Introduction to Film Studies    

ENGL 1051 / FILM 1051 / GRMN 1051

Fall Semester 2018

 The Disaster Artist  dir. James Franco, USA 2017

The Disaster Artist

dir. James Franco, USA 2017

 Class Schedule

 

The UC Center for Film & Media Studies Fall Schedule can be found here

Film as Technology and Industry

28 Aug Introduction to Course (see info below)

30 Aug The Birth of Cinema

4 Sept A History of Film Technology

6 Sept Extra Credit Question on Film Technology

6 Sept Making Movies: Panel Discussion with Industry Professionals in town for Indian Film Festival.

8-10 Sept Extra Credit Opportunity: Indian Film Festival

11 Sept How a Film is Made

12 Sept Extra Credit Opportunity: Essential Viewing Series (Lost in Translation)

13 Sept Discussion: The Player

16 Sept Extra Credit Opportunity: Women in 21st Century Latin American Film Series (Of Love and Other Demons)

18 Sept  Marketing Movies

all presentations will be posted here after each unit is completed

Telling Stories on Film   

20 Sept Assignment #1 Due.        Review class presentations here.

20 Sept Extra Credit Opportunity: Women in 21st Century Latin American Film Series (La Yuma)

25 Sept Film Form

25 Sept Extra Credit Opportunity: The Gleaners and I

27 Sept No Class. Extra Credit Opportunity: Women in 21st Century Latin American Film Series (3 Beauties)

2 Oct Film Narrative 

4 Oct Discussion: MementoExtra Credit Opportunity: Archives in Motion: The Old New World

7 Oct Extra Credit Opportunity: Women in 21st Century Latin American Film Series (The Fish Child)

9 Oct Genre and Classical Hollywood Cinema

9 Oct Extra Credit Opportunity: Women in Film Cincinnati presents “Roads to Resources”

10 Oct Extra Credit Opportunity: Essential Viewing Series (Blue Velvet)

11 Oct No Class: Reading Days

16 Oct Discussion: What We Do in the Shadows

 

Film Style

18 Oct Assignment #2 DueExtra Credit Opportunity: Brown Bag Talk with Omotayo Banjo

21 Oct Extra Credit Opportunity: Archives in Motion: The Green Fog

23-30  Oct No Class Sessions. Please take advantage of the screenings presented during this time and throughout the semester!

26 Oct Extra Credit Opportunity: Short Films by Women from Latin America

28 Oct Extra Credit Opportunity: Archives in Motion: The Atomic Cafe

1 Nov Mise-en-scene

6 Nov Cinematography

7 Nov Extra Credit Opportunity: Essential Viewing Series (Network)

8 Nov Discussion: In the Mood for Love

13 Nov Editing

14 Nov Extra Credit Opportunity: Listopad: A Memory of the Velvet Revolution

15 Nov No Class

20 Nov Sound

22 Nov No Class. Happy Thanksgiving!

27 Nov Workshop: How to Do a Sequence Analysis (Discussion: The Fits)

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

 

Closing Discussions and Final Project

4 Dec Film Today and Discussion of Final Projects

6 Dec Open for Consultation on Final Projects

11 Dec Final Project Due

 

Course Information

Class Meetings

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

Room: Lindner Center 450

Instructor

Prof. Todd Herzog (Office: 733 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 a required foundational course for the  BA in Film & Media Studies, 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. The UC Center for Film & Media Studies Fall Schedule can be found here

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of film analysis, including formal and stylistic issues such as cinematography, editing, and narrative form. 

2. Utilize the basic critical tools necessary to understand, discuss, and write about cinema as an art form.

3. Describe the key elements of film history, including major film movements and genres.

4. Describe historical and recent development in Film and Media production and distribution technologies.

5. Apply critical analysis skills by discussing and writing analytically about films.

Grading

There are a total of 1,000 points possible in this course.

Assignments: 450 points (3 x 150)

Website Comments: 170 points (17 x 10)

Final Paper: 250 points

Attendance and Participation: 130 points

There will be several opportunities to earn extra credit by attending and writing about an event sponsored by UC Film. Sign up for our mailing list here!