This assignment consists of 3 parts:
- Choose a news event
- Translate that news event into a narrative (a short story). Work to include dialogue and unique details. Use the skills and tools you’ve developed as writers this year.
- Adaptation: Create A Story Board of your Short Story.
Part 1: Choosing a News Clip
It’s worth to think critically about what news event you choose. You can choose to translate any piece of news. Do a close reading and think critically of particular scenes in your source. How do those scenes add up to a narrative. Make sure you have an interpretive rationale and overall vision for why you’re choosing the news event, and look ahead to what you need to do with it.
- LIT E AND F: BRING CLIPPING TO CLASS ON MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014
- LIT D: BRING CLIPPING TO CLASS ON TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
Part 2: Create a 3 to 5 page short story constructed around your chosen news event.
**Bring a HARD COPY TO CLASS and submit via turnitin.com**
- Lit E and F: Due May 22, 2014
- Lit D: Due May 22, 2014
Part 3: Your Treatment of a Scene. FIND A DIRECTOR!! BE A DIRECTOR. Directors, choose a scene from the body of work you are adapting and create a storyboard for it. You can see examples of storyboards HERE. In addition to dialogue, you must indicate some or all of the following: camera angles and movement; time and place (exterior/interior); description of set; lighting; close-ups, medium and long shots; cutting and editing; movement, expressions, and gestures of characters; flashbacks; costumes; special effects; animation; voiceovers; music and sound.
- LIT E AND F: DUE TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
- LIT D: DUE MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014
What’s going on with Laroche?
“I’m a shrewd bastard. I could be a great criminal. I could be a great con man, but its more interesting to live your life within the confines of the law…The edge of ethics. And that’s where I like to live.”
All great literature needs great, complex characters. Laroche might just be that. Re-read Susan Orlean’s “Orchid Fever” and address the prompt below in a brief essay (to be passed in).
Link to the reading: http://www.susanorlean.com/articles/orchid_fever.html
Highlight and explain the struggles and/or conflicts that Laroche represents and/or faces in Orlean’s “Orchid Fever”. What does he represent? Support your claim with evidence from text.
YOUTH VERSUS A VIOLENT WORLD; YOUTH IN A VIOLENT WORLD; YOUTH OF A VIOLENT WORLD IMAGES HAVE MEANING!?
- The artful construction of images tells a story (narrative)
Film techniques are used to influence and persuade/manipulate viewers towards a specific conclusion, often without the viewer’s conscious understanding.
What are film techniques?
- How are these techniques used to influence the viewer?
- How can these techniques be used subliminally?
Read: YALE STUDY GUIDE:
- Chapters 1, 2, and 3: Define the key terms of this reading in your “own language” so that you can understand filmmaking terminalogy and participate in discussion using the specific language of filmmaking.
View: 2 + 2 = 5
View: Miracle Fish
DISCUSSION: The cinematic representation of youth and its confrontation with the “violent world” in 2 +2 = 5 and Miracle Fish.
WRITE: 5 PARAGRAPH ESSAY: DUE MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014
- Compare and contrast the representation of the protagonists in the films 2 +2 = 5 and Miracle Fish. In these short films, how are we introduced and coaxed into thinking and feeling about the protagonists and their relationship with violence by the filmmaking?
**DO NOT SIMPLY WRITE ABOUT THE PLOT. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE MIS-EN-SCENE AND THE CINEMATOGRAPHY. CONSIDER AND CALL ATTENTION TO KEY CONCEPTS OUTLINED IN THE YALE STUDY GUIDE. SUPPORT YOUR CLAIMS WITH REASONS AND COMMENTARY. SUBMIT VIA TURNITIN.COM**
- Review Chapters 4, 5, 6 Yale Study Guide
Directing/Presenting “Your” play to the class
Week of April 7th, 2014:
Using very simple props and costume items, you will direct your peers in a staged, dramatic reading of “your” play.
Lit E/Lit F: Monday
Lit D: Tuesday
Director’s read through the play and discuss with playwright about their idea/concept and vision for the play
Choose the scene for the staged reading (you must choose a scene with no more than 3 characters)
Discuss/identify characters and assign actors
Lit E/Lit F: Wedsnesday
Lit D: Thursday
Step #3: “Opening Night” Staged reading
Lit E/Lit F: Friday
Lit D: Monday
Identified the basic details of the script (who, what, where, when, why)
Noted the mood and style of the play
Identified specific character exposition important to the performance
Noted textual clues imperative to the characters’ obj, obst., and tactics throughout the script
Classified the different elements of drama within the play (exposition, rising action, conflict, etc.)
Collaboration as a group
Successful use of staging/props/etc…
Your improvement and the quality of your work depends upon your effort and time. This rubric will not only be used as a tool to assess the final product but your daily work this week as well. The average of the rubrics from work in class and the final project will be used to determine your earned grade for this portion of this project.
Submit your final One Act Play via turnitin by Monday, April 7, 2014. Also, please be sure to submit an updated synopsis. The format of the play can be found here. PLEASE BRING A HARD COPY TO CLASS!!!
Use the new class id’s below. The password remains the same.
Lit D: 7899105
Lit E: 7899095
Lit F: 7899104
**ALL CLASSES**: Please submit DRAFT #1 of your One Act Play via Turnitin.com on Friday, March 28th, 2014.
Class ID is 6871299.
The password can be found in class.