YEAR 2 FILMS
As part of your Pamoja online IB Film course we would like you to have regular opportunities to see short, short film (those under 10mins, Dancyger & Cooper, Writing the Short Film, 2nd ed, 1994) Each week we will recommend a film for you to see and in addition, as time goes on, we'd like you to recommend films for your peers. Use this wiki to build resources useful for the course:
Week 1- THE BASICS
SIMPLICITY (d. Brandon Lee, 2010) Keeping it simple! In terms of your filmmaking skills, we feel this is an excellent place to begin the course. The title says it all...note down why the film is entitled 'Simplicity' and what can we learn in our own filmmaking from this very accomplished student short?
Week 2- THREE ACT STRUCTURE Apply Syd Field's 3 Act Structure to this short...Where specifically do the plot points occur?
Signs (d. Patrick Hughes, 2010)
Week 3- HERO'S JOURNEY This story is allegorical in nature. What is the allegorical reference being made and what are we supposed to think about the hero's journey? (director's intent) How many of Joseph Campbell's conventions can be applied to this short?
The Ascension (d. Gershon Sng, 2011)
Week 4- FORMALISM: The AUTEUR THEORY & GENDER THEORY
The Crick (d. Jall Cowasji, 2010) Consider the feminist theory introduced this week and in particular the idea of the male gaze, (Mulvey, 1974) Analyse the use of the intra diegetic gaze (one character staring at another when the subject is unaware they are being watched) and more widely, the camera position (POV) and audience reception/intended meaning associated with these shots in Horror/Thriller films.
Week 5- THE IMAGE
Kaleidoscope Eyes (d. Lucy Croft-Wang, 2011) This film won 'Best Cinematographer' award as well as 'Best Film' in a schools based Hong kong film competition. Using the photographic terminology gained from this week's content, apply your textual analysis skills to this short and identify why a professional DP was so impressed with the film aesthetically.
Week 6- Film Genres: Science Fiction
ARROWHEAD: SIGNAL (d. Jesse O'Brien, 2012) This is essentially a film trailer as the filmmaker is attempting to gain a budget via crowdsourcing, where we, the general public pay small contributions to help form a budget. Firstly, would you crowdsource this film? Yes/no...why? Secondly, which conventions of sci-fi can we identify in this short? Editors, how do you think the special effects were created. Keep in mind it was made on a budget of $600!
Week 7- Marxist Film Theory
MAID (d. Mirella Deocadiz, 2010)
Compare what you discovered this week re: Italian Neo-Realism with this film (inspired by the Italian Neorealists) and note down how the text constructs an ideological position. Ultimately, what are we supposed to think about the relationship between the domestic maid and the family?
Week 8- CONTINUITY & MONTAGE
Infinity (d. Alexa Bautista/Thomas Siu, 2011) Chase sequences always require very careful planning in terms of the editing rhythms and continuity required. This one is quite unusual, as most of the 'chase' takes place metaphorically rather than literally and therefore the editor has the chance to use both invisible cutting techniques and montage layering too. Try to spot exactly where the cuts have been hidden and when montage is employed.
WEEK 9- ME MONTAGE WEEK
This is a fascinating resource created by none other than our very own Mr Tooms. 'Chapeau!' This is an example of INTELLECTUAL MONTAGE in which the choice of juxtaposition between shots has intellectual meaning. The themes of mortality, death and 'moving through' make this a very interesting film for you to consider, particularly as the second film contains Mr Tooms commentary. Your job is quite simply to watch and learn then consider the learning points with reference to your own Me Montage. Feel free to leave a comment on You Tube...
WEEK 10- GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM
Mr Tooms suggested that we use this video for Week 10 as a more useful and well narrated explanation of the impact created by German Expressionism. It starts just after 8mins but actually the whole documentary is an invaluable additional resource for your learning this week.
WEEK 11- APPLYING GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM via FILM NOIR!
Watch the following film, entitled Gweilo (d. Nick Hatzer, 2009) which makes use of some powerful expressionistic devices (such as shadows on the walls) whilst conforming to the conventions of Film Noir. List those conventions in your analysis and based upon your understanding of mise en scene analysis, explain what you think the director was trying to convey.
WEEK 12- SHORT, SHORT FILM GENRES/TRADITIONS?
Your learning this week starts to pose questions about how films are classified. Keep in mind that the purpose of genres is not entirely academic but rather commercial as it helps people navigate to the kind of films they prefer, this stimulating consumerism. Watch the film below 40 Years (d. Russell Appleford, 2010). How do we classify short films of this nature? Do they also belong to traditions or do short films (and the short, short ones above) have their own generic classification system?
WEEK 15- THE CHASE SCENE
ME MONTAGE PROJECTS (WEEK 9)
THE THREE ASSESSMENTS
DINNER WITH... (WEEK 12)
CHASE SCENES (WEEK 17)
SOUND ASSIGNMENT (WEEK 21)
REVERSE ENGINEERING (WEEK 29)
PAMOJA FILM AWARDS 2013
MR GOLDBERG'S EXERCISE: DIRECTING ACTORS
MR TOOMS' WEBSITE (USEFUL FILM RESOURCES)