Syllabus

Reading & Assignment Schedule

Sept 4th INTRODUCTIONS
– Tony Zhou’s “A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film”
– “Movies in Frames“, @OnePerfectShot & “100 Most Iconic Shots of All Time
Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson

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

Blog Assignment (Due Sept 9th 5pm): Set up a WordPress blog. Send me the URL so I can link to it on the course website. Reaction to Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (250-500 words). Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.

Sept 11th TWITTER: THE AGE OF THE MINI-REVIEW
– Moonrise Kingdom Resources
– 
Twitter resources & looking at multimedia projects through the lens of “
What Why How” (see handout attached).

Blog Assignment (Due Sept 16th 5pm): Twitter-challenge. Review your Top 5 Films in reviews of 140 characters of less. Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.

Sept 18th INFOGRAPHICS + MAPPING MOVIES
– Read Scott McCloud’s “Through the Door” (also posted on our Sakai site).
Look at the “infographics” resources blog post linked above. Try and do the WHAT/WHY/HOW exercise for a couple of them; why might these resources take the form they do? What do infographics allow that videos, podcasts or other social networks don’t?

Blog Assignment (Due Sept 23rd 5pm): Create a visualization or infographic on one of your Top 5 Films and post it to your blog. Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.

Sept 25 VISUALS: CINEMATOGRAPHY (FRAMES & SCREENSHOTS) + COPYRIGHT & CREATIVE COMMONS

[[SnagIt + Screengrabbing Workshop]]

Blog Assignment (Due Sept 30th 5pm): “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (http://thefilmexperience.net/hit-me-with-your-best-shot/): Choose one image from Duet (2014) (available on YouTube and also on our Sakai site) and discuss its significance/importance/relevance, etc. Screen-grab image and post it alongside your write-up. (250-500 words). Respond to two of your classmates’ posts.

Oct 2nd THE DISNEY PRINCESS AND THE MEME
– Screening: TBD

Blog Assignment (Due Oct 7th 5pm): TBD

Oct 9th SOUND & PODCASTS

[[Audacity Workshop]]

Assignment (Due Oct 14th 5pm): Group podcast. In groups of three/four, produce a short podcast on any of the films we’ve discussed this semester. Share podcast via Google Drive.

Oct 16th SUPERCUTS, MASHUPS & VIDEO ESSAYS

[[iMovie + Keynote Workshop]]

Blog Assignment (Due Oct 21st 5pm): Pick one of the video essays listed under resources and write an analysis of it. Either embed the video essay into your post or link to it, and post an image of it. 250-500 words.

Oct 23rd BUILDING A PROJECT FROM THE GROUND UP, 

Assignment (Due Oct 28th 5pm): Rough Draft of Project Proposal uploaded to Google Drive.

Oct 30th PEER REVIEW OF FINAL PROJECT PROPOSALS

Assignment (Due Nov 4th 5pm): Final Draft of Project Proposal uploaded to Google Drive.

Nov 6th SHARING YOUR WORK

Nov 13th WORK ON FINAL PROJECT

Nov 20th FINAL PROJECT PREVIEW/REVIEW

Nov 25th (TUE) FINAL PROJECT PREP
INDIVIDUAL STUDENT MEETINGS (Have a significant portion of your project ready)

Dec 4th FINAL PROJECT GALLERY + WRAP-UP

Grade Breakdown

10% ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION
30% BLOG POSTINGS & RESPONSES
20% PODCAST
40% FINAL PROJECT

Course Policies

– Attendance at all classes is expected. More than 2 weeks’ worth of absences puts a student at risk of failure; in this particular class, be aware that—since we meet only once a week—2 missed classes will decrease your grade and put you at risk of failure. Program policy dictates that students with more than 4 absences (in our case, 2 classes), regardless of the reason for the absence, are not eligible to receive an A grade. University policy excuses absences due to religious observance and permits students to make up work missed for these circumstances. If you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website https://sims.rutgers.edu/ssra/ to indicate the date and reason for your absence.  Being twenty minutes late to class constitutes half an absence.
Participation is encouraged and thus any distracting behavior (cell phone use, inappropriate laptop use) is discouraged as it is disrespectful to your classmates and myself.
– I can be reached during my office hours and I promptly respond to emails (see all this information above). Jess Gonzalez, the Plangere Culture Lab Assistant is also our Digital Media Tutor. She’s available to help you with assignments Mon-Thu 3-8pm. To schedule a meeting, please reach her at jess.gonzalez@gmail.com.
You must submit all required assignments.
– Students will be asked to review and abide by the University’s code on plagiarism. This can be found online at: http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu.
– Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAA) of 2008, and Sections 504 and 508 that mandate that reasonable accommodations be provided for qualified students with disabilities. If you have a disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodation, please register with the Office of Disability Services for Students, which is dedicated to providing services and administering exams with accommodations for students with disabilities. The Office of Disability Services for Students can be contacted by calling 848.445.6800 and is located on the Livingston campus at the following address: 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Suite A145, Piscataway, NJ 08854.