Took my final in ENG 335 Postwar Global Film today. Think I did all right. As long as I get a 'C' in the class, I graduate.

Day after tomorrow is the POLSC 445B Québec Studies final, which is open book/open notes, so I am not worried about that... but I also have a 15-page paper due... eeek! Ah well. It's the finish line. One last push over the next 48 hours and...

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( Jun. 5th, 2008 01:45 pm)
Just had my last class session today. Now, it's on to FINALS WEEK (agh!)

I have 2 finals next week:

ENG 335 Global Postwar Film
Exam Tuesday, 08:00 (yuck).
Bring a Blue Book. Study Guide posted on BlackBoard.
ALSO DUE: 2-page transnational paper.

POLSC 445B Québec Studies
Exam Thursday, 15:30
Bring TWO Blue books. Open note/open book exam! (Yay!)
1. Revision of "Québec's American Problem" paper, adding 2 pages of personal analysis
2. 15-page paper on any Québec topic I like.

That's it. Once I complete the above, and turn in the paperwork for graduation in August, I am DONE!
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( Jun. 5th, 2008 12:01 pm)
ENG 335: Postwar Global Film
Class Notes -- 2008.06.05

DOGME 95, continued...

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( Jun. 3rd, 2008 12:06 pm)
ENG 335: Postwar Global Film
Class Notes -- 2008.06.03

A postmodern avant-guard film tradition which began in Denmark in 1995.
Dogme 95 builds on, as well as deconstructs, the earlier New Wave movements.
It is a movement that isn't really a movement, a not-entirely-serious satire that has grown since its inception.

"The Chastity Belt"
Dogme 95's 10 rules to make authentic films
1. LOCATION - Shooting on location ONLY. No sets. Props must not be brought in.
2. SOUND - Only natural sound. No recording of sound separate from that recorded during filming. No looping, no sound FX.
3. CAMERA - Only hand-held cameras.
4. COLOUR - Only film in colour, without special lighting.
5. OPTICS - No filters or optical work. No superimposed titles. No SFX.
6. ACTION - No superfluous action. (No murders, weapons, etc.)
7. TIME - Film must be set in the here and now. No period pieces, or future fiction pieces.
8. GENRE - Not allowed.
9. FILM - The final picture must be transferred to Academy 35mm film, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, that is, not widescreen. (The 35mm film rule has been relaxed over time, in light of the emergence of digital filmmaking.)
10. DIRECTOR - The director must not be credited.

Cool 6-minute video to explain the Dogme 95 movement:

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( May. 29th, 2008 12:04 pm)
ENG 335 Postwar Global Film
Class Notes -- 2008.05.29

Class Discussion: "In the Mood for Love" (2000)
Directed by: Wong Kar-Wai
Genre: Hong Kong Melodrama
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English 335 - Postwar Global Film
Class Notes, 2008.04.29
Xala & the French New Wave )
English 335 - Postwar Global Film
Class Notes - 2008.04.24
Nollywood )
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( Apr. 15th, 2008 06:02 pm)
*pant* *pant* *pant*

Because of the procrastination problem I had with putting off projects until the last minute at the end of last quarter, I resolved this quarter to volunteer to do projects and presentations early in the quarter, and get them done with.

Unfortunately, I did this in two classes, ENG 335 and COMM 327, and ended up having to give TWO presentations in one day! Eeek!

So I was up really late last night working on the presentations, then got up early to work on them.

At 11, I ran up to campus to meet with my COMM presentation partner, and do our final walkthrough of the presentation. Then I raced home, put the finishing touches on my ENG presentation, burned the powerpoint on a CD, raced to class, gave my presentation on Frantz Fanon & Algeria (see previous LJ entry), then raced home again because I forgot the tape measures I needed for my COMM presentation. Raced BACK to school, parked illegally in the lot, raced up to COMM class, and gave my presentation there on Nonverbal Communication & Proxemics. Whew.

After class, I went back to my car, and saw I had a parking ticket - I was expecting it, but I don't care it was totally worth it to go get the tape measures - and came home.


Both presentations were well-received, though I won't know my grades on them for a while. I'm just glad they're done, and I don't have to stress about doing these for the rest of the quarter. Yay!

Now I just want to crawl into bed and sleep...

For my Global Postwar Film class, I had to give a short presentation on the political context of Frantz Fanon and the film we are watching tomorrow, The Battle of Algiers.
(Click to see my slideshow.)

At the end of this presentation, I showed the class a short clip from the motion picture, demonstrating an example of how Fanon's ideas about colonial brutality are applied in the film.

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