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Monday, March 11

March 11, 2013

Spongebob: We added our tenth archetype: the Charmer. This is a character who uses charm — whether that’s via looks, money, power or just the ability to sweet-talk another character. There are two versions: the Seducer (someone who uses looks, money and/or power to charm) and the Rogue (the sweet-talking variety). Obviously, there can be overlap between these two versions. There’s also frequently overlap with the Swashbuckler.

Examples of the first type of Charmer: Sugar Kane (from Some Like It Hot), Tony Stark and Squidward (an adopted archetype from “The Two Faces Of Squidward”). Examples of the second type: Flynn Ryder (from Tangled), Fred Sanford (from Sanford and Son).

Class will be pre-empted Wednesday by our final City Theatre meeting. We are looking at showing our midterm film on Monday, March 25 — we should have identified all 12 archetypes by then.

New Media: Today was kind of a work day. More of a “make sure that everyone has access to everything” day. By Wednesday, you need to have the following complete because I will be checking it for credit:
– 2 blog posts complete (if you don’t have at least one done already, you’ll be marked late for your first grade)
– comments left on the blogs of all class members (if you go to a blog and it has no posts, check back later. If the author doesn’t post something by Tuesday at 8pm, you won’t be held accountable for not having commented.)

Family Values: Today we watched the 1963 Andy Griffith Show episode “Man In A Hurry”:

We tied this in with our essay, “Against The Organization Man” by discussing the ways in which Mayberry epitomized small-town America in this episode. We also talked about the origins of the show, as a sketch on the Danny Thomas sitcom Make Room For Daddy:

We also discussed, briefly, the forerunners of this type of rural sitcom. The Ma and Pa Kettle films were one, along with the sitcom The Real McCoys (debuted in 1957, alongside Leave It To Beaver), which showed the adventures of a West Virginia family which relocated to California. Sound familiar?

Remember: the main reason there was an Andy Griffith show was its appeal to rural viewers. More than 90 percent of all American households had TVs by 1960, the year the show debuted. That meant there were lots of rural viewers who wanted to see themselves — and their lifestyle — on TV.

BatCat: Today we continued doing what we do. Stay tuned for the Davy stuff…

Survey: Screenwriting: Today we did a whole bunch of stuff in class! If you were absent (Andrea and Jazmier were the only ones out, I think), please see me to catch up. Otherwise… we’ll continue on Wednesday.

7th Grade: Kept working on the Scholastic contest. Deadline is Friday!

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