ENG 230 : Film
In this introductory course, students apply the language of film, photography, mis en scene, movement, montage, sound, to theories of meaning-making, and aesthetics in movies. Students analyze the dynamics between viewer and image by applying a variety of critical thinking approaches to selected films from within and outside of the Hollywood tradition. Moreover, students explore the ways a film may reflect and influence a society and culture. Topics for reading, writing, and discussion may include masculinity/femininity, sexuality, race, class, ethics, and genre. Four class hours per week to accommodate screenings. Gen. Ed. Competencies Met: Human Expression.
- Identify the components of the visual language of film.
- Describe three basic techniques of editing.
- Define and use the terms in the glossary of their film text.
- Identify and describe the four elements of sound used in film.
- Describe the role of the director and discuss the auteur theory.
- Distinguish between expressionistic and realistic styles in film.
- Discuss the significant aspects of various historical periods in film.
- Identify the major characteristics of selected film genres.
- Write a critical analysis of a selected film.