Video Movie Critiques—An Ollywood Online Installation

For the Ollywood Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question:

How can you critique the elements of film production?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

“At the Movies was Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s movie review television show. Siskel and Ebert reviewed soon-to-be-releasesd movies and were known for their sharp criticism and more famously, for their banter on screen. Their trademark “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” rating and their style of criticism have forever impacted the way that movies are reviewed today. 

To commemorate the work of Siskel and Ebert, your local television network is featuring local movie critics on their evening news. Applicants must submit an audition tape that shows their knowledge as movie critics and their talent as television stars. For the audition tape, you must critique a movie for elements of production including acting, lighting, and cinematography. And you must interact with a partner in a way that shows your ability to be natural and have banter on screen. Good Luck!   

Click on the thought bubbles in the movie theater below to see the students’ audition tapes.

National Standards: Project Alignment with Common Core Standards:

Text Types and Purposes:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.B. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.C. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.D. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.E. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

Comprehension and Collaboration:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.A. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

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