This Sunday, Morris began class with a short lecture about a few important aspects for the teen artists to consider while editing their projects: structure, juxtaposition, and rhythm. Morris explained that structure is composed of two parts, the story and the plot. Though these sounded similar to the students, together we were able to ascertain that the story is the chronological events within the project, while the plot is the way the events unfold. Juxtaposition is the process of placing two or more things in proximity to one another to create a contrasting effect. And lastly, Morris explained that rhythm is simply the speed or patterns of edits or “cuts” and transitions.
After the lecture, students were given some time to reflect on the topics and make adjustments to their projects with this new insight. For the duration of class, the students were free to continue working on their project as they saw fit. Mike visited with each and every artist throughout the class, making his technical skills available to anyone in need and advising students who were interested in constructive criticism.