- Course Number:
- ENG 196
- Course Title:
- Film Studies: Directors
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Course DescriptionEnhances understanding of film through analysis of directorial decisions and film techniques. Develops visual literacy and analysis skills by offering a range of tools to study any film. Analyze ways in which directorial decisions may affect an individual film and viewer; situate a film within a director's body of work; analyze ways in which it may both contribute and react to its time and culture; and substantiate observations with examples taken from the film tradition and from the film itself. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
1 Use understanding of film technique and film as an art medium as tools to analyze film.
2 Articulate a position, orally and in writing, by situating a film in a cultural context, and substantiating observations with examples taken from that tradition and from the film itself.
3 Use reflective visual reading, writing listening and speaking skills to recognize, develop and articulate personal standards, predispositions and theories regarding film and critical responses to film.
4 Recognize ways in which directorial decisions may affect an individual film, as well as affect a viewer.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment tools may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussion; in-class and out-of-class writing, including informal responses to study questions and other forms of informal writing; analysis of film reviews; frame and/or sequence analyses; presentations by individuals and groups; storyboards; screenplays; and short- and long-essay exams. Both instructor and peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts and Issues:
history of film as an art form
mise en scene
types and functions of settings
symmetrical and asymmetrical composition
use of space
color and colorization
angles and point-of-view
frame/the world outside the frame
early film editing
action and reaction
fast and slow cutting
early film sound
classical Hollywood cinema
French New Wave
chronological and non-chronological time
narrative and non-narrative techniques
Production Code of the Motion Picture Producers and Directors
of America, Inc. -- 1930-4
explicit and implicit meaning
marxist film criticism
feminist film criticism
Competencies and Skills:
understanding fillms through contexts, such as society and politics;
artistic conventions; financial constraints; multiple interpretations
of a director; etc.
writing about films
critical reading (for instance, of reviews and critical essays)
understanding roles of cinematographer, director, etc.
speaking and listening reflectively