Module 4 – Discussion Board (due Feb. 8)

Module 4 Discussion Board:

Read and engage in all the materials from Module 4 including:


Address one question from each section and post your responses on the discussion board for this module before the deadline (Feb. 8, 11:59 PM). You are welcome to respond to other posts if you’d like (but it is not required).

Part 1 (choose one from part 1):

  • Based on this module, which stage of the filmmaking process do you feel is the most interesting/important? Why? Defend your answer in detail.
  • Based on this module, which film theory do you most identify with at this point as you consider film criticism? Why? Defend your answer.

Part 2: Choose one of the following film critics to engage. In your response post, you should note which critic you listened to.

  • What did you find most interesting about film critic Pauline Kael (her advice or her perspective on viewing and reviewing films)? Why? How do you think that will help you in your approach to film criticism? Did anything else interest you about the interview?
  • What did you find most interesting about film critic Larry Toppman (his advice or his perspective on viewing and reviewing films)? Why? How do you think that will help you in your approach to film criticism? Did anything else interest you about the interview?

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Part 3: Choose one of the following filmmakers to engage. In your discussion board response post, you should note which filmmaker you listened to.

  • What did you find most interesting about filmmaker Cicely Tyson (advice or perspective on filmmaking)? Why? How do you think that will help you in your approach to film criticism? Was anything of interest in this interview (report)?
  • What did you find most interesting about filmmaker Yvonne Strahovski (advice or perspective on filmmaking)? Why? How do you think that will help you in your approach to film criticism? Did anything interest you about this filmmaker?

Bonus questions for consideration and dialogue next week (this is for extra credit): 

*Please post your responses on the discussion board before 11:59 pm on Feb. 8.

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