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Learning Goal: I’m working on a film exercise and need support to help me learn.Journal : Intro
to film JournalQuestion
A Watch
Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren and choose a documentary from a
list of ten.
Documentary
List:
Jiro
Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Exit
Through the Gift Shop (2010)
13th
(2016)
The
First Monday In May (2016)
Man
On Wire (2008)
78/52:
Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017)
Maya
Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)
Jim
& Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)
Wig (2019)
Paris
Is Burning (1990)
For
this Journal, watch Meshes of the Afternoon and ONE of the above ten
choices and then answer the following questions for each.
Meshes
of the Afternoon:
1.
What was your experience of the film? What did the film make think
and feel? What would you say this film is about?
2.
How did this film affect you? Did you like it? Were you invested? Why
or why not?
3.
What will you take away from this film? What do you think the film
was trying to say?
Documentary:
1. Have
you ever seen a documentary before? If so, what was it and what
was your experience? If not, why not?
2. Based
on your understanding of how to identify a Documentary, what are 3
moments in the film that specifically have that documentary style?
(You MUST have 3 SPECIFIC examples from the film – please refer
back to the Viewings for a list of this terminology, and then apply
it to the scene)
3.
How did this documentary balance information and entertainment? How
did it engage you?
4.
What did you learn from this documentary? Did you feel that this
documentary effectively covered its chosen topic?
5.
Did anything about the production of this documentary surprise you?
What aspects of the production were different from other
documentaries that you might have seen?
Journals
should be about 1 page in length.Question
B
: ( Art and Art house films ) JournalWatch
an art film and answer questions
about the film you’ve chosen.
Recommended
Viewing:
A
Beginner’s Guide to Art House Cinema
(Links to an external site.)
The
Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
(Links to an external site.)
The
Red Shoes (1948)
(Links to an external site.)
Ugetsu
(1953)
(Links to an external site.)
Tokyo
Story (1953)
(Links to an external site.)
Wild
Strawberries (1957)
(Links to an external site.)
Breathless
(1960)
(Links to an external site.)
The
Exterminating An
(Links to an external site.)
Shadows
of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
(Links to an external site.)
The
Color of Pomegranates (1969)
(Links to an external site.)
After
you have watched your chosen film, THOROUGHLY and THOUGHTFULLY answer
the following questions:
1.
Did you enjoy this film? Why or why not? Did you think of this film
as an artistic achievement? Has this film changed your perception of
filmmaking? How so?
2.
How is the camera used in this film? How does the camera move in this
film? How is the framing different from other films? Discuss TWO
specific examples of memorable and/or unique uses of the camera from
your chosen film. Please include screenshots or time stamps!!
3.
How does this film use elements of mine-en-scène? What did you think
of the sets and the costumes in the film? What did you think about
the film’s use of color? Discuss TWO specific examples of the films
use of mise-en-scène. Please include screenshots or time stamps!!
4.
What did you think this film was trying to say? What was the story of
this film? What did it make you think? What did it make you feel?
What did you take away from the film?
5.
What is one single frame from the film that reminded you of a
painting? What about this frame and its composition spoke to you?
Please include a screenshot!
Please DO
NOT copy
the questions into your journal response and DO
NOT double
space.

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