Mas.845 Special Topics in Cinematic Storytelling:
Three Assignments for the Course:
|CLASS DATE||TOPIC||READINGS/VIEWINGS (READ BY NEXT CLASS)||KEY DATES|
|Week 01 -
a personal narrative
Story world defined:
dynamics of situation, character, time
Role of expectation, anticipation and tension
|Bruner, Jerome. Acts of Meaning. Chapter 1.
Michael Roemer, Telling Stories, ch 1-3
Leacock, Richard. Life on the Other Side of the Moon
Leacock, Richard. The Art of Home Videos
Leacock, Richard. A Feeling of Being There
Leacock, Richard. 1960 Revolution
Leacock, Richard. Looking Forward
|Week 02 -
|Time and experience as axes of narrative:
the art of the sequence
|Paul Ricouer, selections
Bachelard, G. The Poetics of Space. Translated by Maria Jolas. New York: The Orion Press, 1994. (optional reading)
View one movie of your choice to discuss in light of readings (sign out from Laura Nicols - 3 Leacock dvd discs).
|Learning story as written narrative due.|
|Week 03 -
|NO CLASS - MIT is on a Monday Schedule|
|Week 04 -
|The Flow of History and the Life of Objects
Guest: Hyun-Yeul Lee
| Kearney, Richard. On Stories. Chapter 11.
McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics. Chapter 6.
Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson, The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation, Chapter 3: The Principles of Animation.
|1. Guidelines for Project 1
2. Submit written description of first project (post on wiki).
|Week 05 -
|The Digital Video Cookbook
Guest: Mark Halliday
|Vogler, Christopher. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters. pp. 13-31.
Davenport, G. and Murtaugh, M. Automatist storyteller systems and the shifting sands of story. November 1999.
Davenport, Glorianna. Desire versus Destiny: the question of payoff in narrative. Position statement: for Caixa Forum MetaNarrative[s] Conference Barcelona, Spain, January 29, 2005.
|Week 06 -
|Searching sequence collections for narrative continuity with Edward Shen||Davenport, G., Barry, B., Kelliher, A., Nemirovsky, P. Media Fabric : a process-oriented approach to media creation and exchange. BT Technology Journal (2004).
Davenport, Glorianna. The Storied Machine. RTE Radio Science Lecture, 2004. Radio Broadcast of live lecture.
Mueller, Erik. Story Understanding.
|Week 07 -
|First project presentations||First project due.|
|Week 08 -
|NO CLASS - Spring Break|
|Week 09 -
|The Frame Speaks
Guest: Henri Herré
|Week 10 -
|Focus on continuity, social interaction, and the changing dynamics of audience
Stories vs. game discussion
|Liu et al, Unraveling the Taste Fabric of Social Networks
Luc Courchense, early work
|Final project defined in email before class.|
|Week 11 -
|NO CLASS - Patriots Day|
|Week 12 -
|Week 13 -
|Perspectives on Computational Aesthetics
Guest: Hugo Liu
|Liu, H. Articulation, the Letter, and the Spirit in the Aesthetics of Narrative||Bring a hard copy of a story (as short as possible, either their own or a literary one) that you find to be unusually engaging, inspirational, beautiful, or haunting.|
|Week 14 -
|Story construction and learning discussion|
|Week 15 -
|Final Project Presentations|