(Ch. 2) Notes, Reminders and Assignments

Hello Film Crew,

I hope that you all are having a wonderful February so far. I appreciate the thoughtful engagement from many of you; keep it up.

Late Policy Change: I do want to let you know that there are some assignments past due from a few of you. Beginning with this chapter, I will no longer be accepting late assignments. If you do not meet the deadlines, you will receive a “zero” for that assignment. I believe that I am giving each of you enough time to finish your work on time. I understand emergencies can happen, and I will discuss any of those with you individually as needed.


Assignments past due now

The Response/Dialogue Post for the last part of Chapter one was due on Feb. 15 and responses should have been posted at the bottom of the response page covering the Screenplay, Blake Snyder, Life Lessons and more. Each of those topics will be important as you move through the course and work on your reviews and semester project.

If you haven’t already done so, you should also post your film “Interview” with someone over 5o-years old. That is/was due on Feb. 17. That should be posted on your personal blog as well as at the bottom of the assignment page.


Chapter Three Topics – Feb. 18-24

  • Explore the filmmaking process (Development through Marketing/Distribution). Five stages – development, pre-production, production, post production, and marketing/distribution.
  • Explore the history of cinema in this History 101.
  • The history of movie theatres, distribution and the impact of audience is pretty fascinating as well in this audience/film timeline.
  • Gain an understanding of three key film theories.
  • There is an online interview with long-time film critic of the Charlotte Observer Lawrence Toppman. Listen to this interview; this will be one part of your response post for this week.
  • Get an understanding of the careers in filmmaking (from gaffers to best boys to key grips).


Writing and Dialogue/Response Assignments for this week

  • Evaluation/Review expectation: I have posted your film evaluation requirements for this review under the Film Evaluation Guideline -Due Feb. 24 post. You will have review components related to Blake Snyder’s formulas, Freytag’s Pyramid & last week’s dialogue and readings on “hero,” conflict & character. We are building on our materials each week, and will be coming back to them on occasion.  Make sure you are following the requirements and examine the grading rubric and expectations for each assignment.
  • Semester Project Notes: Due by Feb. 25: Identify 4-6 (four to six) strong sources for your semester project (print, online articles, audio, video sources are acceptable). Do not use Wikipedia. If you use IMBD, you should still add 4-6 more sources. If you need guidance, ask me before this date. Remember your dates and guidelines can all be found on our website page here.

Please reach out to me if you ever have questions or need guidance.

That’s a wrap.

Noel T. Manning II



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