* Archive Page * 2005 THR334 Film & Movies
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Spring 2003 Mon. 6-9 pm Office Hours: by appointment
Anatoly Antohin, 7754 (o), 455-6149 (h)
Film Website http://afronord.tripod.com
WebPages : your main directory -- film.vtheatre.net
SummaryThere are many "Film & Moves" pages (archives)
QuestionsHistory of this course:
When I came to UAF, the place has no Film Studies and this class was to help build a film minor, at least.
The title "Film and Drama" -- because the theatre department was the originator of the film studies ("Drama program" at the time). Theatre UAF is still a coordinator of "film minor" and we have BA with the emphasis in video directing.
Now this course has the name "Film and Movies" and, if you read my webpage, you understand why? Films are the movies which advance the language of cinema... and this is what we study in this class.
NotesFall'07 -- new teatbook : film art, an Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, 7th ed. 0-07-248455-1 www.mhhe.com [ textbook has ite own website + CD/DVD ]
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Comprehensive overview of film process to introduce non-theatre students to theoretical and critical frameworks of film-making, acting and directing. Lectures with film viewings will focus on screen performance as the means of dramatic communication. Fundamentals of Film Theory will be introduced. Papers: midterm, final and two "subject" papers. (Film Minor requirement. Cross-listing with JB and English Depts.)
Topics: 20th century: Post-Gutenberg Visual Universe. Global Village and film language. Performance -- nonverbal communications. Performance and Audience; Social Art and Audience Society. Film Actor: Story through the Character. Acting on Camera, for the Camera, Screen Performance. Method Acting and Cinema. Acting Styles and Stars. Social models and the cult of celebrities. Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller.
The Art of Watching Films by Joseph Boggs, 3rd Ed.
Texts (on reserve):
Recommended: Sergei Eisenstein _Film Form_ (Essays in Film Theory)
Seven Chapters for serious students:
Through Theatre to Cinema (Elements of Film Language), The Filmic Fourth Dimension (Time-Space), A Dialectic Approach to Film Form (Conflict), The Cinematographic Principle and the Ideogram (Shots), Methods of Montage (Cuts), The Structure of the Film (Style), Film Language (Potemkin)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
A Streetcar Named Desire
Romeo & Juliet (1996)
Rublev by Tarkovsky
COURSE REQUIREMENT: * CLASS PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSION, DEBATE, AND CLASS ACTIVITY * PERSONAL CONFERENCES (2) * COMPLETION OF READING ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO CLASS * REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AT ALL CLASS FILM SCREENING * COMPLETION OF FOUR (4) PAPERS * TWO TESTS
Class One (210 min)Intro. Film: History of New Medium -- Seven Ages of Film. Cinema and Other Arts. Boggs Ch. 1 - FILM ANALYSIS (The Art of Watching Films)
Films and/or Movies. Concept: Dramatic Structure into Film Language. Storytelling in Film. Dramatic composition. Exposition-Climax-Resolution. Segmentation. Scenes and episodes. _One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest_.
Class TwoAristotle at the movies: Idea, Plot and Character. Conflict and Action. Themes. Boggs Ch.2 - THEME AND FOCUS
Script and Screen. [Eisenstein: _Through Theatre to Cinema_.] Scenes and Plot: Mise-en-Scene I. Primary Motion. _A Streetcar Named Desire_*: Williams and Brando.
Class ThreeImages and Symbols. Pictures in Motion. Boggs Ch.3 -- Fictional & Dramatic Elements
[Eisenstein _The Filmic Fourth Dimension_] Time-space in film. _The Godfather_. FIRST TEST (Home-take).
Also, see Books
Class FourSecondary Motion? Camera acts. Boggs Ch. 4 -- Visual Elements
[Eisenstein _A Dialectic Approach to Film Form_] Camera and POV. Conflict. Shots and Cuts. Directing and Editing. _Terminator_* FIRST SUBJECT PAPER DUE (3 pp. min).
Read textbook chapters before your class!
Class FiveFour Dimensional World. Visual Composition. Boggs Ch. 5 -- Color
[Eisenstein _The Cinematic Principle and the Ideogram_] Framing, camerawork, cinematography. _Wild Strawberries_* Individual Conferences. FINAL RESEARCH PAPER TOPIC ASSIGNED.
Class SixDirector, Camera, Actors. Styles -- overview. Sound, contra-point. Boggs Ch. 6 -- Sound & Dialogue
[Eisenstein _Methods of Montage_] POV and Mise en Scene II: _Pulp Fiction_* MIDTERM PAPER DUE (6 pp. min).
Class SevenShades of Realism. Genres. [Boggs Ch. 7 -- The Music Score] Ch. 8 -- Acting
Character Relationships: Method Acting and Cinema. Actor: Performance as a non-verbal communication. _Amadeus_*; Drama on stage and screen: Adaptations.
Class EightDirector: color, drama, composition, style and etc. Boggs Ch. 9 -- The Director's Style (Review Concept)
[Eisenstein _The Structure of the Film_] _8 1/2_ Light and Shadows: Physical Reality as a Material.
: Use Your Weekends!
Class NineOverview. Boggs. Ch. 10 -- Analysis of the Whole Film, Ch. 11 -- Adaptations (Amadeus, A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo & Juliet)
_The Taming of the Shrew_: Drama and Comedy. SECOND SUBJECT PAPER DUE (3 pp. min).
Class TenShots, Cuts, and Montage. [Boggs Ch. 12 -- Genre, Remakes, and Sequels and Ch. 13 -- Other Special Experiences]
[Eisenstein _Film Language_] Story-boarding: _Battleship Potemkin_ SECOND TEST (open-book, 30 min. in class).
Final paper outline due. Discussion in class. Conferences.
Class ElevenUniversal language. Post-modern theories. [Boggs Ch. 14 - 15]
Society and Films. Dreams* by Kurosawa. FINAL PAPER CONSULTING.
Class TwelveBasics of Semiology. Signs and meaning. How to "read" film.
Film Poetics. Art Films. Tarkovsky _Andrey Rublev_
Film, Video, Television. Digital Age. Film 600 class preview.
Paper presentation in class. Final Paper (10-15 pp.)
Final Test in Class
Final Paper 40%
Midterm Paper 20%
Two (2) subject Papers (10% each) 20%
Two (2) Tests (5% each) 10%
Missed classes and late papers -- reduced grade!
Other Film Courses at UAF:
English 217 Introduction to the Study of Film, JB 308 Film and TV Criticism, THR 380 Film and Video Directing, JB 105 History of Cinema THR 215 Dramatic Literature
Tony Barr _Acting for the Camera_ New York, Harper & Row, 1982.
Charles Marowtiz _The Art of Being: Towards a Theory of Acting_ New York Grove Press, 1974.
Rudolf Arnheim _Visual Thinking_ Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969.
Arthur Berger _Seeing is Believing_ Mayfield Publishing Co. 1983
Sergei Eisenstein _Film Sense_ New York: HBJ, 1975.
David Park _The Image of Eternity_ Umass Press, 1980.
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