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FILM 1002 Film Analysis for Non-Majors

About the Course

Introduces the critical study of film, exploring theoretical, historical, and technical concerns while presenting a survey of important film periods and genres. Students will hone critical thinking, close-analysis, and writing skills. The course will cover a wide variety of films, approaching them from numerous perspectives, considering both the effects films have on individual viewers and their ability to reflect culture.Introduces the critical study of film, exploring theoretical, historical, and technical concerns while presenting a survey of important film periods and genres. Students will hone critical-thinking, close-analysis, and writing skills. The course will cover a wide variety of films, approaching them from numerous perspectives, considering both the effects films have on individual viewers and their ability to reflect culture.

Objectives

  • Explain the importance of film analysis.
  • Recognize major film movements.
  • Analyze a film, shot by shot and explain why the filmmaker made the choices they did.
  • Apply film terminology and analysis to readings of all types of films.
  • Examine films in a context that elevates them above pure entertainment.
  • Discuss how place affects the film viewing experience.
  • Evaluate films in a manner that allows for assessment of the film’s quality and your personal critique that goes beyond a film review.

Grade Breakdown

  • Weekly Discussion Board Posts. 28% of final grade.
  • 4 Worksheets. 24% of final grade.
  • 2 Sequence Analysis Papers. 20% of final grade.
  • Midterm Exam. 12% of final grade.
  • Final Paper. 16% of final grade.

Required Text

The Film Experience: An Introduction. by Corrigan, Timothy, and Patricia White. Third ed. Boston: Beford/St. Martin’s, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-312-68170-8

In addition to the textbook you will be responsible for gaining access to and viewing 1-2 films per week. This can most easily be accomplished through a DVD subscription to Netflix for the 4 months of the course.

Instructor Contact

Email: chelsea.hunnicutt@colorado.edu

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Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Location

We are located at the corner of University Avenue and 15th Street in a white brick building.

Map

1505 University Avenue
University of Colorado Boulder
178 UCB
Boulder, Colorado
80309-0178