CINE 21

Introduction to Film Studies

CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO

Cinema Department

Summer 2019

NOTE FOR SUMMER 2019: I will not add anyone to the class who is not on the official wait list. The class is full and I do not anticipate having any room. Placement on the wait list does not guarantee a spot in the class. Please continue to look for other open CCSF classes and assume that you will not get into the class if you are on the wait list. If any spots open up, I will only add students on the official wait list in order of placement on the first day of class (June 10). Please do not email me about adding the class. I will contact you via CCSF email if any spots open up. Thank you.

Other Online Courses Taught By Professor Sherman

Instructor: Kevin Sherman

Time: Online Course/Canvas

Email: Canvas Inbox or ksherman@ccsf.edu

Canvas Support Hotline (844) 592-2198 available 24/7

Course Description:

An introductory course that addresses film production and film theory through the critical analysis of motion pictures. The course covers popular and technical approaches to cinema, including filmmaking techniques like directing, cinematography and editing, and visual aesthetics.

Films:

All films for the class will be embedded in Canvas via streaming resources provided by the CCSF Library such as the UC Berkeley Library of Foreign Language Film Clips. Once you use your RAM ID to access Canvas you will be able to stream the films directly in each weekly Module. You do not need to rent or purchase films for this class.

Required Text:

Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film (5th Edition) by Richard Barsam and Dave Monahan (Use older editions of Looking at Movies at your own risk – all course material is from the 5th edition)

Student Learning Outcomes:

*Define the basic vocabulary of film production and film theory.

*Analyze the aesthetics of filmmaking.

*Recognize and classify different film genres.

*Evaluate and explore the creation and effects of various types of film experience.

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Looking at Movies

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 1 “Looking at Movies” (pp. 1-34)

SCREENING:

Juno (Jason Reitman, 2007)

Module 3: Principles of Film Form

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 2 “Principles of Film Form” (pp. 35-66)

SCREENING:

Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001)

Module 4: Genre

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 3 “Types of Movies” (pp. 67-120)

SCREENING:

Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

Module 5: Narrative

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 4 “Elements of Narrative” (pp. 121-162)

SCREENING:

Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)

Module 6: Mise-en-Scène: Design

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 5 “Mise-en-Scène” (pp. 163-196)

SCREENING:

Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018)

Module 7: Mise-en-Scène: Composition

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 5 “Mise-en-Scène” (pp. 196-210)

SCREENING:

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

Module 8: Cinematography: Shots

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 6 “Cinematography” (pp. 211-248)

SCREENING:

Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)

Module 9: Midterm

SCREENING:

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)

Module 10: Cinematography: Camera Placement/Movement

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 6 “Cinematography” (pp. 248-270)

SCREENING:

Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)

Module 11: 4th of July Holiday

Module 12: Acting

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 7 “Acting” (pp. 271-316)

SCREENING:

My Week with Marilyn (Simon Curtis, 2011)

Module 13: Editing: Patterns & Rhythm

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 8 “Editing” (pp. 317-333)

SCREENING:

Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998)

Module 14: Approaches to Editing: Continuity & Discontinuity

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 8 “Editing” (pp. 333-362)

SCREENING:

Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

Module 15: Sound

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 9 “Sound” (pp. 363-403)

SCREENING:

A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018)

Module 16: Film History

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 10 “Film History” (pp. 405-455)

SCREENING:

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (Alexandre O. Philippe, 2017)

Module 17: The Film Industry

READING:

Barsam and Monahan, Chapter 11 “How the Movies Are Made” (pp. 457-491)

SCREENING:

Side by Side (Christopher Kenneally, 2012)

Module 18: Final

SCREENING:

Columbus (Kogonada, 2017)

Important Dates:

Day Class Begins: June 10

Last Day to Drop Class for 100% Refund: June 12

Last Day to Add: June 17

Last Day to Drop Without 'W': June 17

Last Day to Take Class P/NP: July 15

Last Day to Drop With 'W': July 15

Day Class Ends: July 21

Grades Available via WEB4: August 7

Assignments:

Our class starts at 8am on Monday, June 10. The course consists of eighteen Modules that each represent an entire week of class in a Fall/Spring semester. The class covers three Modules each week. Most Modules will require you to complete a discussion post, a response post, and a quiz. You will be able to read material, watch films, and complete assignments for each week beginning each Monday at 8am. For example, on June 10 you will have access to the weekly overviews (outlines, films, video tutorials), discussion assignments, and quizzes from Modules 1-3. All assignments for these first three Modules must be completed by 11:59pm on Sunday, June 16. On June 17 you will have access to Modules 4-6 at 8am and all assignments must be completed by June 23 at 11:59pm etc.

All quizzes are multiple choice and consist of 5 questions. You will have 5 minutes for each weekly quiz. Both the midterm and final consist of 25 fill-in-the-blank questions and a short essay question. You will have 45 minutes to complete the midterm and 45 minutes to complete the final. A study guide will be distributed one week before the midterm and final. The study guides will contain the essay questions for the midterm and final so you can write your essays in advance and then paste them into the test's text box in Canvas during the test. The midterm covers Modules 1-8 and the final covers Modules 10-17.

The class requires a minimum of about 15-20 hours of work per week. You will fall behind if you do not plan ahead and complete the work each week. You will not be able to watch three feature films, complete 60-80 pages of reading (and take quizzes on the reading), and complete three discussion posts/responses if you wait until the weekend to complete the work each week.

Attendance:

Students must login and complete work on Canvas in order to stay in the class. Students who do not complete all work from the first week by Sunday, June 16 at 11:59pm may be dropped from the class. I will maintain work completion records via Canvas. Students who do not log into the class for more than one week or do not complete more than two consecutive weeks of assignments may be dropped from the class at any point. Any student whose grade drops below 60% after the third week of class will be dropped. I will make my best effort to contact students at least once before dropping them from the course, but keep in mind I typically have at least eighty students in the summer session. I will contact students via Canvas Inbox. Please make sure that you check your Canvas Inbox or link Canvas messaging to your CCSF email or preferred email address.

Grading:

Weekly Discussion Post & Response Post(s) (30% of Final Grade - /45)

Quizzes (20% of Final Grade - /70)

Midterm (20% of Final Grade - /100)

Final (30% of Final Grade - /100)

Module 1: Introduction

Discussion Post – 3 pts.

Module 2: Looking at Movies

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 3: Principles of Film Form

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 4: Genre

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 5: Narrative

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 6: Mise-en-Scène: Design

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 7: Mise-en-Scène: Composition

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 8: Cinematography: Shots

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 9: Midterm

100 pts.

Module 10: Cinematography: Camera Placement/Movement

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 11: 4th of July Holiday

Module 12: Acting

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 13: Editing: Patterns & Rhythm

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 14: Editing: Continuity & Discontinuity

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 15: Sound

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 16: Film History

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 17: The Film Industry

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 18: Final

100 pts.

Late assignments cannot be accepted except in severe circumstances. You will not receive any points for late work. Also, please keep an eye on the “Announcements” link on the left side of the course homepage. Recent Announcements will also appear on the course home page.

Final Grades

100-90 = A

89-80 = B

79-70 = C

69-60 = D

< 59 = F

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in CCSF classes are required to abide by the CCSF Student Code of Conduct

Violation of the code is basis for referral to the Student Conduct Coordinator or dismissal from the course or CCSF. You are expected to do your own work, and have your own unique answers to questions. Anyone found cheating or plagiarizing the work of others will receive a zero on the assignment and face disciplinary action at the college. PLAGIARISM = copying/citing the words, images, videos, or ideas of others without giving them credit.

DSPS Accommodations

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should request them from the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) located in the Rosenberg Library, Room 323 on the Ocean Campus. Telephone: 415-452-5481 (V) 415-452-5451 (TDD).