Week Two: A Summary

An absolutely crazy week for me, I didn’t have nearly enough time to do the work I wanted, but I’m all geared up to be right there starting next week. I had fun reading through more examples of noir. In particular, I was thrilled to read through Robert Towne’s Chinatown screenplay. I’ve heard for some time that its a “perfect” screenplay, and it’s always been one of my favorite films, so I’m glad I finally knocked that one off the list. I have to be honest though, while it’s certainly a sound work, I’m more drawn to Polanksi’s direction and style than the core of the plot. Also, you can never beat actually seeing Jack Nicholson with a huge splint on his nose.

Anyway, in other news, I’m still working on getting this blog site to look how I want it. I don’t want anything too flashy, just something clean, professional, and accessible. I’ve done a few of these now, so I’m trying to stay away from using the same themes and layouts. I want to think a little bit more out of the box.

I particularly enjoyed the writing assignments this week. I was able to work with a number of topics and things that have been on my plate quite often recently, so that was enjoyable. I’m always pumped when I get a chance to do some video game reviewing, so that particular assignment was probably my favorite. I also love that I turned back to There Will Be Blood for my alternative ending assignment. I’ve always thought that film begged for just something a little different there at its conclusion. I definitely jumped off of the wall a bit with where I took it, but it was a ton of fun to write.

3 thoughts on “Week Two: A Summary”

  1. Steve,

    Your weekly summary needs to be a summary that links to your various works, narrates your weekly orocess, embeds your daily creates, and discusses the assignments. Even more importantly, you need to link back to everything. See Amy’s weekly summary as one solid model:
    http://delovelyames.com/category/ds106_weeklysummary/

    With this post I get no sense of your work for the week, or links that I can use to read, views, etc. This will be crucial moving forward for future weeks. Also, it’s already Thursday of week 3, and I am seeing now work.

    All that said, I agree with you about Chinatown, but what struck me was how detailed Towne’s script was. Polanski had much of his work done for him.

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