Introduction to Film Studies
ENGL 1051 / FILM 1051 / GRMN 1051
Fall Semester 2018
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 Making Movies: Panel Discussion with Industry Professionals in town for Indian Film Festival.
11 Sept How a Film is Made
13 Sept Discussion: The Player
18 Sept Marketing Movies
Telling Stories on Film
25 Sept Film Form
2 Oct Film Narrative
11 Oct No Class: Reading Days
23-30 Oct No Class Sessions. Please take advantage of the screenings presented during this time and throughout the semester!
1 Nov Mise-en-scene
6 Nov Cinematography
13 Nov Editing
15 Nov No Class
20 Nov Sound
22 Nov No Class. Happy Thanksgiving!
Closing Discussions and Final Project
6 Dec Open for Consultation on Final Projects
11 Dec Final Project Due
Room: Lindner Center 450
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 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
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.
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!