Peer Group Work
You and your peer group have
a series of tasks to complete in winter. The first involves the creation
of a group artists statement or manifesto. This will be posted
on Mediaspace and will form the splash page of your groups web
site on Mediaspace. You may use visuals as well as text if you wish.
This is due on Monday, January 14. You will have time to work on this
in groups on Thursday, Jan. 10.
Other central tasks:
1. Weekly peer seminar meeting
(Mondays, 10:00-11:30). This is the place for you to discuss weekly
readings and to prepare group synthesis papers that are due each week.
These will also be posted on Mediaspace. You may decide to write these
collaboratively or assign a different group member to be the scribe
and reporter for each week. These synthesis essays should focus on
the substance of your interaction with the weekly reading/screening
materials. Use appropritate reference citations when addressing texts
and films (MLA style).
2. Film Theory Presentations:
each group will be responsible for a presentation of a section of
the Film Theory: An Introduction book. These presentations
begin in Week 2. These presentations should aid us in our understanding
of the film theory concepts covered by Robert Stam and help the program
prepare for the take-home Midterm Examination (more on this later).
Presentations should: 1. present
the basic concepts in your reading section (not just a single concept
but all or most of those covered), 2. may utilize visual materials,
3. may be interactive, 4. must actively involve every member of your
group. You will have 30 minutes for your presentation. Note: the rest
of us will be prepared too, having read the same section in Film Theory:
An Introduction and are available to participate. The group presentations
will occur during the Wrap in Com. 308.
3. Review for Midterm Exam:
each individual should plan to spend some extra time reviewing readings,
lecture notes, and screening notes in preparation for the take-home
midterm in Week Seven. This exam will be comprised of a series of
essay questions. We will hand out questions on Monday, Feb. 11th (these
will include an opportunity for you to do some synthesis work with
your personal theme and film theory and will make connections between
weekly lectures and screenings and our reading about film theory.)
You will have a four day weekend to complete the midterm exam (Fri
thru Monday holiday). At minimum you should expect to spend twelve
hours completing a minimum of six typed pages. We expect you to demonastrate
your understanding of the central concepts presented by the texts,
lectures, and films. Note: use appropriate citations for films (title,
maker, date) and for print sources (usually author, year, page - see
MLA style). You may do additional research, though it is not required.
The exam will be due on
Tuesday, February 19th.