As a stand-alone film analysis course, the purpose is to offer students basic tools for evaluating both popular and ‘art’ film. For this analysis, some familiarity with film history is necessary in order to put formal, technical, and thematic choices into some context.
The course will begin with the screening of a popular contemporary film. The subsequent lecture/discussion will analyze that film in terms of how it creates meaning through narrative, cinematography and other tools, and the messages contained within that meaning. In a subsequent class, an independent Canadian film will be screened and discussed critically.
A broad sketch of the historical development of film from Lumiere and Melies to the present will be broken down into four sections:
Classes will contain a mix of lecture and screening of short films or clips. Students will also be required to view full feature films outside of class time.
Cinematography and Lighting
A summary lecture in this section will be devoted to the study of genre: a definition and brief look at the parameters of several popular genres — romantic comedy, melodrama, film noir, thriller, etc. — identifying specific styles in terms of the cinematic tools outlined above.
Students will give brief presentations of their critique of a current film.
The course will combine two basic formats: (1) lecture and discussion, often accompanied by video clips from films to illustrate points; and (2) screenings of feature films in their entirety. Class discussion will be incorporated wherever possible to encourage students to become actively involved in the process of viewing by giving them the means to articulate their thoughts. Students will be required to view full feature films outside of class time.
|Written film critique||10%|
|Film analysis #1||20%|
|Film analysis #2||25%|
|Mid-term exam on text and viewings||10%|
|Final exam on film history||25%|
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.
No prerequisite courses.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
This course is not required for any other course.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU PSEL 1XX (3)||2003/05/01 to 2012/08/31|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU FAEL 1XX (3)||2012/09/01 to -|
|Coquitlam College (COQU)||COQU ARTH 100 (3)||2017/01/01 to -|
|Emily Carr University of Art & Design (EC)||EC AHIS 100 lev (3)||2013/09/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU ARTH 1130 (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU ARTS 1XXX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG ARTS 1XXX (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CA 1XX (3), B-Hum||2004/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU FILM 1XXX (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU FILM 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU FINE 1XX (3)||2009/01/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO FILM 100 (3)||2006/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO FINA 2nd (3)||2005/05/01 to 2006/08/31|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV FIST 100 (3)||2005/05/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC HUMN 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV FILM 110 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC HA 295B (1.5)||2014/09/01 to 2016/04/30|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC HA 295 (1.5)||2004/09/01 to 2014/08/31|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC AHVS 295B (1.5)||2016/05/01 to -|