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Approaches to film studies

  1. 1. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Media Studies and Journalism Department COURSE SYLLABUS SPRING 2012 APPROACHES TO FILM STUDIES MSJ 241  
  2. 2. 2 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  Course Code: MSJ 241Course Title: Approaches to Film StudiesCourse Overview: This course is initiated to give students an understanding of film offering a very briefhistory and language of film. Knowing film history students will have an overview of film andits different movements (students will learn major characteristics of each movement) and withthe film language they at the end of the course will be able to tell story in their own & cananalyze the film. Students will also learn of how meaning is produced in film and hence theywill have a glance of how film is a cultural product. Apart from these they will be told aboutdifferent theories – auteur theory, genre theory, audience theory to some extent so that theycan find themselves prepared for the next advanced courses.
  3. 3. 3 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies   Course Objective:The first and prime objective of introducing this course is to make students aware of film’svisual techniques as well as its capacity to tell story. And, the second objective is to makestudents capable of reading film as text rather than seeing.GRADINGATTENDANCE 10%Attendance in this course is a mandatory requirement. You are expected to attend every classand stay for the entire duration. Tardiness, early departures, lack of being prepared, or lackof awareness or attention during class will count as absences--two incidents of any ofpreviously stated will equal one absence. A student may be absent from class maximum offive times during the semester with the deduction of his or her attendance marks. There are noexcused absences beyond those five. Any further absences (without the permission ofDepartment Head) – the 6th absence the student will receive a failing grade.***An attendance includes the classes and seminars related to the course curriculum integrationprograms. Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  TEAM WORK 5%You will be graded on the quality of the specific tasks in the role you are assigned. You willperform different roles in the class projects.QUIZZES 5%There will be several reading quizzes to prove your knowledge of course content.EXERCISES 10%There will be several exercises to prove your knowledge of course content.ASSIGNMENTS 10%There will be couple of written assignments to prove your knowledge of Film reviews.MID TERM EXAMINATION 20%There will be MCQ/short note/fill up the blanks questions for Mid Term to recall yourknowledge of video technology.ORAL REPORT 10%There will be several oral reports to prove your knowledge about the course.
  4. 4. 4 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies  PROJECT 10%There will be a project on Film analysis (3000-5000 words).FINAL Exam 20%There will be MCQ/short note/fill up the blanks questions for final to recall your knowledgeof film theory. Grade Chart ATTENDANCE 10% TEAM WORK 10% QUIZZES 5% EXERCISES 10% ASSIGNMENTS 10% MID TERM EXAMINATION 20% ORAL REPORT 10% FINAL PROJECT 25% Total marks 100GENERAL INFORMATION Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  EquipmentThe use of all ULAB equipment, outside classroom exercises, will require a signed request andpolicy form. You are responsible for replacement and repair costs of all damaged or lostequipment.EmailsCommunication will occur through email. Be sure to check your email daily. You are responsiblefor emails sent by the faculty.Late AssignmentsPlan ahead for this intensive class, there will be no late assignments accepted (unless I havegiven you permission beforehand).PlagiarismPlagiarism is the intended or unintended use of someone elses language and/or ideas withoutrevealing the source of that material, leading the audience to believe that the work is original.So attribute all your sources. Minimum penalty for plagiarism is a zero on the assignment (andpossible course failure); I will also follow University rules and report any instances ofplagiarism to the administration.AccommodationsIf you need course adaptation or accommodation because of a disability (physical, learning,psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.), please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
  5. 5. 5 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies   Course Content: The content of the course will be as follow: Topic   Week/Session   Content   Films  to  be  screened  Introducing  the  course   1   Session  –   Course  Contents;    and  defining  Cinema       1,2     What  is  Cinema/Film/Movie?       Pre-­‐history  of  Cinema:  Why  do  we       see  that  film  moves?     The  Beginnings   2   Session  -­‐   Early  Cinema  (1895  –  1903),     Arrival  of  a  train,  Workers  Leaving  Brief  History  of  Film   3,4   the  Lumiere  Factory,  Babys  (will  be  discussed  in   the  development  of  Classical   Breakfast,  1995;    A  trip  to  the  accordance  with  major   Hollywood  Cinema  (1903  –  1927)   moon  (1902),  The  Great  Train  film  movements)       Robbery(1903),  The  birth  of  a     Nation(1915),  Intolerance(1916),   Our  Hospitality  (1923)   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   3   Session  –   The  Silent  Age’   The  Cabinet  of  Dr.  Caligari  (1919),   5,6     Nosferatu  (1922),  Entracte          1913-­‐1927   (1924),The  Seashell  and  the   Internationalist  age  of  cinema   Clergyman  (1928),  Un  Chien   Andalou(1928),  Battleship   Potemkin  (1925)   4   Session  –   Transition  age   The  Jazz  Singer  (1927),  Ossessione   7,8   (1942),  Bicycle  Thieves  (1948),   New  wave  age   Four  Hundred  Blows  (1959),         Breathless  (1959)         Hollywood  age     Mass  Media  Age   5   Session  –   Japan,  Third  World  and  Sub-­‐ Rashomon  (1950),  The  Turning   9,10   continental  Cinema   Wind  (1962).  Kandahar  (2001),   Crying  Ladies,  Pother  Panchali   (1955)     MID  TERM  
  6. 6. 6 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies  Language  of  Film     6   Session  –   Film  technical  theory:  Grammar  of   Griffith’s  film,  Clips  from  any  film.     11,12     shot   7   Session  –   Grammar  of  shot  (continuing),       13,14   Introduction  to  mise-­‐en-­‐scene,     Intolerance     depth  of  field,  deep  focus     8   Session  –   Production  design:  Sets,  Props,  &     15,16     Costumes;   Titanic     Basic  Lighting,  Sound     9   Session  –   Editing  &  how  meaning  is  produced     17,18   in  film  and     Eisenstein’s  films  for  montage       discussion  on  short  filmmaking   using  still  photograph   10     Session  –   Film  form,  genre  &  narrative;     19,20   How  to  review  a  film,   Finalizing  the  stories  for  short  film.       Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)     11   Session  – Our  Film:  a  critical  overview   Jeebon  Theke  Neya  (1969),  any   21,22   /addressing  audience     contemporary  film.       And  very  brief  discussion  on   different  theories  of  film  and  final   comments      
  7. 7. 7 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies  Book of References: • Bazin, A. (1967). What is Cinema? Volume 1, Sel. And trans. H. Gray, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. • Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson (2001). Film Art: An Introduction. London: McGraw Hill. • --(2003) Film History: An Introduction. New York, London: McGraw Hill. • Eisenstein, Sergei (1947). Film Sense. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World. n (1949) Film Form. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   • Hayward, Susan (2000). Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge. • Hill, J. and Gibson P.C. (1998). Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. • Lacy, Nick (2005). Introduction to Film. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. • Metz, Christian (1974). Film Language: A Semiotics of the Cinema. Trans. Michael Taylor. New York: Oxford University Press. • Monaco, James (2000). How to Read a Film. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.
  8. 8. 8 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies   • Parkinson, David (1995). History of Film. Thames and Hudson. • Rajadhyaksha, Ashish and Paul Willemen (eds) (1994). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. London: British Film Institute. • Srinivas, S.V. (2009). Megastar: Chiranjeevi and Telugu Cinema after N. T. Rama Rao. Oxford: Oxford University Press. • Thomson, Roy (1998, reprinted in 1999 – 2004). Grammar of Shot. Focal Press. • Turner, Graeme (1999, reprinted in 2000-2005). Film as Social Practice (3rd edition). London & New York: Routledge. Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  FacultyRazibul Hossain KhondokerSenior LecturerMedia Studies and Journalism DepartmentUniversity of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)Email: razibul.chithi@gmail.comCall: +88 0173 83 01 003
  9. 9.   9 MSJ 241 Approach to Film StudiesMedia Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)