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Tuesday, February 3

February 3, 2015

Spongebob: We began by having you write down dreams which seemed to be foretelling/predicting some future event. Then we talked more about the Fool. We watched the SpongeBob episode “Club SpongeBob” to better understand the distinction between Village Idiots and Know-It-Alls.

Are SpongeBob and Patrick both Village Idiots in this episode? Are they both Divine Children? Are they their normal archetypes (SpongeBob = Divine Child; Patrick = Village Idiot), which DO have some overlap? It doesn’t matter so much; the takeaway is that while they both act similarly (not for nothing does Squidward refer to them both as “barnacleheads,” indicating he sees them as essentially the same type of character), they both act in contrast to Squidward, who runs through the classic “Know-It-All” sequence. His own pride gets him into this mess in the first place, and his hubris — the way he flaunts his ignorance about the Magic Conch, and makes fun of SpongeBob and Patrick for doing nothing — ends up turning the gods against him. Why else would things turn out the way they do? Squidward asked for it, as he (almost) always does. In that sense, this is a story straight out of Greek mythology, about the danger of provoking the gods. (The Greeks basically invented the Fool archetype, after all.)

When next we meet (Thursday), we’ll begin with my showing you a short clip from a film. Your job will be to identify the major archetype(s).

Hitchcock: Today we had a really great conversation about the use of shadows, angles, and camera movement in Shadow of a Doubt. We looked at several scenes from the movie (the introductory shots of Uncle Charlie, the introductory shots of little Charlie, the close up of Uncle Charlie’s “I hate women” speech, and the sequence from little Charlie’s arrival home from church to Uncle Charlie pacing upstairs, looking out the window at little Charlie).

We talked a lot about the use of shadow in each of these scenes – how light and dark are used to portray and suggest the motives and internal workings of the characters. We also talked about camera movement, positioning and angles, and how this added value or dimension to each scene (especially in the sequence of Uncle Charlie moving up the stairs, where all three of these things add up to a complex moment in which we see a power struggle and witness a major plot point).

In terms of terminology, make sure you add “dutch (or canted) angle” to your list – this is when the frame seems tilted (it’s not parallel to the ground). The best example of this from Shadow is when we cut to Uncle Charlie pacing in little Charlie’s room. More on this to come.

While there is no homework for Thursday, please keep all of the things we discussed today in mind, especially if you find yourself watching a movie or a tv show (or even a commercial) – try to make similar observations for practice.

On Thursday, we will begin to watch Notorious. The response paper will ask you to look specifically at the issues we discussed today, so be ready.

Siren: Working on February copy, which was due today. We set up a Dropbox account which we’re sharing with the Media Department, and which we’ll begin using for all future copy/art.

Daily Prompt: Today your notebooks were checked and we had a class reading. We will have an activity on Thursday, and four new entries are due next Tuesday, as usual.


7th Grade: 

Survey: CNF: No class today because of LAVA rehearsal.

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