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2021 Spring

INTRO TO FILM LANGUAGE - FMS200 Spring 2021


Course
Marek Jicha
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Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Lesson on Feb. 8

Introduction to Course. Movement as first tool for Film Language .

2. Lesson on Feb. 15

Feb 9

We will examine movement as a fundamental and expressive tool in film language.

3. Lesson on Feb. 22

Feb 19

we will screen movement exercises and examine Murnau's film Sunrise for how movement is used as an expressive tool.

4. Lesson on March 1

Mar 1

We will examine frame as an expressive tool in film language

5. Lesson on March 8

Mar 8

We will examine frame as an expressive tool of film language

6. Lesson on March 15

Mar 15

We will look at narration and point of view theory, examining clips from the film Marketa Lazarova to illustrate how POV helps audience to believe that what they are seeing has really happened.

7. Lesson on March 22

Mar 22

Composition

8. Screening Composition Exercises Plus Depth of Field

Mar 29 12am .. 1am

Composition exercises are screened (sent in advance to Professor. Link is submitted on NEO.) Then class proceeds with discussion of depth of field

9. Lesson on April 12 - Depth of field and midterm

Apr 12

Late composition exercises will be screened. Questions related to tools already examined - movement, frame, POV and composition can be asked. Depth of field as an expressive tool has also been covered, but will not be on the midterm. Time is given for midterm test during last 45 minutes of class.

10. Lesson on April 19

Apr 19

Shot Sizes - we will explore how different shot sizes fulfill different functions in film language. Shot size exercise is assigned. Due next week.

11. Lesson on April 26

Apr 26

We will look at shot size exercises and start to explore color theory.

12. Lesson on May 3

May 3

We continue to explore color, understanding additive and subtractive colors, complementary combinations and ways in which color can be used to enhance a film's drama

13. Lesson on May 10

May 10

We explore how filmmakers work with angles and axes as expressive tool for dramatic storytelling.

14. Final Exam

May 17
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