Phone: Email: Course Objectives: • • • • • • • •
To examine movies as art, business, entertainment, and a cultural expression. To display the difference between narrative, documentary, and avant-garde films. To explore various genres, film theories, and cinematic styles. To illustrate a variety of filmmaking techniques, conventions, and icons. To gain knowledge of international cinema. To study the works of prominent filmmakers and their cinematic impact. To provide a critical methodology and practical application to facilitate a greater critical understanding and appreciation of all aspects of film. To gain experience in writing critical academic essays in relation to film analysis.
Reading Assignments: All required reading assignments are listed in the class schedule at the end of the syllabus and located in the weekly Learning Modules in Blackboard. They will be in the form of PDF files. Additional readings not listed on the syllabus may be assigned during the semester. When this happens, the instructor will give reasonable advance notice as an announcement/email in Blackboard. Note: Information from these articles will appear on the exams unless labeled “Optional.”
Recommended Texts: Film & Art by Bruce H. Hinrichs Film & Art is a great introduction to film history, production, and analysis. The book takes a biased look at film as art and cultural expression rather then film as entertainment or film as business, which are all valid viewpoints for study. Students are encouraged to consider the opinions shared in this book as a sounding board for helping them to form and articulate their own relationship to film and media. Additionally, students who feel that the required readings, recorded lectures, written notes, and slide show presentations are inadequate to help them understand the film concepts being covered and hold meaningful conversations about how those concepts could be applied in specific settings are recommended to read this book. Film, a Critical Introduction by Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis, 2nd Edition Film, a Critical Introduction goes into great detail about how to write critical analysis papers for film. It also goes into more detail about a lot of the information included in the slide-show tutorials. Students who struggle with writing for film or who feel that the required readings, recorded lectures, written notes, and slide show presentations are inadequate to help them understand the film concepts being covered and hold meaningful conversations about how those concepts could be applied in specific settings are recommended to read this book. Assignments and Examinations: • • • • • One (1) four-five (4-5) pp critical scene analysis paper One (1) seven-ten (7-10) pp critical film analysis paper Midterm Examination Final Examination (Non-comprehensive) Online Film Journal 22% 30% 15% 15% 18%
Grading Scale: A = 93-100 A- = 90-92 B+ = 87-89 B = 84-86 B- = 80-83 C+ = 77-79 C = 73-76 C- = 70-72 D+ = 67-69 D = 63-66 D- = 60-62 E = 59
WEEKLY FORMAT Each learning week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday at 11:59pm MT (except where noted in the class schedule: i.e. Week 15, 16, and 17). A typical learning week includes email introduction, assigned reading, topic notes, tutorial, tutorial clip discussion post, film, and a film review question post. Viewing online lectures is an alternative to lecture notes for those who prefer the spoken word to a lot of reading. FIRST PAPER: 4-5 pp Critical Scene Analysis Paper (22%)* Rough Draft due on or before February 20th 11:59pm MT (3%) 2 Peer Reviews due on or before February 27th at 11:59pm MT (5%) Final Draft due on or before March 6th at...