Time: M-F, 9:30-11:20, First Summer Session
Room: Swift 720
Prof. Todd Herzog (Office: 731 Old Chemistry / E-mail Prof. Herzog)
This course offers a broad introduction to the study of film. We will consider such issues as: (1) the process of film production and distribution, (2) the techniques of film art, (3) methods of film theory and criticism, and (4) important movements in film history.
A major emphasis of the course will be learning how to analyze a film. Students 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 be drawn from various national cinemas and will include films from the earliest silent shorts to contemporary cinema.
Classes will consist of lectures, workshops, and discussions. There is no textbook for the course. Instead, students prepare for class sessions with shorter assignments that prepare for the session and longer assignments that consolidate the information from each of the course's main sections (Film Tech and Industry, Film Form, Film Style, and Film History). Regular attendance is necessary for successful completion of this course. If you must miss a class, please let me know.
There are a total of 1,000 points possible in this course.
Assignments: 500 points (5 x 100)
Film Forum Posts: 60 points (10 points per post, minimum 6 required ... extra credit for extra posts)
Final Presentation: 100
Final Paper: 200
Attendance and Participation: 140
Film as Technology and Industry
6/20 Introduction to the Course
6/21 Film Technology and Early Cinema Post to Film Forum
6/22 The Film Industry Assignment #1 Due
Film Form and Narrative: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Its Alternatives
6/23 Film Form and Narrative Post to Film Forum
6/24 No class.
6/27 Film Genre and Classical Hollywood Cinema Assignment #2 Due
6/28 Mise-en-Scene Post to Film Forum
6/29 Cinematography Assignment #3 Due
6/30 Editing Post to Film Forum
7/1 Sound & Workshop: How to do a Sequence Analysis Assignment #4 Due
7/4 No Class. Independence Day
7/5 Silent and Classical Cinema Assignment #5 Due
7/6 The New Wave and Beyond Post to Film Forum
7/7 Presentations Post to Film Forum
7/8 Presentations Post to Film Forum (optional extra credit post)
7/11 Final Paper Due