Aspects of Film Studies (Aug-Dec 2016)

This module may be taken as elective by students of Journalism Yr 3.

Class in the Mediacom Studio on Wednesdays from 9.00 to 12.00 in the Mediacom Studio.

Module Outline

10th August
Overview of Film Studies

Introduction

Here are a few early films to watch:

17th August

We discuss the Introduction and a few of the early films.

24th August

Viewing of the documentary The Cutting Edge and of the film O’Brother Where Art Thou.

Reading notes: Early Cinema

31st August

Viewing of Mauritian short films

7th September

We discuss questions and comments on Early Cinema and then discuss the following: Overview of Hollywood

Films we have watched so far:

14th September

We discuss Film Production and Anatomy of Film

Related reading:

The ‘Grammar’ of Television and Film

Wikipedia article about editing

Some notes from Yale University about editing

28th September

Please always be prepared for potential quizzes about lecture notes, discussions and reading material.

We discuss The Auteur Theory. We will also discuss your potential involvement with the forthcoming film festival Ile Courts 2016 to be held from 11th to 15th October.

Please also bring all work in progress related to the short film to be made.

Online resources related to auteurism:

Auteur Theory and Authorship

Wikipedia article about Auteur theory

French Wikipedia article about la Politique des auteurs

Stephen Frears: I never believed in all that ‘auteur’ rubbish. I haven’t had a vision in my life

5th October

Please always be prepared for potential quizzes about lecture notes, discussions and reading material.

We discuss lecture notes on semiological approach to film

Please also bring all work in progress related to the short film to be made.

Online resources related to semiology:

Semiotics for Beginners

Semiology and Film

12th October

Workshop from 10h to 12h with Claire Diao on cultural journalism/film reviews. Please be there on time.

19th October
We discuss lecture notes on Psychoanalytical approach to film

Please also bring all work in progress related to the short film to be made. The script should now be finalised so as to work on the storyboard.

26th October
We discuss lecture notes on Psychoanalytical approach to film and Exhibition of Film.

Please also bring all work in progress related to the short film to be made. The script and storyboard should be almost final. If you have shot new scenes or made pictures (en repérage), please bring everything so that we can discuss. As per our discussions last week, it is only if you keep me up to date and show me work in progress that I can help you with advice on the story, acting, and shooting as well as the small details that you have to pay attention to. Please also try to keep things simple and focus on the narrative. All members of a team should be fully aware of and have a copy of all work in progress.

I have also advised that you choose a film which can inspire you (mostly in terms of ambiance created through the shooting and editing, not necessarily in terms of story). Study the movie and create a trailer for the film. This exercise will help you pay attention to the film making techniques employed so that you can also be guided for your own short film.

9th November

It is unfortunate that nobody has responded to previous emails. I expect to see everyone in class this week and to show me work in progress as well as be prepared to discuss the lecture notes above.

16th November

All teams are expected to be in class to show work in progress on the film shooting. This will be our last meeting for the semester. I will be away as from next week. However, I will leave a small test which will be graded with Ketan to be done on 30th November in the Mediacom Studio.

I also expect that you finish the film by Friday 16th December and that you submit a copy to Ketan for uploading on our YouTube channel. The online version will be used for assessment as well as the portfolio which should be submitted on the same date in my pigeon hole in the Faculty.

The portfolio should include at least the following :
– An introduction to explain the context of the work done and the story and style chosen
– The script including explanation of how it evolved and why
– The storyboard (you can use stick figures)
– Explanations about the different phases of the video production + different functions fulfilled by members of the team (it is assumed there is balanced division of labour, otherwise indicate individual contribution and who did what)
– Difficulties encountered and how you solved these issues
– An analysis of the final video (cinematographic style, editing style, acting method, etc.)
– Credits and references used

 

Important tips for your film making project

VISUAL LANGUAGE: USING LANGUAGE AS CINEMATIC STRUCTURE

BIG BUDGET IMPACT WITH LOW BUDGET GEAR

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