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My students are creating storyboards today for their first big project. It’s actually a photo + music + titles project, so there aren’t actually any video sources involved.

I’m going to show the video above (in addition to several others) to get them in the right mindset.

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fruitvalestation:

Did you like Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station? Vote for him for Breakthrough Performance of the Year at the MTV Movie Awards: http://on.mtv.com/1inBQeM

I still can’t believe that this movie got no recognition at the major award shows. It’s still my personal favorite of 2013.  
It’s funny that Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are both nominees for this award. I can’t wait to see them together as Johnny Storm and Reed Richards in The Fantastic Four. Teller’s performance in The Spectacular Now was great as well.

fruitvalestation:

Did you like Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station? Vote for him for Breakthrough Performance of the Year at the MTV Movie Awards: http://on.mtv.com/1inBQeM

I still can’t believe that this movie got no recognition at the major award shows. It’s still my personal favorite of 2013. 

It’s funny that Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are both nominees for this award. I can’t wait to see them together as Johnny Storm and Reed Richards in The Fantastic Four. Teller’s performance in The Spectacular Now was great as well.

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Coal fired pizza with kalamata olives and prosciutto followed by a good shiraz and a bold cigar, all enjoyed with good friends = a great way to start the weekend.

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This school has no idea what next year will be like. With the number of teachers who are leaving after this semester, this place will not be the same. There will still be people who care about what happens here, but there will continue to be an administration that works against them.

I wish I could tell my students about the dirty stuff going on behind the scenes. I wish I could tell parents to enroll their kids elsewhere. But I know that those who remain will continue to fight the good fight, so the kids will still be in good hands. I just hope that my brothers and sisters in arms who stay behind will make it out alive.

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All the seniors are away today and tomorrow. I have three juniors in my media class, so we’re going to watch a movie. Based on who they are and their viewing history, I am going to pick between Unbreakable and The Prestige. I feel that both movies use many great techniques that we can study, and both have stories that they’ll find interesting. I’m leaning towards Unbreakable because I want to show them a time when Shyamalan was still doing good work. And because it tells an original superhero origin story.

Any input?

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One of my students is jealous because I have more followers on Tumblr than she does.

Thank you, dear followers, for making this possible. I think it’s hilarious.

I do think about all the people who decided to follow me because of one random thing I posted at some point. I actually feel a little bit of pressure here and there to make sure that I post more stuff about the various things that interest me. Right now, I am realizing that I haven’t posted anything about Jane Austen or Michael Mann in a while.

When I think about the seasons I’ve gone through on Tumblr, only one thing remains. I can’t stop wearing my heart on my sleeve. Thanks for putting up with the valleys. A few of you have been here from the beginning and you still continue writing, sharing, and reblogging.

Honestly, if any of you want to stay connected in a less anonymous way, let me know. I doubt I’ll stop using Tumblr anytime soon, but I guess there may come a day when I won’t be present on this site.

Oh, and I can’t wait to tell that student that three more people started following me today. :)  I honestly have no idea how you end up here, but you are welcome to stay as long as you want to.

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geekrest:

Most accurate depiction ever.

Then DC admits defeat, gives props to Marvel, and joins the winning team.

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A Game of Social Thrones is a really well-made ad by HootSuite. The video is amazing, but even more creative is their related “Social Media Winter is Coming" infographic about the social networking wars.

It’s stuff like this that makes me so happy to be teaching a media literacy class. The world is my textbook.

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No matter what is happening at work, being in the classroom is always invigorating, especially when you get to spend half of your class time showing your students how to make full use of their IMDB accounts.

Why did we do this today? Because in the same way that we only really notice how well (or badly) we are eating when we actually stop to quantify the nutritional value of our food, we don’t notice whether or not we are eating garbage with our minds until we take stock of our media intake.

My students were required to make a favorites list on IMDB, and one of them chose to call her list “movies I’ll watch a billion times over.” Others kept making more lists and my favorite was called “Worst Movies I’ve Seen - My eyes…MY EYES!!!” That list included titles such as Alien 3, 2012, and The Last Airbender. It’s not very often that teachers get immediate feedback on whether or not what they’re doing is actually working. So I felt very fortunate today. Oh, the biggest victory so far is that I think more of my students are starting to make the distinction between “favorites” and “best.” If you’ve ever worked with teenagers, I think you’ll understand that this is kind of cool. 

Today was just a small step in what I hope will become a life-long journey for some of them. Tomorrow, we will be doing a tutorial I designed about typography and credit sequences using Adobe Premiere and Photoshop. We watched the opening credits from several movies yesterday to get their brains churning. Started with Blade Runner (they were able to correctly identify the transitions being used!), and then moved on to more complex stuff like the openings of Fincher’s movies. We ended by watching The Art of Film & TV Title Design by PBS Digital Studios.

For the first time since almost a year ago, I feel tangible excitement about going to work tomorrow.

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I just finished the fourth episode of True Detective. The final six minutes were the most expertly crafted and tense moments of television I’ve ever seen. But the impact was truly felt only because of the previous four hours of slow burn.