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Friday, September 30

September 30, 2016
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CNF Workshop: Today: Kasper, LeRoy and Hall.

For Monday: Kennedy, McDanel and Bowser.

Your third-round essay is due on the blog by 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct.7. Please note the new deadline and the new time. You will have next Friday to work on comments and annotations for the new packet.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Ash and Rachel. Two new screenplays (Patrick and Alexa) were handed out and are due to be workshopped on Monday. Annotations and online comment due as usual.

Public Speaking: Rehearsed for the Round 5 recitation Monday.

Also for Monday: I need for you to bring in (in written form) a tagline for a speech you would be interested in giving. Try to sell your topic. For example, “The History of Ice Cream” is pretty dull. But “Five Reasons Why Ice Cream Could Save Your Life” is better.

BatCat: Today we discussed some of the top submissions so far.

Horror: Talked more about the Uncanny Valley, as well as related issues — robots’ rights, artificial intelligence and how growing up with 3D animation might “fill in” that valley.

We started with this clip of a Creepy Pasta urban legend:

…then watched this short explanation of the Uncanny Valley:

and ended up with the classic Twilight Zone episode “The Dummy” (for my money, the best one in the series). You tried to identify the five things on our List of Stuff That Scares Us to date, and to add a sixth one. We’ll do that for real on Monday.

Survey: Combined: You read your “Frankenstein” stories from a couple of Fridays ago, and we played a writing/drawing version of Telephone.

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