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2022 Spring

INTRO TO FILM LANGUAGE - FMS200 Spring 2022


Course
Marek Jicha
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Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Lesson One

Feb 7

Introduction to Course. Movement as first tool for Film Language. Screening of Skritek to introduce professor

2. Lesson Two

Feb 14

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

3. Lesson Three

Feb 21

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

4. Lesson 4 - on Frame

Feb 28

We will examine frame as an expressive tool in film language

5. Lesson 5 - on Frame

Mar 7

We will examine frame as an expressive tool of film language

6. Lesson 6 - Narration & POV

Mar 14

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 7 - Composition

Mar 21

Composition

8. Screening Composition Exercises Plus Depth of Field

Apr 4

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 Depth of field + Midterm

Apr 11

Depth of field as an expressive tool continued, (will not be on the midterm). Time is given for midterm test during last 60 minutes of class. Questions relate to tools already examined - movement, frame, POV and composition.

10. Lesson on Shot Sizes

Apr 25

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 Angles & Axis

May 2

Lesson on angles & axis.

12. Lesson on Color

May 9

We explore how filmmakers work with color as expressive tool for dramatic storytelling. Shot size exercises screened in class.

13. Lesson on Color

May 16

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

14. Final Exam

May 16

the exam is taken online during this last week

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