Introduction to Film Theory

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In this survey of film theory, this course will examine several historic developments in this field. Our discussions will include concepts related to classical film theory, realism, modernity, apparatus theory, genre, ideology, representation, psychoanalysis, affect, and new media.

 

 

Directing with Directors

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In this intro to directing course, we will study and practice the art of film/video directing. During the first half of the term we will study a selection of directors that have had an influence on the work of some contemporary directors. As the title of this course suggests, we will explore what we can learn by studying the work of these contemporary directors who have developed a style and methodology based on and often mimicking their role-model’s films. How can we define style? How is style reproduced on page, stage, and screen? What is film language? What is Auteur Theory? By the first half of the semester you should be able to answer these questions. Upon completion of the course you will have had the opportunity to perform a close reading of a film, create a storyboard, and direct a scene.