Analysing Film - FILM8250

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) Dominic Topp checkmark-circle

Overview

The course trains students to communicate confidently and professionally about film form, style, and technique in a variety of spoken, written, and audio-visual formats (e.g. oral presentations, writing, video-essays and/or podcasts). Students will study the theoretical frameworks and specialised terminology which they need to produce accurate, coherent, and effective film analysis. Students will also learn to reflect critically on filmmaking from a variety of modes, genres, historical periods and national traditions (including, where applicable, their own filmmaking).

Details

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 55
Private Study Hours: 245
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Series of Presentations – (40%)
Digital Portfolio – (60%)

Reassessment methods:
Like-for-like

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Bordwell, D., Thompson, K. & Smith, J. (2019) (12th ed.) Film Art: An introduction. McGraw-Hill, New York.
Bordwell, D. (2004) (2nd ed.) The McGraw-Hill Film Viewer's Guide. McGraw-Hill, New York.
Corrigan, T. (2015) (9th ed.) A Short Guide to Writing about Film. Pearson, London.
Ford, Kathy. (2009) Quick Coach Guide to Creating Multi-Modal Essays. Wadsworth, Boston.
Theobald, T. (2019) (4th ed.) Develop Your Presentation Skills: How to Inspire and Inform with Clarity and Confidence. Kogan Page, London.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 analyse films using appropriate theoretical frameworks and specialist terminology
2 identify the function(s) of form, style and technique (mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, sound) in films
3 communicate accurately, coherently, and effectively about film in a variety of professional formats
4 reflect on stylistic choices in films from a variety of modes, genres, historical periods and national traditions

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Critically analyse and make use of reading material and conceptual frameworks;
2 Give sustained attention and concentration to examine the details of texts;
3 Demonstrate advanced skills of cogency, structure and presentation of arguments;
4 Communicate appropriately according to purpose.

Notes

  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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