(Ch 6) Response and Dialogue (Due March 29)

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Comedy, Film Editing & Reviewing Techniques for Writing and Finding One’s Voice

This week, we’ve checked out the genre of comedy from various viewpoints.

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In the lesson – “Editing: The Invisible Artform” we found out through the examination of the two articles and an interview with Wyatt Smith (Mary Poppins Returns, Dr. Strange, Pirates of the Caribbean) that editing may just be the single most impactful element of filmmaking. It may be the one thing that has the greatest impact on the audience’s reactions (and interactions), even if they don’t realize it. If we understand this lesson, we will become a much stronger reviewers and critics of cinema.

For our final section of Chapter 6, we should have gained a deeper appreciation of the tips and lessons on “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV,” and we should have been able to start to find or refine our own particular style and approach to writing in “Tone and Voice… How Do You Find It?”

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Due March 29 (11:59 PM): Response and Dialogue Assignment – After fully engaging in these lessons (and taking the Humour Survey), address the following questions (if you use the same idea or thought as a previous student post, you should expand on the thoughts). Post your responses at the bottom of the assignment page or email/message them to Noel T. Manning II.

  1. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?
  2. Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?
  • Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

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  1. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?
    I learned the four different categories that humor is categorized, and I was very surprised by the complexity of humor because I have always simply thought of humor as, hey that’s funny, and moving on, but comedy is much more complex than that. The fact that everyone finds different things funny was reinforced after going through the readings because that is true. After thinking about the fact that we all laugh at different things I really realized how complex humor is.
    On the humor scale I was 15th percentile in Affiliative Humor, 87th percentile in Self-enhancing Humor, 55th percentile in Aggressive Humor, and 66th percentile in Self-defeating Humor. I was both surprised and agreed my results. I am normally a closed-off and quiet person, so I was not very surprised when I ranked fairly low in that humor category. I was however surprised when I received a high ranking in Aggressive humor because I do not normally find humor in other individuals struggles and pain. After learning about the elements of humor I think I will be able to better recognize the messages and themes in comedies than I once could. I think I will also be able to understand various jokes and references used in different comedies, and I can then use that skill to build upon my skills in film evaluation.
    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?
    I learned that editing is used a great deal in explaining who that character is and to create the mood and tone that the film is trying to create for its audience. I was surprised that you can use cutting in editing to make people infer certain events in a film, such as the cutting that the editor uses in the blockbuster “Jaws”. This knowledge of editing will help me in understanding film criticism by helping me in evaluating the effectiveness of the editing in various films.
    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?
    I think I am still on my way to finding my voice/tone, based on previous writings I really believe I would like to go down a route of humor because I really enjoyed making jokes using famous lines from the films. I am still struggling with finding a way to include everything that is needed within the word count. I love to dive into details, so I think that I prefer the freeform reviews because I’m all about the details and not having a restriction on word count or time. Knowing what things are most important to include, and what is not, is a great element of reviewing films for me. Understanding that I should not try to use technical terms often is useful because I am able to make the review and words flow better knowing that I do not have to use large terms when discussing the films. Getting feedback is a huge element that is helpful for me in writing future film reviews, I always try my best to use and build on the feedback I have received from others, in hopes of improving my skills in film criticism.
    – Caitlyn Hamrick

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Caitlyn Hamrick – Thanks for the feedback. The more you write, the tighter your editing will become. I promise you, it will become easier to find your your way to share the important elements (in the required wordcount). NTMII

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  2. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale”

    I feel that I will be in the self-defeating humor category. I laugh at myself and try to better myself.

    after taking the “Humor Survey?” Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you?

    It came to no surprise to me that my top humor scores is self-defeating humor with a whopping 96%. I criticize myself on a daily basis and try to better myself from what I say when I make it seem funny my criticism has a bigger impact and sticks with me.

    How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    I now know that filmmakers can try to make some scenes funny but no one may find it humorous because everyone has different humor styles based on their baggage. It may help to watch films with my family and see what they find humorous versus what I find funny and compare the comical aspects.

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    Editing is what brings the entire film together without editing the film would seem all over the place and the film would not be good. Without editing, I think that films would fail and we would not watch them. This has made me think about the films I have seen and how the scenes transitions. Now knowing all that editors do I will look for what they have edited from the music choice to the transitions to different camera angles. What surprised me the most is that the editor is not given enough credit for what they do. People do not realize all they do.

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews?

    I am still trying to figure out a writing style that fits me best. I am normally a straightforward guy and I like things short, sweet, and simple. I will try to incorporate some trivia into my reviews to try to make reading my reviews more enjoyable. I would like to add humor and trivia to my reviews, I love knowing useless facts and making movie puns.

    What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio, and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I should try to see some bad in films. I am the person that likes to give people credit but I don’t really believe in participation awards. This means I give praise where it is needed and I don’t give praise where it is not needed. I hate to shame films but I may have to if I see a bad one. I should also try to incorporate some humor and information from other sources.

    ~Dylan Mistretta 3/26/19

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  3. zachbaynard says:

    Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    After taking the humor survey, I found myself on the aggressive humor side. I really don’t think much of myself as aggressive as I feel I’m more passive than aggressive. However if I’m like getting bullied, then I might try to “roast” them by saying something funny in order to get people to laugh at them. However, this is very rarely that I really do it, which it really surprised me on the scale with it getting 36 points, the most out of all the points scaled. I think that understanding the different types of humor and comedy might help because I can more clearly identify which audience is supposed to find this funny and which audience might find it offensive.

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    I think the major thing I learned from editing is how much a movie might rely on it. Like I knew editing was major for a movie, but editing is one of the most important jobs when creating a film. The editor has to place the scenes in a certain way in order to make the movie good and to make sense. They also control like the lighting, and as I learned a previous chapter is that the color scheme is really important for a movie as it can help build suspense. I think with this when making a future movie review, I can look at the editing job and try to see how well the color scheme suited the movie and it;s environment.

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I’d say I’m still on my way to discover my voice. I think that as someone grows older, they can really understand they’re voice. I’m only 14, so I hadn’t found it yet. I feel that my writing voice takes in depth, as I often may talk about one thing and talk about it so long and get hooked on another subject. In my reviews, I never really use humor only because it’s a more serious tone. I want to keep my reviews serious rather than humorous. I think that one element that I can rely on greatly when criticizing films would be to just be honest, which is the 6th one on “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio, and TV”. Often times I’m not that honest with a movie I might see or a song I hear. I might say it’s good because all my friends say it’s good when really it was the worst movie I ever saw in my life. But when making a film review, I need to be honest and share what I feel about the movie and not be scared about what others think about it.

    -Zach Baynard

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Zach – Thanks for your thoughts. Your opinions and evaluations of songs, film, TV, art (etc.) are important as anyone’s. You got a voice *even if you’re still finding it); you can use it. -NTMII

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  4. sugarymango says:

    Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    ~I found that I am mostly with Affiliative humor, which means I enjoy joking around with other people. The Next one I mostly am is Self-enhancing which means that I can keep a humorous outlook on life during stressful times, which is kind of surprising because I don’t deal with stress well at all. The next one was aggressive humor, which is also surprising because I wouldn’t ever tell a joke that I knew would hurt someone, but I am on the lower side of this so that means I don’t do it as much. And the Final one Self-defeating humor. This one and Aggressive humor were the lowest. Self-defeating humor is where you put yourself down. I don’t usually put myself down unless I mess up really bad, so this one being the lowest doesn’t surprise me. I guess I didn’t really think about any of the types of senses of humor but when I do think about it these types are mainly what there are. I think learning about the different types of humor can help you learn why a person will take a certain side when trying to be funny. It can also help you understand a joke and whether or not you should spread the same thing around.

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    ~I never really thought about editors, and I guess people never really think about things like that until they’re told about it. Editors are really important and without them, you wouldn’t see special effects or see the transitions between scenes. I guess what surprised me is how a lot of the effects aren’t real, it’s just edited into a scene and that really surprised me because editors do a great job making it look so real!

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    ~I feel like I’m still finding my voice in writing because even though I know how to answer and meet certain criteria, I’m still lost on how I need to write that. I need to work on who I’m addressing, because unless it’s a paper and just something like a response post, I’ll address it mostly like I’m talking to the audience. I should probably work on how I word things and how I open and close up, those two things are the absolute worst for me to do.

    – Lucy Holland-

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Lucy -Editing is really that final piece of the puzzle, but it it that piece that brings the puzzle to life.Thank you for your feedback. NTMII

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  5. noeltmanning says:

    Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale”

    I feel that I will be in the self-defeating humor category. I laugh at myself and try to better myself.

    after taking the “Humor Survey?” Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you?

    It came to no surprise to me that my top humor scores is self-defeating humor with a whopping 96%. I criticize myself on a daily basis and try to better myself from what I say when I make it seem funny my criticism has a bigger impact and sticks with me.

    How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    I now know that filmmakers can try to make some scenes funny but no one may find it humorous because everyone has different humor styles based on their baggage. It may help to watch films with my family and see what they find humorous versus what I find funny and compare the comical aspects.

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    Editing is what brings the entire film together without editing the film would seem all over the place and the film would not be good. Without editing, I think that films would fail and we would not watch them. This has made me think about the films I have seen and how the scenes transitions. Now knowing all that editors do I will look for what they have edited from the music choice to the transitions to different camera angles. What surprised me the most is that the editor is not given enough credit for what they do. People do not realize all they do.

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews?

    I am still trying to figure out a writing style that fits me best. I am normally a straightforward guy and I like things short, sweet, and simple. I will try to incorporate some trivia into my reviews to try to make reading my reviews more enjoyable. I would like to add humor and trivia to my reviews, I love knowing useless facts and making movie puns.

    What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio, and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I should try to see some bad in films. I am the person that likes to give people credit but I don’t really believe in participation awards. This means I give praise where it is needed and I don’t give praise where it is not needed. I hate to shame films but I may have to if I see a bad one. I should also try to incorporate some humor and information from other sources.

    Dylan Mistretta 3/26/19

    Thank you,
    Dylan Mistretta

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Dylan, No one sets out to make a “bad film,” so even those deserve to be evaluated for what they are. I’ve seen some films that everyone seems to hate, yet I find things about it I love. NTMII

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  6. jmcmullens2 says:

    1)Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?
    What surprised me would be that it was created for a certain audience. I found this surprising because I originally thought that comedy is something that we should be able to laugh at. However it does makes sense that it is that way because depending on where you com from or your lifestyle in general different things would be funny to you than to me. On the “types of humor scale” I don’t really know where I would fall. After looking at my results I would agree that I would be more self enhancing because it tend to look at the good side of it rather than being all down when there is problems to face. I also found that my lowest percentile was in affiliative because I like to laugh a lot and I a always laughing and having that humor amongst my friends and family. Understanding the elements of comedy would be helpful when evaluating comedy movies because it made me realize that all comedy will not be funny to me because it was originally made for a certain group. The comedy is not what makes the movie good or bad it just identifies what the overall tone is of the movie.
    2)Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?
    What I found interesting about editing is that it brings everything together. This reinforce my understanding of editing because it made me realise how important it is to the final outcome. This will help when understanding film critics because it makes me think of how they see the overall thing and how they piece the parts of the movie together.
    3)Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?
    I think that I haven’t found my voice or tone and is still discovering it. I think that my writing is leading to a more straightforward style. As of the previous lesson my writing has not been as straightforward and is allowing the reader to have the deeper look at the movie and begin to develop an opinion from the review. The supporting data that I use would from the movie. An example of what is happening to backup my statements for why I see the movie this way or categorized it the way I did. The element that would be most helpful to me while evaluating films would be knowing the audience. Since I don’t really know my writing style yet when it comes to reviews this would be helpful because it will affect how I set things up and how i write the review. Knowing my audience can help me with the other elements that i am no getting quite right and is struggling with.
    -Jada McMullens 03.27.19

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Jada, The more you write, the more you’ll discover your style and your voice (in all forms of writing). You may certain guidelines (rubrics or restrictions) for assignments, but you can always find a way to let your own style shine through. NTMII

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  7. 1. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    I find myself as mostly having self-defeating as well as aggressive humor with my friends. The self-enhancing and affiliative senses of humor were both a little above average. I agree with the survey greatly and it was almost spot on with how I act around people.

    2. Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    What surprised me was how important editing was to comedy because when you do not know why it helps you think that it should not matter. Now that I know though, it does make sense that it is as important as it is. It helps emphasize the music with cuts like in “Baby Driver” or it can enhance the understanding of a character. It will help me analyze the characters a little deeper and can help me realize why specific music is playing over the scene.

    3. Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio, and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I think that I am still on my way to discovery because I am still learning how to evaluate films and other tips on how to analyze things like music and characters. I feel my writing voice is leading me to be a humorous critique, but that is until I learn more because I am usually not that funny when I do not know much about the subject. I do think that I will be a humorous critique that can still get the point across fairly clear so that the reader/listener can still consider me a reliable source. Another major element that will be most helpful for me is not spoiling the movie for others. I can usually keep myself content about spoiling things if you don’t ask me, but I can go overboard once you do.
    -Dylan Swofford

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Dylan, When offering general writing/reviewing work hard not to giveaway key plot points or spoilers. This may take work, but you can do it. You can also discover that humor can be used in titles of your review, the opening or closing sentence… or in descriptive terms of your thoughts (or about characters or storylines). Continue to play with it, and see what works, or what stinks. NTMII

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  8. 1. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How does understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    What surprised me during this reading is that comedy is the least financially successful genre even though I had preexisting knowledge that sometimes, comedy does not transfer well between cultures. This has surprised me because comedy is seemingly one of the most diverse genres of film but, comedy typically has a specific audience that it was made for and normally may not be successful in other audiences. In this sense, because comedy is the most diverse, comedy is also one of the least successful.
    Based on the “Humor Styles Questionaire,” I have the highest two traits of humor at self-enhancing humor and self-defeating humor, with a score of 42 and 33, respectively. On the self-enhancing humor percentile rank, I am at the 72nd percentile, and with self-defeating humor, I am at the 79th percentile. I do agree with this survey because I typically do exhibit self-defeating and self-enhancing humor styles and yes, this was spot on with my thoughts of my humor styles.
    Understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” will help me through my evaluations of comedy by attempting not to hold a bias towards any film, negative or positive, and if bias is held, to make sure to tell the audience the evaluation is targeted towards of such or any bias.

    2. Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    These readings have reinforced my thoughts on the impact of comedy, which is as a unifying force that brings all aspects of a film together and is why a film is as good as it can be. Without editing a special effects film, that film would be quite simplistic and would have nothing to really draw the viewer in. Without the editor, the puzzle pieces would not be put together and instead would be sitting in the box with the image of what it could be right in front of it. In the past, films were shot in a single roll and these films mostly did not need an editor but, these films were indefinitely more crude than the films of the present day.
    The knowledge presented in these readings of film editing will better my understanding of film criticism by being able to acknowledge the impacts of an editor onto a film, especially a film with a large number of special effects or a film with needs of the implementation of Foley.

    3. Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio, and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    Personally, I believe that I am still on the long journey of finding my own voice/tone but, I have definitely made large progress. Based on previous writing assignments, I believe that my voice/tone would likely be led to that of a formal voice but with an informative tone.
    Other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio, and TV” will be helpful in the future of evaluating films because this could positively impact my readiness for possible future evaluations on different mediums other than in the format of writing. Also, this article could definitely be helpful in enhancing my ability to write evaluations of films by allowing me to notice the key features behind evaluating a film on a different medium.

    -Nathanael Leclercq

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Nathanael Leclercq – Exploring and understanding the technical sides of filmmaking (camera, sound design, editing, score, etc.) will all add to finding stronger ways to critique and provide a defense to our reviews. NTMII

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  9. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?
    I agree with mine, I was highest in aggressive and self-enhancing humor, which I very much see, it is definitely spot on and it did not surprise me. By understanding elements of comedy, It will help me recognize what audience the comedy is being directed too and whether it takes a controversial, non-controversial, or even just a biased stand, which most comedy directs itself towards.
    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism? It reinforced my knowledge of how important editing is in almost all aspects of film editing, the raw footage, CGI, lighting, ray tracing, mapping, Audio, final edits, overlays, animations, cuts, and color correction. It helps me a lot because I can realize what they could have done better and see what has been done sloppily or what has been done with time and hard work, OI can evaluate when edits were used and how it impacted the final product and the entire film. Even after you have final product you may go back and be like hey this isn’t right and leave it there and some people would notice it and tha could ruin the film, if you watch a lot of films you will see plenty of mistakes where the editors have missed things or messed up somewhere, but it’s okay cause it’ll help you criticize the film even better.
    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films? I have a very aggressive tone and a somewhat straightforward writing voice and I very much will say that I feel that it helps me greatly by getting points across and enforcing those points, I’ll include a little humor too because it grabs attention and makes you want to read more, it’s all a strategy to get people to understandable and take into account of your points and what you want them to understand.

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Jackson – It looks like you have a strong grasp of editing and the important role that plays in film. As we continue to evaluate film, combine that understanding with other technical (sound, score, camera, writing, acting, etc,) evaluations -Thanks NTMII

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  10. blakepow says:

    Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? I was surprised to learn that math played a role in comedy and humor. When I think of comedy and humor I don’t think of math, I actually think the two things are very distant from each other and that is why it was surprising to learn that both work together.
    After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” I am 20th percentile on affiliative humor, 63rd percentile on self-enhancing humor, 68th percentile on aggressive humor, and 87th percentile on self-defeating humor.
    Do you agree with the survey? No, because I consider myself pretty equal in all categories.
    Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? My results were not far off, but it did surprise me because I didn’t expect to be so high in aggressive and self-defeating humor.
    How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy? My understanding of the elements of comedy lessons will help me with the evaluation of comedy because it will allow me to be able to decipher one form of comedy from another.
    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? I was surprised to learn that film editing had a lot more categories in it than I thought. I thought that film editing or editing in general was adding and fixing stuff on the screen, like adding visual effects or making the screen half a black and white effect. I learned that film editing deals with bringing together the narrative, acting, sound design, sound mixing, script and the director’s vision.
    Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism? This will help me in my understanding of film criticism because it makes me look at more than just the screen when criticizing a film’s editing. It makes me look at narrative, acting, sound design, sound mixing, the script and the director’s vision. It opens up a lot more possibilities for criticizing a film.
    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? I think I am still on my way to discovery because with every film review I do I want to do it differently and with no particular style.
    Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? I don’t know if this would be an accurate description for where my style is going, but I think it is heading towards a use of supporting data with bits of humor.
    What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films? The most helpful piece of advice for writing print and online reviews is not to spoil the ending for people. I never know how to end a film review except for telling the end of the movie, but now I know not to do that. I am also trying to work on keeping it brief.
    – Ethan Blake Powell

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  11. Josh Rubino says:

    1. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    What surprised me was that there is all types of comedy like slapstick comedy, romantic comedy, parody, and dark humor. I learned that slapstick comedy is usually based around hitting each other for other people’s amusement and dark humor is usually involved around someone else’s miss fortune. I find myself in the affiliative and self-enhancing humor categories. These two are the highest when I did the humor survey. This means that I like to share my humor with other people and I look at negative things in life and try to make them more positive. I do agree because I can see why these two are higher than the other ones, I share a lot of laughs with my friend and when I am usually sad or upset about something I always try to make myself laugh. I always thought that I always make myself laugh and it isn’t hard to make people around me laugh. This will better help me because now I know that there are many different types of comedies like dark humor, parody, and other different types. I will be able to label what type of comedy a movie is showing and maybe in the future I might need to use that type of information.

    2. Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    What I learned about editing was that it brings the whole film together. It brings together acting, sound design, sound mixing, the director’s vision of the movie, and more. This will help me with film criticism by helping me understand that if editing brings all those together, I should look closely at the editing and how good it is. Also I watch YouTube which has examples of good editing and also looking up great edited movies and watching them so I will be able to see what good editing looks like.

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I think that I am still on my way to discovery because everytime I do a writing journal or reviewing a film, I always want to change my review up(even though it said to consistent) and maybe if there wasn’t a rubric or if I do a film review just for fun then I will add things to my review that I usually don’t put in my other reviews. I always have a hard time trying to ask a question while I’m doing reviews, I don’t know where to put it and how to ask the question. I think I always try using trivia and humor because in my opinion that is what leads me on to read something, you just don’t want to read something that is boring and not adding excitement to you while you are reading it. The most helpful to me is getting feedback, meeting the deadlines, know your audiences, and always being structured. These are all helpful because like getting feedback, without that you always think that your writing is good and you won’t always see your mistakes but if you get other feedback rather than yourself, then you will be told your mistakes and the way you can improve your mistakes.

    -Josh Rubino

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Josh -The more you write, the better you will become. You’ll also discover a way to find your voice (even within the guidelines). Maybe you can write two versions of the same review (or journal post) and see if there is a way to marry the two. NTMII

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  12. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy? –

    I was a surprised that there were four senses of humor. I knew that there were different types of humor, but I never thought about it a lot before, but I always thought that it was all just combined to make one sense of humor. After taking the humor test, I found out that I have more of an affiliated sense of humor, which doesn’t surprise me because I love talking to my friends and family and I often tell them jokes. I wasn’t surprised about the other three types either. I learned that my aggressive humor, self-defeating humor, and self-enhancing humor is quite low. I don’t really make jokes myself when I’m around friends that I don’t quite know, which i most of the time, and I’m mostly quiet around them, which is why i’m not surprised that my results were low,

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism? –

    I learned that editing is basically the most important job when making a film because they have to add special effects and cut out scenes in a film. For example, in harry potter without editing then we’d just see them holding wands and saying spells, then someone just randomly flies backwards and dies. Most movies depend on editing to take out the bloopers, but also to make the story and add special effects to make what’s not real, seem real. Editing will help me with understanding film criticism by making me focus on the film and watch how the editing, such as music, special effects, and the color scheme, impacts the film and brings it together.

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films? –

    I think I am still on my way to finding my voice/tone because when I look back on my writings, I feel like I’m doing good when it come to the information and somewhat the overview, but what I need to work on is going in depth on the tone/mood, color scheme, and my thoughts. I think my writing voice is leading me to a straightforward style because I’m honestly not good with expressing my thoughts and I feel like I barely scratch the surface when it comes to things that need my opinion or things that I have to really dig deep into. I would like to use humor in my reviews because I think it would give them less of a boring feel that makes you want to sleep, but instead it would make you want to read more and it would make you become interested in what I’m writing about. I think that knowing my audience and reading and/or watching other film critics will help me with evaluating films, so I can get a sense of what to do and how I should structure my writing, so that people find it more interesting.

    – Rileah Graham

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Rileah – Your quotes here nailed it: “I think that knowing my audience and reading and/or watching other film critics will help me with evaluating films.” Knowing who we’re writing for and finding other styles of critics we like (or dislike) can help us on our journey -NTMII

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  13. evelky4 says:

    Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?
    I learned that there are different senses of humor. The humor survey said that I was Aggressive and Self-Defeating 99%. I agree perfectly with the survey. I am not surprised at this as I normally make fun of myself and other people for others’ benefits. I feel that understanding the elements of comedy will help me evaluating comedy by understanding what was actually put into the comedy.
    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?
    I haven’t really thought about editing before, so a lot of this is new to me. That will help my understanding of film criticism by helping me understand the editing that went into a movie.
    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?
    I think I am still on my way to discovering my voice. I have issues using supporting data or humor. The other elements that I feel will help me as I continue to evaluate films are adding my grade and not spoiling the movie for others.
    -Edward Velky

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Edward, I encourage you to try to add the supporting data for your next review to see how it flows, how it feels. It may take some time, but you’ll find a way that works for you. -NTMII

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  14. petertuong says:

    Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    What surprised me in this lesson was that there are many different subgenres for comedy. I originally thought it was just types of comedy(which it is to some degree) and not categorized as subgenres. After the humor survey my results were that I am higher in the self-defeating and aggressive humors than the other humors. I would like to say I disagree but I don’t, I usually do like humor that does put me down or others. Being able to understand the different domedies can help me find what the film can be trying to do, purely entertain, show a deep and hidden lesson, or criticize something(satire).

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    I wasn’t too surprised with this lesson because the earlier chapters already established in my mind that editing was one of most important factors(if not the most) in the movie making process. What was reinforced was that the editing can control pacing and the tone of all the scenes in the movie. This will help in my understanding of films by letting me know the tone the editor and the directors wanted by focusing on transitions, or lighting, or sequence.

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I think that I am still trying to discover my voice and tone. I honestly think that my tone is going more serious in my reviews based on my observations, I think this because in my reviews I find it hard to incorporate humor in them. I feel that the Don’t Spoil will help me the most because in most of my reviews I do spoil the film some so I need to work on what to include and where to include it.
    Peter Tuong

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  15. noeltmanning says:

    Comedy:
    What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the
    “Four
    Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types
    of humor scale” after taking the “Humor
    Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with
    your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    What
    surprised me in this lesson was that there are many different subgenres for comedy. I originally thought it was just types of comedy(which it is to some degree) and not categorized as subgenres. After the humor survey my results were that I am higher in the
    self-defeating and aggressive humors than the other humors. I would like to say I disagree but I don’t, I usually do like humor that does put me down or others. Being able to understand the different domedies can help me find what the film can be trying to
    do, purely entertain, show a deep and hidden lesson, or criticize something(satire).

    Editing:
    What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    I
    wasn’t too surprised with this lesson because the earlier chapters already established in my mind that editing was one of most important factors(if not the most) in the movie making process. What was reinforced was that the editing can control pacing and the
    tone of all the scenes in the movie. This will help in my understanding of films by letting me know the tone the editor and the directors wanted by focusing on transitions, or lighting, or sequence.

    Writing,
    Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor
    within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing
    for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for
    you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I
    think that I am still trying to discover my voice and tone. I honestly think that my tone is going more serious in my reviews based on my observations, I think this because in my reviews I find it hard to incorporate humor in them. I feel that the Don’t Spoil
    will help me the most because in most of my reviews I do spoil the film some so I need to work on what to include and where to include it.

    Peter
    Tuong

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Thanks for the feedback Peter -NTMII

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  16. noeltmanning says:

    Comedy:
    What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced
    about your understanding of humor and comedy? I was surprised to learn that math played a role in comedy and humor. When I think of comedy and humor I don’t think of math, I actually think the two things are very distant from each other and that is why it
    was surprising to learn that both work together.

    After
    exploring the “Four
    Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on
    the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor
    Survey?” I am 20th percentile on affiliative humor,
    63rd percentile on self-enhancing humor, 68th percentile on aggressive humor, and 87th percentile on self-defeating humor.

    Do
    you agree with the survey? No, because I consider myself pretty equal in all categories.

    Was
    that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? My results were not far off, but it did surprise me because I didn’t expect to be so high in aggressive and self-defeating humor.

    How
    will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy? My understanding of the elements of comedy lessons will help me with the evaluation of comedy because it will allow me to be able to decipher one form of comedy
    from another.

    Editing:
    What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? I was surprised to learn that film editing had a lot more categories in it than I thought. I thought that film editing or editing in general
    was adding and fixing stuff on the screen, like adding visual effects or making the screen half a black and white effect. I learned that film editing deals with bringing together the narrative, acting, sound design, sound mixing, script and the director’s
    vision.

    Why/how
    will that help in your understanding of film criticism? This will help me in my understanding of film criticism because it makes me look at more than just the screen when criticizing a film’s editing. It makes me look at narrative, acting, sound design, sound
    mixing, the script and the director’s vision. It opens up a lot more possibilities for criticizing a film.

    Writing,
    Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re
    finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? I think I am still on my way to discovery because with every film review I do I want to do it differently and with no particular style.

    Where
    do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? I don’t know if this would be an accurate description for where my style is going, but I think it is heading
    towards a use of supporting data with bits of humor.

    What other elements of
    “Reviewing
    for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful
    for you as you continue to evaluate films? The most helpful piece of advice for writing print and online reviews is not to spoil the ending for people. I never know how to end a film review except for telling the end of the movie, but now I know not to do
    that. I am also trying to work on keeping it brief.

    – Ethan Blake Powell

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Ethan – Go back and check out the section on the “600 word review” -I think that will help you find a way to end your review – NTMII

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  17. katiecstone says:

    1. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    In this week’s reading, I learned more about how certain types of humor suit different people. While I feel as though I already knew this, sometimes when I see a movie with friends, they will belly laugh at jokes that I cannot even bring myself to smile at! Even though I often feel out of place for not laughing, after this week’s assigned reading, it was nice to have affirmation that not liking a certain kind of humor is perfectly normal!

    Humor Survey:
    Affiliative Humor = 56 (99th percentile)
    Self-enhancing Humor = 34 (33rd percentile)
    Aggressive Humor = 33 (71st percentile)
    Self-defeating Humor = 35 (84th percentile)

    Surprisingly, this test is pretty spot on. Being above average on the self-defeating scale was no surprise, a lot of misfortunes in my life are laughable. It is easier to make jokes about something you know completely, and what do I know more than myself! I was a little surprised that I was below average in the self-enhancing category, I am usually the one cracking a joke to keep things light! I very much identify with the character, Chandler, from “Friends”.

    Learning about the different genres of comedy was helpful! However, what I learned the most from this lesson is that, even if I do not find a movie funny, it does not mean that it is a bad comedy, it just means that it may not be MY kind of comedy! I have to remember to leave my baggage outside the theater door and go in, ready to review a film with an open mind!

    2. Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    I really appreciate this part of filmmaking because it has the power to impact the entire film. I loved watching the scenes from “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Baby Driver”, and how each is edited to impact/influence the storyline. Mad Max, with its fast paced cuts, makes your pulse race in an intense action scene. Baby Driver does the same, but how it is also synced with the music add a different kind of “heartbeat” to the scene! After learning more about how to attain a perfectly cut action, musical, or tension building scene, I now have a reference point to go back to whenever I am reviewing a film that may not have been edited in the best way.

    3. Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I am still learning new techniques for writing reviews, however, slowly but surely, I am finding my voice/tone! I ultimately want to provide non-biased/honest/informative/humorous reviews that can be interesting to all audiences!

    I think it is important to keep reading other critics’ reviews in order to learn from them and in the process, learn more about myself and my writing style. While I do not think that you should read another critics’ review of a film before you have evaluated it yourself, I do think that reading it after forming your own opinions can potentially help you to see if you were carrying any personal baggage when reviewing the film.

    – Katherine Stone 3/29/19

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Katie -Wonderful feedback across the board- Chandler, from “Friends” – YES!! Love this (i associate with him as well). NTMII

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  18. 1.) Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    Something that surprised me was that there was four types of things in humor I believe that humor or comedy in a film. After taking the humor survey the survey said that I was on the scale of 90% Self-Enhancing humor. I agree with the survey but I also sort of disagree with the survey the reason is because when reading the description of the type of humor i agreed that I am like that but I shouldn’t be that high above the scale I also believe that the survey was somewhat correct about my humor. Learning more about types of comedy at first I new some of the comedy but I didn’t know what the comedies were named for example I knew that in flims they do include some things to make the film more comedy like people falling down, sarcasm, and other types of comedy but I never knew that there were groups of comedies like slapstick comedy, parody(spoof), dry-wit (deadpan) comedy, and fish out of water comedy.

    2.) Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    Something that was reinforced of my understanding of film editing is that the film is made because of the editor the editor is someone who is very important when making the film because without the editor there would be no one making the clips of acting into a film. This will help me in film criticism because when reviewing the film I can see how ell of a job did the editor do on the film if the film is in a good order like chronological and if the scenes on the film are in a good place in the film or if it should have been somewhere else in the film or not in the film.

    3.) Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I believe that I still have not find my voice/tone in reviewing films but I’m still trying to discover it. My writing voice is leading more towards a good reviewing type of blog writing but mostly because when I look over my blog post the introductions and supporting data of my reviews of films. I believe that the entire information was very useful but something will really help me out with my writing is from the section of writing reviews was to listen or watch other film reviewers. I believe that it is a great idea because I sometimes find it hard to write a review because I don’t have my own writing style and if I watch some reviewers or read their posts it will help me out by my being able to find my own type of way of reviewing articles and types of writing that I don’t like to use.

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      MARLENY MARTINEZ – We all eventually find our writing style, just like we discover our “comedy style.” It takes time (and sometimes work), but ultimately it will find a way to the surface. NTMII

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  19. mzod21 says:

    1.Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?
    I did know there were different types of humor that pertain to comedy itself but i never knew how detailed the study of these types of humor were. When I took the test for the results did not shock me at all
    Affiliative = 49-58th %ile
    Self-enhancing = 26-10th %ile
    Aggressive = 50-99th %ile
    Self-defeating = 14-10th %ile
    I do tend to come off as offensive with my uses of sarcasm as well as crude dark humor that can really affect people that I deem as “touchy” people basically people that’ll easily get offended by my sense of humor at times im considered as the devil’s advocate. I completely agree with this survey and this also makes sense with my movie preferences if its a comedy I enjoy aggressive humor within it I also watch comedy specials that adds on to the affirmative side of humor i enjoy making people laugh just as much as I enjoy seeing other people make people laugh three of my favorite comedians are Katt Williams, Ali Wong, and Franco Escamilla. These comics have no filter period that’s one reason that I love them.
    Understanding the elements of comedy will assist me in evaluating comedy by giving me a better understanding of what tone or motive said comedy has either to bring someone up or bring someone down to make just make them laugh or to make themselves laugh.

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    I knew about editors but I never understood how important their role was or is without a good editor special effects wouldn’t look good or the scene transitions would turn out choppy there’s a lot involved with the editors sound and the chronological sequences, shaping the character and perspective. This will help me with understanding film criticism by allowing me to look closer not just to the camera work and acting but also to the editorial work how it fits and flows with each transition.

    3.Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?
    I am definitely still on my way to discover my writing style is very iffy when it comes to things like this i am more of a story writer not a reviewer. Even though i show a lot of freewriting elements in my writing i still have problems following all the rules but, i’m sure sooner if not later i will be accustomed to a more rule and defense involved writing style when it comes to writing film reviews. Now using humor is my speciality but again supporting data is what i need to work on I am very honest so at least i don’t have a draw back in that department . What will be of most assistance will be the data collection and the back up proof etc basically the rules and formalities as I continue to evaluate films.

    -Melanie Degree

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Melanie – It may take effort, but I promise you, there is a way to immerse a creative and engaging writing style (even within the rules). The more you do it, the more it will become like free writing. It just takes time for some. NTMII

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  20. jscism5 says:

    1. One thing that was very interesting to me about comedy is how much deeper it goes into a person than just a sense of humor. You can tell so much about a person by the type of humor they use and I never realized that. On the humor scale I feel I most closely align with the “affiliative” style of humor. I use humor in a lot of aspects of my life but it all revolves around other people Whether it be trying to impress them and make them laugh or piggybacking on their jokes with a witty or sarcastic comment. After taking the survey I agree with the outcomes that I most closely aligned with the “affiliative” style of humor. I was somewhat surprised with some of the other categories though. For example I also tested very high in the “self-defeating” style of humor, I always knew I used humor as a type of defense to hide my feelings but never realized how much I actually did this. I think the biggest thing I learned from this lesson that will help me with evaluating films is understanding where humor comes from for a person. Now that I have a better understanding of the different forms of humor I feel I’ll be better equipped to understand the type of humor being used by an actor to understand how they really feel.

    2. I never realized how much editing went into a film before it was finished. A film goes through an immense amount of editing before it becomes the project we see on screen. I also never realized how large of a role it played on understanding all the small things in a film, all the things that would go unnoticed if the film hadn’t been edited the way it was. Editing is what really ties a film together with the sound, acting, shots, and everything else. If the film isn’t edited well then the film doesn’t flow. I think having a better understanding of editing will really help me as a film critic. I have a newfound respect for film editing and all the things that it shows you that might be missed if the film wasn’t edited. For example a shot that aligns with a certain part of the score in a film that really helps portray emotion during that scene. These are the types of things I haven’t paid attention to when reviewing films in the past.

    3. Personally I am still trying to find my voice as a film critic. I haven’t found a style that feels completely natural yet. One thing I feel that is really missing from my reviews is humor and I haven’t found a way to input this into my reviews, when I’m able to do this I think that’s when I will have finally found my “voice” as a film critic. I think having your own style of reviewing is one of the biggest parts of being a successful film critic, if you keep switching up your style people won’t always understand your review. Another thing that will help me grow as a film critic is giving my reviews a clear and concise grade, this is one of the major things I look for when looking at film reviews and should start inputting into my reviews.

    Josh Scism
    3/29/19

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Glad to hear that elements of this lesson will offer you some food for thought going through. – NTMII

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  21. Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    I was surprised when they compared humor to a mathematical equation and tried to come up with a reason as to why people experience humor. I was surprised by this because I have never thought about why people laugh. But overall, I agree with the passage because it says that humor is a personal thing and I believe that is true because different people find different things funny. According to the results that I got back from the survey, it said that I was in the 81%ile for affiliative. I agree with the survey because the description describes me as a person and how I feel about a situation that deals with humor and how I enjoy humor more with other people involved in it. The survey was accurate on its description of me and how I think of humor. I will have more confidence when writing about something that has to do with comedy.

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    Nothing really surprised me about editing. I learned that editing might be one of the most essential things for filmmaking. The editor is one of the most important people in filmmaking because he puts the action scenes together to make the movie itself. This will help me in film criticism to see how good the editor edited the film.

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I don’t think I have found my voice/tone yet, but I am still getting there. I think my writing voice is leading me into the right direction when it comes to writing for my reviews. I try to include humor in my reviews, but I sometimes decide against it because it might be boring or not appropriate for the topic that I’m doing a review on. I think that getting to know the audience will help in evaluating films because then I will be given a new perspective and think about another way to plan things out for myself.

    Jahseim Merritt

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  22. noeltmanning says:

    Friday -3.29.19 -Comedy: What surprised you; what did you learn or what was reinforced about your understanding of humor and comedy? After exploring the “Four Senses of Humor” – where do you find yourself on the “types of humor scale” after taking the “Humor Survey?” Do you agree with the survey? Was that spot on with your thoughts of “senses of humor” or did it surprise you? How will understanding the elements of the “comedy lessons” help you through your evaluations of comedy?

    I was surprised when they compared humor to a mathematical equation and tried to come up with a reason as to why people experience humor. I was surprised by this because I have never thought about why people laugh. But overall, I agree with the passage because it says that humor is a personal thing and I believe that is true because different people find different things funny. According to the results that I got back from the survey, it said that I was in the 81%ile for affiliative. I agree with the survey because the description describes me as a person and how I feel about a situation that deals with humor and how I enjoy humor more with other people involved in it. The survey was accurate on its description of me and how I think of humor. I will have more confidence when writing about something that has to do with comedy.

    Editing: What surprised you; what did you learn, or what was reinforced about your understanding of the impact of film editing? Why/how will that help in your understanding of film criticism?

    Nothing really surprised me about editing. I learned that editing might be one of the most essential things for filmmaking. The editor is one of the most important people in filmmaking because he puts the action scenes together to make the movie itself. This will help me in film criticism to see how good the editor edited the film.

    Writing, Reviewing and Finding Your Voice: Do you think you’re finding your voice/tone or are you still on your way to discovery? Where do you feel your writing voice is leading you based on style/written introductions/ use of supporting data or trivia/using humor within your reviews? What other elements of “Reviewing for Print, Online, Radio and TV” will be most helpful for you as you continue to evaluate films?

    I don’t think I have found my voice/tone yet, but I am still getting there. I think my writing voice is leading me into the right direction when it comes to writing for my reviews. I try to include humor in my reviews, but I sometimes decide against it because it might be boring or not appropriate for the topic that I’m doing a review on. I think that getting to know the audience will help in evaluating films because then I will be given a new perspective and think about another way to plan things out for myself.

    Jahseim Merritt

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Jahseim Merritt – Work, efforts and continued writing will all assist you as you seek to find your voice and writing/reviewing style – NTMII

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