University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Media Studies and Journalism Department COURSE SYLLABUS SPRING 2012 APPROACHES TO FILM STUDIES MSJ 241
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 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 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 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 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 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgCall: +88 0173 83 01 003
9 MSJ 241 Approach to Film StudiesMedia Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)