Introduction to Film Studies
FILM 1051 / ENGL 1051
Fall Semester 2019
Film as Technology and Industry
27 Aug Introduction to Course (see info below)
29 Aug The Birth of Cinema
3 Sept A History of Film Technology
5 Sept How a Film is Made / Special Guests: Cincinnati Indian Film Festival
10 Sept Discussion: The Player
12 Sept Marketing Movies
Telling Stories on Film
19 Sept Film Form
24 Sept Film Narrative
26 Sept Discussion: Memento
10 Oct No Class: Reading Days
15 Oct Special Guest: Independent Filmmaker and Professor Ya’Ke Smith
17 Oct Mise-en-scene
22 Oct Cinematography I
24 Oct Cinematography II
31 Oct Editing I
5 Nov Editing II
7 Nov No Class
12 Nov Sound
19 Nov No class during regularly scheduled time. Evening screening of Citizen Kane (Esquire Theatre)
21 Nov No class. Work on Assignment 3 Review class presentations here.
28 Nov No Class. Happy Thanksgiving!
Closing Discussions and Final Project
5 Dec No class. Prof. Herzog is available in his office during class time for independent consultations on Final Projects
10 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 (FILM 1051 / ENGL 1051 ) is a required foundational course for the BA in Film & Media Studies, the Certificate in Film and Media Studies, and 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.
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: 200 points (20 x 10)
Final Paper: 250 points
Attendance and Participation: 100 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!