Reading Film (Fall 2011)

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Class Summary

November 22nd, 2011 by martinvukaj · Class Summary

Talked about Ms. Herzogs film assignment.
-famous directors thaat are literalistic
-Mike Lee
-Woody Lee
Directors that take you out of the film to remind you you are watching a film, and these people are not real.
Ferguson not going to be here next Wednesday or the Wednesday following.
-Messy draft, bring in hard copy for monday, no logical order JUST WRITE.
-Ex. clay ashtray, making cookies, igloos.
-throw anything and everything on your paper.
Then we analyzed the 4 blog posts on American Time Capsule.
-Revision and Editing was empasized.
-Demonstrate a link b/n ideas and writing
-What are the points of sentences
Analyzed Rawlings “Principles of getting good ideas”
-Dont begin with a topic
-Go from little concrete things to abstract things
-Connecting two unrelated bits of ideas, make them relate.
Then we attempted to watch a short youtube clip…… FAIL lol
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy your break!

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American time capsule

November 21st, 2011 by Kaitlin Stevens · Uncategorized

How can one represent 200 years in 2 minutes and 45 seconds? Seems like an impossible task, doesn’t it? We maybe for the average Joe, but not for Chuck Braverman! In his short film, American Time Capsule, he captures America’s history in various pictures composed into somewhat of a slideshow. He doesn’t even use dialogue, just background music! But is the real history of America appropriately represented in Braverman’s short slideshow? Depends on who you ask. I personally do not believe it is an appropriate representation because although nothing about the slideshow misrepresents anything about American History, it certainly doesn’t give each event or time period the recognition it deserves. American Time Capsule is not a film that could be interpreted correctly by various audiences. I assume only an American with general knowledge on American history would understand the film. If a foreigner were to view this film they would probably have no idea whats going on and be confused by the lack of information and explanation.

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American time capsule

November 21st, 2011 by martinvukaj · Uncategorized

Smothers brothers have shown us a montage, american time capsule by chuck braverman, a collection of pictures and images encompassing over 2 centuries of American History up until president nixon. In short, these images provide us, the viewer, a look at some of the united states most major events starting with george washington and continuing on to events thru these years like the Civil War, President Roosevelt, WWII, and ending with the face of Pres Nixon. These images provide viewers with a glimpse at our nations history, but not all of the US major events were on the montage. Images and pictures from WWI and the Depression were just some of the events omitted. These are just two examples of important events in the US history, along with the fight for womens rights as well.  so the question i choose to ponder is: which event not shown in the montage had the greatest cultural impact on the US and why?

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Tom Schalk’s Analysis on An American Time Capsule

November 21st, 2011 by Tom Schalk · Uncategorized

If you had to recite 20 years of American history in two minutes, could you? Naturally, you could not without losing a great amount of context concerning the material. An American Time Capsule doesn’t so much preserve our history as it does show images of it. True, Americans may have an understanding of what is represented in the short film. However, what i a foreigner was to see it? He or she would not understand our American history within two minutes, and they would not learn strictly through a set of pictures. This goes without mentioning the photos of artistic portrayals of historic events. Foreigners looking at this film would believe that George Washington stood up in his boat during his venture down the Hudson River. Did he truly do that? History says no. A film claiming to teach history would fool others that he did.

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American Time Capsule

November 20th, 2011 by Jeen Kim · Uncategorized

The American Time Capsule by Chuck Braverman is a quick montage of images in chronological order of our history. This rapid succession of images capturing our past hypnotizes the viewer, as he/she tries to keep up. As the viewer tries to keep up, some images are remembered and some are forgotten. The remembered images are burned into our brains, these images signify certain events, and in its entirety we get the gist of a chronologically ordered history. But what is the point to all this? This piece encapsulates all that is American, and it instills feelings of patriotism. It ends with a lasting image of Richard Nixon which makes it more political than historical. Feeling pride then feeling uncertain about the future casts skepticism on the future leader of our country, which I believe is the ulterior motive.

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American Time Capsule

November 16th, 2011 by Roberto Rodriguez · Uncategorized

The history of the United States of America can seem like a very long time to the naked eye but to Montage it can be very short as well. You would have thought that it was impossible to see a country’s entire history in a matter of minutes until American Time Capsule did it. What seemed like centuries worth of of history and events was morphed in a mere four minutes of hundreds of images being shown in rapid succession. And then you stood there quietly contemplating what you have just seen and then you realize that two hundred years of American history has just flashed before your eyes. That is the essence of montage, to condense an idea into images so that the idea can be easily understood through sight. For those that were not familiar with the concept of Montage and they watched the short film American Time Capsule, they got a glimpse of what Montage can portray.

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America Time Capsule

November 16th, 2011 by Daniel Min · Uncategorized

This is just my stream of conscious.

American History is encapsulated into series of rapidly moving images that convey our bloody history. Starting with the Revolutionary war where the Red Coat is fighting against the Continental Army for the precursor of the United States in the New World. Our founding fathers established freedom liberty and justice, giving basic human rights to those who uphold the constitution of the law. This is what I would consider the beginning of the new found conflict that will continue on into series of violent wars throughout the years of America’s existence. War of 1812, The civil war where our nation is divided between the confederates and the union to abolish slavery and expanding our nation to the last frontier. The cry of war will last continuing on to our imperialistic views such as the Spanish American War a dispute between the spanish empire for the violation of annexing Texas. This will lead more wars for the sake of Imperialism such as the Phillipine-American war in terms of colonization then we go to the Great War….

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Zinsser’s Advice

November 16th, 2011 by Kevin L. Ferguson · Prof Ferguson

Here is the advice we came up with:

When Revising or Editing . . .

Remove unnecessary words. [repetition, adverbs]

Keep your reader’s [comprehension] in mind.

Revise your sentences to remove vagueness.

[Keep consistent.]

Rewrite your sentences and pick the best one.



Chuck Braverman’s An American Time Capsule:

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Class Summary 10/31/11

October 31st, 2011 by sandra411 · Class Summary

Today professor started off by telling us that our proposals should be uploaded to the site as soon as possible. They all need to be completed in order to start our research. Then we moved onto our next assignment which is titled Annotated Bibliography. We will have to find three secondary sources that have to do with our investigation, these sources can be journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, author reviews etc. We then have to use databases, but in order to know what database to use we have to have a clear method.  When we look for our databases we should not just pick out the first three things off the top, but look at about a dozen of them and decide which three are the most helpful and informative. These databases are located under the Queens college website and you can access them by clicking on the top where it says Library. <— that’s the site if anyone has trouble finding it. And by clicking Find Databases you can access them right at home, but in order to do that everyone must first get their barcode activated in our library.

All these databases work differently. The first one we looked into was called JSTOR, which has around 500+ core journals.  In order to get a more specific result we should learn to rely more on the advance search’s provided in these databases. Using the right keyterms is very important when doing this. Peer reviewed journals are much more helpful and have the stamp of approval by these reviewers.

The next database we looked into was called Academic Search Complete ( not called EBSCOHost anymore) this one has over 8,000 publications and most are already peer reviewed. (Academic Search Complete is not as scholarly as JASTOR) In this database you can limit much more and find exactly what you are looking for much easier, it’s more specific. When looking through these databases we should first should start of with a broad idea and narrow it down with the right keyterms. The last database we looked at was called LexisNexis Academic which has to do with Business, History, Law, Newspapers, and Political Science. We also went over the process of finding books we need online on the Queens website.

There is  no Wednesday class, but we should be going to the library to start our research.

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Investigative Proposal #3 latest revision

October 31st, 2011 by martinvukaj · 3 Investigative Proposal


Martin Vukaj

English 110

Prof Ferguson


Investigative Proposal revised 3


The Wizard of Oz, directed by Victor Fleming in 1939, was a depression era American musical fantasy film, revolving around the protagonist Dorothy and her trustful sidekick dog Toto. The film was based on the children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum. Initially regarded as a box office flop, The Wizard of Oz is highly regarded as the most popular film of all time and most beloved. The film introduced new technicolor features which were highly expensive. Technicolor provided the audience with flashy colors previously not experienced with any other film released during the Depression. The depression was in full force by 1939, and when the film came out it seemed to have an uplifting effect on the population, especially with songs like “Over the Rainbow,” which was one of the most popular songs after the film was released. The family oriented musical genre, in general, was one in which families during the Depression seemed more likely to watch and that was due in part to the fact that these films provided the viewers with an uplifting feel during these harsh economic times. The psychological frailty in the minds of the American population during the Depression were deeply affected by films, and the question at hand is: How have family oriented musicals, such as The Wizard of Oz, provided the movie viewing population a psychological sense of escapism during the time of the Depression?

After performing this study, the research gathered will provide the film viewing population more evidence in how films can help affect the psychology of minds in general and under a specified scope during the hard economic times in the Depression. An analysis of how family oriented films affect the attendance ratings of films in comparison to other genres will also be accounted for. I will also look for attendance ratings due to region in the United States, and an analysis of the film The Wizard of Oz on society during the Depression in comparison to now will also be made. The cultural undertones in the film will also be examined as well, such as the “Yellow Brick Road.”

There would be many methods for researching this topic that I would employ. I would first research the attendance ratings of family oriented musical movies during the Depression, prior to The Wizard of Oz, then those after, which would provide me with evidence if this genre actually affected attendance. I would research film reviews and criticisms of The Wizard of Oz, and relative films in the genre, which would provide me with views of how the film was received in1939 in comparison to now. Research about the signs and messages the film conveys, such as the “Yellow Brick Road” and the “Ruby Red Slippers” will also be utilized in an effort to understand the historical context the film has as well. I would examine how films affect psychology, especially during the times of the Depression. I would also examine how film was used as an “escape” from reality, especially during this poor economic era, and how The Wizard of Oz did a great job of providing that “escape” for viewers.

For me to answer these questions, the use of various resources would be utilized. I would use a filmography book which would tell me most of the important information on The Wizard of Oz, as well as the use of the internet on the film also. I would look at reviews and criticisms of The Wizard of Oz from 1939, and some reviews and criticisms years after. I would also use statistics and data analysis on movie attendance ratings prior to The Wizard of Oz and then statistics of those after, and research among family oriented musical films attendance ratings for the depression would also be used as well. I would look at books regarding film as an “escape” from reality, then specifically of films during the Depression, and how these films reflect the psychological frailty of the population during this time.

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