(Module 3) Response Post – 2.1.21


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Read the articles and engage in the readings, interviews, charts and videos for this module.  You will need to address one question from each section (four questions in all). This should be posted on the discussion board in BlackBoard before the deadline (Assignment Due Monday, Feb. 1 by 11:59 PM):

Part I.: (choose one)

  1. How do you feel that understanding Blake Snyder’s approach to exploring “story-genre” can help you in film criticism? Offer examples to defend your thoughts.

2. Compare the Freytag Pyramid to Blake Snyder’s approach to understanding story. Where do you see the most similarities? Differences?

Part II: (choose one)

  1. Based on Film History 101 – What was the most significant, impactful or challenging time in the history of filmmaking and why? Or What insights did you gain from this engagement that you’d not known before? How will that help you in this course?
  2. Based on the Impact of Audience on cinema,  What was the most significant, impactful or engaging time for audiences on the world of film? Or What insights did you gain from this engagement that you’d not known before? How will that help you in this course?

Part III: (choose one) -The following answer should have a connection to one of the featured screenwriters in this module. 

1. Based on what you heard, saw (or read) about writing (from our screenwriters), what do you feel is the most important element (or elements) for writers and critics of screenplay? Why? Offer details (identify which writer you viewed/listened to).scriptwriting3

2. How is writing reflected in real life? What makes you say that? Give details (identify which writer you viewed/listened to).

3. What is one of the greatest challenges to writers? Why? (identify which writer you viewed/listened to)

4. What impressed or intrigued you the most about the writing process? Why? (identify which writer you viewed/listened to)

Part IV: Select one of the film critics’ featured in module 3 and offer something you found important to understanding and/or engaging in films through film criticism.

Featured critics in this module include:

  • Christopher Stuckmann is an American film critic, filmmaker and YouTuber.
  • Legendary Film Critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert offer advice to students who are writing their first film review.
  • Manon de Reeper is a Dutch screenwriter and is the founder and CEO of online film magazine Film Inquiry.
  • Jason Black is the former president of the Oklahoma Film Critics and a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can find his work on KJYO-FM and in Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine with the column “Pass the Popcorn.”

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