Course Overview & Units

UNIT #1: VISUALS
9/5-9/9 Early cinema, the mechanics of film, women in early cinema
Primary filmsAssorted films by the founders of cinema, the Lumiere brothers (1894-1896), French; Suspense (1913) by Lois Weber, American; The Irresistible Piano (1907) by Alice Guy Blache, French.
9/12-9/16 Early cinema & film cont., German Expressionism
Primary films: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, 74 min.), Dir. Robert Weine, German
9/19-9/23 Shot composition, film reviews & ratings
Project: Film review: Dr. Caligari
9/26-9/30 The emergence of sound, nostalgia & stylization
Primary films: The Artist (2011, 1:54 min) , Dir. Michel Hazanavicius, French

UNIT #2: SOUND
10/3-10/7 Sound in films: design, score, soundtrack
Primary filmsThe Artist (2011, 1:54 min) , Dir. Michel Hazanavicius, FrenchExcerpt: WALL-E (2008), Dir. Andrew Stanton, American; Excerpt: Singing in the Rain (1952), Dir. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, American
10/10-10/14 2001 Sound Design projects
Project: Re-designing sound for 2001: The Dawn of Man excerpt
10/17-10/21 “Sound in Film” Show ‘n’ Tell presentations
Primary films: Excerpts from class members

UNIT #3: STORY
10/24-10/28 Screening week
Primary films: Whale Rider (2002, 1:41 min), Dir. Niki Caro, New Zealand; Where the Wild Things Are (2009, 1:44 min), Dir. Spike Jonze, American.
11/7-11/11 Story structure for feature films
Primary films: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 1:33 min), Dir. Benh Zeitlin, American; Glory At Sea (2008, 25 min), Dir. Benh Zeitlin, American.
11/14-11/18 

Unit #4 MEANING
11/28-12/2

12/5-12/9

12/12-12/16

12/19-12/23

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