Blog post prompts

Here you can find all of the prompts that will be posted throughout the semester. (still working on this)

#1: Introductions. Post by 8 pm Jan. 28.

#2: Light & Lighting. Post by 8 pm Jan. 30.
Find a still image or clip from a television show, film or video game that you feel exemplifies an interesting use of light and/or lighting techniques.

Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain what lighting concept(s) or technique(s) it exemplifies. What lighting choices were made? What kind of an impact do those choices have?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the Zettl reading in your response. You might, for example, consider fast v. slow falloff; focused v. diffused light; high v. low key lighting; three point lighting; predictive lighting; chiaroscuro lighting; flat lighting; the 'inner orientation' functions of the lighting choices; etc.


#3: Color. Post by 8 pm Feb. 11.
Find a still image or clip from a television show, film or video game that you feel exemplifies a compelling use of color.

Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain why/how it's a good example of using color effectively. What color choices are being made? What kind of impact to these color choices have? How might these choices effect what the viewer looks at, what they pay attention to, and/or how they feel?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the Zettl reading in your response. You might, for example, consider color energy, saturation/desaturation, color temperature, color symbolism, color and sound combinations, and/or the 'inner orientation' functions of color.


#4: Sound. Post by 8 pm Feb. 13.
Find a clip from a television show, film or video game that you feel exemplifies an interesting use of sound. Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain the sound concept(s) or technique(s) it exemplifies. What choices were made? What kind of an impact do those choices have?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the Zettl reading in your response. You might, for example, consider diegetic and non-diegetic sound; the 'outer orientation' functions of sound; the 'inner orientation' functions of sound; etc.


#5: Framing. Post by 8 pm Feb. 18.
Find a still image or clip from a television show, film or video game that you feel exemplifies a compelling choice in regards to framing and shot composition.

Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain the concept(s) or technique(s) it exemplifies. What framing and compositional choices were made? What kind of an impact do those choices have?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the Zettl reading in your response. You might, for example, consider screen area and energy; horizontal or vertical orienation; tilted horizon; psychological closure; pull of the frame; headroom, nose room and/or lead room; or continuing, converging and/or diverging index and/or motion vectors.


#6: Building depth. Post by 8 pm March 11.
Find a still image or clip from a television show, film or videogame that you feel builds depth effectively.

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the readings in your response. You might, for example, consider z-axis blocking; overlapping planes; linear perspective; wide angle lens perspective; telephoto lens perspective; or rack focus.


#7: Visualization and production design. Post by 8 pm March 13.
Find a still image or clip from a television show, film or videogame or provides a compelling example of one of the visualization concepts discussed in the reading, or that serves as an interesting example of production design.

Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain the concept(s) or technique(s) it exemplifies. What choices were made? What kind of an impact do those choices have?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the readings in your response. You might, for example, consider inductive or deductive sequences; low angle and high angle shots; subjective camera; point of view; mise-en-scene; shallow space; deep space; or deep focus.


#8: Time & motion. Post by 8 pm March 25.
Find a clip from a television show, film or video game that you feel exemplifies an interesting choice in regards to the perception of time and/or motion.

Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain the time/motion concept(s) or technique(s) it exemplifies. What choices were made? What kind of an impact do those choices have?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the Zettl reading in your response. You might, for example, consider experience intensity; open future; slow motion; accelerated motion; velocity change; the perception of primary motion; secondary motion; or tertiary motion.


#9: Commercials and Parody. Post by 8pm April 17.
Find and share a clip that you believe counts as a parody. The parody you share may be from a television show or movie, or it may be something created for the small/mobile screen (i.e., something someone made and shared on youtube or vimeo, etc).

After providing any background/context you feel is necessary to understand the parody, clearly identify what it is that you feel is being parodied. In other words, why can this clip be considered a parody? What is it parodying?

Note: While your examples can be parodies of any number of things, I especially encourage you to share parodies of commercials (if you know of/can find one) as they are particularly relevant to our work for the remainder of the semester.


#10: Editing & visual narrative. Post by 8 pm April 22.
Find a clip from a television show, film or video game that you feel provides a compelling example of one of the editing concepts discussed in the reading.

Post the link to your image or clip and briefly introduce it (tell us what movie or show it's from, provide a little context). Then explain the editing concept(s) or technique(s) it exemplifies. What editing choices were made? What kind of an impact do those choices have?

Be sure to reference specific concepts covered in the Zettl reading in your response. You might, for example, consider continuity editing; the 30 degree rule; jump cuts; complexity editing; or one of the various types of montages. If you share an example of an idea associative montage, please identify which kind of idea associative montage it is.


#11: Wrap-up. Post by 8 pm May 17.
For this post, please review your projects for Production One and Production Three. How has your work improved from Project One to Project Three - in terms of production (e.g., quality of lighting; sophistication of sound design, etc.) and/or in terms of working as a production team? Also, what advice would you give to someone just beginning in 3201? Finally, do you have any parting words for your fellow 3201-ers?

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