CHAPTERS 3 AND 4 OF THE TEXTBOOK
Alfred Hitchcock once told screenwriter Ernest Lehman that he thought of the audience “like a giant organ that you and I are playing. At one moment we play this note on them
and get this reaction, and then we play that chord and they react that way.” For this
critique, you will watch the entirety of Psycho (from the Streaming Movies resources)
and analyze one scene (not the shower scene) to reveal how the film’s director,
Alfred Hitchcock uses camera movement and editing to “play” the audience “like a giant organ.”
First, watch the film in its entirety, paying close attention to how the camera moves and how the scene is edited.
Next, choose one memorable scene to analyze in detail. The scene should be about
30-60 seconds long. First focus on what Hitchcock does, then work on why he does it. Count the number of shots. Within each shot, does the camera move, or is it stationery? Does the director keep the camera close to the action, thus emphasizing motion?
Or does he de-emphasize movement through the use of long shots, high angles,
and slow-paced action? Are the camera’s movements smooth or choppy? Lyrical or
disorienting? How much cutting is there and why? Are the shots highly fragmented or
relatively lengthy? What is the point of the cutting? To clarify? To stimulate? To lyricize? To create suspense? To explore an idea or emotion in depth? Discuss the answers to these questions to reveal how Hitchcock uses movement and editing techniques to obtain
the desired reaction from the audience in the scene you selected.
Use your textbook to guide your discussion. Cite all references to the textbook in MLA
format. It is not necessary to research additional information for this critique, but if you
do use outside sources in the paper, they must also be cited in MLA format in the body
of the paper and on the works cited page.
***** KEY THINGS TO FOCUS ******
Count the number of different edits, and identify the number of unique shots and
different angles. How does the scene affect you? How do the editing and multiple
angles add to or distract from the story?
Working from our list of seven basic moving camera shots on page 114, describe
what camera movement you would use to film each event and why. Refer to
pictures throughout Chapter 3 for inspiration or post an image or video clip to
serve as an illustration.
Length: 3-4 double-spaced page
Scene you can select to write paper on … you can look them up time frame
1st. 25:40 – 26:30 (when she is in the car on the way to the motel
2nd. 01:07:20 – 01:08:35 (when the personal investigator is at the motel
3rd. 1:16:55 – 1:17:08 (when personal investigator go inside the house)
4th. 1:17:24 – 1:17:36 (when personal investigator gets killed)
LINK TO TEXTBOOK (JUST COPY AND PASTE THE LINK)
THE MOVIE IS CALLED PSYCHO YOU CAN FIND IT ON AMAZON PRIME AND OTHER
THE LINK TO PREVIEW OF THE MOVIE IS
During Reading Week, besides the preparation for week 7, you will need to write a short introductory essay discussing at least one critical approach to the idea of “Eastern Europe” in the context of theatre studies, addressing the question: “What is ‘Eastern’ in EuropeanTheatre (concepts, practices, and contexts)?” Exploring some of the themes raised in the first two weeks particularly (as also presented in the Course Introduction) – critically addressing geography and history, both personal and political borders, postcolonialism, the dialogical and the constructivist, cultural memory – and comparing these, for example, with the discussions with directors in the last two chapters of Stepanova and Carlson (eds.) (2021: 263-294)… The essay is an invitation to discuss what might be problematic in supposing reference to “Eastern Europe” – historically, politically, culturally, geographically – not least, with respect to presenting examples of theatre practice and should be grounded in an exploration of specific instances (rather than generalisations).
basically” the question invites you to reflect on what might be complex in referring to “Eastern European theatres” – how and why does reference to “Eastern” qualify that of “European” in interesting ways, historically, critically, etc. (“contexts, practices, concepts”). This could indeed include reflection on the “geopolitical” construction of the distinction between East and West, not least in the context of war (including the present one). If you choose to discuss a play or a production it is probably best to focus on just one (which you can evidence with citation, whether in page numbers or time code) rather than generalising. All the best, Mischa
Students are required to experience what it is
like to be a Dramaturg for a production, and complete a 350 word essay choosing
1 of the 6 viewpoints and showing how that particular viewpoint influenced the
Read the play Othello by William Shakespeare.
The play can be found online for free in numerous places. Just Google Othello by William Shakespeare and
you will be directed to the text.
Next you must choose a viewpoint on which to
research about the time and the place where this play was written. That time period is between the years 1575 c.e.
and 1630 c.e. in London, England. Choose
one of the PERSIA viewpoints and do your research.
Now write your 350 word essay about the research
you have gathered and how it affected Shakespeare in writing it.
does live theatre differ from films?
Please explain your answer as it regards to the audience’s perspective
and the perspective of the actors performing?
about the difference in the Theatre Experience.
What are the Aspects of the different types of theatre such as Broadway,
off-Broadway, off-off- Broadway, and others? What are their differences?
4 different types of theatre spaces and how they differ from one another? As well as the architectural differences, talk
about how the space affects the audience/performer relationship.
please look at the full instructions from the attacthments. and here is the link to the readings
(Links to an external site.)
THEA161-001-202260 Introduction to Theatre
Students will complete
ONE 3-4 page (double spaced – WORD COUNT REQUIREMENT IS 400-600 WORDS
FOR FULL CREDIT.)
response paper on ONE viewed performance via the digital platform
Digital Theatre + (for a total of 1 paper).
You can choose any production to view that you
would like from Digital Theatre +, and there are tons to choose from, so find
something that really resonates with you.
Even though you will not
be in an actual theatre setting, please prepare this time as if you were in a
real theatre setting – put your phone away, take notes and follow the
guidelines as already presented for your response papers.
Digital Theatre + is
sort of like Netflix for Theatre.
The new website is:
Our new Login is (as of 8/24/21):
Password: [email protected]
Keep in mind that your
response paper will be due on Wednesday, JULY 13th, by 11:55PM.
You are welcome to complete your paper before the due dates, but late
assignments will not be accepted.
Be sure to include the
name of the theatre and location of the performance viewed. Eligible
performances for this assignment may be plays, musicals, or operas.
Please do not use concerts, stand-up comedy performances or dance performances
for these assignments. Please be sure to address the questions below in
Please discuss your
experience of going to the theatre. How did the performance effect you? Did it
move you? Did it bore you? Did you like it more or less than you expected to?
Please be sure to give SPECIFIC examples from your experience to support your
opinions. You may comment on the acting, the use of the stage space, the sets,
lights, or costumes; whatever will help you to discuss your experience of
viewing this play. In short, tell me WHY you feel this way, what contributed to
your experience. Be specific. Don’t just say
something like “The costumes were nice. They were appropriate for
the play.” DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SAW, WHAT ACTORS DID, WHAT
SCENIC, COSTUME or LIGHTING ELEMENTS LOOKED LIKE!!!! FAILURE TO INCLUDE
SPECIFICS MAY SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGE YOUR GRADE FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT!
Although I want you to provide specifics in your paper, please DO NOT take
notes through the entire show–at most, take them before the show starts, at
intermission, and immediately following the show. Even though you are not
viewing this in a live theatre setting, taking notes during a show destroys the
entire point of going to the theatre, which is to engage with the performance.
It is also VERY distracting to other audience members and the performers
(especially when people use their phones as flashlights–DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!)
if you were in a live performance setting, so this is good practice as if all
Papers should be well constructed, using an introductory paragraph to state
your thesis, sufficient body paragraphs to support your assertions, and a
concluding paragraph to summarize and re-state your thesis. PAPERS SHOULD
NOT INCLUDE A PLOT SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY.
If you would like additional information about preparing a theatre response
paper, check out THIS SITE from McGraw Hill. it can provide
you with you good guidelines and questions to consider when preparing for your
paper. I HIGHLY recommend that you use this resource before you head to the theatre.
Cultural/ Historical Analysis of the film, Gone with the wind (Director Victor Fleming).
One of the most common types of analysis is the examination of a film’s relationship to its broader cultural, historical, or theoretical contexts. Whether films intentionally comment on their context or not, they are always a product of the culture or period in which they were created. By placing the film in a particular context, this type of analysis asks how the film models, challenges, or subverts different types of relations, whether historical, social, or even theoretical.
A few of the many questions you could consider in this vein include:
How does the film comment on, reinforce, or even critique social and political issues at the time it was released, including questions of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality?
How might a biographical understanding of the film’s creators and their historical moment affect the way you view the film?
What is the plot of the film? How does this plot differ from the narrative, that is, how the story is told? For example, are events presented out of order and to what effect?
Does the plot revolve around one character? Does the plot revolve around multiple characters? How do these characters develop across the film?
Regardless of the format
that you choose, your project must have a central argument, clearly communicated in a thesis statement. You will analyze primary sources and consult
secondary sources in order to support your argument.
project must engage at least 3 separate primary sources. You are welcome to use
more than 3.
Secondary Sources–You must
draw on at least 3 secondary sources to shape your knowledge on your chosen
topic and to support your analysis of your primary sources. You may choose to
use more than 3.
I know the movie is very long, the topic is very open ended and you can choose to talk about many different themes about the film and its significance during that time with the south.
This essay is for my theater class.
Please select one topic between good acting or good directing. NOT BOTH
Please watch a live theater production or a full video of a staged production. You may select anything you’d like to watch; it is up to you. Your choice does not need to be covered in the class material.
But, it should be the performance in its entirety, with high-quality resolution and audio.
Stage productions, films or TV shows are acceptable.
For suggestions, we’ve made some choices available on the Performances and Videos page, but you are not limited to that list.
From your selection, identify any one scene that features “good acting” or “good directing” in your opinion.
Focus your essay on either concept, acting or directing (not both). You may focus on one or more performers’ acting, or on the overall directing work.
Describe only briefly what’s happening in the scene in terms of the plot. Focus your essay on analyzing why/how the acting or directing may be considered strong, stellar, etc.
Include in your essay specific support/moments from the scene and also support from any 2 of the following sources:
The article by Bloom & Goldstein
“Direction and Acting” by Stanislavski
The film Stagedoor
Watch the movie Shakespeare in Love from Miramax Pictures.
High resolution versions of the film are available for rent or free with subscription on the following streaming platforms: Hulu, Sling TV, fuboTV, Amazon Prime Video, Showtime, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, or Apple TV.
After viewing the movie, respond to the topics/questions below based on the elements of theatre we have been studying in this module.
Respond in 3-5 sentences to each of the 4 questions
Creativity is discovery. Cite and explain an example from the movie where a character made a discovery that they used in creating or performing in Romeo and Juliet.
Creativity is technique. Cite and explain an example from the movie where a character used technique to accomplish something in life or in the performance of Romeo and Juliet.
Creativity involves a burning curiosity, the power of concentration on tasks, the ability to create order when others see chaos, ability to find options and a willingness to take risks and fail. Site and explain one example from the movie in which a character used one of these methods to enhance their creativity.
Environments can limit or enhance creativity. In the movie, Viola discovers a truth about Shakespeare’s past. When he has a chance to explain, he tells Viola about the situation or environment in his life that limited his individuality and creativity that he came to London to escape. What was that situation/environment? Explain.
In 275 words, write a brief bio on your playwright, including achievements/awards and other plays.
*Use bullet points for your draft.
Include your “Works Cited” page. Use MLA style for your draft. (See full instructions below in the MLA link).
Your draft may include a film of what you have done so far. (Optional).