Due: Wednesdays at 5:10 pm (start of class).
What is a Movie Log?
Each week there is a "movie log" assignment to be done while and after you watch the movie. Make notes on the log or a piece of paper during the movie. The movie log includes quesitons about the readings as well.
Why Does This Class Have Movie Log Assignments?
The purpose of the weekly “Movie Log” assignment is to gain experience deconstructing the major elements and themes of a fictional movie. This activity seeks to reveal hidden messages in each movie as well as raise awareness of real issues related to the fictional stories. Finally, the activity helps students engage mindfully in the movie rather than watching as a passive viewer. This type of assignment is common in univewrsity courses that use television and film media to aid with critical thinking.
Most movie log questions only require you to provide simple lists, so no need to write lots of text. Often the answers to the questions posed below can be found in examples shown in the movie, so it helps to read these questions BEFORE the movie screening and think about them as the movie progresses. If you do not find sufficient answers by watching the movie, you might find more in the readings for the discussion. Finally, you can always do an internet search on the questions.
No Collaboration or Copying is Permitted
The only thing you MUST NOT do, is copy answers from other people who are taking the class or who have taken the class in the past- this includes no use of any illegal copies of course content posted on the internet. Movie logs are not intended to be challenging, just thought-provoking, so it is worth your time to do them yourself, per the UC Davis Honor Code. Every year I catch people cheating and then they have to go through the campus judicial process, so just ask yourself if it is worth failing the class, being kicked off a sports team, or other consequences, when you could have avoid that through a few minutes work. It’s not worth it.
How Do I Submit a Movie Log?
Please write your answers on a printed movie log and submit that paper. You can type it digitally and then print it or use legible handwriting. UC Davis does not have or support a digital submissions technology suitable for this purpose at this time.
When Are Movie Logs Due and How Are They Graded?
Logs are due at the beginning of the main class meeting each week (i.e., Wednesdays at 5:10 pm). Each log will be worth 10 points and will be graded on the basis of coherence of your reasoning only, regardless of what your beliefs are. Each movie log answer turned in after 5:10 pm will receive a 50% deduction.
Movie Log Digital Files
The movie log files are available on the course Smartsite as well as on the web pages for each week.