Introduction to Film Studies
Fall Semester 2012
Film as Technology and Industry
28 Aug Introduction to Course
30 Aug The Birth of Cinema
4 Sept A History of Film Technology
6 Sept How a Film is Made
11 Sept Discussion: The Player
13 Sept Marketing Movies
Telling Stories on Film
18 Sept Film Form. Assignment #1 Due.
20 Sept Film Narrative
25 Sept Discussion: Memento
27 Sept Genre and Classical Hollywood Cinema
2 Oct Discussion: Rango
4 Oct The Avant-Garde: Alternatives to Classical Hollywood Cinema
9 Oct Mise-en-scene I. Assignment #2 Due.
11 Oct Mise-en-scene II
16 Oct Cinematography I
18 Oct No Class
23 Oct Cinematography II
25 Oct Discussion: In the Mood for Love
30 Oct Editing I
1 Nov Editing II
6 Nov Sound I
8 Nov Sound II
13 Nov Workshop: How to Do a Sequence Analysis (Discussion: Citizen Kane)
15 Nov Assignment #3 (in class): Sequence Analysis
20 Nov Silent Cinema. Discussion: Metropolis.
22 Nov No Class. Happy Thanksgiving!
27 Nov Classical Cinema. Discussion: His Girl Friday.
29 Nov New Waves Around the World. Discussion: 8 1/2
4 Dec Film Today: The Blockbuster and Beyond.
6 Dec Course Wrap-Up and Discussion of Final Projects
11 December Final Project Due
Room: Swift 800
Prof. Todd Herzog (Office: 732 Old Chemistry / E-mail Prof. Herzog)
Introduction to Film Studies (GRMN 1051) is one of two required courses for the Certificate in Film and Media Studies.
This course offers a broad introduction to the study of film. We will consider such issues as: (1) how films are made and marketed, (2) how films tell stories, (3) the techniques of film art, (4) methods of film theory and criticism, and (5) important movements in film history.
A major emphasis of the course will be learning how to analyze a film. You will be introduced to the vocabulary involved in film analysis and will practice analyzing film sequences, as well as discussing films as a whole. Examples for discussion will range widely, from different countries, time periods, and genres. The idea of this course is that film analysis can apply to all types of films, from self-conscious "arthouse" films to summer blockbusters.
Classes will consist of lectures, workshops, and discussions. There is no textbook for the course. Instead, you will prepare for class sessions with short assignments that ask you to reflect on the topic that we will be focusing on in that session. After the session, you will be asked to do an assignment that uses the skills we developed in the session. Regular attendance is necessary for successful completion of this course. If you must miss a class, please let me know. But try not to.
There are a total of 1,000 points possible in this course.
Assignments: 300 points (3 x 100)
Website Comments: 250 points (25 x 10) Extra credit for additional posts.
Final Paper: 300 points
Attendance and Participation: 150 points