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I posted my portfolio last monday because i thought that was the due date and for some reason it was not here today. So, here it is again.

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  1. Title page “Alumni Bricks by: Kevin Prunty”
  2. Queens College Logo
  3. L.S Queens College Campus
  4. Across from Jefferson Hall
  5. Camera turns right
  6. Camera turns left
  7. L.S Jefferson Hall
  8. Zoom up closer to Alumni Plaza
  9. Zoom out back to L.S
  10. Turn right and start walking toward the path to the Alumni Plaza
  11. Walk up the path
  12. Turn left shot of the benches
  13. Turn around and look at the bricks
  14. Text: Recently…
  15. Close up of bricks
  16. Pan across the bricks
  17. Zoom out
  18. Zoom in and pan across more bricks
  19. Zoom out
  20. Turn to the left and then to the right while looking down at the bricks
  21. Zoom in on more bricks
  22. Text: contributing…
  23. Text: after…
  24. Clip of first interview with student
  25. Text: the alumni plaza…
  26. Clip of second interview with student
  27. Text: some people…
  28. Clip: Queens college…
  29. Image of long shot of library
  30. Image of long shot of library with New York skyline in the back
  31. Text: whether it be…
  32. Image of long shot of New York skyline
  33. Image of Alumni Plaza
  34. Text: the alumni plaza represents…


35. The End

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When I first opened up this reading I wasn’t very enthusiastic to start reading it. It seemed like a lot of pages and a lot of things to go through.  As I read I realized it wasn’t going to be as bad as I thought because it was broken down into multiple small sections. One of the passages that I liked the most was “Don’t Not Copy from the Eyes”. I really like the way he says that “we raped the movie camera and forced it to copy the work of our eye”.  He makes it seem like the camera is a slave to us and is forced to copy things that we see. I feel like he is suggesting something else be done.

Vertov suggests that the camera should look beyond what the eye sees and explore the subject more. He gives an example “They are lowering the coffins of national heroes (shot in Astraskhan in 1918)… memorial service-hats come off (Moscow 1922)” He sets up a scene for you and as he describes you can almost see it playing out in your head. In the scene you are moving through four years of time but it all goes by in less than a minute.

In the passage ”Early Thoughts” he discusses his face being on camera. He tells us how his face looked and how all of his emotions were shown through his face and through the camera. He describes this as the Kino-eye. The Kino-eye is “a world perceived without a mask, as a world of naked truth”. I feel like even though this statement comes kind of early in his writing it kind of sums up his main point about the Kino-eye. I would also like to had that I liked how Vertov used stories in his life and things like his “Three Songs about Lenin” to discuss his points throughout the essay. I thought that kept it interesting throughout the reading.

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Today I was late to class so I’m not sure what happened for the first 15 minutes. When I got in we started discussing what we learned in the last class and if we learned anything at all. We used the learning objectives on the syllabus to connect with what we are learning.  Then, we analyzed Balazs’ essay Theory of Film using the elements that Harvey gives us. We discussed each element and tried to find an example of each in Balaz’s writing. We then used out Mock-Debate-Interview Transcripts and went through each of these elements and discussed what we found in the essay.

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                I thought that Sherman used many of Harvey’s “Elements of an academic essay”. One element I feel that was used right off the bat was title. Sherman uses the title “Documenting Ourselves Film, Video, Culture.  This title puts an interest in the readers mind while giving the reader a clue as to what they will be reading about. Sherman uses the title and sub title that Harvey talks about in his elements. Harvey states that the title and the subtitle is a good way to combine the interesting and informing functions of the essay. Sherman also uses this element of title in his chapter titles like “Projecting the Self, Filmic Technique and Construction”.

                Sherman states his thesis right in his first sentence. He tells the reader what he thinks film is and says that “film is always a construction” and “film can never be objective”.  Sherman also uses the element of structure in the essay making it easy to read and to follow the points that are being made throughout the essay. Sherman uses a large amount of sources in his essay quoting many different people and the only way to be able to do this and make sense of what the he is saying is to find a way to make these quotes seem relevant using stitching. Sherman uses stitching to make these quotes fit together in order to make his point made clear through his sources.

                Sherman uses a lot of Harvey’s elements in his writing. I don’t think it is necessary to use all of the elements in order for it to be called an academic essay. I think that you must use enough of these elements in order to project to your audience what you want them to know.  Using these elements makes reading the essay easier to understand what the writer is saying. Some elements of the essay can also make the essay more enjoyable to understand. I do feel that Sherman used Harvey’s “Elements of an Academic Essay” because I found examples of them throughout the essay.

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Here is my video. Hope you enjoy it..

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                When I began reading Grierson’s First Principles of Documentary I knew that it would have a lot of points to be made but I also knew that they would be explained due to the length of the paper. While reading through this essay I felt like Grierson made it easier than other writers to depict scenes in movies and to explain his point more in depth. This helps the reader to understand and not get so lost while trying to read the essay. Grierson’s use of examples throughout the essay was also a big help because it gave you something to base what he is saying on and make it easier for the reader to follow what he is saying.

                Grierson talks about a documentary film maker named Flaherty. He uses this film maker as an example because Grierson believes that Flaherty makes documentaries the right way. He says that Flaherty puts himself in the situation he is filming and everything is real. Flaherty does not just make his film about what he thinks is going on or just put his opinion across. He makes a film on fact on things that he has seen with his own eyes. He then gives an example of another film maker named Wright. This film maker uses movement and camera angles in his movies to depict some sort of emotion unlike Flaherty who actual lives the experience.

                Grierson says “The creation of mood, an essential to the symphonic form, may be done in terms of tempo alone, but is better done if poetic images color it.” This stood out to me for some reason and I’m not sure why. I think that Grierson is saying that in order to create a mood you have to go deeper than what is just being shown. You can possibly do this by adding dark and dreary music to the scene to show fear or you can add uplifting music in order to create a happy mood.

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