Evaluating Contemporary Film [CRN 79623 Course] [CRN 79624 Lab]

Discipline: Communication Studies
Instructor: Raimist
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1230
End: 1350
Field Work: Day 1 | September 15, 2017 | Spain
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course explores narrative and documentary cinematic traditions, aesthetic forms of artistic practice, and transcultural modes of storytelling across the globe. Students learn theoretical approaches to understanding film as world cinema, international cinema, and third world film. Lectures and screenings will examine cinematic movements and genres from African film that explores social and political themes to the Hong Kong pop and action genres that illuminate how types of filmmaking converge with theories of globalization and migration of culture across regions. Student will learn film grammar and develop a vocabulary to analyze production and enable critical discussions of texts. This approach includes close readings of images, story, and the cultural and historical specificity of filmic productions from Europe, Africa, and Asia. This study of contemporary cinema will expose students to modes of filmmaking outside of “Hollywood” traditions and encourage understanding beyond Western traditions.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1
Date: September 15, 2017

“Cinema’s Past and Present in Girona” will bring us to the historic and picturesque charming city of Girona, Spain. After disembarking from the ship we will travel by shuttle bus from Barcelona to an area known for Catalan Gothic architecture, statues, fountains, and the River Onyar. In this city that stands between the sea and the mountains, we will experience a guided tour of the Museu del Cine, which houses the collection of Spanish filmmaker, Tomàs Mallol. His collection contains 20,000 objects that date back to pre-cinema. This permanent collection offers scientific, cultural and fun activities to learn about what is behind a film. The museum also features national and international collections that are curated into the museum. Following our tour we will enjoy local food on the river and have the opportunity to photograph the area. After lunch we will tour the streets of the city of Girona in search of locations used for filming of the sixth season of the popular television show, “Game of Thrones,” so we will gain a sense of how a movie production crew films on location and uses practical and visual fx to connect the real world and the cinematic world to bring a story to life!

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain an understanding of the terminology, history and technology of film and the moving image from the Lumière Brothers to current digital media technologies.
  2. To learn from an immersive cinematic experience and learn about early cinema’s to present day film production techniques, cameras, styles of filming, and facts on how the star system was born in the U.S. and globally
  3. To gain insight in contemporary media production practices through a visit to a local university’s multimedia production program where discussions about contemporary television, media practices in Spain will be gained through conversations with faculty and students.
  4. To develop direct connections in understanding the production conditions of the films screened in class and the development of technology used to produce them.