Introductions

[[Wordpress Workshop + Set up Group Google Drive Folder]]

Welcome to “Introduction to Multimedia Composition: Cinema Appreciation in the Digital Age.” This will be our course website. You’ll find the syllabus in the menu above (or at this link).

We will also be using Google Drive to share resources and assignments. Our “Intro to Multimedia” Google Drive folder can be found here where you’ll find all the readings for the course that are listed as PDF on the syllabus. In order to share your work, you’ll have to sign on to Google using your scarletmail.rutgers.edu email address. You can find more info about the Google/Scarletmail collaboration here.

The main purpose of the course, as outlined in the syllabus: “Students will engage critically in the process of creative expression“). That is to say, we’ll spend the semester working on multimedia compositions and examining how/why we might compose this way.

Given that the topic of this course is going to be “Cinema in the Digital Age” (ie. a way to narrow down what we’ll be practicing our multimedia composition skills on), we’ll be watching Tony Zhou’s “A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film”:

The Tumblr “Movies in Frames” & an unrelated Twitter user @OnePerfectShot

Léon, The Professional (1994)

The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life (2011)

Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan (1953)

As well as a video version of those projects:


You will be creating your own WordPress sites to use throughout the semester. If you want more guidance and/or want to play around with more of the basics, I suggest you peruse these sites:

Blog Assignment (Due Sept 9th 5pm):
Set up a blog (I recommend WordPress: make sure to include an About Me page (or widget). While you can name your blog anything you want, be sure to choose a title appropriate for the class and be wary of the type of personal information you want to publish on the web.
Make a comment on this post with the information for your new blog (including the URL) so I can link to it on the course website.
Write a reaction to Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, 250-500 words.
Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.
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