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2008 Wed. 3:30 - 6:30


* 2008 THR334 Film & Movies

THR 334-F71 Movies & FILM (H) (W) Film Minor requirement
Theatre UAF
Fall'08 wed 3:30 - 6:30 Office Hours: wed. 2:30-3:30 (before/after class) and/or by appointment
Theatre 104
Anatoly Antohin, x5253 (o), 455-6149 (h)
Film Website filmplus.org

WebPages : your main directory -- film.vtheatre.net

Summary

There are many "Film & Moves" pages (and archives); read them in addition to your textbook!

History of this course:

When I came to UAF, the place has no Film Studies and this class was to help build a film minor, at least.

The title "Film and Drama" -- because the theatre department was the originator of the film studies ("Drama program" at the time). Theatre UAF is still a coordinator of "film minor" and we have BA with the emphasis in video directing.

Now this course has the name "Film and Movies" and, if you read my webpage, you understand why? Films are the movies which advance the language of cinema... and this is what we study in this class.

Anatoly Antohin *

aantohin.pageout.net

Notes :

Fall'08 -- new textbook : film art, an Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, 8th ed. www.mhhe.com [ textbook has ite own website + CD/DVD ]

astore.amazon.com/film600

2008 -- Fall : group/filmstudy class list : subscribe! * see calendar

mirror page @ film-north [my film webpages ]

* films are the same, movies assigned could be different from year to year.

** almost every title has a page @ film.vtheatre.net/doc

*** my general mailing list : anatoly.org


Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes: Students should be able to express themselves in writing on the subject of Film, using critical and analytical language.

Instructional methods: Students will view a selection of films, followed by a brief class discussion of the characters and themes contained in each. Periodically students will generate critical papers comparing and contrasting the films and their critical reception. Students may choose any of the films to be viewed in class as a subject for any of the three papers. Online and library searches for readings on all the films are also required.

Comprehensive overview of film process to introduce non-theatre students to theoretical and critical frameworks of film-making, acting and directing. Lectures with film viewings will focus on screen performance as the means of dramatic communication. Fundamentals of Film Theory will be introduced.

Topics: Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller. 20th century: Post-Gutenberg Visual Universe. Global Village and film language. Performance -- nonverbal communications. Performance and Audience: Social Art and Audience Society. Film Actor: Story through the Character. Acting on Camera, for the Camera, Screen Performance. Method Acting and Cinema. Acting Styles and Stars. Social models and the cult of celebrities.

FILM ART, an Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, 8th ed.

Films:


CHAPLIN: A Dog's Life
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Dreams *
The Godfather
Dreams
Potemkin/Vertov : Man with a Movie Camera
Wild Strawberries
Terminator 2
Amadeus
8 1/2
Pulp Fiction
Rublev by Tarkovsky *

* Fall '08 Class project theme: Movies and Politics

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
* COMPLETION OF FOUR PAPERS:
-2 subject papers, 500 words each OR 200 word film reviews, total of 12 [20%]
- Midterm paper(8-10 pp) [20%]
- Final paper (12-15 pp) [35%]
* TWO TESTS [10%]
* REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AT ALL CLASSES, PERSONAL CONFERENCES (2) & FILM SCREENINGS [10%]
* PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSION(IN CLASS AND ONLINE FORUMS), DEBATE, PERSONAL CONFERENCES(2) AND CLASS ACTIVITIES [5%]

Missed classes and late papers -- reduced grade!

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X (or permission of instructor).

Grading: Your FINAL PAPER grade will be based on the following: Evidence of Research = 15%, paper proposal, rough draft, and final draft = 60%, class presentation = 15%


* I left references to the original sources [Eisenstein] as optional reading


HOW TO WORK ON YOUR PAPER

UAF Core Curriculum Boilerplate: “This course is designated as Writing-Intensive (W)…The designation applies to upper-division courses and means that a majority of the graded work in the course will be derived from writing activities. Here are the general guidelines for the writing expected in this course:
·Students will complete an ungraded writing sample on or near the first day of class to help the teacher assess writing ability and general competence.
·Students will receive comments from the teacher and/or peers on drafts of written work. In other words, students will work through a draft-and-redraft process so that they can apply feedback and become more effective writers. If students complete a major research project, the teacher will supervise the students’ writing in stages. · Students will meet individually with the teacher at least once during the term to discuss their writing.”

Support Services: UAF Student Support Services office is located in 508 Gruening Building Phone: (907) 474 6844 Fax: (907) 474 7480 and further information may be obtained at www.uaf.edu/sssp or by E-mail: fysssp@uaf.edu The UAF Writing Center is in 801 Gruening Bldg. 474.5314 house listed on their website: www.uaf.edu/english/writingcenter Both these offices can assist you with writing problems and one on one tutoring.

SCHEDULE:

Part I. FILM, CINEMA, MOVIES
Week 1

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch. 1 - Film as Art:Creativity, Technology, and Business
Films: CHAPLIN, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

* Intro. Film: Short History of New Medium -- Seven Ages of Film. Cinema and Other Arts. Film Analysis (The Art of Watching Films)

* Films and/or Movies. Concept: Dramatic Structure into Film Language. Storytelling in Film. Dramatic composition. Exposition-Climax-Resolution. Segmentation. Scenes and episodes.

Part II. FILM FORM
Week 2

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch.2- The Significance of Film Form
Film: Dreams

* Aristotle at the movies: Idea, Plot and Character. Conflict and Action. Ideas & Themes.

* Script and Screen. [Eisenstein: _Through Theatre to Cinema_.*] Scenes and Plot. Primary Motion. *: Dreams, Kurosawa.

Week 3

Weekly Required Reading: Bordwell Ch.3 - Narrative as a Formal System
Film: The Godfather [ or/and Citizen Kane ]

* Images and Symbols. Pictures in Motion. Fictional & Dramatic Elements

[Eisenstein] Time-space in film. FIRST TEST (Take home).

Part III. TYPE OF FILMS
Week 4

Required Reading:Bordwell Ch. 9 - Film Genres
Film: Terminator 2 (?)

* Secondary Motion? Camera acts. Visual Elements

* Conflict. Shots and Cuts. Directing and Editing. FIRST SUBJECT PAPER DUE

Week 5

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch.10 - The Shot:Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Film.
Film: Wild Strawberries

*Four Dimensional World. Visual Composition. Framing, camerawork, cinematography. * Individual Conferences. PROPOSALS FOR FINAL PAPER TOPIC DUE.

Part IV. FILM STYLE
Week 6

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch. 4 - The Shot:Mise-en-scene
Film: Pulp Fiction

* Director, Camera, Actors. Sound, contra-point.

[Eisenstein : Methods of Montage] MIDTERM PAPER DUE .

Week 7

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch. 5 -- The Shot : Cinematography
Film: title from class project "Movies & Politics"

* Camera Pages. Discussion of Class project theme: Movies and Politics

Week 8

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch. 6 -- The Relation of Shot to Shot : Editing
Film: 8 1/2

* Director: color, drama, composition, style and etc. The Director's Concept.

[Eisenstein _The Structure of the Film_]Light and Shadows: Physical Reality as a Material.

Week 9

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch. 7 -- Sound in the Cinema
Film: Amadeus

*Visible & Invisible Sound * Objective POV in Sound * Subjective POV and CU * Distortions * Slow-Motion Sound * Dead Screen * Silence as a Sound Effect * Juxtaposition of Sound and Image * Sound Effects * Ambient Sounds * Sound as a Plot Device * Sound as a Transitional Element * Sound Links * Voice-Over * Dialogue * Rhythm -- SECOND SUBJECT PAPER DUE (3 pp. min).

Week 10

Required Reading:Bordwell Ch.8 -- Style as a Formal System.
Film: Battleship Potemkin

[Eisenstein _Film Language_] Story-boarding. SECOND TEST (open-book, 30 min. in class)

ROUGH DRAFT OF FINAL PAPERS DUE. Class feedback on paper topics. Conferences.

Part V. CRITICAL ANALYSIS of FILMS
Week 11

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch. 11 -- Film Criticism: Sample Analyses
Film: 2008 "new movie"

* Universal language and Movies. Society and Films

FINAL PAPER CONFERENCES

Part VI. HISTORY OF FILM
Week 12

Required Reading: Bordwell Ch.12 -- Film Art and Film History
Film: Andrey Rublev [ Basics of Semiology. Signs and meaning. How to "read" film. ]

* Film Poetics. Art Films.

* Film, Video, Television. Digital Age.

PAPER PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS AND FINAL PAPER DUE

This page is updated throughout the entire semester!
supporting pages from film directing class:

directing.filmplus.org

Other Film Courses at UAF:
English 217 Introduction to the Study of Film, JB 308 Film and TV Criticism, THR 380 Film and Video Directing, JB 105 History of Cinema and THR 215 Dramatic Literature

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