Week 1 – Discussion Forum Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated. Logline, Plot Summary, and the Relationship Between Story and Plot [WLO: 3] [CLO: 1] Prepare: As you prepare to write this discussion, take a few moments to do the following: Read Chapters 1 and 2 in your course textbook. Read Part 1, Chapter 2 (Parts and Wholes) in the book How Movies Work. Review the grading rubric for this discussion. Please choose a film from the List of Approved Films (https://ashford.instructure.com/courses/106186/files/18359630/download?download_frd=1) . Locate at least one video from your chosen film clip to embed in your post. View the video tutorial How to Embed Video Into a Discussion Post (https://uagc.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/ENG225+%7C+How+to+Embed+Clips+Into+a+Discussion+Post/1_xjwta7um) for assistance. Note: If you would like to write about a film not listed, you must email your professor for approval in advance or you may not receive credit on this discussion. Reflect: Your textbook, Film: From Watching to Seeing, distinguishes between story and plot, stating that story is what happens in a movie, and plot is how it happens. The distinction may seem minor; however, throughout this course, you will be scrutinizing the various aesthetic choices and cinematic techniques that work together to create meaning, develop characters motivations, and advance the plot in any film. With that in mind, you can see that how a film presents action can be very important to how we interpret narratives and understand meaning. Developing your skills in interpreting narratives and summarizing them can be useful beyond the scope of this course in your careers and personal relationships. A logline is a one-sentence description of a films story. Example: After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption. A plot summary is a compressed description of what happens in the film and why. Example: After the murder of his parents, billionaire orphan Bruce Wayne travels the far reaches of the globe in search of greater meaning. Somewhere in central Asia, he finds a mentor in Henri Ducard and his band of shadowy assassins, led by Ras Al Ghul. When Bruce realizes the object of their plot to destroy evil is his home of Gotham City, he foils their plan and escapes to return to the familiar world. Back in Gotham, Bruce adopts the persona of the Batman, and sets out to rid the city of the organized crime that plagues it. Before long, he learns that Ras Al Ghul has survived and continues to carry out his plan to bring Gotham to its knees. Bruce, as Batman, races to get to the bottom of their evil plot and stop impending destruction. Write: (due Thursday, Day 3) In at least 250 words, Embed at least one film clip which you will use as the basis for your analysis. View the video tutorial How to Embed Video Into a Discussion Post for assistance. Identify the title, writer, director, major actors, and the year of the films release. Summarize the story of your chosen film (what happens) in a one-sentence logline. Summarize the plot of your chosen film (what motivates the sequence of events) in a plot summary of about five sentences. Discuss whether the action in your film is chronological or nonlinear. In your discussion, address the following: What are some of the effects of this choice on the viewer? How are elements like character development or foreshadowing impacted by the choice of storytelling methods? You must use at least two outside sources, in any combination of embedded video clips, still photos, or scholarly sources. All sources should be documented in APA Style (https://writingcenter.uagc.edu/apa-style) as outlined by the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center (https://writingcenter.uagc.edu/) . Please view the video Posting in a Discussion in Canvas (https://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Posting+in+a+Discussion+in+Canvas/0_vh7y0vcn) for guidance on how to integrate multimedia with your response. Guided Response: (due by Monday, Day 7) Respond substantively (150 to 175 words) to at least two of your classmates posts. In your responses, reference your initial post and show how your ideas relate to those of your peers, extending the discussion. Provide support for your position. Substantive responses use theory, research, experience, or examples to support ideas and elaborate on the discussion topic. Week 1 – Post Your Introduction Post Your introduction is due on Day 1 (Tuesday). You have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your peers. Discussion Participation If you do not see the “Reply” button, or any responses, you may need to scroll down the page. When you are the first to contribute, you will see only the “Reply” button. Once you have added your initial post or response, choose the “Post Reply” button. If any classmates have posted, you will see their comments, along with the “Reply” button. The “Reply” button as well as any responses will be displayed at the bottom of the page. Post Your Introduction [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 6] Prepare: Beyond their entertainment value, successful films often strike a cultural nerve by speaking to a pressing social concern or telling us something about ourselves in such a way that these films become a part of the fabric of our culture. Certain films, like The Breakfast Club, Boyz n the Hood, Juno, Call Me by Your Name, Moonlight, or West Side Story, might resonate with us at a particular stage of our lives and help us make sense of our own experiences. Other films, such as Do the Right Thing, The Big Short, The Hate U Give, Dallas Buyers Club, American Sniper, Get Out, or Parasite, directly address deeper social issues and affect our various perspectives. Are there specific instances when this has been true for you? If so, what are they and why? Reflect: In 150 to 200 words address the following points: Introduce yourself and state your major. Identify a film that made an impression on you or affected society in one of the ways mentioned above. Explain how the film affected you personally. Explain how the film may have had a larger effect on society. Guided Response (due Monday, Day 7). Respond to at least three of your classmates posts and comment on the film they have identified or the personal connection they have shared. Make a connection to your own post through similar interests,
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