Introduction to Film Studies
ENGL 1051 / FILM 1051 / GRMN 1051
Fall Semester 2017
Film as Technology and Industry
22 Aug Introduction to Course (see info below)
24 Aug The Birth of Cinema
29 August A History of Film Technology
31 August How a Film is Made
5 Sept Discussion: The Player
7 Sept Marketing Movies
Telling Stories on Film
12 Sept Assignment #1 Due
14 Sept Film Form
15 Sept Extra Credit Opportunity: The Pigasus Pictures Story
19 Sept Film Narrative
21 Sept Discussion: Memento
26 Sept Genre and Classical Hollywood Cinema
28 Sept Discussion: Rango
3 Oct The Avant-Garde: Alternatives to Classical Hollywood Cinema
5 Oct Assignment #2 Due. No class session today.
10 Oct No Class. Reading Day.
12 Oct Mise-en-scene I
17 Oct Mise-en-scene II
19 Oct Cinematography I
24 Oct Cinematography II
26 Oct Discussion: In the Mood for Love
31 Oct Editing I
2 Nov Editing II
7 Nov Sound I
9 Nov Sound II
14 Nov Workshop: How to Do a Sequence Analysis (Discussion: Citizen Kane)
16 Nov Assignment #3 (in class): Sequence Analysis
Closing Discussions and Final Project
21 Nov Discussion of Assignment #3
23 Nov No Class. Happy Thanksgiving!
28 Nov Film Today and Discussion of Final Projects
30 Nov Time reserved for individual meetings about final projects
5 December Final Project Due
Room: Old Chemistry 601
Prof. Todd Herzog (Office: 733 Old Chemistry / E-mail Prof. Herzog)
Office Hours: T/TH 11am-12noon and by appointment
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 opportunities will be available throughout the semester.
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)
Final Paper: 300 points
Attendance and Participation: 150 points