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Tamara Cooper
C LIT 270
Seattle Campus

Perspectives on Film: Introduction

Introduction to film form, style, and techniques. Examples from silent film and from contemporary film. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.

Class description

C LIT 270 is designed as a foundation course in film studies. Mon and Thur will be lecture days. Tues and Wed will be screening days. It is possible to request a W credit with permission from the instructor and an extra writing assignment. The course presents the basic vocabulary and concepts necessary for analyzing films. By watching and considering film images together as a group, the class will reflect on the categories of film analysis Mis-en-Scene, Cinematography, Editing, and Sound. The class will focus primarily on contemporary film and some television images ranging from The Departed and Hot Fuzz to Squid and the Whale and Juno. Over the course of the quarer you should understand and be able to engage the language of film analysis. You should begin to consider the value, impact and mechanics of the film viewing experience within a larger social context. In order to do so we will watch and discuss as much film as possible.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tamara Cooper
Date: 02/25/2011