Rope – A Study of the “One-Shot”

Joe Randeen

This week the Intro and Intermediate film class are analyzing one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces – Rope. The two main topics are the “One-Shot” and the character development. Rope is about two young men in New York City who, as an intellectual exercise, commit the perfect murder. Brandon Shaw (played by John Dall) and Philip Morgan (played by Farley Granger) strangle

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The Power Of Storytelling in Leadership

Joe Randeen

In my classes, we use a wonderful communication app called Band.  The following article was shared via that app.  Hope you enjoy it. As a leader, storytelling is a skill you need. There are so many reasons why this skill is invaluable, but let’s begin with a story of my own to set the tone… During the closing session of

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The Power Of Storytelling in Leadership

Joe Randeen

Our motto for all my classes is “We Are All Storytellers.”  This piggybacks on the truth that everyone has a story. I’ve heard that Fred Rogers carried a quote in his wallet that stated, “There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.” The origin of the quote is attributed to Mary Lou Kownacki.  I teach storytelling via FILM

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Filmmaking During A Pandemic

Joe Randeen

Aubrey Costa, Entertainment Staff Writer for Gahr Forum, did a wonderful interview with two of our filmmakers, Joyce Chung and Ashley Henan. It goes without saying that learn how to make films is difficult even in perfect conditions but during a pandemic, it is even more challenging.  I hope that you will take a moment to take a look at

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VOTING HAS BEGUN

Joe Randeen

My goal was to watch, grade, and provide feedback on all the student submitted films prior to the Winter break so that we could vote for the TOP THREE BEST HOLIDAY GRATITUDE MICROFILMS.  Unfortunately, I ran out of time AND I needed the two-week break as well. The overall goal was to select the two best films from each period. 

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ABCUSD 2020 Performing Arts Winter Showcase

Joe Randeen

If you missed this amazing virtual concert, do yourself a favor, grab yourself something warm to drink, turn up the volume, and enjoy the amazing talent of ABC USD students.  The holiday’s come alive in song and dance. Hosted by band directors Mr.  Darren Loney and Matthew Gullett, musicians, singers, and dancers from all over our district, perform on this

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Don’t Do Nothing

Joe Randeen

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” I’m pretty sure that Theodore Roosevelt was not referring to filmmaking when he made this statement, I will relate it back to that subject. To overstate the obvious,

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First Newscast

Joe Randeen

As we are all aware, distance learning is not easy on students and teachers (and families for that matter).  Our TV Broadcasting students have been especially saddened that they can’t get into our amazing student to create our Newscasts.  But, true to form, my students will and do overcome adversities. A few weeks into our school year I asked the

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We Finished.

Joe Randeen

When I left my classroom on March 13, I was confident that we would be returning before the end of the year, so confident that I wrote “WELCOME BACK” on my whiteboard. Needless to say, I was wrong. I’m not new to teaching Online, as I have taught Online courses for California Baptist University for over five years.  This current

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