Extra Credit

Scroll down to read about all three options for extra credit: exceptional blog participation, outside screenings, and clip analysis. You may submit up to two extra credit assignments TOTAL.

1. Extra Credit: Exceptional Blog Participation
You may receive up to 5 points of extra credit, to be applied to your lowest exam or assignment grade, based on exceptional participation in our class blog conversation.

Exceptional participation would entail:
• Submitting posts of exceptional quality: well-written entries with a clear argument that deal with the films and readings in a deep and meaningful way. The best posts will make connections between course material and the outside world (different fields of interest to you [music, politics, science, history], larger cultural contexts, contemporary examples, etc.)
• Posting frequently, and more than the required minimum (at least 6 posts over the course of the semester)
• Posting on time (within a week of a screening or class), NOT the day before posts are due.
• Engaging with your classmates in a genuine discussion. Exceptional participation would mean submitting thoughtful comments that invite a response, asking questions and providing your own viewpoint.
• Commenting more than the required minimum (at least 10 comments).

2. Extra Credit: Film Screening & Essay
You can receive extra credit for attending real, live film screenings around the city relevant to our course. You MUST attend a real screening, not just rent the video. The objective here is to get you involved in the vibrant NY cinema scene. Students enrolled in the Film Studies Seminar cannot submit extra credit essays for seminar screenings.

Screenings should involve film presentations (not video) of works created between 1930 and 1970 that have high artistic and/or historical value. Suggested venues: Museum of the Moving Image, Film Forum, Walter Reade Cinema, Rose Cinemas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives.

Essays will be graded on a scale from 1-5 points, to be applied to your lowest exam, analysis, or blog grade. Students may submit up to 2 extra credit essays.

* Attend one screening that fits the criteria above, or another screening approved by the instructor in advance. Save your ticket stub!!!
* Write a 4 page review/response to the screening. Essays that go beyond a mere plot analysisis to discuss issues of form (color, camera work, lighting, sound, etc.), history, and the larger themes discussed in class (ideology, gender, race, spectatorship) will receive maximum credit. Style, grammar, and spelling count!
* Attach the ticket stub to your essay.
* No email submissions.
* The last date extra credit will be accepted is DECEMBER 9th. No exceptions.

Suggested venues:
• Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, http://www.movingimage.us/
• Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., NY: http://www.filmforum.org/
• Film Society at Lincoln Center, W. 65th Street near Broadway & Amsterdam: http://www.filmlinc.org/
• Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., NY: http://www.moma.org/explore/films
• Anthology Film Archives, E. 2nd Street @ 2nd Ave, NY: http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org
• Brooklyn Academy of Music, Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn: www.bam.org

3. Extra credit: Post and analyze a clip

Create a blog post that incorporates a clip from any film produced between 1930 and 1970. If the clip is available on YouTube.com, you can cut and paste the link into your text to embed the clip. Please label your post “extra credit” in the subject line, and email Prof. Herzog so she can add your post to our “Clips” page.

Your post should incorporate an analysis of this clip, thinking both about the historical context in which the film was released and the formal qualities of the clip you choose.

Historical context: what was happening when this film was produced? Where was it produced? Is it a product of the studio system? Is it a typical example of films produced at that time? Is it representative of a particular genre? Try to draw on the material we’ve covered in class, or issues raised in the text book or readings to set up the film for  your readers.

Formal qualities: think about what in this clip is visually or sonically interesting. What do you want your reader to notice as they view the clip?

The goal here is to present your argument about why this clip is interesting or significant, and to generate an open discussion. You can earn up to five points of extra credit toward your lowest grade for creating  an extra credit post.

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