to formulate meaning.
This will be a ‘criteria A’ peer board assessment. They will use the rubric available here.
A little Hitchcockian help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Eg6velhQxGs
1. HOOK your reader: why does the MEANING of your Visual Text MATTER? How can you make that meaning something that everyone can relate to?
2. Write passionately about your film.
3. Don’t simply LIST the techniques. Your rationale should not be the linear telling of how each technique was used. Focus on the meaning, and write in a manner that explains HOW YOU MANUFACTURED PERSPECTIVE.
4. Think about how YOUR work may link with the thoughts of these famous directors:
- Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals. Directing is not a mystery, it’s not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people’s eyes. –John Ford
- Movement should be a counter, whether in action scenes or dialogue or whatever. It counters where your eye is going. This style thing, for me it’s all fitted to the action, to the script, to the characters. –Samuel Fuller
- A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order. –Jean-Luc Godard
- I’m a storyteller – that’s the chief function of a director. And they’re moving pictures, let’s make ‘em move! –Howard Hawks
- The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it. –John Huston
- A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. –Stanley Kubrick
- Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out. –Martin Scorsese
- People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. –Steven Spielberg
1. Address is Approximate
2. City Limits
4. Big Bang Big Boom
6. The Thomas Beale Cipher
7. How wings are attached
Key Questions to use while watching
a) What is the role of sound?
b) What is the role of the camera?
c) How does color/texture play a part in developing your understanding?
d) What does the visual text want from you? How do you know?
e) What emotions does the director attempt to produce? How do you know?