Film Critics 2016 Schedule

The schedule listed below is available in PDF here: film critics schedule 8-24-2016

August 25 – Introductions, course outline, expectations, final project overview. Questions for consideration: How do we view films? What is the purpose of film? What films do you prefer and why? How do you decide on what to see? Beginning your film blog. Assignment due Sept. 1 by 11:59 pm: Create a film review blog with general introduction of yourself and a short essay on “What Film Means to Me.” Email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.edu. Sign up for Edmodo.com for online engagement, assignments, & readings.

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August 29 – Online Assignment post due by 11:59 pm: Read “Box Office Meltdown” from Daily Variety and respond to question post on Edmodo.com.

September 1 – Topics: What is “story” and why does it matter? Character, inciting incident and ambition. Character conflict, crisis, and resolution. Character vs. Characterization? Arc and character arc… is there a difference? What is a hero? What is baggage? The film evaluation outline. *We will view a film in class. Assignment: Diagram the selected in-class film using the film evaluation outline as guide (500-800 words) *Due September 8 by 11:59 pm. Load onto your blog & email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.edu.

Final Project Notes: Identify possible filmmaker or character for final project by September 8.

 September 5 –Online Assignment due on Edmodo.com in relation to “film story”.

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September 8 – Topics: The world according to Blake Snyder. The Freytag Formula, Writing reviews –what do I need to know? How deep should I get? Assignment: Write film genre evaluation (400-500 words) examining the Blake Snyder “genre study” *Due September 15 by 11:59 pm. Load onto your blog & email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.edu.

Final Project Notes: By September 15 – Identify (3) three films for review from filmmaker or featured character.

September 12 – Online Assignment due. Respond to online Edmodo post after listening to interviews from Ami Brown, Emma Thompson or Aaron Sorkin and read posted chapter 2 articles.

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September 15 –Topics: Understanding film 101 (lights, camera, action) & the filmmaking process (Pre-production thru Marketing/Distribution). Film history overview. Writing my first review. Online guest speaker – interview with long-time film critic of the Charlotte Observer Lawrence Toppman. Assignment: Write a 600-800 word review of “50 years of films” collection (Approved list to be provided). *Due September 22 by 11:59 pm. Load onto your blog & email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.edu.

Final Project Notes: By September 22 – Identify 3-5 (three to five) strong sources for your biographical sketch (print, online articles, audio, video sources are acceptable).

September 19 – Online Assignment due TBA on Edmodo.com. Listen to Lawrence Toppman interview and respond to writing prompt.

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September 22 – Topics: The importance of cinematography & lighting. What is Drama? Biopics, Reality-based films, film adaptations. Online Guest Speaker interview with Film Critic Matt Brunson from Creative Loafing (Charlotte, NC) and Savannah News (Ga.). Assignment: Interview someone over 55-years old and write a 500-700 word report/story capturing his/her movie history (start-up questions to be provided provided). *Due September 29 by 11:59 pm. Load onto your blog & email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.edu.

Final Project Notes: Due October 3- Turn in draft (for grading) of the introduction section for final project.

September 26 – Online Assignment due: Three options. Read chapter 4 materials, and listen to the interview with Matt Brunson and respond to writing prompt.

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September 29 – Topics: Sound and music – what the mind hears. The musical. Online guest speaker will be a feature film composer. Assignment: Write a 550-650 word review on an adaptation, biopic, or based on a true story film (approved list to be provided). You will also have adaptation-biopic-cinematography-evaluation-rubric details that require evaluating the cinematography selections of the film. This is due by Oct. 6 at 11:59 PM. Load onto your blog & email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.edu.

Final Project Notes: Due October 3- Turn in draft (for grading) of the introduction section for final project. View one (1) of your select films by October 6 (and make detailed notes).

October 3 – Online reading/posting for chapter 5 assignment due. After reading materials, listen to a select interview with a feature film composer and respond to online writing prompt.

October 6Topics: Acting –why does it matter? Family films, Animation & Children’s films, and coming of age films. Assignment: Write film review (550-650 words) on music-driven film (from this list).  You will be provided a rubric. Load onto your blog & email the link to inside-out-emotion-poster-collaborationntmanning@gardner-webb.edu. *Due October 13 by 11:59 PM.

Final Project notes: Due October 13Turn in draft of intro &  biographical sketch.

October 10 – Online reading/posting (TBA) assignment due on Edmodo.com. Listen to a featured interview with indie filmmaker and respond to online writing prompt.

 October 13 –Topics: Special effects, disaster, fantasy, comic book & science fiction films. The ‘Event’ film. What is a blockbuster? The Epic Film.Writing reviews for print, online, radio & television/video. Tone, voice, structure and other pieces of the puzzle. Grading your films with report card or star ratings. Online Guest Speaker interview with Film Critic Sean O’Connell from Washington Post, USA Today, Cinemablend. Catch up dialogue on final projects. Assignment: Focus on final projects.

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Final Project notes: October 14-27 – watch final two films (and make detailed notes).

October 17 – Online reading/posting (TBA) assignment due on Edmodo.com. Listen to the interview with Sean O’Connell and respond to writing prompt.

October 20 – No face to face class (fall break) – Assignments – Listen to interviews with Online Guest Speakers –Filmmaker Gary Wheeler & Magian Tovah. Read materials on Indie & Faith-based films.

October 27 – No face to face class (out of town for conference) Topics: The importance of the international box office. Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery. Getting started with a film-reviewing career (freelancing and starting your own website, Youtube channel, Blogs, podcasts, etc.). Writing reviews for Twitter. Listen to the interview with Adam Long and respond to writing prompt (interview now unavailable). Assignment: Write film review of 300-400 words and 140 characters (approved list to be provided – Oct. 6-27 genres). Due Nov.3 by 11:59 pm. Load onto your blog & email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.edu.bLFuGsM

Final Project Notes: By November 3 – Next draft of introduction, biographical sketch, and first film evaluation should be complete. Do not have to turn this in at this point unless you want feedback.

 October 31 – Online reading/posting (TBA) assignment due on Edmodo.com.

November 3 – Topics: Politics and the Spy film. Action/adventure films.


 Assignment: Write film review of 250-350 words and 140 characters (approved list to be provided) on an espionage or political film. Load onto your blog & email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.eduDue Nov.10 by 11:59 pm.

hqdefault Final Projects Notes: by November 10 you should have draft of introduction, biographical sketch, and two films complete. Do not have to turn this in at this point unless you want feedback.

November 7 – Online reading/posting (TBA) assignment due on Edmodo.com.

 November 10 – Advanced reviewing concepts and techniques & What not to do when reviewing films. The Western film genre. Getting access to screenings and interview junkets. Reviewing post-theatre releases (DVDs/Blu-Rays).  Interview with S. Craig Mahler. Assignment: Follow up with discussion on final project. Write review (approved list to be provided) on Western or “Year I was Born” film. Load onto your blog & email the link to ntmanning@gardner-webb.edu. Due Nov. 17 by 11:59 pm.

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Final Project notes: By November 17 you should have a draft of your completed project ready for review (including intro, bio sketch, 3 films, wrap). Do not have to turn this in at this point unless you want feedback.

November 14 – Online reading/posting (TBA) assignment due on Edmodo.com. Watch film junket package with James Cromwell and respond to post & listen to interview with Western filmmaker S. Craig Mahler.

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November 17 –Topics: Comedy: Not just a laughing matter.  Online Guest Speaker interview with blind film critic Jay Forry (Blindsidereviews.com). *in future years Jay will be moved to Sound Design timeframe*

November 21:  Online reading/posting (TBA) assignment due on Edmodo.com. Listen to the interview with Jay Forry and respond to writing prompt.

Final project notes: Final project due December 1 (no late papers accepted).

November 24-26 – No Class – Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday

Ben-Hur_2016_posterDecember 1 – Final Film group viewing – Topic: The sports film. Sequels, remakes & franchise films, TV shows & the big screen. Final thoughts and questions. Final projects due by 11:59 pm. today. Email or hand-deliver project to me. Assignment: Prepare for final exam & co-hosting freeform radio show.

 December 5 – Online reading/posting (TBA) assignment due on Edmodo.com.

 December 8 Final Class –  group film evaluation exam (schedule times)

 

 

**Schedule and assignment subject to change

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