ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 1 of 10 English 1118-FA: Introduction to Film Studies Course Location: AT 1007 Class Times: Wed. 7pm–10pm Prerequisites: n/a Instructor Information • Instructor: Daniel Hannah • Office: RB 3039 • Telephone: 343 8663 • Email: [email protected] • Office Hours: Wed. 11am–12pm Course Description/Overview This course provides an introduction to a range of approaches to viewing and analyzing films from various genres, historical moments, and national traditions. We will build a critical vocabulary with which to think, talk, and write about the formal and stylistic features of film (such as narrative structure, mise en scene, cinematography, editing and sound). We will study the cinema as a social, historical, cultural, and ideological institution. Course Objectives and/or Learner Outcomes Students who have completed all the readings, watched all the films, attended all the lectures, submitted all the assignments, and consistently engaged with the course material should, by the end of the course, be able to: • • • • • Think independently and critically about film, film production, and the study of film. Analyze the formal, political, and social issues raised by films and film studies as an institution. Read films in a variety of genres critically, and assess their rhetorical, ideological and aesthetic strategies. Analyse specific cinematic devices and explain how such devices contribute to the meaning of a film. Explain how a film is produced by, and produces, its historical, national, political, and/or cultural contexts. ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 2 of 10 • • • • • • • • Explain the role of film in articulating and creating categories of identity (including race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, etc.). Analyse films from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Identify and assess the social, political, environmental and ethical themes presented in films. Identify the formal and stylistic conventions of a variety of genres, and identify ways in which individual films work within, or expand the definitions of, particular genres. Write well (grammatically correct, clear, effective prose). Write about film using a critical vocabulary. Communicate ideas effectively and coherently, in persuasive essays, and a variety of other forms. Use library resources to research a topic and use what is discovered to illuminate a critical reading of a cinematic text. Course Resources Required Course Text • David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art, 10th edition with Connect Access Card (if you do not buy this edition or purchase it secondhand, you will need to purchase Connect access separately [about $70]). Course Websites • Desire2Learn • Connect: http://connect.mheducation.com/class/ d-hannah-fall-2015 Course Schedule In preparation for each class, students are expected to have completed the assigned readings and viewed the assigned feature film before coming to class. Assessments and their due dates are listed below and are underlined. Films that are available to stream through the library catalogue are listed in the schedule. Streaming is provided by two separate databases: COD (Criterion On Demand); Kanopy. All other films we be available on restricted loan from the circulation desk in the Chancellor Paterson library. ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 3 of 10 Historically, films were usually viewed in groups on large screens and I would encourage you to replicate that experience whenever you can. Please try to avoid watching the films on your mobile phones. Sept. 16: Introduction to Class Introductory discussion on film form and history FILM ART AND FILMMAKING Sept. 23: Film as Art: Creativity, Technology, and Business (CLASS STARTS AT 8PM FOR THIS CLASS) Assigned Film: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942, 102 min.) (Streaming, COD) Reading: Film Art – Part One: Film and Filmmaking; Chapter 1: “Film as Art: Creativity, Technology, and Business”. Extract on production process of Casablanca from America’s Favourite Movies (D2L) FILM FORM Sept. 30: Film Form Writing About Film (Taking Notes) Assigned Film: La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962, 28 min.) (Streaming, Kanopy) Reading: Film Art – Part Two: Film Form; Chapter 2: “The Significance of Film Form” ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 4 of 10 Oct. 7: Narrative Form Writing about Film (Segmentation and Narrative Analysis) Assigned Film: Citizen Kane (Streaming, COD) Readings: Film Art – Part Two: Film Form; Chapter 3: “Narrative Form” Connect Assignment: Ch. 4 Video Tutorials x5 with Quizzes (due Oct. 14, 7pm) FILM STYLE Oct. 14: Mise-en-Scene Assigned Film: L’Avventura (The Adventure) (Michaelangelo Antonioni, 1960, 145 min.) (Streaming, COD) Readings: Film Art – Part Three: Film Style; Chapter 4: “The Shot: Mise-enScene” Connect Assignment: Ch. 5 Video Tutorials x5 with Quizzes (due Oct. 21, 7pm) Oct. 21: Cinematography Assigned Film: Tokyo monogatari (Tokyo Story) (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953, 136 min.) (Streaming, Kanopy) Readings: Film Art – Part Three: Film Style; Chapter 5: “The Shot: Cinematography”; from Chapter 11: “Tokyo Story (Tokyo monogatari)“ (pages 420-25) Connect Assignment: Ch. 6 Video Tutorials x6 with Quizzes (due Oct. 21, 7pm) Short Assignment: Mise-en-Scene Analaysis (due Oct. 21 7pm) ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 5 of 10 Oct. 28: Editing Assigned Film: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958, 129 min.) (DVD, available at circulation desk) Readings: Film Art – Part Three: Film Style; Chapter 6: “The Relation of Shot to Shot: Editing” Richard Allen, “Camera Movement in Vertigo” (http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~muffin/camera_movement.html) Connect Assignment: Ch. 7 Video Tutorials x3 with Quizzes (due Oct. 21, 7pm) Nov. 4: Sound in Cinema Assigned Film: The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993, 121 min.) (Streaming, COD) Readings: Film Art – Part Three: Film Style; Chapter 7: “Sound in the Cinema”; Chapter 8: “Summary: Style as a Formal System” Short Assignment: Shot to Shot Analysis (due Nov. 4, 7pm) FINAL DATE FOR WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSE IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 TYPES OF FILM Nov. 11: Film Genres: The Musical Writing About Film (Critical Analysis and the Research Essay) Assigned Film: Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelley and Stanley Donen, 1952, 103 min.) (Streaming, COD) ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 6 of 10 Reading: Film Art – Part Four: Types of Films; Chapter 9: “Film Genres”; Part Five – Appendix – “Writing a Critical Analysis of a Film” (450–456). Nov. 18: Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films Assigned Film: Chelovek s kino- apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera) (Dziga Vertov, 1929, 68 min.) (Streaming, Kanopy) Ballet Mécanique (to be screened in class) Reading: Film Art – Part Four: Types of Films; Chapter 10: “Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films” Film Art – Part Five: Critical Analysis of Films; from Chapter 11: “Documentary Form and Style: Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera)” (pages 429-33) FILM ANALYSIS: CASE STUDIES Nov. 25: Classical Narrative Cinema Assigned Film: Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989, 120 min.) (DVD, available at circulation desk) Reading: Film Art – from Chapter 11: “Do the Right Thing” (pages 410-15) *Research Essay (due Nov. 25, 7pm) Dec. 2: Narrative Alternatives to Classical Filmmaking Writing an Essay for an English Exam Exam Review Assigned Film: Breathless (À bout de soufflé) (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960. 90 min.) (Streaming, Kanopy) Film Art –from Chapter 11: “Narrative Alternatives to Classical Filmmaking: Breathless” (pages 415-20) ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 7 of 10 Assignments and Evaluation Assignment 4 Sets of Connect Video Tutorial Quizzes Due date Throughout term 2 Short Assignments October 21 and November 4 25% 1–2 pages each Research Essay November 18 30% 4–7 pages Final Exam TBA 35% 3 hours (Mise en scene and Shot Analysis) Value Length 10% Short (700 points) answers Assignment Policies • • • • All assignments are individual assignments and cannot be completed collaboratively. Written assignments are due by 7pm in class on the dates indicated. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. If you require an extension, you must ask for one BEFORE the due date. Extensions will only be granted for medical conditions with a doctor’s note or for other extenuating circumstances. The final exam must be written on the date scheduled, so do not make travel plans for the exam period until the exam schedule is posted. Guidelines for Written Work • Paper: Use 8.5 by 11 inch paper • • Margins: Use 1 inch margins all around. Spacing: Your essay should be double-spaced throughout, including blocked quotations, notes, and the works cited page. Title Page: Your paper does not need a title page. At the top of the first page at the left-hand margin, type your name, your instructor’s name, the course name and number, and the date – all on separate, double-spaced lines. Then double-space again and center the title above your text. Double-space again before beginning your text. The title should be • ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 8 of 10 • • neither underlined nor written in caps. Capitalize only the first, last, and principal words of the title. Page numbers: insert page numbers throughout the document. All requirements for the formatting of quotations and references can be found in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers – available from the reference section in the library. You can also consult the following online source: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ • Works Cited: every essay must include a works cited page, which will include all texts cited in the essay (including primary texts). Refer to the MLA Guide for proper works cited format. Details of Assignments Connect Video Tutorials and Quizzes For each of these assignments there will be a set of 3–6 videos with an array of questions based on the material in the videos. The videos and quizzes will become available on the Connect website a week before they are due. Complete the quiz online before you come to class—late assignments, including assignments completed in class, will not be accepted. Short Assignments The details of these two short assignments on mise en scene and shot to shot analysis will be distributed at a later date. Research Essay Questions for this assignment will be distributed at a future date. You will be expected to analyze an assigned film, and consult and include in your essay references and citations from a minimum of two scholarly secondary sources (such as articles in academic journals or academic books) on the film and/or topic you have selected. Film reviews and non-academic on-line sources may be included if necessary, but only in addition to the two (or more) scholarly secondary sources. Final Exam This three-hour exam will be made up of both multiple-choice questions on key terms and essay questions. ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 9 of 10 Marking Standards All written assignments will be marked in accordance with the English Department Marking Standards: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/english/markingstandards. Collaboration/Plagiarism Rules Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else's words and/or ideas. Not acknowledging your debt to the ideas of a secondary source, failing to use quotation marks when you are quoting directly, buying essays from essay banks, copying another student's work, or working together on an individual assignment, all constitute plagiarism. Resubmitting material you've submitted to another course is also academic dishonesty. All plagiarized work (in whole or in part) and other forms of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean, who is responsible for judging academic misconduct and imposing penalties. The minimum penalty for academic misconduct is a 0 on the assignment in question. It might also be subject to more severe academic penalties. See the Code of Student Behaviour. Course Policies 1. Please keep in mind that proper class participation includes appropriate interactions between students and appropriate behavior in the classroom. Please refrain from speaking when others are speaking. Sexist, homophobic, and/or racist comments or behavior will not be tolerated. 2. While I will distribute powerpoint presentations after classes through WebCT, these will not substitute for your own notetaking – these powerpoint displays will make little sense unless you have attended the class. Taking detailed notes will serve you well during exam time. 3. Students are expected to complete ALL assigned readings prior to class. 4. All assignments must be handed in, in class, on the due date, and must follow the “Guidelines for Written Work” appended to this syllabus. No late assignments will be accepted. Emailed or faxed papers will not be accepted. 5. Keep a copy of all written work – accidents happen, and essays and assignments can go missing. It is the student’s responsibility to have a backup ready should this occur. ENGL 1118-FA: SYLLABUS 10 of 10 University Policies • Students in this course are expected to conform to the Code of Student Behaviour: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/faculty-and-staff/policies/studentrelated/code-of-student-behaviour-and-disciplinary-procedures • Lakehead University provides academic accommodations for students with disabilities (https://www.lakeheadu.ca/faculty-andstaff/departments/services/sas) in accordance with the terms of the Ontario Human Rights Code. This occurs through a collaborative process that acknowledges a collective obligation to develop an accessible learning environment that both meets the needs of students and preserves the essential academic requirements of the course. This course outline is available online through the English Department homepage and/or the Desire2Learn site for the course.