You have three options for your Hollywood assignment. You may:
- Watch a movie that is aimed at a young audience (ages 14 to 21), write a review about it and post it online.
- Produce a YouTube video about a movie that targets a young audience, and show it to the class. If you choose this assignment, you may join with one to two other classmates.
- Watch a movie that is aimed at a young audience, and make a Facebook fan page about the movie.
The assignment is worth 20 points, so make sure not to miss it. The assignment is due Oct. 7.
If the idea of writing a movie review – choice #1 – is a scary thought, just think of Ryan the Movie Critic, a teen-ager who has written more than 200 movie reviews since June 2007.
Jackson Murphy, better known as Lights Camera Jackson, is another kid reviewer. In 2010, he reviewed the upcoming Oscar nominees while on Fox & Friends and predicted the winners in the major categories. His website states:
Jackson began his career as a movie critic in January 2006, at the age of 7 1/2, on Radio Disney station WDDY, Albany (NY). Currently his reviews are seen each week in over a million homes on Time Warner’s YNN Network of 24-hour news stations throughout Upstate NY. He also writes a weekend reviews column for The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.
- Please write at least 500 words.
- Give your opinion on why a viewer should see or not see the movie.
- Examine the movie as if it were a cultural artifact, as done in the “Hollywood Goes to High School” textbook. What does the movie say about American society?
- Go beyond the surface in your review. Be original. Don’t just rehash what others have said without adding anything to the conversation.
- Back up your opinions with supporting arguments. If you say a movie had a terrible plot, explain why. Be specific.
- Include essential details about the movie: names of key actors, running time, rating, year movie was released.
- Also note anything that is special about the movie. Did it have a huge budget? Was it controversial in any way? Did it break new ground in technology?
If you review an older movie – a movie released in 2009 or before – please include a reason why the movie is relevant now.
Keep in mind that I’ll deduct points for the following:
- Improper grammar and punctuation, spelling
- Vague ideas and opinions that aren’t supported by thoughtful reasons and arguments.
- Failing to meet the 500-word requirement
- There will be an automatic 5-point deduction for students who misspell the name of the movie title, movie studio, a character, actor, producer or director.
- Papers containing material lifted verbatim from other reviews will receive a failing grade.
- No late assignments accepted without an excused absence.
Guidelines for choice #2, the YouTube video
Create a video of at least 1 minute and 30 seconds that includes a synopsis of the movie, plus commentary and/or interviews. Turn ina half-page memo stating the name of your movie, the year it was released, a three-sentence summary of the plot and the names of all who created your YouTube. Limit: Three students.
Guidelines for choice #3, the Facebook page
Make an unofficial fan page for a movie that targets a young audience. Turn in a note stating your name and the URL for your Facebook fan page.
Create a Facebook fan page that includes such things as:
- Release Date
- Links to websites about the movie
- One- or two-sentence plot outline
- Stars of the film