Tuesday, September 18
- In Class
- Chapter 8: Editing in Looking at Movies
- Episode 9 of Altered Carbon
- Read Chapter 9: Sound in Looking at Movies
- Analyze the editing in a scene from Episode 9 of Altered Carbon. Provide a GIF or still images from the shots. Post in our Facebook Group before class on Thursday.
Thursday, September 20
- In class:
- Chapter 9: Sound in Looking at Movies
- Watch episode 10 of Altered Carbon
- Analyze the use of sound in a scene from Episode 10 of Altered Carbon. Provide a video clip or still images from the shots. Post in our Facebook Group before class on Tuesday.
Midterm Exam on Tuesday, October 2
Essay #1 due on Thursday, October 4
- Formulate a thesis statement that can be supported by analyses of formal elements of Altered Carbon. You can focus on an idea or a group of ideas expressed cinematically, an aspect of style, a pattern of use, an interpretation of a film, and so on.
- Identify key scenes in the series in which your idea is presented powerfully using cinematic language.
- Analyze these scenes in terms of formal elements: narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, and acting. Your analysis should integrate multiple elements, rather than present them in isolation
- Write your essay, supporting your points with analyses of the elements of film. It is essential that you focus on the strategy, effect, purpose, etc of a given scene or group of scenes and that you show how several elements work together to achieve it.
- Submit an electronic copy of the essay in this shared folder, print out the final draft, and turn it in during class on Tuesday, October 2.
The essay should be about 750 words in length, 3-4 pages (typed, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 point font), and documented in impeccable MLA format.
Welcome to Cyberpunk Cinema!
The topic for this course will be Cyberpunk Cinema– a science fiction subgenre that brings a punk attitude and sensibility to speculative worlds in which cybernetic technologies are leveraged for, against, and by people on the margins of society. In this course students will familiarize themselves and use cinematic language for the appreciation and analysis of film and television productions, as well as learn critical frameworks to analyze cyberpunk films and beyond.
See the syllabus for more details on the course. And order your books!
Week 1 Online Introductory Activity and Assignment
Because I will be in Montreal at a conference presentation, this first week will be carried out with a series of online activities and resume normally on Tuesday next week. Our classroom is Sanchez Hidalgo 101.
- Join our Facebook Group.
- Write a brief intro (1 paragraph) about yourself and the movies you like in our Facebook group. In your intro, include a link to a movie clip in YouTube or Vimeo that you really enjoy and explain what you like about it. Post this before Midnight on Tuesday, August 14.
- Read at least 2 of your classmates’ intros and film clips and respond to the clips with a brief (but substantive) comment no later than noon on Thursday, August 16. Let’s strive to have everyone’s intro and film clip commented on.
- Chapter 1 of Looking at Movies.
- “Cyberpunk” by Bruce Bethke
- Altered Carbon, Season 1, Episode 1 (available on Netflix)
- A paragraph-long discussion of characteristics of cyberpunk based on the story and the first episode of Altered Carbon.
- Post your discussion in our Facebook Group before class on Tuesday, August 21.
|Facebook Group · 46 members|
|This is a discussion space for English 3345: Topics in Film, taught by Dr. Leonardo Flores in the Fall 2018 semester at UPRM.
Course website: http://…|