Syllabus
Film Appreciation

Film Appreciation

DRAM-2366

Summer 2013
05/28/2013 - 08/13/2013

Course Information

Section 001
Lecture
TTh 2:15PM - 5:20PM
EVC9 9225
Richard Cutler

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term

Course Requirements

 Semester Grading System:

3 papers @10 points each          = 30

@ quizzes, 10 points each          = 20

10 sets Chapter Review

Questions (See Note)                 = 25

Written Final                                  = 10

Objective Final                             = 10

Journal                                         = 05

            Total points                   = 100

 

(90 - 100 points)  = Excellent = A

(80 - 89)            = Very Good = B

(70 - 79)                    = Good = C

(60 - 69)                       = Fair = D

(0 - 59)                       = Poor  = F

Note: Chapter Review Questions replace quizzes and are same value.

 

 

Readings

Text: Chapter study References are to Barsam & Monahan, Looking At Movies(LAM)(4th ed.)

Course Subjects

 

Summary lecture on “What is film analysis?”

Folders

Class Introductions

Photos

View Looking At Movies (LAM) Tutorials.

Syllabus & Assignments.

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Journals

Preview homework

 

 

Short films from tutorial.

Practice making thumbnail notes.

View short film for sequences

1) Remember sequence of scenes/shots, i.e., the story. Pass out work sheet with instructions and example of sequence outline from Swain.

Compete recall.

 

 

Must have book

 

Start viewing  film (TBA) (:60)

Discuss themes and support. (:15)

Practice finding a theme and support for its presence. (:45)

Review paper writing process. (:20)

 

 

 

 

Finish viewing  film (:60)

Re-screen film as needed. Work in class on 1st paper.

View sequences from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Learn elements of Expressionism.

Due.film 1st

Paper before class

View Great Train Robbery.

View tutorial on genres

 

Ch.1 Q&A

Ch.2 Q & A

 

 

Discuss Ch.1 Q & As.(:30)

Discuss Ch.2 Q & As.

View examples of genres: e.g., Stagecoach & The Searchers

 

Ch.3A’s

 

Discuss Ch. 3, Genre, Q & A’s

Return Paper#1

View Westerns: Stagecoach & The Searchers

 

 

Continue viewing  genres

Paper #1 revised

Objectives: Introduction to the elements of narrative and their affective impact. Be able to name them.

 

 

Paper#2

 

Discuss Ch. 4 Q & As. Practice identifying narrative elements from Ch. 4.

 

 

Ch 4 Q & A

 

Return Paper#2

Practice distinguishing Story & Plot

DVD tutorial on Form & Content.

Discuss Q & As for Ch 4.

 

 

Ch.5 Q & A

Review elements of Mise-en-scene.

View Run Lola, Run

 

Paper #2 revised

Tutorial on Mise-en-scene, Ch. 1, Juno.  View Run Lola, Run

 

 

Paper#3

Practice mise-en-scene

 

 

Ch.6 Q & A

Discuss Ch. 6 Q & As.

Practice naming shots.

Return Paper #3

 

 

 

Ch.7 Q & As

Practice Acting Critiques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper#3 revised

Introduce the Hero’s Journey

 

 

 

 

 

Ch 8Q & As

 

Describe the film in terms of the Hero’s Journey.

Discuss Ch 8 Q & As

 

 

 

View Battleship Potemkin.

 

Ch 9Q & As

 

Tutorial on Editing & Sound

 

 

 

Return paper#4

Introduction to Auteur Theory

PowerPoint

 

 

View DVD and discuss Welles as Auteur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture overview of all theories

 

 

 

 


 

View & Critique films of choice.

Experimental films

 

 

 

 

View & Critique films of choice.

Experimental films

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review for final

 

 

 

Written Final

 

Last Class.  Objective final

 Subject to change

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Objectives:

  • View and deconstruct films from a variety of interpretive perspectives: filmic, literary, and gaming, according to modern conventions of analysis.
  • Become aware of socio-economic/cultural conditions that are reflected in films;
  • Be introduced to scientific theories of perception;
  • Appreciate artistic and literary modes of expression (namely genre films) as vehicles for cultural values and ideology;
  • Adopt critical ways of thinking about experience, life, reality, etc.