This course is designed to provide an introduction to the history and technique of film in its narrative, documentary and experimental forms. Several renowned film directors and their films will be screened and analyzed both critically and technically. Through a detailed scene analysis the course will look at the various components of film expression (cinematography, editing, sound, set design, acting), developments in screen narrative, film's relationship to other arts and media and its role as an instrument of social expression. The course is divided into screening and critique classes and film lab classes, where students participate in a scene study workshop and work hands-on with alternative versions of previously screened material.
Ever since the Lumiere brothers' first movie camera, le cinematograph, forced the filmmaker to make a raw 50-second linear sequence, narrative has been the crucial element for any time-based form of art. In this class the students will be exposed to a variety of editing techniques and related narrative forms: from basic filmmaking, to action movies, to experimental film and video, to multi-channel video art installation, computational cinema and network narratives. Through the detailed analysis of film sequences, paintings, literature and music references, the students will learn and then experiment with different editing and storytelling styles, approaches and techniques in both conceptual and aesthetic terms.
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