Analysis/ Reflection Five – Points from Readings

The director and the actor. In Mackendrick, A. On film-making : an introduction to the craft of the director, (p. 179-194). London : Faber and Faber, 2004.

The author speaks of the controversial issue in the film industry on how much the actor should know of the director’s intent and technique. The author notes that as a general rule “The director is an interpretive artist and is often called upon (by the actor, no less) to be critical and self consciously analytical in his approach, full of verbal explanations and deep rooted thought” (179). Interestingly, the author speaks of the argument based around the actor’s awareness of the director’s intent and the actor loosing some of his/ her original thought, creatively and acting abilities because of this awareness.  I do believe that an actor has the right to have some insight into the director’s vision, however I also believe that the actor should focus on their acting and not be overly concerned with director’s focus. This is notable in many roles in the production process; for instance, the sound guy should not be too concerned with what the camera man is doing to a certain extent.


Developing a crew. In Rabiger, M. Directing : film techniques and aesthetics, (p. 385-400). 3rd ed. Boston : Focal Press, 2003.

I stumbled across this article when perusing for something completely different, however it provided insight into what some of our roles and responsibilities may be on the day of shooting. The article spoke of the importance of allocating crew members responsibilities as to the functionality of shooting. Additionally, the article advised that the PM and 1AD should manage queries before the director does to allow the director to focus entirely on the craftsmanship of the shot. This makes perfect sense however, I was unaware of some of the predetermined responsibilities for various crew members. For example, my role within my crew is 1AD and the article notes that I will be speaking with actors when the director is busy as a means on contingency.

Patti Smith – Mystical Communication and the Labour of Creation

On the topic of summer – summer themed Uni projects, can’t escape absurd heat wave in Melbourne residence behind antique shop, I could be at the pool instead of studying diligently like a ninja, I re-read one of my favourite paperbacks while I was on holiday.


Here is a quote that has resonated from Patti Smith’s just kids:

“The artist seeks contact with his intuitive sense of the gods, but in order to create his work, he cannot stay in this seductive and incorporeal realm. He must return to the material world in order to do his work. It’s the artist’s responsibility to balance mystical communication and the labor of creation”.



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2.2 Reading ‘As We May Think’

The paper titled ‘As We May Think’ by Bush, Vannevar drawed on a new relationship between the ‘thinking man’ and the sum of knowledge. The article that was published in July 45’, being two months after the closure of WWII anticipates what is next for scientists and man after coming together for war. The editor notes that scientist’s role in information storage throughout the war with the use of record. The editor tells, “Science has proven the swiftest communication between individuals”.  Additionally, the editor speaks of the importance of information lasting over the time of man kind rather than an individual’s life span.


The editor expresses that the methods in place for reviewing and transmitting research are outdated and no longer serve their intended purpose. Additionally, the editor speaks of scholar’s hardship when it comes to

Reading 1.0 – Chris Argyris’ Concept of Double-loop Learning

The article of focus explores one of Argyris’ main areas of attention amongst his research and theorizing – individual and organizational learning. Distinctly, the article tells, “Here the interest lies in the extent which human reasoning, not just behavior can become the basis for diagnosis and action”. The article proceeds to underline Argyris’ theory that publics have mental maps in relation to how they behave in certain situations. The author describes these maps as the way people “plan, implement and review their actions”. Additionally, Argyris and Schon understand learning to entail the “detection and correction of error”.


From the academic text, I interpret ‘single loop learning’ to be a process of which a person relies on their governing variables to problem solve when going through the mental structure of learning. Additionally, it seems that this is done without the person’s cognitive realization and more of a hierarchy or ones natural instinct of the individual’s governing variables. Furthermore, I grasp that ‘double loop learning’ involves a person seeking beyond their default strategies to find a solution… Or as the article tells, ‘double loop learning’ “Involves questioning the role of the framing and learning systems which underlie actual goals and strategies”. Notably, Argyris argues that for practitioners and organisations to be able to respond effectively in changing environments, it is pivotal for publics to be ‘double loop learners’.


I am going to further consider and hopefully implement the double loop learning methods raised in the reading and workshop. Whilst undertaking the workshop, I realised that I am sometimes a single loop learner with my problem saving tac. However, to apply Miles’ practice, I am going to monitor my study productivity over the coming week and assess when I study best, how long I can generally work for before my efforts become counterproductive and if I work well or poorly under tight deadlines. Once determining these elements and trends I am going to try a different approach to my standard problem solving solutions.


After considering these things for only a day so far – I have recognised that I am more productive in three to four hour intervals, the quality of work I produce is of a higher standard when I am not working within a short deadline and that I study well both mornings and nights however, not both of them within the same day. Further more, I am going to continue to monitor my study productivity and behaviour for the remainder of the week and then try implimnet a study plan that will hopefully assist my functionality as well as the work I produce over the semester.