644 Film Appreciation
1 semester, ½ credit
Open to juniors and seniors
Film Appreciation allows students to become literate in the understanding of film though a study of its principles (mise en scene, movement, sound, acting, drama, story, literature, ideology, theory, synthesis, and editing), its history, and its continuing development. Students will reach these understandings through a variety of hands-on experiences, in class and out of class film viewing, discussions, and special projects. The world of cinema will be explored.
By the completion of this course, students will be able to…
- Analyze and interpret various shots.
- Describe the various principles involved in Mise en Scene (framing).
- Describe and interpret various camera movements and mechanical distortions used in film.
- Identify the principles and reasons for editing.
- Identify changes to film which came in the sound era and how sound is used to create mood and advance narrative.
- Delineate stage acting and film action as well as skilled acting in contrast to amateur acting.
- Deconstruct narrative according to the principles of drama.
- Critique a film according to the principles studied in this class.
- prepare an analysis of a particular film director and present it to the class.
By the completion of this course, students will know…
- How the writing of a screenplay differs from that of a novel or other forms of literature
- Film principles, history, and continuing development
This curriculum last updated January 27, 2021, by the Fine Arts Department.