Unit 1-- THE ART OF WATCHING FILMS

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Unit 1-- THE ART OF WATCHING FILMS
Unit Objective:
To explore and understand various filmmaking concepts and techniques.
Students should be able to:
1.
list some of the characteristics of film that make it a unique art.
2.
identify the various categories of themes that are prevalent in films.
3.
describe various methods of characterization in film.
4.
define the terms: stock character, stereotype, developing character, static character,
flat character, round character.
5.
explain the components of film structure.
6.
describe the 3 goals of cinematic composition.
7.
identify the various types of shots.
8.
define what is meant by aspect ratio.
9.
identify the methods used by filmmakers to draw the audience's attention
toward the object of greatest dramatic significance.
10.
identify methods used in cinematic composition to create the illusion of depth.
11.
identify and explain the range of camera techniques (angle, movement, perspectives)
12.
identify and explain editing techniques.
13.
explain the various methods of lighting.
14.
describe and explain the 3 elements that make up the soundtrack.
15.
explain the concept of points of view in sound.
16.
identify and describe the various functions of film music.
17.
identify and define the various techniques that are used in special effects.
Readings:
Boggs, The Art of Watching Films
Media:
CD-ROM:
How Movies Work
Aspect Ratio
How Films Work: Sound
Evaluation:
TEST on film techniques and concepts
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