Introduction to Film Studies
ENGL 1051 / GRMN 1051
Fall Semester 2014
Film as Technology and Industry
26 Aug Introduction to Course (see info below)
28 Aug The Birth of Cinema
2 Sept A History of Film Technology
4 Sept How a Film is Made
9 Sept Discussion: The Player
11 Sept Marketing Movies
Telling Stories on Film
18 Sept No class.
23 Sept Film Narrative
25 Sept Discussion: Memento
2 Oct Discussion: Rango
9 Oct No Class - Reading Day
16 Oct Mise-en-scene II
21 Oct Cinematography I
23 Oct Cinematography II
30 Oct Editing I
4 Nov Editing II
6 Nov Sound I
11 Nov No Class - Happy Veteran's Day!
13 Nov Sound II
27 Nov No Class. Happy Thanksgiving!
9 December Final Project Due
Room: Swift 500
Prof. Todd Herzog (Office: 732 Old Chemistry / E-mail Prof. Herzog)
Office Hours: T/TH 11am-12noon and by appointment
Introduction to Film Studies (ENGL 1051 / 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.
My goal in this course is to get and keep a discussion about films and film studies going both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the website and the required comments, extra credit is available for tweets (@toddherzog) and other social media interactions.
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 and tweets.
Final Paper: 300 points
Attendance and Participation: 150 points