This course lays the foundation for understanding the practical techniques, specialized language, and unique aesthetics of motion pictures. Students analyze the basic elements of cinematic form as seen through essential properties of the medium, including editing, cinematography, production design, and sound design, and gain an appreciation of film history and of the impact of culture and technology on the development of the cinema.
- Ability to identify constituent elements of cinematic expression both in terms of form and content.
- Knowledge of filmmaking as a craft and a collaborative process.
- Greater fluency in the communicative language of cinema and an ability to reflect critically and speak with confidence about a wide range of films.
- Ability to articulate the ways in which film work is grounded within a cultural, historical and/or social context.
- Refined writing and oral presentations skills.
- An appreciation for the technical apparatus of the cinema as well as the industrial complex that surrounds it.
- An appreciation for modes of filmic expression beyond the conventional narrative.