Spring 2016 Online Course


Introduction To Film (CRN 26702)

1/11/2016 - 5/6/2016



Alpha Numeric FILM1310
Theatre and Film
Visual and Performing Arts
  Course Level Undergraduate
  Credit Hours 3
Description Introduction to the history and interpretation of cinema as art form, with emphasis on discovering how meaning is encoded in film at the levels of shot, sequence and narrative construction. (Not recommended or required for majors.)  Core Humanities. 

Topical description:This fully online course is designed to stimulate student learning through the web-based delivery of readings, video, and audio, as well as the opportunity for discussion board postings. No on-campus meetings will be required. This course approaches film as an art form and as a medium of expression and communication. We will study different types of films made in various contexts, countries and cultures. We will identify the structures used to create diverse types of film, including documentary, experimental and narrative films. We will learn to analyze the creative elements that go into the making of a film, such as: writing, design, cinematography, direction, sound and editing, as well as look into how these elements are brought together in the production of a film. Finally, we will tie all these elements to a critical understanding of how films make meaning and how they are viewed and understood in terms of their creative and aesthetic features. The course does not have any production component – in other words, you will not be making films in this course. This is not a course in reviewing movies; film reviews often tell us more about the reviewer than the film, and unless we are being paid to give a thumbs up or down, evaluation should be the last, rather than the first step of the process in discussing films. With that in mind, the course is designed to help people understand how films are put together and how they convey ideas and values. We will look at selected films through the eyes of screenwriters, producers, directors, production designers, cinematographers, film editors, sound designers, distributors, and film scholars to see how films create meaning, engage audiences, and secure a place in the entertainment marketplace and in culture. Throughout the semester, we will consider how film professionals make production choices, what aesthetic considerations shape their decisions, and what economic and social forces influence their choices. The course is for students who are interested in expanding their understanding of cinema and are prepared to rethink expectations and habits they have developed over the course of their television-viewing and movie-going lives. Some people assume that thinking about “the movies” the way filmmakers and film scholars do is unnecessary, for as film scholar Timothy Corrigan, explains, “our lives have become so permeated by the movies that we rarely bother to think carefully about them.” Others believe that thinking about “the movies” the way film professionals or scholars do threatens the fun of watching movies, for “[t]here is often an unspoken assumption that any kind of analysis might interfere with our enjoyment of the movies.” Yet as Corrigan points out, “our ability to respond with some analytical awareness [actually] adds to our enjoyment.” Analytic awareness also makes us more informed consumers and more empowered, more thoughtful citizens.

Instructor Dyrk  Ashton
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Section Details Section number: 905
CRN: 26702
Enrollment Maximum: 50

Dates: 1/11/2016 - 5/6/2016 ; Session code: Full Term

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