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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

TERM 2, 2016-17

I am teaching the following classes this term. Click on the links below to see what we are doing each day, to see what you make up if you miss, and/or to see a description of each assignment.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Trying Something New

I'm going to try something new for the next week:

  • I created a separate page for each of the three classes I teach (which you can link to below). On these pages, you can see just what we're doing in class each day. So, click on the links below if you miss one of these classes on any given day or if you just want to know what we're going to do in class today.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday, 8 Sep 2016 (Day 16)

Period 1 - Film History 1895-1941

  1. Read this review of The Artist. Imagine you read this review online and were writing a response to it. Write a response that is at least two paragraphs long. In your response, be sure to do the following:
    1. Write as if you are posting a response to the review on the website where the review was originally posted.
    2. State ways in which you agree with the review.
    3. State ways in which you disagree with the review and give reasons why you disagree.
  2. Repeat step # 1 with this other review of The Artist.
  3. Repeat step # 1 again with this review of Hugo.

Period 2 - Screenwriting

  1. Use the internet to research the answers to the following questions. Send the answers to jwagner@ehhs.us:
    • Who is Joseph Campbell?
    • What is Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey"?
    • How did the Hero's Journey play a role in the creation ofStar Wars?
    • Describe each of the following stages of the Hero's Journey:
      • The Known World.
      • The Unknown World.
      • The Call to Adventure.
      • The Threshold.
      • The Threshold Guardian.
      • Helpers and Mentors.
      • Challenges and Temptations.
      • The Abyss (AKA "Belly of the Whale").
      • Death and Rebirth.
      • Revelation.
      • Transformation.
      • Atonement with the Father / Meeting the Goddess.
      • The Gift of the Goddess.
      • The Return.
  2. Print this worksheet (or draw it yourself if you can't print). Fill out both sides and turn it in. 
    • Here is an example of what each side of the worksheet should look like once you've completed it.

Period 3 - Film Fundamentals

  1. Finish filling out this worksheet that we started yesterday.
  2. Go to celtx.com and start an account.
  3. Create a new celtx project and play around with it. Try to figure out how it works.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wednesday, 7 Sep 2016 (Day 15)

Period 1 - Film History 1895-1941
  • Watch the film The Artist (2011). You can stream it on various platforms for about $3.00, check it out from the library, borrow it from someone, or arrange to watch it at school over 2-3 lunch periods.
  • After watching The Artist, answer the following questions:
    • What did you learn about the end of silent films from watching this movie?
    • What did you like and/or not like about this movie?

Period 4 - Advisory
  • Print this article and this blurb about goal setting and read it while doing annotations (by applying what you learned by reading the article above). Give the annotated article to Josh in person to get points for this.
Period 2 - Screenwriting
  • Decide what your 2-8 page narrative screenplay will be about. Send your idea to Josh.
  • Once Josh has approved the idea, begin writing an outline for the script.
Period 3 - Film Fundamentals
  • Use the internet to research the answers to the following questions. Send the answers to jwagner@ehhs.us:
    • Who is Joseph Campbell?
    • What is Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey"?
    • How did the Hero's Journey play a role in the creation of Star Wars?
    • Describe each of the following stages of the Hero's Journey:
      • The Known World.
      • The Unknown World.
      • The Call to Adventure.
      • The Threshold.
      • The Threshold Guardian.
      • Helpers and Mentors.
      • Challenges and Temptations.
      • The Abyss (AKA "Belly of the Whale").
      • Death and Rebirth.
      • Revelation.
      • Transformation.
      • Atonement with the Father / Meeting the Goddess.
      • The Gift of the Goddess.
      • The Return.
  • Print this worksheet (or draw it yourself if you can't print). Fill out both sides and turn it in. 
    • Here is an example of what each side of the worksheet should look like once you've completed it.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016 (Day 14)

I have a substitute coming in for me this day. So, I am writing what we're doing in a way that will make sense for the substitute teacher and for those students who miss class:

Period 1 - Film History

For students who miss:
    • Use the internet to research the answers to the following questions. Email the responses to the questions to jwagner@ehhs.us:
      • What is a "talkie"?
      • What is the significance of the film The Jazz Singer?
      • How did the transition to talkies reshape Hollywood? Give at least five examples of ways it changed how movies were made and affected people's careers?
      • If you can, we also highly recommend watching the film Singing in the Rain as it does a good job of bringing this era of film history to life.

Period 2 - Screenwriting


For the substitute:
    • Meet in Josh Wagner's classroom.
    • Project this warmup and have students do it on their warmup sheets.
    • Take role.
    • Show this video of me setting up class.
    • Show the film The Truman Show. You can play it from the iMac in my room via Netflix by clicking this link. But you will need to log on to Netflix. The office can help you with this.
      • While students watch, turn on the lights in the edit bays so they can see well enough to take notes.
    • While the students watch the film, have them follow the instructions in my video as they take notes. They will need to turn these notes in.
For students who miss:
    • Watch this video.
    • Watch the film The Truman Show. You can access it on Netflix by clicking this link. If you don't have Netflix, you can watch it over 2 lunch periods in my classroom or find another way to watch it.
    • Follow the instructions in the video on how to take notes during the film. Turn these notes in.
Period 3 - Film Fundamentals


For the substitute:

  • Meet in Josh Wagner's classroom.


      • Project this warmup and have students do it on their warmup sheets.
      • Take role.
      • Show this video of me setting up class.
      • Show the film Under the Same Moon. You can play it from the iMac in my room via Netflix by clicking this link. But you will need to log on to Netflix. The office can help you with this.
        • While students watch, turn on the lights in the edit bays so they can see well enough to take notes.
      • While the students watch the film, have them follow the instructions in my video as they take notes. They will need to turn these notes in.
    For students who miss:
      • Watch this video.
      • Watch the film Under the Same Moon. You can access it on Netflix by clicking this link. If you don't have Netflix, you can watch it over 2 lunch periods in my classroom or find another way to watch it.
      • Follow the instructions in the video on how to take notes during the film. Turn these notes in.