You want to write each entry informally, as you would speak: we do not consider grammar or style for the Course Journal, though each entry should be legible, or readable.
Please do not hand in class notes as entries: these entries need to be written as if you, the author, are blogging or engaging in a conversation with your readers. You do NOT NEED to include director, date, etc. data about the films you write about. We know this information.
Each entry should include your thoughts, impressions, opinions, criticisms, takeaway, or in brief, your general, casual, informal feedback about films from the course.
Some questions to help you get started…
–What did you like or dislike about the film?
–Did you notice any details in the film that were not brought up in class?
–Is this film similar to films you usually watch? How/How not?
–What concepts from the lecture or readings apply to your film?
–Can you say something about how the film looks (art direction, framing, camerawork) rather than write only about plot?
–Can you say something about how the film sounds (dialog [language style], soundtrack [sound and music imbedded in the diegisis, or film world), and/or score [music composed for the film])?
–Would you recommend this film? If so, to what kind of viewer?
–(If the film you choose was released pre-1980) Does this film age well, or is it less relatable because it is dated?
Please discuss readings and lecture material on at least one entry for each three-entry submission.
We really enjoy these and grade them with that in mind: your opinions and how you think about the course material is important.
Four Point Journal Questions you may want to ask yourself while reading ontries over:
1–Is the author (YOU) communicating clearly, i.e., if we read this aloud, does it make sense? Can a reader understand what s/h/ze is saying?
2–Does the author (YOU) engage, or go into detail and use examples concerning what s/h/ze uses as an entry topic?
3–Has the author (YOU) put thought into the entry or does this seem to reflect internet, IMDB, or canned ideas? For example, does the author offer an insight or point of view, positive or negative, about the entry topic.
4–Is each entry full: for example, is it clear that the author had something to say, rather than banging this out at the last minute and trying to hit the page limit?
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