School Year 21/22
Film Studies Course
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This is your go to location for materials for Mr. Wilhite's Film Class. Our emphasis will be on how to visually read films, the history of the medium, and enjoying and analyzing great films! I will be creating introduction and short lecture videos introducing different elements of film study, and the films themselves. You will be expected to view these short videos, choose one of the films to screen, and answer the notetaker/questions, and return them to me.
task list - week of may 17th
- Change of plans...started Moonrise Kingdom instead of STF
- Expect a quiz on Moonrise, and then we will watch Stranger Than Fiction
task list - week of may 10th
- Complete Breaking Away and Quiz
- We may begin Stranger Than Fiction this week if we have time.
task list - week of may 3rd
- Finish Jaws and Film Packet Questions
- Begin Breaking Away
task list - week of april 26th
- Continue introduction of Jaws
- Start screening Jaws - Guided notes/Questions on Teams
task list - week of april 19th
- We will wrap up The Graduate, take a quiz and then introduce Jaws.
task list - week of april 12th
- We will finish up Harold and Maude and take a quiz over the film
- Begin The Graduate
task list - week of april 5th
- We will finish Breathless and the Questions Packet
- Begin Harold and Maude
task list - week of march 29th
- An intro to The French New Wave see below
- Screening Breathless (on Teams for distance learners with questions)
task list - week of march 8th
- We will be finishing North by Northwest before Spring Break. It is uploaded to Teams as well as the questions that go with it.
- Here is a good intro to the greatness of North by Northwest. Also below is an introduction to The French New Wave which we will begin on the Friday before Spring Break for my A day students, 2nd period. We will begin Breathless.
task list - week of march 1st
- Make sure to get your Psycho questions turned in
- We will begin Alfred Hitchcock's, North by Northwest
- Questions will be up on Teams.
task list - week of february 22nd
- We will be wrapping up Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho this week.
- Submit the questions in person or via Teams for the film.
task list - week of february 16th
- We are in the process of wrapping up Rear Window and introducing Alfred Hitchcock's, Psycho.
- Psycho will be uploaded to Teams with questions this week.
- Expect an additional video analysis of the Psycho to watch.
task list - week of february 8th
- We are introducing Alfred Hitchcock and Rear Window this week.
- Go to Teams to screen the film if you are full distance learning and do the notetaker questions for the film.
- Watch the short video below on The Kuleshov Effect
TASK LIST - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1ST
- We will transition from completing Citizen Kane (after the weird snow day week) to introducing Alfred Hitchcock and the suspense thriller.
- Make sure you have completed the Quiz on Citizen Kane in Teams.
task list - week of january 25th
- Complete watching Citizen Kane, either on Teams or in class with me if you are a Hybrid Student
- Complete the Citizen Kane Quiz on Teams
task list - week of january 19th
- We are beginning an intro of Citizen Kane, the most important American film every made.
- We will start screening it in class and the video file is also uploaded to teams for Distance Learners
- Supplemental materials below and a quiz will also be on Teams.
Task list - week of january 4th
- Welcome back to Spring Semester 2021 - We will do our best with the distance learning situation for everybody for the time being.
- For now you will be expected to view some slide shows/power points on Teams or here, watch a few video clips each week, and respond to questions via Teams. I will send out Reminds as we begin each week.
- You will need to do any questions/quizzes/activities on Teams and turn them in.
task list - week of january 11th
- This week you need to view the Film Editing Lecture/Slides and answer the questions on Teams for a grade.
- You are also to watch at least the three youtube videos posted here on editing The titles of these videos are Breaking the Rules and the French New Wave, 10 Most Memorable Film Editing Moments, and Hitchcock Loves Bikinis (about the Kuleshov effect in editing)
- There are other video links in the power point which you can also screen if you'd like for more information.
Weeks of november 23rd and 30th
- You should be finishing up the Film Noir documentary "Bringing Darkness to Light" and answering the questions on Teams.
- I am putting together your final for Film Class which is viewing two films that are often mentioned as being the greatest in American Film History (Vertigo and Casablanca). If you want to get a head start on this you should watch the films now in the "Files section of Teams" and answer the questions on Teams for each film. I will give you more information on the final later.
week of november 16th
- Have you completed all of the tasks from last week (see below)?
- You should have finished The Maltese Falcon and Quiz, plus the documentary below and asst. on Teams
- Watch the Big Combo, embedded video is below from YouTube (we will watch this in class when I see you)
- make sure you are getting old questions from previously screened films, any of the precode reviews you wrote, sent to me by the end of this week or submitted via Teams.
- The Film Noir, Detour, is for next week but if you want to screen it earlier it is here for you. Only a little over an hour long!
Week of November 9th
- Turn in Some Like it Hot and Sunset Boulevard Guided Notes
- We will start The Maltese Falcon. You will need to finish the rest of the film via teams (the video file is uploaded) and do the quiz.
- Screen the documentary below and do the questions on Teams
week of november 2nd
- We are continuing our introduction to Film Noir with Sunset Blvd. - Available for streaming in various places. See questions on Teams
- We will follow up with The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep which will be uploaded to the Files section of Teams for screening if you are a distance learner (both have questions on Teams as well).
- Watch the intro to Film Noir video below
- The last example of Film Noir we will watch is The Big Combo, available on Youtube and embedded below.
Week of October 26th
- We will wrap up Some Like it Hot
- Turn in SLIH questions packet
- Introduction of Film Noir
- Screen Sunset Boulevard - Discussion Questions on Teams
Week of october 19th
- Two film reviews on Pre-Code cinema due this week! (see assignment below for more details)
- We are screening Some Like it Hot and Sunset Boulevard next (note taker's will be uploaded to Teams).
Week of October 12th
- Watch Baby Face
- Work on two film reviews
week of september 28th
- Continue screening two Pre-Code Films
- Write two film reviews for the Pre-Code Films
- Composition Notes Lecture
Weeks of september 14th and 21st- task list
- We will complete Singin' in the Rain in class, or you should finish Modern Times if you are doing distance Learning
- Questions for either film should be submitted by Thursday of this week! Via Team or in person
- Composition in Film Lecture - Take Notes
- I will introduce the "Pre-Code Era" of cinema and we will begin screening various options of examples of this scandalous era a films.
Week of September 8th - task list
- City Lights completed and questions turned in
- Begin Singin' in the Rain
- Read Essay
- Guided Notes for Singin' in the Rain
- Supplemental Films/Options for Distance Learning
optional supplemental films or substitute assts for distance learning students - chaplin's, modern times or murnau's, sunrise.
Week of August 31st - Task list
- Continue Charlie Chaplin's, City Lights.
- Complete Discussion Questions/notes on City Lights
- Introduce Singin' in the Rain
- Complete Discussion Questions/notes on Singin' in the Rain
week of august 24th - task list
- In class discussion of Visions of Light
- History of Cinema - Lecture/Powerpoint - View the films in the powerpoint and answer the questions. Send your responses via email since TEAMS is being glitchy.
- Introduce Melies and screen short films - IF ANY OF THE VIDEO LINKS DON'T WORK SEARCH THE TITLE ON YOUTUBE
- View Charlie Chaplin's, City Lights - Complete Notetaker
Week of august 17th - task list
~Review the AFI 100 Film List
~read "What makes a film great?"
~watch my introduction video
~Watch "Visions of light" - Documentary on cinematography
Comparative Study of film
Assignments and Resources for the Comparative Study of Film