ENG 2D: Playing with Conventions

Last week, we did the unthinkable: we recreated a theorist’s (Roland Barthes) argument about professional wrestling, language, and codes by hosting/deconstructing our very own wrestling match. Hopefully, the conversation that followed help you understand the basics of conventions and film genres. Understanding media conventions is one of the expectations of the curriculum; it is also essential if you want to understand how media works.

However, to really understand the impact of conventions, you really to make your own film scenes. Thus, today, you will attempt to make a short scene in the genre of your choice. In order for this to work, everyone needs to bring their best to today’s activity.

Here is how we will proceed:

  1. Meet with your group (I have created the groups. No negotiation, kids)
  2. Choose a genre. Your choices are horror, comedy, romantic-comedy, thriller, action, and fantasy.
  3. Grab at least two tablets for your group. Make sure that your group has one of the tablets from 1-10; these tablets have an app that you will use to edit your footage.
  4.  Research the conventions of the genre you have chosen. Once you have discovered five conventions, call me over. If the conventions are relevant, I will let you move on to the next step.
  5. Quickly storyboard a 30 second scene. Your scene will need to have several camera shots/angles, and reflect the conventions you discovered.
  6. Once the storyboard is complete, call me over. If I approve, you may begin filming. You will have no more than 20 minutes to film your content.

Our goal is complete everything (including the editing) in this period. Bring your best game, ladies and gents…


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