(Ch.1) Baggage, Story, Inciting Incident, Character

Good day Film Crew,

I hope that you are all well this week. I continue to encourage you to reach out to me with questions and comments, and we’ll adapt as needed in this course. I appreciate all the engagement so far, and am looking forward to getting to know each of you (and your film perspectives) more as the semester progresses.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out some of your fellow classmates film journal blogs. You may discover something new about them, about film interpretations, and even some films you’ve never considered viewing.


We have several topics to cover this week, and I’ve broken Chapter 1 into two week’s of lessons. Scriptwriting, story and exploration of character are foundational to understanding cinema. It begins with the idea or story, and builds from there. Without the knowledge of character conflicts, universal messages and themes, literary heroes, and story genre – we can’t fully appreciate film critique. That’s why we’re taking so much time on these topics.

For this week, I want you to engage in our Film Critics site articles on Baggage, Why Story Matters, A Matter of Character, Writing a More Concise Story Summary, The Inciting Incident, The Film Evaluation Guideline, and 40+ Years of Film Scriptwriting Honors.


Upcoming Assignments:

  • After you explore those articles and watch any supported video content, you should address your 1 Response Post Assignment located on our Film Critics site. The response post is due by 11:59 PM on Feb. 8.


  • You should also post an original essay on your personal film journal on “Film Baggage.” Guidelines and a writing prompt are posted on the Film Critic Site on the page (Ch. 1) Assignment for Film Journal “Baggage” Due Feb. 10. Make sure you add your name at the bottom of each posting; add links; add tags; and photos (to your original journal post).


  • Some of you have already secured your semester project film. If you have not done so, you should identify your top three film choices and email me or post at the bottom of the Semester Project Options & Timelines page on our Film Critics site. This should be done by Feb. 11. I’m asking for your top three just in case someone has already reserved your first choice. You can find your film options linked from that same page.


  • Coming up on Feb17, you will have your film interview due with someone 50+ years old. The details are located on our Film Critics site on the post: 50+ Years-old Interview Assignment. I encourage you to identify someone, and get the interview scheduled this week if at all possible.


I have also updated a few items on the calendar. You can always see out any updates by checking out the calendar/schedule on our Film Critic Site.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or comments please email or call me. I will always work to respond to you within 24 hours.

That’s a wrap,  Noel T. Manning II

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