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Completion and submission of all assignments are your own responsibility. Your active participation and willingness to keep pace with all assignments are essential to your success in the course.
Attendance and Participation are mandatory. See the Grades page for details.
We will have short weekly quizzes on your readings and films throughout the semester.
The midterm exam and final (cumulative) exams will consist of clip-analysis, short answer, and/or essay questions. No blue books are needed, but always bring two pens for in-class exams and quizzes.
Students in groups of two or three will present their research on a selected French New Wave director. During the first week of class, you will sign up for the director for whom you will be responsible.
It is important that your research, your presentation, and your handout be prepared **together as a group** since this is a GROUP project. Group partners who do not do their share of the work are subject to receive a grade of F for this project.
Before you and your group partners give your presentation, you will all research your chosen director thoroughly so that you may present your material with confidence.
Screen as many films by your director as you can so that you are well versed in his/her oeuvre. You need not purchase these, though you may if you like; many are available in our library, at Movies Worth Seeing in Atlanta, via Netflix, etc. I recommend screening these films together as a group and discussing them afterward.
Then consult and cite a minimum of THREE scholarly sources. These will include scholarly books, anthologies, reputable film encyclopedias (try especially The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers by St. James Press, PN1997.8 .I58 2000 Vol.1-Vol.4), and articles from professional journals like Film Quarterly, Cahiers du cinéma, Film Comment, etc.; they may NOT include internet sites or popular press sources like Variety, Premiere, Internet sources, casual film encyclopedias (by Maltin, Ebert) etc. If you choose to consult these popular sources, you must list their bibliographical information as well, of course, but you must have studied three credible, scholarly sources in addition to these pop sources.
Your textbooks do count as scholarly sources--and you should certainly first read those sections about your director thoroughly--but you must consult three other scholarly sources too.
To find these scholarly sources, search in GALILEO rather than Google or other web search engines. Try multiple searches available through the Humanities databases, via subject categories like "Film, Music, and the Performing Arts." These subjects will link you with database indexes like the Arts & Humanities Index, MLA Bibliography, Film Literature Index, etc. If you use general databases like ProQuest, be sure to select a search consisting of scholarly articles only. Also, you will find many of sources listed in the bibliography and/or "further reading" sections of your textbooks.
All the books you will need are available via Interlibrary Loan, GIL Express, and by visiting other libraries at Georgia State, Emory, etc., but these take time so don't delay.
A one-page, written outline is due the week before your presentation. (See schedule for due date.) This should outline your presentation's main points, arguments, your selected film clips, etc.
Be careful not to duplicate material scheduled to be covered in class.
List in MLA format your bibliographical sources on this outline as well.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT copy and paste information from the Internet for your outline or bibliography; that is plagiarism and NOT the goal for this assignment. Such superficial research does not qualitatively expand your knowledge of the material or mine. You may start researching your ideas on the web, but your written outline--and certainly your presentation--must do much more than simply rephrase or repeat information available on the Internet.
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Your group will present your research to the class during a 30-minute presentation including visual/aural images, film clips, etc. of your studied director's work.
The presentation should:
Cover basic biographical information (brief--maybe 5 minutes)
Include directors/films that have influenced and inspired him/her (5 minutes)
Describe the stylistic and innovative qualities of his/her key films/writings with film clips (15 minutes)
Be prepared to answer questions from your classmates at the end (5 minutes)
For your presentation format, I encourage you to be creative. Use various media to create a learning environment that conveys and supports your research findings. You must use film clips, of course; use DVDs whenever you can for the best quality image and sound. Don't overuse PowerPoint, which cannot comprise more than 5% of your presentation (i.e., less than 5 minutes total) unless you're using it for film/audio clips, visual still images, etc. Be sure to let me know well in advance if you will need special equipment for your presentation that's not already in our room.
IMPORTANT: You should research & present all of your material *together* as a group; think of this project as a singular presentation rather than as separate panelists each presenting one segment they researched alone. And be sure to practice your presentation in advance at least twice.
Be sure to practice your presentation together several times so that you cover your material but do not run over time.
On this day, you should provide everyone in the class with a one-page handout about your selected director. I encourage you to be creative, concise, and thorough on this handout, summarizing highlights about your director's biographical and artistic life as well as places that your classmates might look to find more information on your director or his/her films themselves (if applicable). You might wish to reproduce a few visual aids on this handout as well, if space permits. In short, your handout:
Briefly (3-5 sentences max) summarizes the director’s main themes and influences
Praises at least two points AND critiques at least two points about his/her style/body of work
Lists your reference sources in proper bibliographic format
Be sure to make enough photocopies for all of your classmates & your professor.
An annotated bibliography in MLA format is also due the day of your presentation. (See schedule for due date.) This should detail each research source with a paragraph of annotation for each describing the major ideas of the author and the usefulness of the work for your research.
Groups will be graded on the following criteria:
1) Thoroughness of your research of your selected artist
2) Creativity of the presentation and support materials
3) Organization and clarity of the presentation
4) Quality of the handout's clarity, organization, & bibliography
5) Teamwork and effort (Again, that means researching and presenting all of your material *together* as a singular presentation rather than as separate panelists each presenting one segment they researched alone.)
Groups will also be graded in light of your individually written answers to the following questions, due the class meeting AFTER your presentation:
1) What you would change/improve if you had the opportunity to do your presentation over again?
2) What's a fair letter grade for your personal contributions to this presentation?
3) Write two or more sentences assessing the contributions of each of your group's other members toward the preparation, process, and production of the presentation. Assign a letter grade for each based on this.
4) What's a fair letter grade for the overall presentation?