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Film 20A Week 1

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Intro to Film Studies
Dr. Michael Arnold
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Date Created: 09/27/16
Film 20A: Introduction to Film Studies University of California, Santa Cruz – Fall 2016 Version 1.4 Lectures – Tuesday & Thursday 3:20 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. in Earth & Marine Sciences B206 Screenings – Tuesday 5:20 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in Earth & Marine Sciences B206 Discussion Sections – Friday in Communications Professor: Michael ARNOLD, PhD ( Office: Kresge College Room 157E Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment Teaching Assistants and Discussion Sections: A&B: Fridays, 9:15am-11:30am in Communications 117 - Alicia Rice C&D: Fridays, 11:45am-2:00pn in Communications 117 - Cassondra Sobieralski E&F: Fridays, 2:15pm-4:30pm in Communications 117 - Dan Rudin G&H: Fridays, 9:00am-11:15am in Communications 121 - Aria Zapata I&J: Fridays, 11:30am-1:45pm in Communications 121 - Ryan Page INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE This course is designed to be an enlightening, challenging, and enjoyable introduction to the academic study of cinema. Introduction to Film Studies will assist you in developing a critical vocabulary and methodology for watching, analyzing, and writing about films. This is not a film appreciation course per se, but the skills and knowledge you develop during this term will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the complex and diverse media and cultures that we call “The Movies.” In the course readings, lectures, and discussions, we will guide you through the basic elements of mise-en-scène, editing, cinematography, and sound. We will give you the tools to explore questions of narrative and non-narrative modes, film genres, new media, and experimental film. We will also introduce you to core concepts in film historiography, theory, and writing. Our screenings will expose you to a diverse selection of films that highlight the practical and formal structures of the movies as well as the spectacular and creative possibilities of film art. Welcome to Film Studies! TEXTBOOK AND READING ASSIGNMENTS th 1. Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White, The Film Experience: An Introduction (4 Edition) 2. Supplemental readings will be made available on the class Canvas site when it is ready. A temporary class site can be found on Google Classroom, code 7h6f4iz COURSE REQUIREMENTS Reading Assignments Please complete the assigned readings for each week before the first lecture and screening. Take notes, think about the ideas and examples, and be prepared to talk about the readings in your Friday discussion sections. Assignments and Examinations This class has two major writing assignments and two major exams. The first writing assignment will be a close analysis of the audio-visual characteristics in one sequence from a chosen film. You will be asked to use the concepts and terminology from roughly the first month of lessons to accurately describe the formal characteristics one scene from a film that we watch in class. The length should at least 1000 words long (approximatlely 4 pages of text, double-spaced). The first paper will be due in discussion section on Oct. 21. 1 A midterm examination is [tentatively] scheduled to be held in discussion section on Friday, November 4. This test will include multiple choice and short answer essay questions, and will cover material from all prior screenings, lectures, discussions, and textbook readings through Chapter 7 (“Documentary Films”). The second writing assignment is a critical analysis of one of the films that we watch in class. For this paper, you will use concepts from the readings, lectures, and discussions to write a comprehensive analysis of a film. This paper should be between 1250 and 1500 words long, and is due in discussion section on December 2. More detailed guidelines about the two writing assignments will be provided in class and in discussion section. The final examination will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in our main lecture auditorium, Earth & Marine Sciences B206. The final examination will contain multiple choice and essay questions, and will cover material from the entire term. Further details about the midterm and final examinations will be provided in class and in discussion section. Quizzes, short writing assignments, and extra credit exercises may also be added during the term. Attendance and Class Participation All students are expected to attend all lectures, screenings, and discussion sections. Attendance will be recorded. Absences will have a direct and negative effect on your final course grade. More than two (2) unexcused discussion section absences will result in zero participation points. (Participation is 10% of your total grade.) Each subsequent absence will lower your total course grade by 5%. Screenings There will be a class screening each Tuesday starting at 5:20 p.m. These screenings are designed to be stimulating and enjoyable, but they are not simply a way to watch movies—they are intended to be a practical experiment, to help you understand how “film” and “cinema” do not simply mean the flickering lights you see on a screen, but also the space of the auditorium, the reactions of the audience, and the other sensations of watching projected moving images in public. Attendance at screenings (like all other class meetings) is required to pass the course. Many of the films shown in this course address serious themes and controversial subjects. They project representations of history, nationality, the body, personal identities, physical violence, and—perhaps most importantly—moving image representation itself. Of course, these are “only movies,” but these movies exist to challenge, entertain, and provoke viewers. One goal of this course is to teach you to balance close observation and critical distance as you learn how movies create meaning. Please think of this as a way to reflect on your position(s) as spectators and gain control over your interactions with the moving image. If you are uncomfortable viewing challenging material, please speak with your instructors. They may direct you to Counseling and Psychological Services (831­459­2628) or the Disability Resource Center ( or 831­459­2089) for support to help you do your best in this course. Discussion Sections All students are enrolled in one of the Friday discussion sections for the course. Discussion sections are a crucial component of this class. They are a way for you, a qualified instructor, and a relatively small group of peers to discuss the concepts introduced in the readings and lectures. Discussion sections may involve additional assignments or exercises to help you process information from the readings and screenings. Attendance at discussion sections is also required. Please check your schedule and take note of the time, location, and instructor for your section. 2 CLASS ETIQUETTE Cell phones and small mobile devices are a distraction to everyone—they distract you, they frustrate your instructors, and they annoy your peers. Please turn your phones off and put them away during class. You may take notes and review digital copies of the readings on laptops, tablets, etc. (not cell phones) during lecture if absolutely necessary, but we strongly recommend that you use practical materials instead. During class meetings, you should not be connected to network or Internet resources. If you are found to be using technology to do anything other than review the text or take notes (or some other sanctioned class activity) you will be asked to leave the class and will be marked absent for the day. If you require special accommodations to take the course, please see the policies below and speak with an instructor. Digital devices of any kind are prohibited during class screenings without prior consultation and explicit permission from the instructor. Water, coffee, and other appropriate drinks are allowed in class. Please do not eat during lecture or discussion section. Tuesday sessions will be long, so you may bring snacks to screening as long as they are allowed by University and room policy. (But if you do, please be courteous and don’t make a mess!) COURSE POLICIES Academic Misconduct Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, or facilitating academic dishonesty. Acts of academic misconduct during the course, including plagiarism, can and usually do result in failure of the course, at the sole discretion of the instructor of record. Your case will be reported to the College Provost as per the Academic Integrity guidelines found online at More information about research and information ethics can be found here: DRC The University of California, Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to your instructor during office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. We would like to ensure your full participation in the course. All students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services should contact the DRC by phone at 831-459-2089 or by email at Recording or Distribution of Class Materials Please note that selling, preparing, or distributing for any purpose lecture notes or video or audio recordings of any course is explicitly forbidden by campus policy, unless authorized by the University in advance (for instance, by the Disability Resource Center, which can assign students who need one a note taker with a laptop or other recording device) and unless explicitly permitted by the course instructor in writing. GRADES Attendance and participation at all class meetings 10% Paper 1: Scene analysis essay 20% Midterm examination 20% Paper 2: Film analysis essay 20% Final examination (December 7, 4:00–7:00 p.m.) 30% 3 CLASS SCHEDULE__________________________________________________________ Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Readings and screenings may be rescheduled, removed, added, or replaced during the term. Changes will be announced in class. WEEK ONE – September 22 & 23 Class introduction, syllabus, and first discussion section Reading – Sohoni, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Film” (+ TFE Intro & Chapter 1) WEEK TWO - September 27, 29, 30 – Mise en scène Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 2: Mise en scène Screening – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) WEEK THREE – October 4, 6, 7 - Cinematography Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 3: Cinematography Screening – Floating Weeds (1959) WEEK FOUR – October 11, 13, 14 - Editing Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 4: Editing Screening – The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) WEEK FIVE – October 18, 20, 21 – Sound Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 5: Film Sound Screening – Singin’ In the Rain (1952) Assignment – Scene analysis due in Friday, Oct. 21 discussion section WEEK SIX – October 25, 27, 28 - Narrative Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 6: Narrative Films Screening – A Summer’s Tale (1996) WEEK SEVEN – November 1, 3, 4 – Documentary Film and Realism Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 7: Documentary Films Screening – Grizzly Man (2005) Midterm examination - Friday, Nov. 4 in discussion sections WEEK EIGHT – November 8, 10 – Experimental Film No discussion sections on Nov. 11 Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 8: Experimental Film and New Media Screening – misc. short & experimental films (TBA) WEEK NINE – November 15, 17, 18 – Film Genres Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 9: Movie Genres Screening – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) WEEK TEN – November 22 – Hollywood and Global Cinema No class on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 10: History and Historiography Screening – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) WEEK ELEVEN – November 29, December 1, 2 – Film Theory, Film Writing, and Review Reading – The Film Experience Chapter 11: Reading about Film & Chapter 12: Writing a Film Essay Screening – Holy Motors (2012) Assignment - Film analysis essay due in Friday, Dec. 2 discussion section FINAL EXAMINATION – DECEMBER 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Earth & Marine Sciences B206 TheEnd 4


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