Saturday, January 10, 2009


Here's the skinny:

Come see me the day before your presentation at the latest with the DVD so we can set it up for the clip (and, if you need, I can help you choose a clip).

The easiest way to do the presentation is to use the paper as the text of your talk. I don't expect much more than a two-page, double-spaced paper for this, a concise overview of the film with commentary on the story, acting, writing, directing, design, music--all the things that go into the look and feel of the film--as well as any other important context we might need (it's based on a story; it was a huge hit when it came out; it lost a lot of money; it started the careers of several young actors--that kind of thing). Identify what you liked and didn't like about the film, it's strengths and weaknesses.

You have a total of 10-12 minutes for your presentation. Practice with the paper and the clip. If you run long, you can trim some of the paper's material from the presentation (I'm happy to read the entire paper to see all that you have to say). If you simply want to work from notes in your presentation, that's fine. I want to see you have eye contact with people, speak audibly, clearly and without racing, and eliminate hesitations from your speech. (The benefit of reading from a prepared text is that one rarely slips into "uh"s or "like"s or "you know"s.)

You clip can be a maximum of five minutes. There's nothing wrong with a shorter clip.

E-mail me with any questions.


Kelley said...

Mr. Preston-

May our papers be a in bullet format if our points are clear and coherent? Or must what we hand into you be in boring paper format?

Thanks- Kelley

WmPreston said...

"Boring paper format"? Hm. I detect a note of bias.

Sorry, but the paper has to be written, well, like a paper. Paragraphs.

However, if you don't want to read straight from the paper, you can structure your presentation in a simpler, point-by-point method--though honestly, for many people, that will generating a lot of "um"ming and "like"ing, which I don't want to hear.

Sarah said...

Ok..I didn't come see you today, SORRY! Will you be around during break after first block? I promise to have everything ready and the clips I want to show all planned out.

Let me know what works and sorry again. Thanks

WmPreston said...

Yes, come see me then.

ciara said...

Hi Mr. Preston-
I know I don't have my presentation till next Thursday, but can I come in on Tuesday, maybe during tutorial or some time, to set up clips and run by a little bit of a rough of my paper/presentation with you? Just content-wise, see if there are other things I should be focusing on.
Thanks much,

WmPreston said...

Works for me. I'll also be around after school.

And to everyone: You know, you don't have to publicly post to the blog to contact me. I do have an e-mail address . . .

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