Drama – Peer and Self Evaluation

Peer/Self Evaluation

Name: Angela Pellerine
Name of play: Busted
Role in the play: Leila
Roles of the other cast members: Leigh was Lola, Rachel was Anna, Brandon was Kevin and Batuhan was Caleb.

I enjoyed the role I got very much because it was easy to relate to and to create her character. All the characters in the play were very detailed and specific so we got a sense of ourselves just from the script. I think I did a good job in this project because I made sure we stayed on track and I kept up my responsibilities in the group. I made sure to memorize my lines, be at every class and use every class as much as possible. Next time I would dig a little deeper into my character, in order to make her as believable as possible and next time I wouldn’t be as chilled about this project as I was. Luckily we all pulled it together before the performance but we could have a lot sooner.

I contributed to this project with of course my own opinions to what our scenes would look and sound like and I also made the lighting and blocking script. We all sat down together and ran through the blocking but I specifically wrote it down on our script. I also brought in the police siren sound. Next time I would get the blocking to be written down sooner therefore everyone would know exactly what they are doing from the beginning instead of doing it one way and then having to change it for the performance. Doing this would just make it easier to remember and perfect.

Everyone in our group contributed equally. We all took it upon ourselves to learn our lines and our characters. In class we all worked together to create the settings and to help each other out and give constructive criticism. Everyone tried to be in class every day so that we would not miss out on working time. During preparation Rachel, Brandon, Leigh and I all worked together on blocking and the set and even Batuhan who wasn’t in as many scenes helped too.

All of the members in our group were pretty chilled about what happened therefore we would not have one person overriding the others with their opinion. This made it very easy to compromise and figure out the best things to do with our play. Everyone shared their opinions and we tried them all out until we all decided on our best option. Next time maybe we shouldn’t all be so passive because we stalled a lot and it sometimes took too long to reach a verdict on something.

Again our group worked very well together so there weren’t many problems with others not fulfilling their responsibilities. Everyone knew that it was their mark and if they didn’t come to class or if they didn’t memorize their lines it would affect them the most. This motivated everyone to work hard and do well. If I did have someone who was not doing their part I would talk to them about it. I would remind them constantly about what they had to do even if it was very annoying. In the end if they still weren’t doing what they needed to do and I was afraid that it would affect me and my performance then I would talk to my teacher and have them talk to that student.

Overall, I would rate our group’s ability to remain on task as:
Good

Overall, I would rate our group’s ability to be open, respectful, and communicative as:
Excellent

Overall, I would rate our group’s ability to use the strengths of all of our members as:
Excellent

How successful was your One Act? Give specific examples for your reasons.
Good

Our performance turned out very well. We got laughs when we were supposed to and it all flowed smoothly. The only problem was when someone forgot or skipped a line. Because there was 4 of us and we all kind of talk at the same time and about different things, we had to really focus on every line and a few times we messed up. Luckily we all knew the general thought of the scene so we improvised a few lines and kept it going. I don’t think anyone other than us and the writer would have really noticed these mistakes so I think it all went well. Next time I would make sure everyone knew everybody’s lines so that they knew every cue and every line before it was said that way the forgotten lines wouldn’t have been forgotten and the conversation could have ran a lot smoother. In the end I enjoyed working on this play and with these people and I think it was very good.

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Media Studies – Independent Vs. Corporate Owned Media

TDSB LIFTS CELL PHONE BAN IN SCHOOL

1. http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/05/19/tdsb-to-lift-cell-phone-ban/

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2. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/306927

The first article I found is from the mainstream media source, The National Post, owned by Postmedia Network. The National Post is a conservative based paper therefore it would be biased to the opinions of the conservatives. Conservatism is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and minimal change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are and others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were. Basically conservatives and The National Post would like to keep things the same and are not too happy about change; therefore they may not agree with the change in the cell phone ban.

The second article is from an independent media source called the Digital Journal. This website is not owned by any major corporation and is also free to join and submit your own blogs, photos and videos. Because this site is open to so many people any opinions can be said. Therefore these articles will generally be less biased and will state the facts. Of course the blogger may have his or her own bias but they have no higher consequences like a mainstream media source.

Each article explicitly states that the TDSB has overturned the cell phone ban in order to keep up with the modern world. Both talk about Jenny Williams, the trustee that spoke for the board and was pleased with the decision. Also both articles talk about how individual teachers shall make final decisions about cell phone use in class.

The National Post article spoke about Josh Matlow, the man who brought forward the ban of cell phones 4 years ago and how he is outraged with the new law. The Digital Journal however did not speak about Mr. Matlow but talked about the other new law that all schools will have solar panels installed on the rooftops to give clean and green solar energy to the schools and communities. This shows the difference in the main goals of each media source in this particular issue.

Implicitly both of these articles say very different things. The first from The National Post is putting the new law in a negative light. They mention the fact that the law has been changed and about Jenny Williams, the trustee who put the law into order but the rest of the article is about the benefits of the cell phone ban. They mention the laws in other cities in Canada, “Such stipulations are not uncommon in Canada; cell phones are allowed in Edmonton schools, but only for use during breaks, and in Halifax most schools have policies in place to keep personal electronic devices out of the classroom. Even across the border in New York City, students are barred from bringing cell phones to school, unless they have a valid medical reason.” and the way that Mr. Matlow feels about his law being overturned. Obviously the National Post is not happy about the change in the ban and do not want to change with the modern world of technology.

In the second article from The Digital Journal, they seemed happier with the new law and the way that the TDSB is changing with the world. They are moving with technology and helping the planet also which are the biggest things right now. This article also say like most people will say when hearing about this change is that there are appropriate and inappropriate times to use a cell phone during class and that each individual teacher will have their own rules. This writer is a lot less biased and open to the facts.

If the message from the National Post is accepted, then the law may be changed back and children and the world of technology will be disadvantaged because no one will be willing to open their minds to new things. If the message from the Digital journal is accepted then it will be the complete opposite. Children will benefit from the new ways of learning and the world can continue moving forward with technology.

When on the main website for the National Post, this article is nowhere to be found. Because it is more of a general overlook, the main page is focused more on Osama and sports; it is only when you go into Toronto news that you will see this as the second story. The first is about the trial of Jordan Manner’s killers. Of course this would be the more important story because death is such a sad thing and an attention grabber. The article about the cell phone ban isn’t as important or interesting except to the teens who are excited to finally not get their phones taken away in class.

On the other hand on the Digital Journal main page, this article is mentioned. It is not the most important but it is on the left site at the top making it easy to find. This shows that this article is important to a lot of people and that a lot of people are sick of hearing about the same things over and over again. I think this media source does a good job at giving us other information about the world instead of regurgitating more about Osama.

Both of these articles present the fact that the TDSB has lifted the ban against cell phone use in class and whether everyone agrees with it or not I know a lot of kids will love the new rule and our world will only move faster into the technological era and that will benefit everyone.

Media Studies – Canadian Advertising Standars

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Media Studies – The Bin Laden Story

The Bin Laden Story

 

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Today, a week after the attack on Abottabad, Pakistan and the death of Osama Bin Laden there are still many news stories and topics surrounding this event. F or this week’s blog assignment I am comparing the media coverage of this event on an American news station, CNN, and a Canadian news station, CBC.

When first logging on to these station’s websites there was a big difference. On CNN there are many mentions of Osama Bin Laden and his death but on CBC there is only 1 or 2. This shows us explicitly that the Americans care a lot more about this story then Canadians. On CNN there were headlines like “Obama acted on 50/50 odds to get Bin Laden” and “Dog used to hunt Bin Laden.” There was even one that was “Osama’s youngest bride tells all.” All of these headlines show us that Americans are so obsessed with this story that they will search every detail and present anything they can to keep talking about him. On the other hand CBC only had a few headlines about Osama like “Osama had support in Pakistan; Obama.” and “U.S wants to talk to Osama’s 3 widows.” The rest of the headlines were revolved more around hockey. This shows us that Canadians care a lot less about Osama’s death and they reference the United States so much that they aren’t even Canadian opinions.

On CNN, there are a lot more constructions of Obama, the U.S and Pakistan because there are so many different stories on them.  First there is a photo of Obama and the headline states that he acted on 50/50 odds. This surprisingly for an American news site doesn’t put Obama in the best light but most other headlines encourage Obama and portray him as a hero. Also with Obama, the United States are also being portrayed as heroes for finally bringing down this man of evil. Now for Pakistan it’s a different story. Headlines on CNN are stating that Pakistan helped Osama and makes the country of Pakistan seem evil also.

 

On CBC there are a few headlines about Osama and as I said before they also reference the United States or Obama. This shows that Obama and the U.S are responsible for that attack and that Canada had nothing to do with it. This is not a bad thing for the United States it’s just showing that Canada doesn’t care as much and that the Americans are the ones to be acknowledged for the take down of Osama.

In total there are about 10 headlines about Osama on the main page of CNN. They fall under the categories of travel, opinion, health, politics, the world and the United States. Also the top 5 stories are about Osama or Pakistan or Al-Qaeda. Compared to CBC’s 2 headlines about Osama that fall under world stories, Americans care a lot more about this attack. This is obvious because the Americans have the most hatred towards Osama and their government took him down.  Americans are proud to be American because of this event and they will suck it until its dry, getting as much coverage as they can. Right now all they want is encouragement and recognition for their success and they will for a long time. I enjoy though the fact that we Canadians care a lot more about our hockey tournaments.

Media Studies – “If It Bleeds, It Leads”

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“If it bleeds, it leads.”

Any time you turn on the news, almost anywhere in Canada, North America or the world you will hear of murders, or thefts, money loss and violence. That’s all we ever seem to hear about and that’s because it makes the most entertaining television. The statement, “if it bleeds, it leads,” is a perfect way to describe what goes on the news. No matter what’s happening in the world, our news crew finds and shows the most horrific of all news. If there’s a murder or a shooting, they spend the entire news hour covering it. They show the same clips over and over again and milk everything they can from it. If there is good news in the world, we see it quickly in between the most current murder stories.  As a Canadian I am used to this type of news treatment. Even though we all hate to hear about deaths or crime, we all seem to be drawn to it. We’re drawn to crazy and dramatic things so the news likes to focus all of its material around it. Most things these days are created to entertain and the news does. Of course the implicit message of the news would be to show us what’s happening in our world but an explicit message is that it just entertains us or scares us. The funny thing is that we enjoy both. We enjoy being scared; it’s a form of entertainment we all take part in so it’s made it easier for the news people to only show us crime. They show us everything wrong in the world to entertain us, we watch it, therefore we listen and depend on what they are saying and the cycle continues. The crime rate in the world may never go down but it definitely won’t go down if we keep encouraging it with our news coverage. If we don’t start seeing happier things, we will lose hope in our world and there will be nothing to stop us from destroying it. I for one enjoy hearing about the Royal Wedding. Even though it can get quite annoying it’s at least something happy and enjoyable. It’s what our news should be showing. if they would only learn how to tone things down a bit so we don’t want to break our TVs and radios every time the subject of the wedding comes up.

Media Studies – Comparing Canadian and American Police Dramas

Canadian and American Police Dramas

Question 1

Flashpoint- this show started with a very eventful scene, it was the scene from the end of the show and then it took us back to the beginning and showed us how they got there. This made it very exciting and got us to want to watch the rest. Because there weren’t any commercials when we watched it so I don’t really know where they were but the way the scenes were divided was well done. It stopped in the middle of an important scene so you would stay tuned and watch after the commercial to see what happened. At the end of the episode there was a twist, which made it more interesting because we thought everything was resolved because they saved the hostage. The pacing of this show was appropriate because it was fast at the exciting and dramatic parts and slow at the emotional parts. All these things made the show very interesting.

Chicago Code

-this show started with a few clips of bad things that the police had to do during the hot times of the summer. This gave us a little taste of some of the things we were going to see in the episode and made us want to watch it. Then we see the jobs of a lot of different cops and the crimes they stop. There were lots of different things and different story lines going on at once making it really exciting. Again we didn’t experience the commercials but they seem to break at the important parts again to make the viewer stay tuned for longer. There were a few twists at the end of the episode that were to do with the crimes and the relationships of the cops and this just kept the story lines exciting this TV shows pacing was very good also. Because there was so much more going on in the show, the pacing was a lot faster but if there was a more emotional or tense scene the pacing slowed down therefore we were able to see everything properly and understand it all.

The most obvious difference between the shows was that Chicago Code had a lot more going on in the episode. It was faster paced and there were a lot more different people and different story lines. This didn’t exactly make it more exciting than Flashpoint it just gave us a lot more to see.

I prefered the Chicago Code because there was a lot more character development. I personally don’t love cop shows, so having love and friendships shown more in the episode gave me something else to like.

 Obviously the Chicago Code sounds distinctly American but the characters themselves were not specifically American. Flashpoint was also not distinctly Canadian, other than us Torontonians who recognize the city. The only thing that distinguishes the two cities is the crime rate. In the episode of Chicago Code there were so many crimes in that one day yet in Flashpoint they were only dealing with one. People may think America is a lot more dangerous than Canada and would be able to distinguish the two countries by that.

With that said Canadians and Americans can enjoy both shows depending on what they like to see. If they like to see lots of action in different stories then they would watch the Chicago Code but if they can enjoy one crime in detail then they would enjoy Flashpoint. It shouldn’t matter where the show is from as long as it is a quality program.

Drama – Psycho-Physical Reflection

Psycho-Physical Reflection

My favorite assignment was the Fourth Wall exercise. This was because it was something that I had never done before and took real concentration and thinking. First you had to think about every possible thing you would really do if there was a wall there and make sure it seemed real. This made you really think about your character and your scenario. This assignment also took a lot of concentration to make sure you never acknowledged the audience and showed public privacy.

My least favorite assignment was Justifying Physical Actions. Even though it was very useful and made me realize how much thought had to go into every performance it was hard to do. It was hard to create a scene that incorporated every action and had reasons for them. This was also our first exercise so I hadn’t yet realized how much work was needed for these assignments and how much work physical actions are to justify.

I enjoyed the Circles of Concentration exercise. For this activity we brought in a simple object that we could manipulate while thinking about an important problem and these object or task helped engage your mind and body by releasing your emotions into the actions. This exercise developed my acting the most because it incorporated a lot. it made me think about everything that I was doing and making sure every action was justified and needed. It also made me concentrate and understand public privacy. Finally it showed me that in real life every emotion is shown through actions and that in theatre we should use these real actions to portray real theatre. With this we can really be connected to our characters and make them real.

One of my favorite scenes in the class was the Jenny scene played by Nela and Sammy.  Both of them really committed to their characters and put real thought into it before they went on stage. They remembered everything they had learned from the whole unit and really let it show in this scene. I liked that they took a big risk, especially Sammy with her sexy outfit and again the way they put a lot of effort into making it real. After their first performance, we all made comments and helped them change things to make it even better and with their final product I wouldn’t change anything.

The obvious things I learned from this unit are of course the fourth wall, the circles of concentration, how to use public privacy and to really think about what you’re going to do before you go on stage. Knowing what happened to your character that day and right before the scene gave me a little more to go on. Creating a whole background and relationships with other characters made it even easier to show real emotion because I genuinely felt like I was that person. I will take from this unit all of these things and the realization of how far effort and commitment goes in theatre. Even the shortest, simplest scenes wouldn’t work well if you just went up there and winged it. Basically the psycho-physical acting made me always want to commit to my role in order to make it real.

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