Introduction to Film Analysis
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
This course examines how cinema creates meaning through formal elements such as narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, sound and editing. It introduces students to key concepts and terms in Film Studies. It develops their textual analysis skills and explores different practices of interpretation.
Part 1 of the course (weeks 1-2) will provide a frame of reference to the study of cinema and an introduction to the course. Part 2 (weeks 3-7) will consider the different formal elements which constitute the specificity of cinematic form. Part 3 (weeks 8-12) will look at broader cultural and formal matters such as genre, authorship and reception as well as different forms of cinematic expressions.
COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES (CLOS)
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the textual analysis of films, and to some of the critical approaches employed in Film Studies.
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. perform close textual analysis of films, including the use of relevant terminology in a knowledgeable and critical manner
2. demonstrate knowledge of Film Studies approaches to concepts and categories such as narration, documentary, genre, and authorship
3. analyse some of the social and cultural meanings of film
4. display enhanced critical, analytical and argumentative skills
5. communicate their ideas and arguments about cinema effectively in a critical, creative and scholarly manner.
1 Short Essay (800-1000 words) 15%
2 Creative and critical project (see details below) 30%
3 Textual analysis essay (1500-1800 words) 35%
4 Online test (2 hours) 20%
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