[Course Description] [Exam] [Film Studies Resources]

Comm150: Course Outline and Schedule

I. UNIT ONE: FILM AS A MEDIUM

A. Film as Theater

Class 1 (May 8) Course Intro; C&W, Chapter One, "Preparing Viewers and Views"

Class 2 (May 10) C&W, Chapter Two, "Exploring a Material World: Mise-en-Scene"; Journal 1 Due: Film Production

Class 3 (May 15) Mise-en-Scene continued; Journal 2 Due: Mise-en-Scene

B. Film as Photography

Class 4 (May 17) C&W, Chapter Three, "Seeing through the Image: Cinematography"

Class 5 (May 22) Cinematography continued; Journal 3 Due: Cinematography

C. Film as Collage

Class 6 (May 24) EXAM #1 DUE; C&W, Chapter Four, "Relating Images: Editing"

University Holiday, May 29, Memorial Day

Class 7 (May 31) Editing continued; C&W, Chapter Five, "Listening to Cinema: Film Sound"; Journal 4-5 Due: Editing

II. UNIT TWO: FILM FORM

A. Film as Exposition, Argument, & Experiment

Class 8 (June 5) C&W, Chapter Seven, "Other Cinematic Shapes: Documentary and Experimental Films" (do not need to read chapter); Journal 6 Due: Sound

B. Film as Story Telling

Class 9 (June 7) EXAM #2 DUE; C&W, Chapter Six, "Telling Stories about Time: Narrative Films"; Journal 7 Due: Nonnarratives

Class 10 (June 12) Narrative continued; William Labov on Narrative; Chopin, "The Kiss"; Journal 8-9 Due: Narrative Form

III. UNIT THREE: CINEMA AS AN INSTITUTION

Film as Communication (Reinforcement or Resistance)

Class 11 (June 14) Comolli and Narboni on form/theme; EXAM #3


You can contact Michael Jarrett at jmj3@psu.edu.