Criterion 5: AppendixWed 28 SeptemberKaren WardMy idea for the next assignment is based on investigating the idea of creativity insecondary education. What is creativity? Can it be defined in an educational contextor is it an ideological construction as suggested by Nelson (2010). If a school isjudged as effective by hitting exam targets, then is learning by exploration andmaking and learning from mistakes lost? Is there pressure on teachers to “spoon feed”answers to students for coursework and exam preparation? Does it matter? Does itaffect our workforce in the UK?The artefact would be a documentary film and I would aim to interviewspecialists/theorists to present both sides of the argument - traditional education vs.creative approach. I would also hope to use short clips from different observations(my own) and from previous key speeches/interviews.I guess I want to do this because Ive always wanted to be part of a school that valuescreative approaches to learning but the more I look into it, the more it seems to havebeen a concept attached to the labour government and therefore no longer on theagenda. Scary.Thursday 29 SeptemberMark ReadmanHi Karen, you know what I think (yes it is!) so I wont bore you again. BUT, thissounds like a much better unit 3 idea than a unit 2 idea. I suggest you box this one (ala Tim Clague) and come up with something more practice oriented for this unit.What do you think?Pete FraserI agree with Mark- this is perfect for the pedagogy unit, but not for this one. But youcan do something creative for this one! (in the sense only of making something beinga creative act, no more than that- I am reading Marks dissertation at the moment!)Sunday 09 OctoberKaren WardIll keep the creativity idea on the back burner then. I have 2 new ideas:Postfeminism and representation of young women in UK TV dramaContemporary representations of young women in UK TV drama - do they suggestthat equality has been achieved and feminism is redundant?Artefact: 5 minute film. Young women discussing their understanding of/experiencesof feminism, reaction to clips from UK TV programme, close analysis of clips.2. Brandism and Auteurism (after reading an article by Nick James in Sight andSound)The consumer, the medium and the consumed as interacting concepts?Artefact: New style of film poster? Interactive - imagining touch screen technology infuture film posters.
Pete Fraserinitial reactions 1. hard to do all that in 5 mins and how do you get away from thepotentially dull talking heads with clips video 2. are you going to make one? Ive seenthese interactive bus stop poster things at the London transport Museum, but not surehow youd do it!Monday 10 OctoberKaren WardIs it a practice related issue in the way women are now represented as powerful if theyare both beautiful and confident in their sexual appeal? Have these representations ofwomen disguised the real issues? Am I getting this or am I off on the wrong pathagain? Ive been doing some reading around practice theory and now Ive reallyconfused myself - I keep looking back at a quote from John Postill; "practice theory isa body of work about the work of the body". Im probably over thinking it all.Wednesday 12 OctoberRenee WilsonRe: Moms not going back to work -- I think its also cost of daycare, time spentcommuting, salaries. When you factor all that in, a lot of women end up working topay for daycare. It just doesnt make sense for them ... in Canada, anyhow.Karen WardI agree. In Why are there so few female film-makers? in The Guardian (2010), femaledirectors do cite motherhood as a reason a lot of women dont carry on. Femaledirectors need to be free to work and travel without restrictions. Other reasons givenwere a lack of female role models and mentors, chauvinism, sexism and menbelieving women just dont have the stamina to complete a feature film.Wednesday 19 OctoberRenee WilsonThis is such an interesting, layered topic. I like the question you pose, Karen, aboutwhether a feminist can have fake boobs and dyed hair. My hunch is that Gen Y saysyes to that. I think theyd say that they can look however they want, do with and totheir bodies whatever they want, and thats what gives them power. I suppose theproblem is that there arent many (pop culture) role models of educated, intelligent,well put together women. Im not sure who Jordan is, but Im guessing shes the UKequivalent to Paris Hilton. Or the Kardashians. Does she have a sex tape, too?I think youd love Lisa Blooms book Think. Its very good.Thursday 20 OctoberKaren WardThats it isnt it? There are a lack of role models in pop culture, or at least beingrepresented. I did have a look at Lisas site and read some of her advice. Some of thethings are really interesting like how to speak to girls and young women instead ofalways commenting on how they look as though thats the most important thing aboutthem. Hadnt thought of that.
Friday 21 OctoberRichard BergerPerhaps that is your way in Karen? Maybe your film could be about role models, andthen you could link that to feminism?Tuesday 25 OctoberKaren WardHello! On the trail at last - thank you for your contributions. Im now focusing on thelack of female directors as role models - why this is the case and (possibly) the impactthis underrepresentation might have.Sunday 30 OctoberKaren WardThis is my revised concept to scale it down:The theoretical concept here is authorship and female identity. My chosen area ofcontemporary media practice is the gender gap in the film industry at the level of filmdirectors and why this gap isn’t closing. I will look at the gender gap as an issuearising from the construction of the ‘author’ as male through auteur theory and it’sgender-biased use of language. This gives the project a single focus rather thangetting pulled into any sort of textual analysis of the filmsTuesday 01 NovKaren WardJust did my first bit of filming at women in film and television - its tough doing it onyour own. Its really limiting in terms of style because you have to set the camera upand kind of leave it there. Youre halfway through the interview and the light changesor something but youre stuck on the chair, nodding away. Got lots of great soundbites though so feel relieved that Ive made a start. Found this great ted talk too:http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders.htmlSheryl is talking more generally about women in business but her points about thedifference between males and females in putting themselves forward and confidenceis very relevant.Wednesday 02 NovemberRichard BergerThat sounds good Karen! Dont worry about the technical prowess of your piece.Were not going to mark that - unless it hinders in anyway the general argumentyoure making.Monday 21 NovemberHelen Bell
I like your corridor image. Run girls, dont let them beat you, use elbows if you needto! The way that youve constructed your piece will be an inspiring challenge to yourfemale students. I have two points on first watch: Can the pics of Directors be slower?I dont have time to see whos in the pictures. And do you explain ...by settingstandards for greatness only achievable by men’ somewhere else? Because I cant getthat from the information here, and I want to know more. Good stuff.Karen WardCheers Helen - I agree, i feel slightly sick because they go too fast.... Ill also thinkabout how to make standards more prominent.Ken McGillVery inspirational, just the right register for this subject I think. Will look again onWed when you have your captions up. Make sure you dip your music under your VOand consider adding a de-interlace filter to your video clips if you havent already, thisshould cure any jitters. If you need any help doing this give me a shout. Well done.Leanne CanhamI really liked the hook at the start and its a topical issue. In terms of audience how areyou going to tackle it not possibly excluding boys? Im not sure if it does but just athought.Karen WardHi Leanne! The 16-18 yr old girls are my core target audience. The lads will bewatching too and Ill be interested to hear their comments, but on this occasion mymain mission is to deliver a message to the girls.Tuesday 22 NovemberRenee WilsonI love the direct-approach of your film. You have written and delivered such a concisescript. Your speaking voice is lovely, too. Like so many of the artefacts posted so far,I can also see yours as a teaching tool used by your colleagues to inspire young girlsto rise up. I agree with Helen about the cool visual at the beginning -- girls and boyswalking down the corridor. This is the kind of stuff I (try to) teach my journalismstudents = SHOW, dont tell. Awesome job ... probably done with kids at your anklesKaren WardJust realised Ive posted all my mistakes as well in the unfinished part of the piece!Big mistake with what Lillian Gish said - should be directing is no job for a lady. Illhave to re-record the script tonight. Back to the attic...... I think itll be a late one.Wednesday 23 NovemberKen McGillI loved this film, even the colour bars at the end were beautifully judged! Well shot,especially the interview, great structure and genuinely shocking content, and a rousingcall to arms at the end. Still not sure why there is such a horrendous disparity though.I can send you my export workflow from FCP 7 to Vimeo if you want. Well done.
Richard BergerGreat! I hope it gets a good discussion going. I think you link nicely to the auteurtheory too, which is a lot harder to do than it looks - hope you get some goodfeedback.Renee WilsonWhat I love about your film, Karen, is that it serves as a great conversation starter.Youve tapped into a controversial issue. I would suspect that every viewer will be leftwondering why in the world more women arent directing films. I assume that youressay will dive deeper into the "why" of it all. Some may wish that you had touchedon that a bit in this artefact, but I actually like that you didnt. I like that you put it outthere for other people to ponder and digest. The only part that I stumbled over was thebit where Bigelow (who is AWESOME) gets her Oscar. Around that time, you saythat there were "lots to choose from" -- or something like that -- which made mewonder if you meant that there were lots of female-directed films to choose from. Forme, different phrasing would help there. Other than that, I think this is really great.You have a beautiful radio voice. – ReneeKaren WardThanks Renee. Lots of positives here. I see your point about "lots to choose from". Itseems to contradict my argument! I need to revisit that to see what I was going onabout.... Again like I was just asking in my post to Ken, is it clear enough that I waslooking to auteur theory as a possible explanation for the gap? I was hoping tohighlight important female directors in the history of film to show they were around,and at the same time show they were excluded from important writings in thedevelopment of film theory. Much appreciated Renee!Renee WilsonYes, Karen, I do think that we can deduct that one possible reason for the lack ofwomen as directors in film can be attributed to auteur theory. Its sort of a fancy wayof saying that its an old boys club. You suggest that Bigelow has done so wellbecause she doesnt make "girly" movies, she doesnt get up on her feminist haunches.(my words, not yours). <side thought: Its funny that Woody Allens movies fly. Iwonder how he squeezed in to the boys club.> Its a catch 22: if women arent giventhe opportunity, they will never be able to develop an auteur fingerprint. And perhapsthey arent given the opportunity because theres a fear/resistance to what thatfingerprint might be. Along comes Bigelow, who directs The Hurt Locker and theboys realize that she can speak their language, too. I guess what gets really interestingis to pull out the subtleties of her movie vs. other similar movies. Is there a femaletouch on it? Does she look through the lens with a uniquely feminine perspective? Iguess thats yet to be seen. Without a larger collection of work, how can we know forsure? And so goes the circular dilemma.Saturday 26 NovemberClaire PollardHi Karen, Just had a good re-read of your thread and the blog. And of course i havewatched the film through a couple of times. Im afraid i only have positive feedback.I think you get the argument across very clearly - all elements of the film complementeach other - the interview introduces the topic in a general way then you back it up so
well with your "potted history of women in film" accompanied by the shockingrevelation that the majority of film criticism ignores women directors. Its especiallyinteresting for me having read my way across a load of authorship and youreabsolutely right. The Sarris anthology stuff - one shot and oddities and clowns isPROPER shocking. What a dick. It highlights a feeling towards women that certainlystill exists but because of political correctness will never be admitted (except for theculturally acceptable joke areas of women and driving and women and directions). Itchimes with what Helen said earlier in your thread about women having to either playthe men at their own game or act the victim. It was really powerful to have theBigelow footage directly following the Sarris stuff because it made me feel reallyproud and a bit emotional - then to cut back to the eyes of your student ... i imagine itwill be quite powerful for students to watch and really inspiring. Id have loved this ifsomeone had shown me it in the sixth form. I probably would have become a filmdirector just to make a point. Which is why I am also an excellent driver and mapreader. Not really sure what else I can say - there isnt much about the artefact thatneeds to be improved. Perhaps I would have liked a little more exploration of otherwomen filmmakers producing successful stuff nowadays. I just got back fromwatching Wuthering Heights which was brilliant - there are so many fantastic non-mainstream female directors. An oscar isnt everything. It might be fairly simple to dowith just a few well chosen clips from some well-directed ladyfilms. Theres also thatBirds Eye film festival which might be worth a mention. This might harness theinspiration that young women might feel in response to this film and channel it intosomething they can start accessing immediately or at the very least make them seekout female directors they hadnt heard of before.Great film - well-structured, well shot, expertly edited and the lady from women infilm and tv is wearing such a lovely blouse!Monday 28 NovemberHey KarenHad another watch- new version and loved your directing style haha! I concur withClaires point that Sarris comes across as a bit of a dick in his categories but im notsure youll be able to include this in your feedback. Maybe Im feeling strongly aboutit because Im female. I was wondering whether your topic is the general feel for ALL(worldwide) or whether it just stems from Hollywood (40s and 50s)? Interesting thatwhen you look at film actors (male gendered term but here meaning women and men)there is also still a divide in how much money a lead A list actress makes incomparison to a lead A list actor. As Renee says, your artifact is a great motivatingbooster for girls keen to get in the industry and with regards to my previous questionabout boys its good to get them to watch it and I think their feedback will providesome useful insight. Maybe you should get a careers adviser to have a look at it.Tuesday 29 NovemberDonal BeecherNo so sure about that blouse! but joking aside KarenI watched it earlier on today.I think youve done a great job. Shit hot. Very slick and informative with a good focusof who your audience is. Do you know what ever happened to Jane Campion, Imsure shes still around?