Mass Com 423: FILM THEORIES

Syllabus


Wesleyan University-Philippines                                                                                 Mass Com 423 – Film Theories
College of Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   CourseCredit: 3 Units

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A course designed to equip the Mass Communication students with a grasp of the technical and artistic aspects of film making.


COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course, the students are expected to:
Cognitive
 be familiar with the various basic film production techniques.
Affective
realize the importance of creativity, teamwork and discipline.
Psychomotor
apply the knowledge and skills they have gained to produce a short film production project.


METHODOLOGY

Lectures and demonstrations
Viewing sessions
Practical exercises
Group projects


COURSE OUTLINE

  Topic                                                                                                       Timeline
COURSE ORIENTATION  1 week
OVERVIEW OF FILM HISTORY  1 week
FILM AS SCIENCE: TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF FILM MAKING  1 week
FILM AS ART: AESTHETIC ASPECTS OF FILM MAKING  1 week
PRACTICAL EXERCISES:
          Production of 30-sec. film advertisement  2 weeks
          Production of a film sequence adapted from a stage play  2 weeks
          Scripting and pre-production preparations for final short film project  4 weeks
          Shooting and post-production of final  short film project   6 weeks

18 weeks
CONSULTATION HOURS
 Monday to Friday      12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM


REQUIREMENTS

Periodical projects
Critiques


GRADING SYSTEM

Term Project ----------------------------------- 40%

Academic Exercises:

Quiz/Pre-prod Activities--------- 40%
Class Participation---------------- 10%
Attendance--------------------------- 10%


REFERENCES

Zettl, Herbert. Sight sound motion (Applied media aesthetics). 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1999.

Proferes, Nicholas T. Film directing fundamentals: form script to screen. Boston: Focal Press, 2001.

Cleve, Bastian. Film production management. 2nd ed. Boston: Focal Press, 2000.

Cooper, Pat. Writing the short film. 2nd ed. Boston: Focal Press, 2000.

Douglass, John S. The art of technique: an aesthetic approach to film production and video production. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1996.

Tobias, Ronald. The insider’s guide to writing for screen and television. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest, 1997.


 

Online Reference Materials


Motion Picture (Encarta)

Film History

Film: How It All Started

Cinematography

Film Production

Film Production Guidebook

Pre-Production

Shot-by-Shot Style Film Script

Film Script Terminology

Glossary of Film Terms
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