Film Clip Presentation Redux!

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu with camera

We are going to do film clip presentations again, starting the week after April break. (We will simultaneously start planning Q4 final projects and the June 7 CCHS Film and Animation Festival, as we discussed…) These presentations will be similar to Quarter 1, but they should be even better than before, as I expect that your ideas about films have grown throughout the year and with your own experiences as filmmakers.


  1. Investigate a favorite film or filmmaker in depth
  2. Analyze a specific scene
  3. Bring new influences to the rest of the class; show us a film we need to see.

Essential QuestionWhat makes a movie “good?” What are the pieces of a “good” movie?


  1. Decide whether you are going to present on your own or with a partner. 
  2. Alone or with your partner, choose one or two 3-5 minute clips from a movie, TV show, or short film –something you feel the class needs to see. Think carefully about which film and which clip(s) you choose to show. The clip(s) should represent the film you are showing (ie give us a good idea of the style of the film, and what the filmmaker is doingYou will be encouraged to choose something the majority of the students in class have not seen. Look for something classic or unusual. 
  3. Write a short paragraph (3-5 sentences) about each of the elements of cinema, below.
  4. Present the film clip to class. Plan, rehearse and deliver your thoughts on the clip. Put your clip in context of the longer movie (etc) that it comes from–where does it fit? Overall, tell us why you chose this piece of media and why WE should see it too.

Analyze the following in your presentation:

  • Storytelling (The Script / Writing: Plot, Beginning / middle/end – structure; Dialog; Characters; the IDEA)
  • Acting & Directing
  • Mise En Scene (‘What you see’ – Locations; props, costumes; makeup)
  • Cinematography (Shots: Composition, Lighting, Viewpoint / Perspective / Angle; Movement)
  • Soundtrack (Music score; Mix; Compliments visuals and story;
  • Editing (Tells the story; special effects; continuity; pacing)

Download the rubric here:  Film Clip Presentation rubric

Q3 Advanced Photo Reflection

A Self Portrait by Vivian Maier, taken February 1955

Students in the B-Block Advanced Photography class have developed four main topics they’d like to explore in reflecting on their photography work in and out of class this quarter. The topics are below. 

Directions: Write a paragraph in response to each of the following: Quality of Work, Effort, Participation and Improvement. Look at the bullet points below each category for specific ideas, but do not write a list–this should be more of a narrative, describing your thoughts about your work in this class so far.

Due Friday April 8 by the end of class. Please share your reflection as a google doc, so Mr. Gooder can comment on it. 

  1. Quality of work
    • Your actual prints (contrast, dodging and burning, composition);
    • Your negatives (good exposures and developing)
    • quality of subject matter
    • fulfilling the assignment
      • Paying attention to the objective of the assignment (and taking it further)
      • Right number of rolls of film, contact sheets and prints
      • Having your work ready on time for the critique
  2. Effort
    • actively taking photos
      • how far did you go out
      • how much effort or planning did you put into your photography
      • do you shoot more than is required?
    • perseverance
      • if a print is hard you don’t give up
      • if a roll of film is not developed correctly do you reshoot
    • taking risks and your ambition
      • creatively
      • subject matter
      • technically
    • attitude
      • during critiques (participation, support for other students, accepting other’s feedback)
      • toward own photography, prints and process
      • toward others at all times–in the classroom, and in the darkroom
  3. Participation
    • on time to class
    • Work throughout the block
    • have a plan to work independently
    • staying on task and using class time productively
    • put in extra time when possible (during available blocks, after school, on weekends (shooting)
  4. Improvement
    • creation of your own style; who am I as a photographer?
    • improve technically
      • better composition
      • cleaner prints
      • more confidence
      • staying organized (includes keeping track of materials and taking notes)

Q3 Advanced Filmmaking REFLECTION

Miles Teller and J.K. Simons in “Whiplash” (Dir: Damien Chazelle) Credit: Photograph by Daniel McFadden / Sony Pictures Classics / Everett
Reflect on your work during the third quarter. Some students worked the whole quarter on one film–scripting, pre-producing, shooting, editing–while others produced several short pieces. You also collaborated on each other’s work, as actors, crew members, sound designers and co-directors/editors. Demonstrate through this reflection what you have learned from the process of making you film with a crew of your peers.
At least 3 sentences each answer:
  1. Write a twenty word or less synopsis of each of your films from this semester (you might use it later…)
  2. How do you feel about collaboration? Comment on your collaborations this semester, as well as past collaborations on films. Compare it to working on your own. What is challenging and what is rewarding about film collaborations?
  3. Who contributed to your production, and how? Give thanks to one of your collaborators (crew or cast members).
  4. Describe this quarter’s production process, step by step (what did you do in what order). Which steps were easy, and which were hard? What do you feel you planned well on this quarter’s production (something you did intentionally that is visible / audible in the final product)?
  5. Tell me a story from your shoot. Did anything happen on your production that was unexpected? Was it good or bad for your production?
  6. What would you do differently next time? What have you learned from making this film?
  7. At this point, what are your favorite kinds of films to make and why?
  8. Overall, how have you developed as a filmmaker since the beginning of the year? In terms of your ideas, understanding of film (referring to other films out there), use of technology, understanding of your audience, working with others?