Film Studies
We're thrilled to be offering this semester long elective in the English Department.  This course consists of learning about film by studying its history, terminology, and industry through reading, discussing, and watching several major motion pictures. Students will be required to watch some films outside of the class.  Major projects include presenting various papers, and at least one speech on related topics. Other projects have several creative options for students to explore film.

This semester, we will be taking a historical approach to film studies beginning in 1895 and through the next 100 years of film making. With a century of film to cover, you can expect to work hard every day in this academically challenging course.

For class you will need:
  • 3 ring binder with loose leaf paper
  • pen/pencil
  • highlighter
  • Flash drive

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Extra credit opportunity.  Must be completed between Dec. 1 – Jan 9

We heard you and we’ve come up with an opportunity for up to 15 extra credit points over the next few weeks.  Here’s the deal:

1.        Go to a movie currently showing in theaters.

2.       Write a one page review more substantial than simply why you did or didn’t like it. Include your opinions on the acting, directing, editing, pacing, screen play, cinematography, etc.

3.       Type up your paper. Double spaced, 12 pt font, 1” margins.

4.       Be prepared to share your opinions in class. This would not be formal, but rather “I went to see ___________ and thought…”

5.       Staple your ticket stub to the review and turn it in by Jan 9.

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Film students : Your story board consisting of minimum of 16 drawings is due on January 9th. We will be using class time on 12/19, 12/22, and 12/23 as work days.  A copy of the assignment and storyboard templates are available below. Email me over break if you have questions.



 Elements_of_Film_Discourse.docx  
Book vs Movie handout
Get Acrobat Reader  History_of_film_2015_Update.pdf  
Lecture notes - first week of the semester



Great film sites on the Web
This site is devoted entirely to sound in film. It's organized by film title.

http://www.filmsound.org/movielist/

Tony Zhou's site - Amazing stuff here

http://everyframeapainting.tumblr.com/

Link to turnitin.com

90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Minnesota  Here's your chance to submit your own film. Click here for more information:  http://vimeo.com/109045022






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