March 30, 2009

This week’s videos now up

Category: administrative notes,lecture related,screening related — theprof @ 5:04 pm

I have updated the Screenings page to include the videos and websites that we will discuss on Wednesday. I have divided the videos into several categories, but I think that there are other ways we can categorize them, so think about commonalities and differences when you watch them. I am particularly interested in how these sites and videos speak to their audience(s) — the theatre we have discussed so far assumes a live audience, but the relationship changes when videos are meant to be consumed on the internet in private, or shared through other forms of technology. See you on Wednesday!

NO Screening tonight

Category: administrative notes,screening related — theprof @ 10:33 am

I’m cancelling the screening tonight because 1) I am sick and 2) it’s easy to watch everything at home. I will update the Screenings page later today so that you can watch the videos online before class on Wednesday. I look forward to our last day together – it should prove to be a very interesting class.

March 26, 2009

Films for course

Category: administrative notes,screening related — theprof @ 1:38 pm

ALL films for the course will be at the Drama desk for sign out until the exam is over. This includes Perfect Pie and Twilight Los Angeles, which were not previously available. Happy viewing.

March 9, 2009

DVDs and Screenings – various announcements

Category: administrative notes,screening related — theprof @ 4:21 pm

Memento is available for signout at the Drama desk.

I have heard that there has been a fair bit of activity with the Hitchcock DVDs, but that many students have still not signed them out. Remember that I warned you to start early!!

Your only opportunity to see Twilight Los Angeles will be at the screening on Monday March 16. This VHS tape is difficult to come by, and I cannot make any copies available. Please plan your schedules accordingly.

If you missed the Graham Abbey visit, I am afraid I can’t recreate him for you, but you can watch all episodes to date of The Border online: The one we screened in class was the final episode of Season 2.

February 28, 2009

Graham Abbey visit on Monday

In The Border

Remember that Graham Abbey will be visiting our Monday class, and that there will be no Wednesday class this week. We’ll screen some of Graham’s work, and he will engage us in a Q&A about the Canadian theatre and tv industries, his experiences as an actor in both, differences in working in the two media, and a host of other insider information. Bring your questions!

February 9, 2009

Wendy Crewson to visit DRAM 205!

We are very lucky to have accomplished actor Wendy Crewson visiting DRAM 205 on Wednesday March 25. Crewson has played a wide range of roles in such films as Away from Her (2006), What Lies Beneath (2000), Better than Chocolate (1999) and The Santa Clause (2004), and has had recurring roles in TV series such as 24, ReGenesis, Street Legal, and Night Heat. Wendy will visit the class on Wednesday, March 25. On the previous Monday (March 23), we will screen Perfect Pie (2002), which stars Crewson, and is based on the stage play of the same name by Judith Thompson. The play is recommended reading for the week, and is available on short term loan (for 3hrs) at Stauffer library.

The class schedule has changed to accommodate this visit – please make sure your calendars are up to date.

January 27, 2009

The Border’s Graham Abbey to visit DRAM 205

Great news! The Borders star Graham Abbey is going to visit DRAM 205 on Monday, March 2. We’ll screen some of his work, and then talk to him in person. Graham starred in lead roles at the Stratford Festival for 10 years before leaving to concentrate on other projects. He is also a Queen’s grad.

I have updated the schedule to reflect Graham’s visit. Please note two things in particular: on the week of March 2, there will only be a Monday class, and not a Wednesday class. Also, several topics have shifted weeks in the schedule reshuffle, so make sure to check in before digging into your weekly readings.

January 12, 2009

Daydreams and Kid Brother

Category: administrative notes,screening related — theprof @ 12:20 pm

As I noted, copies of these films are already on reserve at the Drama desk in Theological. For this week, the two films are on separate discs: Daydreams is at the end of the ‘Early Film Programme’ disc that contains last week’s films, and The Kid Brother is on its own disc. See the rest of you tonight!

January 6, 2009

Screening Copies

Category: administrative notes,screening related — theprof @ 3:22 pm

Copies of the films from now until Reading Week are now available at the Drama department in the basement of Theological Hall. Students can sign out the copy for 3hrs, on a first come, first served basis. There is a television in the Green Room, but students who will be screening these copies regularly may want to arrange for small group screenings in Theo 102 or another suitable venue.