a) Research Before Viewing. (1 lesson + homework)
Conduct research and write notes on the following:
• What is the subject matter of the film ? (2 marks)
• Find 5 reviews online. For each one explain whether it is positive or negative. (5 marks)
• Looking at the reviews as a whole, identify 6 positive things that have been written about the film. (6 marks)
Use these two sites and find 3 more:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155592/
http://www.manonwire.com/

b) Trailer analysis– (in class half a lesson)
Watch this trailer for the film and answer the following questions:
00.0 –0.18 What expectations about the film are set up by a) visuals (4 marks), b) sound (2 marks), c) text (1 mark)?
0.19 – 1.14 List 5 different types of footage that are used (5 marks)
Which word is used 4 times by the same speaker? (1 mark)
Which key enigma is raised towards the end of the sequence? (1 mark)

1.15 – 1.18 What text appears on the screen? (1 mark)
1.19 – 2.11 What philosophical statements are offered in soundbites by Philippe Peti (2 marks)
Suggest 5 ways in which the trailer might persuade an audience to see the film. (5 marks)

Total marks for Research = 35

TOTAL
35-32
31-30
29 – 27
26-24
23-20
19-15
14-12
11-9
8-7
6
5
4-0

GRADE

A
A-

B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F


Viewing + Analysis + Writing Exercise – ‘Man on Wire’

1. By close reference to moments in the first 13 minutes of ‘Man on Wire’, identify and comment on the success of the film making techniques in the creation of an entertaining and interesting documentary.
Be certain to show an understanding of key ideas associated with documentary film making e.g. ‘actual, ‘creative’, ‘re-enactment’, ‘interactive’, ‘poetic’, ‘archive footage’, ‘still images’, choice of film stock – e.g. black + white
Don’t forget to comment on the soundtrack
These stills might help to jog your memory.

2. Taking the film as a whole, how does it help you to refine your definition of what a
documentary is?

3. Does it show the “whole truth” about “real life” ?


Assessment – Please see rubric for Knowledge & Understanding

Knowledge is essentially the acquisition of facts, data and concepts. Understanding is the demonstrated ability to make connections between knowledge and theory/practice.

Exemplary A Proficient B Developing C Emerging D

Facts, Data, & Concepts
The facts and data presented are accurate and correct. The work shows an excellent awareness of cinematic concepts. The facts and data presented are mostly accurate and correct. The work shows a good awareness of cinematic concepts. The facts and data presented are sometimes accurate and correct. The work shows some awareness of cinematic concepts. The facts and data presented are inaccurate and incorrect. The work shows little or no awareness of cinematic concepts.

Synthesis
There is a coherent, incisive, insightful and detailed evaluative interpretation of the subject, displaying an excellent understanding of how meaning is constructed through the use of film language. The student has drawn logical conclusions when presenting the information. The voice and thinking of the student is clearly evident throughout. There is a coherent and detailed evaluative interpretation of the subject, displaying a good understanding of how meaning is constructed through the use of film language. The student attempts to draw logical conclusions when presenting the information. The voice and thinking of the student is evident in many parts. There is a limited evaluative interpretation of the subject, displaying some understanding of how meaning is constructed through the use of film language. The student draws conclusions that are not represented by their research. The voice and thinking of the student is only sometimes evident. There is little or no evaluative interpretation of the subject, displaying a very limited understanding of how meaning is constructed through the use of film language. The student draws very few conclusions when presenting the information. Prompting is required to develop thinking. The voice and thinking of the student is lacking throughout..

Depth
The student displays an excellent depth of understanding of the subject. Simple description is negligible and analysis is clear and thorough. The student displays a good depth of understanding of the subject. There may be brief elements of description but analysis is thorough. The student displays some depth of understanding of the subject. A substantial proportion of the response may have detailed description, but offers only limited analysis. The student displays little or no depth of understanding of the subject. The response is likely to be exclusively descriptive.