Introduction to Film Studies    

ENGL 1051 / FILM 1051 / GRMN 1051

Fall Semester 2015

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 Class Schedule


Film as Technology and Industry

25 Aug Introduction to Course (see info below)

27 Aug The Birth of Cinema

1 Sept A History of Film Technology

3 Sept  How a Film is Made

8 Sept Discussion: The Player

10 Sept  Marketing Movies

Lecture Presentations for Film as Technology and Industry

Telling Stories on Film   

15 Sept Film Form.  Assignment #1 Due.

16 Sept Extra Credit Opportunity!

17 Sept Film Narrative. Extra Credit Opportunity!

22 Sept Discussion: Memento 

24 Sept Genre and Classical Hollywood Cinema

29 Sept Discussion: Rango

1 Oct  No Class

6 Oct The Avant-Garde: Alternatives to Classical Hollywood Cinema

Lecture Presentations for Telling Stories on Film

Film Style

8 Oct Mise-en-scene I. Assignment #2 Due.

13 Oct Mise-en-scene II

15 Oct No Class. Reading Day.

20 Oct  Cinematography I

22 Oct Cinematography II. Extra Credit Opportunity Today!

27 Oct Discussion: In the Mood for Love

28 Oct Extra Credit Opportunity Today

29 Oct Editing I

3 Nov Editing II

5 Nov Sound I

10 Nov Sound II

12 Nov Workshop: How to Do a Sequence Analysis (Discussion: Citizen Kane)

17 Nov Assignment #3 (in class): Sequence Analysis

Lecture Presentations for Film Style

Film History

19 Nov Silent and Classical Cinema. Discussion: Metropolis.

24 Nov New Waves around the World. Discussion: Jules and Jim.

26 Nov No Class. Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Dec Film TodayCourse Wrap-Up, and Discussion of Final Projects

3 Dec No Class. Open for Individual Consultations about Final Projects

8 December Final Project Due


Course Information

Class Meetings

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:50am

Room: Lindner Center 450


Prof. Todd Herzog (Office: 732 Old Chemistry / E-mail Prof. Herzog)

Office Hours: T/TH 11am-12noon and by appointment

Course Description

Introduction to Film Studies (ENGL 1051 / FILM 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