Adaptation Assignment

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ADAPTATION ASSIGNMENT

50 points

 

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
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What’s going on with Laroche?

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.

The artful construction of images tells a story…

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)
    • Watch: Until the Quiet Comes
    • Writing Response: What is the narrative (story) of Until the Quiet Comes?

 

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**

 

UPCOMING HOMEWORK:

  • Review Chapters 4, 5, 6 Yale Study Guide

Directing/Presenting “Your” play to the class

Directing/Presenting “Your” play to the class

Week of April 7th, 2014:

50pts

 

Using very simple props and costume items, you will direct your peers in a staged, dramatic reading of “your” play.

Step #1:

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

____________________________________________________________

 

Step #2

Lit E/Lit F: Wedsnesday

Lit D: Thursday

 

  • Rehearsal

  • 30 mins/30 mins/30 mins

  • Discussion with “Producer”

_____________________________________________________________

 

Step #3: “Opening Night” Staged reading

Lit E/Lit F: Friday

Lit D: Monday

 

DIRECTOR RUBRIC

 

5

4

3

2/1

  • 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…

  • Professionalism

 

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.