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Friday, March 31

March 31, 2017

Poetry Workshop: Today: Bett/Hamilton/Hill.

For Monday: Kennedy/Koscinski/Kasper/Cianfarano

Speed round poems are now due on the blog Wednesday.

Round 7 poems are due on the blog by 8 a.m. Monday, April 17.

Fiction Workshop: Today we workshopped Victoria. Greer and Joanie’s Round 3 pieces were handed out and are to be prepped for workshop Monday. See you then!

Family Values: Today we watched a final Andy Griffith episode, from Season 1, Episode 20: “Andy Saves Barney’s Morale”:

This episode showed us:

  • A great example of Andy not just being the father and mother of his own family, but of the whole town, as well.
  • A great example of the importance of Don Knotts’ Barney Fife character to this series — a guy who wishes he could be a big-time cop, but who really wouldn’t last anywhere besides Mayberry. When Knotts left in 1965 for opportunities in film, the show was never the same.
  • However, that doesn’t mean the show ended, or even stopped being popular. That’s because of the town of Mayberry, a place which really became sacred for a lot of viewers. Andy, Barney, Aunt Bea and Opie are the most important characters, of course, but people like Otis the drunk, Floyd the barber, and many others (like Ernest T. Bass) whom we unfortunately won’t meet this time around, helped make Mayberry a real (though fictional) town.

Then we watched Season 1, Episode 2 (it was actually the ninth episode filmed, but they bumped it up to second) of The Dick Van Dyke Show, which is kind of an outlier among the stuff we’ll see from the Sixties. It was neither a rural comedy nor a gimmick comedy; instead, the Petries were a very attractive suburban couple who had more than a little in common with the Kennedys. They were also both brilliant physical comedians; imagine if Desi Arnaz had been as good a physical comedian as Lucy, and you’ll get the idea.

As Mr. Coe pointed out about Andy Griffith, this show was also a workplace comedy. Ron Petrie and his co-writer pals Sally and Buddy (they all work for a TV show) are often shown in their workplace, just as Andy spends a lot of time at the office. That’s going to become more of a thing as we continue.

We took no notes on this episode, which we’ll finish Monday, but Mary Tyler Moore, who played Laura Petrie, plays a much bigger role when we see her next, as the star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

BatCat: More of the usual. Thanks for working hard and being patient – soon the pieces will be in place and we’ll be going full speed ahead!

Comedy: Watched the last three episodes of Arrested Development Season 1.

Survey: Screenwriting: Watched Harold and Maude. Yes, we will be talking about this on Monday.

Also your notes for this film are due on Monday in the usual style (typed, etc. – the specific observations for this film were to be focused on story development – how did this film either match or defy your expectations? When or how were you surprised or taken off-guard? How did the film build upon the premise [What if Harold is depressed and obsessed with death?]?).

If you were absent, please make every effort to complete the viewing for Monday. If you can’t, the DVD will be available for borrowing next week.

Your 20 story options for the “What if” statements you received on Wednesday are also due on Monday. Yes, it’s a lot of work – it’s that time of year.

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