Introduction to Film Studies    

ENGL 1051 / FILM 1051 / GRMN 1051

Fall Semester 2016

 Class Schedule


Film as Technology and Industry

23 Aug Introduction to Course (see info below)

25 Aug The Birth of Cinema

30 August A History of Film Technology

1 Sept  How a Film is Made

6 Sept Discussion: The Player

8 Sept  Marketing Movies. Extra Credit Opportunity.

Lecture Presentations for Film as Technology and Industry

Study Abroad Opportunity: Cinema Study Tour 2017

Telling Stories on Film   

13 Sept Film Form.  Assignment #1 Due.

15 Sept No class. Extra Credit Opportunity.

20 Sept Film Narrative. 

22 Sept Discussion: Memento. Extra Credit Opportunity.

26 Sept Extra Credit Opportunity

27 Sept Genre and Classical Hollywood Cinema

29 No Class

2 Oct Extra Credit Opportunity

4 Oct Discussion: Rango

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

Lecture Presentations for Telling Stories on Film

Study Abroad Opportunity: Cinema Study Tour 2017

Film Style

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

13 Oct No Class. Reading Day.

18 Oct Mise-en-scene II. Film Studies Open House. 

20 Oct Cinematography I. Study Abroad Opportunity: Cinema Study Tour 2017

25 Oct No Class

27 Oct Cinematography II

1 Nov  Discussion: In the Mood for Love

3 Nov Editing I

8 Nov Editing II

10 Nov Sound I

15 Nov Sound II

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

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

Lecture Presentations for Film Style


Film Studies Course for Spring Semester

Closing Discussions and Final Project

24 Nov No Class. Happy Thanksgiving!

29 Nov Film Today and Discussion of Final Projects

1 December Time reserved for individual meetings about final projects

6 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 and is a required course for the BIS-DMC.

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