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Reflect on your past hypotheses of your future. You can start with the ubiquitou

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?

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The film Clueless is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Respond to this film,

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?

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The studio system created a development pattern for film making that has been co

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.
Resources
Chapter 4 in your textbook
Studio System (55:37)
Assignment Instructions
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.

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The dark lighting of the film noir genre is just one of its many unique filming

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.
Resources
Chapter 10 in the textbook.
Film Noir (55:24)
Film Noir: Two Clips (14:24)
Watch

Clip 1: Beginning to 4:46 then
Clip 2: 7:13 to end
Assignment Instructions
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?

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ESSAY QUESTION: Choose two characters from August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black B

ESSAY QUESTION:
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:
Introduction
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:
https://vimeo.com/474985383

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CHAPTERS 3 AND 4 OF THE TEXTBOOK Alfred Hitchcock once told screenwriter Ernest Lehman that he thought of the audience “like a giant organ that you and I are playing. At one moment we play this note on them and get this reaction, and then we play that chord and they react that way.”

CHAPTERS 3 AND 4 OF THE TEXTBOOK Alfred Hitchcock once told screenwriter Ernest Lehman that he thought of the audience “like a giant organ that you and I are playing. At one moment we play this note on them and get this reaction, and then we play that chord and they react that way.” For this critique, you will watch the entirety of Psycho (from the Streaming Movies resources) and analyze one scene (not the shower scene) to reveal how the film’s director, Alfred Hitchcock uses camera movement and editing to “play” the audience “like a giant organ.” First, watch the film in its entirety, paying close attention to how the camera moves and how the scene is edited.
Next, choose one memorable scene to analyze in detail. The scene should be about
30-60 seconds long. First focus on what Hitchcock does, then work on why he does it. Count the number of shots. Within each shot, does the camera move, or is it stationery? Does the director keep the camera close to the action, thus emphasizing motion? Or does he de-emphasize movement through the use of long shots, high angles, and slow-paced action? Are the camera’s movements smooth or choppy? Lyrical or disorienting? How much cutting is there and why? Are the shots highly fragmented or relatively lengthy? What is the point of the cutting? To clarify? To stimulate? To lyricize? To create suspense? To explore an idea or emotion in depth? Discuss the answers to these questions to reveal how Hitchcock uses movement and editing techniques to obtain the desired reaction from the audience in the scene you selected.
Use your textbook to guide your discussion. Cite all references to the textbook in MLA format. It is not necessary to research additional information for this critique, but if you do use outside sources in the paper, they must also be cited in MLA format in the body of the paper and on the works cited page.
***** KEY THINGS TO FOCUS ******
Count the number of different edits, and identify the number of unique shots and different angles. How does the scene affect you? How do the editing and multiple
angles add to or distract from the story?
Working from our list of seven basic moving camera shots on page 114, describe what camera movement you would use to film each event and why. Refer to
pictures throughout Chapter 3 for inspiration or post an image or video clip to serve as an illustration. Length: 3-4 double-spaced page
Scene you can select to write paper on … you can look them up time frame
1st. 25:40 – 26:30 (when she is in the car on the way to the motel 2nd. 01:07:20 – 01:08:35 (when the personal investigator is at the motel
3rd. 1:16:55 – 1:17:08 (when personal investigator go inside the house)
4th. 1:17:24 – 1:17:36 (when personal investigator gets killed)
LINK TO TEXTBOOK (JUST COPY AND PASTE THE LINK) chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://nbrdesignstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/UNDERSTANDING-MOVIES.pdf
THE MOVIE IS CALLED PSYCHO YOU CAN FIND IT ON AMAZON PRIME AND OTHER LINKS
THE LINK TO PREVIEW OF THE MOVIE IS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GF_A6K9TwI

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During Reading Week, besides the preparation for week 7, you will need to write

During Reading Week, besides the preparation for week 7, you will need to write a short introductory essay discussing at least one critical approach to the idea of “Eastern Europe” in the context of theatre studies, addressing the question: “What is ‘Eastern’ in EuropeanTheatre (concepts, practices, and contexts)?” Exploring some of the themes raised in the first two weeks particularly (as also presented in the Course Introduction) – critically addressing geography and history, both personal and political borders, postcolonialism, the dialogical and the constructivist, cultural memory – and comparing these, for example, with the discussions with directors in the last two chapters of Stepanova and Carlson (eds.) (2021: 263-294)… The essay is an invitation to discuss what might be problematic in supposing reference to “Eastern Europe” – historically, politically, culturally, geographically – not least, with respect to presenting examples of theatre practice and should be grounded in an exploration of specific instances (rather than generalisations). basically” the question invites you to reflect on what might be complex in referring to “Eastern European theatres” – how and why does reference to “Eastern” qualify that of “European” in interesting ways, historically, critically, etc. (“contexts, practices, concepts”). This could indeed include reflection on the “geopolitical” construction of the distinction between East and West, not least in the context of war (including the present one). If you choose to discuss a play or a production it is probably best to focus on just one (which you can evidence with citation, whether in page numbers or time code) rather than generalising. All the best, Mischa

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During Reading Week, besides the preparation for week 7, you will need to write

During Reading Week, besides the preparation for week 7, you will need to write a short introductory essay discussing at least one critical approach to the idea of “Eastern Europe” in the context of theatre studies, addressing the question: “What is ‘Eastern’ in EuropeanTheatre (concepts, practices, and contexts)?” Exploring some of the themes raised in the first two weeks particularly (as also presented in the Course Introduction) – critically addressing geography and history, both personal and political borders, postcolonialism, the dialogical and the constructivist, cultural memory – and comparing these, for example, with the discussions with directors in the last two chapters of Stepanova and Carlson (eds.) (2021: 263-294)… The essay is an invitation to discuss what might be problematic in supposing reference to “Eastern Europe” – historically, politically, culturally, geographically – not least, with respect to presenting examples of theatre practice and should be grounded in an exploration of specific instances (rather than generalisations). basically” the question invites you to reflect on what might be complex in referring to “Eastern European theatres” – how and why does reference to “Eastern” qualify that of “European” in interesting ways, historically, critically, etc. (“contexts, practices, concepts”). This could indeed include reflection on the “geopolitical” construction of the distinction between East and West, not least in the context of war (including the present one). If you choose to discuss a play or a production it is probably best to focus on just one (which you can evidence with citation, whether in page numbers or time code) rather than generalising. All the best, Mischa