Characters and Scenes Homework, Plus Tongue Surgery Video


I won’t be meeting with you on Monday,  because I’ll be at a conference, as I mentioned. We’ll have a make-up class sometime later on during the semester. However, I still expect you to meet and put together your ideas from the work you’ll do this weekend!

For this week, your homework is to  sketch out some ideas for the characters in this story. You also should make a list of scenes you want to include. Don’t try toarrange them into a plot yet, we can do that later. For now, think about what we talked about and make a list of scenes you want to include — something happening to a character, a character making this or that decision, and so on. For example, for The Matrix:

  • Morpheus meets Neo and offers the red and blue pill; Neo takes the blue pill.
  • The monk child bends the spoon.
  • Trinity kisses Neo.

The scenes don’t need to be in order, we just need to know which scenes we want to work with. Next week, we’ll arrange them into a plotline, drop some scenes, add others, and then you can start working on a script!
Someone mentioned wanting to raise the issue of tongue-lengthening surgery. This video has a pretty vivid depiction of it. Please click through and watch it, because I cannot embed the video here. It also has a good look at English camps, which you might or might not want to discuss briefly in “Goose Dad.”

There are other videos about Tongue Surgery on Youtube, too:

Tongue surgery, by the way, is a legitimate operation, just not for the reasons it’s usually performed in Korea. The comments to the video above explain this well:

A lingual frenectomy is a form of frenectomy associated with the tongue.The removal of the lingual frenulum under the tongue can be accomplished with either frenectomy or frenuloplasty. This is used to treat a tongue tied patient. Immediately after this minor oral surgery, the tongue can often dramatically extend out of the mouth which it could not do before. This can help reduce breastfeeding complications, help improve speech and promote proper tooth arch development.

Frenectomy has become popular in South Korea in order to lengthen normal children’s tongues by about 1 mm so they can speak English better.[1] Critics regard the surgery as unnecessary, as Koreans born in the United States have no trouble distinguishing r and l.[2]

[edit] References 1. ^ Domenico Marceri, “English in France? Mais Oui!” Seoul Times, 2005.
2. ^ Demick, Barbara. “A snip of the tongue and English is yours!” Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2002.

The following is a terrible video, but a pretty good explanation of why some babies need to have a tongue surgery (after the first minute or two where they joke about ancient religious tongue surgery). It’s mostly to do with development of their palate and their ability to breathe.

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