NOTE TO SUBS:  AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH PERIOD, PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THAT DAY'S FILM JOURNAL ENTRY, THEN PLAY ONLY THE 30-MINUTE SECTION OF THE FILM INDICATED.  YOU CAN PLAY IT DIRECTLY FROM THIS PAGE.  AT THE END OF EACH PERIOD, PLEASE COLLECT THE STUDENTS' WORK, AND PLACE IN IT A MANILA FOLDER. 

SUB PLANS: Mon Dec 2 - Mon Dec 9

NOTE: THE FILM (HITCHCOCK'S "THE STRANGER", 1946) IS LINKED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Note: This film was made in 1946, at the close of WWII.  It deals with historical issues of the day in what was considered a very 'real' way.  If you are not familiar with the era, some quick research may help you understand the context of the film.

The class should watch this film in 30-minute increments, creating a journal as follows:

MON DEC 2: Watch 0:00-28:00 Make notes on the blocking.  How are the characters arranged on the screen? Note how, at 28:00, Welles manages to fit 8 characters on the screen.  In your journal, draw a storyboard panel for the table scene that happens at the 28-minute mark.

REMINDER: WORK SHOULD HAVE YOUR NAME AND THE DATE ON IT, AND BE TURNED IN TO THE SUB! 

IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ZEROES IN THE GRADEBOOK.

TUE DEC 3: Re-Watch 0:00-28:00 This time, write notes about the camera shots, movement and framing.  Your journal should look like this:

(THIS IS THE ACTUAL BEGINNING OF THE FILM)

1. Up-Shot, left medium (woman/door),

2. Close-up, back of head, turns, zooms out on 7 men,

3. Slow zooms back in on man, up-shot 

4. (and so on...)

REMINDER: WORK SHOULD HAVE YOUR NAME AND THE DATE ON IT, AND BE TURNED IN TO THE SUB! 

IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ZEROES IN THE GRADEBOOK.

WED DEC 4: Watch 28:00-59:57 (FREEZE ON HOLOCAUST FILM CLIP)  This time, watch for the transitions and lighting, and how they affect the film's mood.  This film is considered an example of 'Film Noir', or 'Dark Film'.  Does the lighting reflect the somber nature of this part of the film?  Where and how?  At 59:57, audiences saw the first actual footage of the Holocaust ever used in a film - those are real bodies in a mass Nazi grave on the screen.

REMINDER: WORK SHOULD HAVE YOUR NAME AND THE DATE ON IT, AND BE TURNED IN TO THE SUB! 

IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ZEROES IN THE GRADEBOOK.

THU DEC 5: Re-Watch 28:00-59:57 Once again, write notes about the camera shots, movement and framing.

REMINDER: WORK SHOULD HAVE YOUR NAME AND THE DATE ON IT, AND BE TURNED IN TO THE SUB! 

IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ZEROES IN THE GRADEBOOK.

FRI DEC 6: Watch 59:57-END OF FILM, again noting the camera shots, movement and framing.  There are some very unusual shots in this segment of the film, particularly toward the end.  Ask the substitute to replay the last 5 minutes or freeze-frame it as necessary.

REMINDER: WORK SHOULD HAVE YOUR NAME AND THE DATE ON IT, AND BE TURNED IN TO THE SUB! 

IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ZEROES IN THE GRADEBOOK.

MON DEC 9:

The Summary Assignment, Due Tuesday Dec 10:

......................................

This counts as a PRODUCT grade, and completion should be attempted in class, but may be finished at home, and submitted on Tuesday Dec 10 (hopefully to ME, but if I'm not back, to the sub) -

In 3 paragraphs (5-7 sentences each), answer the following questions.  Use your Journals as references, and provide SPECIFIC examples that support your claims. 

Paragraph Response #1) Orson Welles is considered one of the greatest directors of American Film.  What about this film would support that claim? 

Paragraph Response #2) Welles is highly regarded for (among other things) finding camera angles that emphasize the mood of the scene.  Where does that happen in this film?  and

Paragraph Response #3) Although the film is 73 years old, it stands as a great example of filmmaking.  Why do you think that is?

 

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