Visualization: Process and interaction

E. Anthony Collins

Every SHOT and SEQUENCE in every film demonstrates either PROCESS or INTERACTION, or both at the same time. Definitions: Process: a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. For example, a person walking from point A to point B and eventually to point Z is a process. A series of shots…

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VIsual rhetoric

E. Anthony Collins

The simplest definition for visual rhetoric is the use of visual images to communicate meaning. … In other words, visual literacy is the ability to “read” and “write” images and the meanings those images communicate. DOCUMENTARY VO “What is writing?”

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Expressivity questions-prompts

A form of Radio Home Folks

Students are asked by the instructor to respond in writing to the questions and statements below. The only instruction given is to not write in complete sentences, but to respond in three-, four-, or five-word phrases. If a particular question does not interest you, or if nothing occurs to you, then write something else. The…

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Bloom’s taxonomy

A diagram showing the growth and progress of being a musician

Bloom’s taxonomy is a set of three hierarchical models used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity. The three lists cover the learning objectives in cognitive, affective and sensory domains. The cognitive domain list has been the primary focus of most traditional education and is frequently used to structure curriculum learning objectives,…

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Resources

E. Anthony Collins

Readings in mindful filmmaking The eight-fold path Bloom’s taxonomy of learning Vocabulary of filmmaking terms Four Domains Summary of Syd Field Screenplay Syd Field Three Act Structure Dramatica Comparison of 7 Paradigms 10 Tips for Beginning Filmmakers What is a pitch deck ? Generating ideas, creativity, and qualitative research methods Proprioceptive Writing Expressivity questions-prompts Creativity…

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Finding page one

A vintage painting of the American Youth Symphony Group

Finding page one “A bad poet is a born survivor” Salman Rushdie What kind of screenplay do I want to write? From before the moment you find the beginning of your story there is a necessary exploration of thought and new work. Here is a discussion about the ways words are used in film storytelling.…

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A documentary film about Jack London, author and photographer

E. anthony Collins

These days I am writing and researching about Jack London (1876-1916) as I develop a grant proposal in the search for funds.  He is a highly-esteemed American author of fiction, nonfiction–and a photographer too.   He had a spectacular yet brief life and I want to produce a documentary film for PBS about him.  I…

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Why are Job-creating Republicans so upset about Obamacare?

E. anthony Collins

I have been trying to figure out, with some precision and specificity—Why so many Republican-Conservative-“job-creators” are so bug-eyed and frothing at the mouth about Affordable Health Care?  The months and years of simmering disdain have spiked upwards to a boiling point in the last 24 hours, exacerbated by the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that upheld…

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The beginning of the story

Two musicians playing violin facing each other

This is a very useful video by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) about the struggle and importance of the story’s beginning–creating the foundation for the rest of the story.  I am very interested in the experience of writing and developing a story, asking myself, what does it feel like to write?  Writing is purely mechanical…

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