I read Roger Eberts “how to read a movie” first, it was pretty informative. I grew up watching his show on weekend mornings (with Jean Siskel), so I was happy to read more and get a feel for how he started to read or give opinions on films he watched. When he was a Professor at Chicago University he incorporated a “STOP” policy when one of his students waned to voice an opinion on what he or she thinks about that scene. I thought that was a pretty democratic way of teaching and film professors everywhere incorporate that method into their classes.
Then I moved onto watching the 3 of the several clips we were given as an option to view. I chose 2 Kubrick’s and the Tarantino one. I chose then because I like the only 3 Kubrick movies have seen and knew he was a pretty unorthodox director. I guess the same feeling can be put towards my feelings towards Tarantino, but in my opinion he does make quite a few over the top and pointless films.
The video assignments I did were a learning experience for me. I went to see an expert in the digital tutorial center in the ITCC. the gentlemen who sat down with me was knowledgeable and helpful. He explained to me for a good 15 minutes, on the ins and outs on basic film making. Without that tutorial I think I would have spent 5-10 more hours on learning all the tabs and programs.
Then I created my first video assignment. I went into the process thinking that I was doomed. Once I finished it I felt pretty decent about what I was able to do with the basic knowledge I had on film making. The process took roughly 4-5 hours (should have taken 2-3 but I was going at beginner speed). I utilized the digital studio in the ITCC center, they have great programs already installed on the MACS, so I saved a little time their. The only down side was that I could not get any question answered because no one works in the center per say.
Blog on 3 clips:
Look, analyze, listen:
Here is my assignment bank publication. This is the first one I have done so far. The instuctions are below as well.
Step 1. Find something you care about and gather pictures and videos about it). It could be your parents or panda bears, anything you think about often.
Step 2. Create a short film, using i movie or any program you feel comfortable with. No restrictions no limitations on how to piece together your short film.
Step 3. Place music that encompasses your thoughts on the subject matter.
Step 4. Place credits at the end letting the audience know who or what you paid homage to.
I wanted to keep this open and with as little parameters as possible. I found that overtly restricting instructions on how to do these assignments kill creativity and force most people to reject the challenge.