- Course Number:
- ENG 197
- Course Title:
- Film Studies: Contemporary Themes and Genres
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Course DescriptionEnhances understanding of film through analysis of contemporary film-making, narrative techniques, genres, themes and critical approaches. Develops visual literacy and analysis skills by offering a range of tools to study any film. Analyze contemporary film techniques and the ways in which the films may both contribute and react to their time and culture; study contemporary film theory; 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 individual films as representative of the contemporary culture and historical moment that produced them.
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 nonchronological time
narrative and nonnarrative 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 films 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