Archive for January, 2009

Schedule Changes

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

The schedule has changed for next week: please check the Schedule/Readings page to see the topic and download the reading, and please visit the Screenings page for details on the film.

Please note that next week’s film, Prospero’s Books, is very difficult to find. If you can’t make the screening, please borrown one of the two copies we’ve made available at the Drama department.

Tutorial Groups

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

Now that the class enrolment has stabilized, we’ve updated the tutorial groups, which you can find on the bottom on the Contact page. We will be using the groups more formally from now on, so please make sure you know which group you are in!

Outlines, Handouts, and Quizzes

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | lecture material, ProfNotes | No Comments

If you’re looking for lecture outlines, quiz questions (after the fact!) and handouts (e.g. The Tempest Plot Outline distributed one-per-group in class), you can find them on the Schedule/Readings page just below the title of the relevant lecture.

Submitting Assignments

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

If you have not submitted your assignment, please submit it to the Drama department’s main office, where Carol Anne will date them and make sure they get to us safely. The office is open from 9am to 3:45pm. DO NOT try to slip assignments under office doors, as they may get trampled on or lost.

Office Hours on Monday

Sunday, January 25th, 2009 | First Essay, ProfNotes | No Comments

I will be holding open office hours between 11am and 4pm tomorrow in case anyone has last minute questions about the essay. I know one student is coming by at 2:30, so everyone else is welcome to stop in at other times. I’ll also be around to take phone calls if you’d rather do it that way: 613-533-6000 x 79396. My office is Carruthers 307.

Assignment 1 Now Posted

Sunday, January 18th, 2009 | First Essay, ProfNotes | No Comments

The detailed assignment sheet for the first essay is now available to download from the Assignments page. The DVDs will be available by Noon on Monday at the Drama department. We will discuss the assignment in class, and as usual I am available for individual consultation via email or in person.

Course Package now at Stauffer

Friday, January 16th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

The Course Readings (Part I) are now on 3-hr reserve at Stauffer library.

Story and Plot

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 | lecture material | No Comments

Here are the definitions I provided in class. They come from Bordwell & Thompson, Film Art, 7th ed., pp. 70-71:

Story: “The set of all the events in a narrative, both the ones explicityly presented and those the viewer infers”

Plot: “everything visbily and audibly present in the film before us. The plot includes, first, all the story events that are directly depicted…Second, the film’s plot may contain material that is extraneous to the story world” [eg. credits and the musical score are extraneous to the story world, which is another way of saying that they are non-diegetic]

“The story goes beyone the plot in suggesting some diegetic events which we never witness. The plot goes beyond the story world by presenting nondiegetic images and sounds that may affect our understanding of the story.”

The filmmaker makes a story into a plot; the viewer reconstructs the story through viewing the plot.

Website Updates

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

Hi all — I have posted the outline for today’s lecture on the schedule/readings page — the title of today’s lecture, “Introduction to Film Form: Style and Narrative” is the link to the outline. Below this link, I have also posted today’s quiz. Because we take up the quiz in class, I will not post the answers, but will only post the original quiz that was projected in class.

In the following weeks we will follow this pattern; the schedule/readings page has therefore become one one-stop for topics, readings, outlines, and quizzes.

Reserve Videos

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

A number of films have been put on reserve at Stauffer. Check the link to Course Reserves under Queen’s Sites in the right hand column, or go to the library home page, choose the Course Reserves tab, and select STSC309.

Screening Copies

Friday, January 9th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

Copies of the films being screened between now and January 26 are now available for short term loan in the Drama department. You can sign them out for 3 hours from Carol Anne, who will also set you up with a tv/DVD player.

Linda Hutcheon – Brockington Visitorship Lectures

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | Events | No Comments

The widely published and acclaimed Linda Hutcheon from the University of Toronto is delivering two lectures under the 2009 Brockington Visitorship. Both are relevant to film and drama courses, and the second is particularly relevant to our pursuits this semester:

1. Thursday, 15 January 2009, 5:00 pm
Dunning Auditorium
“The Ethics and Politics of Reviewing in the Twenty-first Century”

2. Friday, 16 January 2009, 1:00 pm
Dunning Hall 14
“Adaptations Across the Media: Page to Stage to Screen(s)”

PDF of Syllabus

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

A PDF version of the syllabus is now available for download from the Readings page. Please note that this PDF will not be regularly updated; the website itself provides the most current information about assignments, screenings, and readings.

‘Tutorial’ Groups

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

Tutorial Groups are now posted on the Contact page of the website; clicking on a name or hovering over it will reveal the email address. We will be using these groups over the semester to work on projects in class. Please notify me if I have spelled anyone’s nickname incorrectly — I just took my best guess!