History of Cinema II: Contemporary Cinema and the History of Television
Since this is a course in television (as well as film) history, your project will be to thoroughly examine one of the television “seasons” that have occurred during your era upon this planet. Assuming that you are each around the age of 20, and with the assumption that dividing eras into decades is a traditional approach to history, we shall begin with the 1990’s and proceed up through the near past (concluding with 2010, when most of you were in high school).
Your assignment: In a 15-minute presentation, you will present a PowerPoint to us that highlights the season you have been assigned. You may embed up to nine minutes (three examples of 3 different shows – 3 minutes each – or two examples of 2 different shows – 4 minutes each – or one example using the full 9 minutes). You will use our text as your initial authority on the season in question, but it is up to you to become the real authority on the programs that you choose to highlight. We would want to hear solid research on the genesis of the program, its development, its production procedures, etc. In short, tell us all you can in 15 minutes.
Your report will be delivered in two parts. Part I will be the 15-minute précis of your research. You will deliver this to the class, and we shall respond by commenting and questioning.
ONE WEEK later, your 8 page research report (footnoted and with full bibliography) will be DUE.
In order to become the authority on the topic that you have been given, you will thoroughly research the topic, giving us key information that has required at least 35 hours of research.
You will consult at least 8 (8) outside reference sources NOT INCLUDING any material found only on the internet. (Web material is certainly welcome in your report, but it will be in addition to the other sources.) (There are hundreds of articles on virtually any of these famous programs. Your goal will be to consult most of them and cite all of them.)