Screening Journal Review Assignment

Due Monday, November 26 (week 9) at noon

The purpose of this assignment is to give you a chance to further develop your thinking about some of the films we have screened and discussed in class, and to help faculty assess what you have learned from them.

Transcribe your notes and paragraphs about the works listed below from your Screening Journal and develop them into coherent writing.  That means you should use complete sentences, proofread, and spell check your writing. The document that you turn in on Monday of week 9 should be in 10 point type and stapled with your name in the header. We have chosen six films for you to report on, and you will report on a seventh film of your choice.

You should include all the required information from the original Screening Journal assignment as you develop your coherent writing on each work:

  • the title, director, year and context of each moving image work screened in class or as part of assigned outside viewing.
  • A summary of the context of the film or video from introductory comments made in class about the conditions of its making, its place in history and the reasons we are viewing it in this program.
  • What you wrote about it in the several minutes given after each screening that may include:

o  how it made you feel, ideas you got from it and elements that brought other experiences, artwork, learning or program concepts to mind.

o  If comments or questions that arose in class discussions struck you as insightful, you should note those as well.

o  Avoid “reviewing” the work by judging whether it’s “good” or “bad”.

o  Instead, focus on what meaning and insights you got from it, and the connections you were able to make between it and other program activities and materials.

Students in the Drawing Track were asked to supplement their Screening Journal entries with visual notes or sketches of characters, design motifs, shot sequences or screen choreography (paths of action) from the films. It is not necessary to replicate those in this document; reference them as needed and make sure the visual notes are also clearly listed in your Sketchbook table of contents.


Priit Pårn, Time Out (screened week 2-on reserve in the library)

Norman McLaren, Blinkity Blank (screened week 3-viewable here)

Hans Fischerkoesen, Scherzo (Weather Beaten Melody) (screened week 4-in the Handouts folder on Orca)

Michaela Pavlatova, Repete (screened week 6-on reserve in the library)

Jules Engel, Accident (screened week 6-on reserve in the library)

Stan Brakhage, Ephemeral Solidity (screened week 7-on reserve in the library)

Your choice: an animated film screened in class or assigned to be viewed (not on the list above) that you feel you learned something significant from or that made a strong impression on you.