Media Production

· Objective Recognize the interrelation of writing, performing, and technical production as reflected in film history


Media Production-The study of performance and production in film and television

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Course Overview

For over 100 years, films have entertained, enlightened and inspired us. Movie stars fascinate us, movie trivia captivates us, and new releases draw us to the theater in droves. Films provide us with something more than stories and moving images; in this class we will explore what it is about films in general that continue to attract audiences. Much as movie critics do, you will learn to analyze the elements of film that work together to create the overall experience of a film. In high school, you do not always get to choose the material that you will be asked to study. Many of the films we will be viewing are appropriate for mature audiences only—and accordingly, you might find some of them offensive to your sensibilities. We are not watching these films for our entertainment or for our moral or spiritual enrichment. We are watching them in order to learn something about how they were made, how they shape and convey ideas or moods, and how they reflect various trends, tendencies and movements in twentieth-century culture. You may not "like" everything you are assigned to study, but that does not mean that you are free to decline to complete any of the assignments in this course. The films we view will be rated G, PG, or PG-13. Do not suggest any films that are rated R.

Course Objectives

· Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

· Name the major elements of film according to the terminology commonly used in the analysis of film

· Identify the meanings of and concepts behind the terms commonly used in analysis and discussion of film (e.g. setting, theme, point-of-view, characterization, visual imagery, scenario, etc.)

· Accept and appreciate films from different cultures

· Identify the film genre to which a particular film belongs (when applicable)

· Identify and evaluate the artistic effects of cinematic composition (e.g., camera angles, shot composition, camera movement, etc.)

· Identify and evaluate the artistic effects of film editing (e.g., manipulation of film time, association of images, pace, etc.)

· Identify and evaluate the artistic effects of film sound (e.g., for dramatic effect, to create sense of locale, to establish mood, to link scenes, to foreshadow, etc.)

· Identify and evaluate the artistic effects of scriptwriting (e.g., characterization, plot, surprise, suspense, etc.)

· Identify and evaluate the artistic effects of set and costume design (e.g., characterization, mood setting, etc.)

· Interpret the artistic devices in relation to the central thematic content of the film

Writing Requirement

Late papers will be given half credit and graded on my timeline.

Everything distributed in class—handouts and returned work—will only be distributed once. Students who are absent are responsible for acquiring returned work from the basket.

Content quizzes may not be made up.

Academic Dishonesty

Plagiarism is the act of passing off another’s work as your own, either intentionally or unintentionally. Students are regularly caught and punished for plagiarism. If caught, students will fail this course and their cases will be reported to the college administration for discipline. Please don’t risk it. Do your own work.

Attendance and Participation

Attendance is crucial. You cannot learn if you are not in class. .

1) Absolutely NO TALKING during the film.

2) No putting your feet up on the backs of the chairs.

3) No receiving cell-calls or text messages during the class.

4) If it is absolutely necessary for you to leave during the screening, please do so as quickly and quietly as possible, making sure that the door does not flood the room with light when you open it and that it does not slam when you close it.

5) No sleeping or lying down during class.

6) No earbuds allowed in class