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Class Schedule of Meetings, Readings, and Screenings
Note: This is the On-Campus schedule.
See the Online Schedule for the on-campus course.

Please note: this syllabus is subject to change (with notice),
and all screening times given below are approximate.

Key to abbreviations for assignments listed on this page:

FA12 Film Art: An Introduction, 12th edition, by David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson
or FA earlier editions Click here for page assignments for earlier editions of Film Art
View View the assigned film or video on DVD reserve in the Library or streaming on D2L before class
D2L See instructions for how to use Desire2Learn (D2L) on our Orientation link below and also the HUB's online Training Tutorials.

 

SECTION 1

Week 1         Film Appreciation / Film Form & Meaning

Monday, August 15

Assignments: Print out the In-Class Screening List and bring it to class with you every day.

Wednesday, August 17

Reading: FA12 Chapter 2 and pages 2-9 and 402
View: Rear Window on D2L or rent via Amazon (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954, US; 113 min.) (Study Guide)
Assignments: Bring the In-Class Screening List to class every day.

This weekend:

Assignments: Watch the Orientation video and read through all pages of this online syllabus
Take Quiz 0 on D2L (Quiz 0 covers the introductory lecture, Orientation Video, and the syllabus. Note that Quiz 0 will not open until you have completed the Orientation Video.)
**Requires Respondus Lockdown Browser and Webcam Monitor**
Report any D2L access problems to the HUB.

 

Week 2         Narrative & Narration

Monday, August 22

Reading: FA12 Chapter 3 & pages 313-322 and 470-472

Wednesday, August 24

View: Citizen Kane on D2L or rent via Amazon (Orson Welles, 1941, US; 119 min.) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 1 due Thursday on D2L
Quiz 0 on D2L expires Wednesday at 5:00pm (Quiz 0 covers the introductory lecture, orientation video, and the syllabus.)
**Requires Respondus Lockdown Browser and Webcam Monitor**
Report any D2L access problems to the HUB.

 

Week 3         Mise-en-scène

Monday, August 29

Reading: FA12 Chapter 4 & pages 410-415 and 465-468

Wednesday, August 31

View: Do the Right Thing on D2L or rent via Amazon (Spike Lee, 1989, US; 120 min.) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 2 due Thursday on D2L

 

Week 4         Film Production & Early History / Camerawork

Monday, September 5

No class meeting today in honor of Labor Day
NOTE: Video Lectures on D2L for Quiz 1 Review!

Reading: FA12 Chapter 1 and pages 457-465 and 476-479
View Online Lectures: Video Lectures 1.1-1.4 (located in the Film History Module of D2L) on History & Production for Quiz 1
Study Aids: 1. Review for Quiz 1 via online videos on D2L

Section 1 Study Clip Quizzes expire the night before Quiz 1

Tuesday, September 6

Quiz 1 25-minute quiz on D2L
Available 12:00am - 11:59pm

**Requires Respondus Lockdown Browser and Webcam Monitor**
Quiz covers all material from Section 1

BEGIN SECTION 2 ON CAMERAWORK

Wednesday, September 7

Reading: FA12 Chapter 5 section on Framing (177-209)

 

SECTION 2

Week 5         Camerawork

Monday, September 12

Reading: FA12 Chapter 5 sections on Duration (209-215) and Perspective (168-174)
View: O Brother, Where Art Thou? on D2L or rent via Amazon (Joel Coen, 2000, US; 103 min.) (Study Guide)

Wednesday, September 14

Reading: FA12 Chapter 5 sections on The Photographic Image (159-164), Speed of Motion (164-168), and Special Effects (174-177)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 3 due Thursday on D2L
  2. Study Clip Quiz 4 due Thursday on D2L
  3. Study Clip Quiz 5 due Thursday on D2L

 

Week 6         Camerawork / Editing

Monday, September 19 - CLASS MEETS ONLINE VIA D2L VIDEOS THIS WEEK

Reading: FA12 Chapter 6 (216-219)
View: The Piano on D2L or rent via Amazon (Jane Campion, 1993, New Zealand; 121 min.) (Study Guide)
***VIEW THE PIANO BEFORE MONDAY'S CLASS***
Online Video Lectures:

4.1 - 4.4 on Camerawork in The Piano and
1.1 - 1.2 on Editing on D2L

Wednesday, September 21 - CLASS MEETS ONLINE VIA D2L VIDEOS THIS WEEK

Reading: FA12 Chapter 6 on Continuity Editing (219-252)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 6 due Thursday on D2L
  2. Study Clip Quiz 7 due Thursday on D2L
Online Video Lectures:

1.3 - 1.6 on Editing on D2L

 

Week 7         Editing

Monday, September 26

Reading: FA12 Chapter 6 on Alternatives to Continuity Editing (252-262) & pages 472-475 on Soviet Montage

Wednesday, September 28

View: Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) on D2L or rent via Google Play or iTunes (Tom Tykwer, 1999, Germany; 81 min.) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 8 due Thursday on D2L
  2. Study Clip Quiz 9 due Thursday on D2L
Section 2 Study Clip Quizzes 3-9 expire Friday at 11:59pm.
** NOTE: Study Clip Quizzes 1-9 comprise half of your midterm grade.

 

Week 8         Sound & Sound Design

Monday, October 3

Midterm Grades posted on the DUCK early this week.
(Note that this grade does not include Quiz 2 or Study Clip Quiz 10; it includes only Quiz 0, Quiz 1, and Study Clip Quizs 1-9, which comprises 20% of your final course grade. See our Assignments page for full details.)

Course Withdrawal deadline is Friday

Reading: FA12 Chapter 7

Wednesday, October 5

View: Singin' in the Rain on D2L or rent via Amazon (Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen, 1952, US; 103 min.) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 10 due Thursday on D2L
  2. Review on Wednesday for Quiz 2. Bring your questions!

Friday, October 7

Quiz 2 25-minute quiz on D2L
Available 12:00am - 11:59pm

**Requires Respondus Lockdown Browser and Webcam Monitor**
Covers all material from Section 2

 

Week 9        Fall Break / Film Analysis Review / Midterm Exam

Monday, October 10

No class meetings during Fall Break

Wednesday, October 12

Reading: FA12 Chapter 8, skim Ch. 11
  Midterm Review of your readings to date in class; bring your questions and we'll do some practice clips too!
***VIEW GET OUT BEFORE WEDNESDAY'S CLASS***
View:

Get Out on D2L (Jordan Peele, 2017, US; 104 min.) (Study Guide)

Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 11 due the night before the Midterm Exam on D2L
2. In-class analysis of film techniques in Get Out (HINT: This is a GREAT midterm review!)
Review videos are on D2L
Remaining Section 2 Study Clip Quizzes 10-11 expire the night before the Midterm Exam.

Thursday, October 13 

MIDTERM EXAM ON D2L
AVAILABLE 2:00pm WEDENSDAY-11:59pm THURSDAY
**Requires Respondus Lockdown Browser and Webcam Monitor**
Covers all material from Sections 1-2

SECTION 3

Week 10       The Avant-garde & Experimental Filmmaking

Monday, October 17

Reading: FA12 pages 371-400

Wednesday, October 19

View: Avant-garde short films & classroom discussion of each on D2L. Total screening time: 142 min. (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 12 due Thursday on D2L

 

Week 11        Documentary 

Monday, October 24

Reading: FA12 pages 352-371 and 434-443

Wednesday, October 26

View: Nuit et brouillard (Night & Fog) on D2L or rental via Amazon (Alain Resnais, 1955, France; 31 min.) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 13 due Thursday on D2L

Week 12        Italian Neo-Realism, French New Wave, & Art Cinema

Monday, October 31

Reading: FA12 pages 479-484 and 420-424

Wednesday, November 2

View: A bout de souffle (Breathless) on D2L or rental via Amazon (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960, France; 89 min.) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 14 due the night before Quiz 3 on D2L
Section 3 Study Clip Quizzes expire the night before Quiz 3.

Friday, November 4

Quiz 3

25-minute quiz on D2L
Available 12:00am - 11:59pm

**Requires Respondus Lockdown Browser and Webcam Monitor**
Covers all material from Section 3

**VPA Job Fair on Friday**

 

SECTION 4

Week 13       Classical Hollywood Genres & Ideology

Monday, November 7

Reading: FA12 Chapter 9

Wednesday, November 9 

View: Bringing Up Baby streaming rental ONLY via Amazon (Howard Hawks, 1938, US; 102 min.) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 15 due Thursday on D2L
  2. Study Clip Quiz 16 due Thursday on D2L

Week 14                Genre Transformation & Ideology

Monday, November 14

Reading: FA12 pages 484-490
  Online: John Cawelti, “Chinatown & Generic Transformation” on D2L

Wednesday, November 16  

View: Chinatown on D2L or rent via Amazon (Roman Polanski, 1974, US; **135 min.**) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 17 due Thursday on D2L

Week 15        Ideology & Cultural Criticism / Thanksgiving Break 

Monday, November 21

Reading: 1. FA12 pages 490-494 and 3 Short Articles Online:
2. John Leo, “Fumanchu on Naboo”,
3. David Wong, "5 Ways You Don't Realize that Movies are Controling Your Brain", and
4. J.F. Sargent, "5 Prejudices in the Movies"

Wednesday, November 23

No class meeting today during Thanksgiving Break

 

Week 16        Ideology & Cultural Criticism 

Monday, November 28

Reading: 1. FA12 pages 490-494 and 3 Short Articles Online:
2. John Leo, “Fumanchu on Naboo”,
3. David Wong, "5 Ways You Don't Realize that Movies are Controling Your Brain", and
4. J.F. Sargent, "5 Prejudices in the Movies"

Wednesday, November 30

  Optional Final Exam Review with Dr. B at TBA in UC 272
View: The Matrix on D2L or rent via Amazon (The Wachowskis, 1999, US; **136** min.) (Study Guide)
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 18 due Thursday on D2L
  2. Study Clip Quiz 19 due Thursday on D2L
  3. Optional Final Exam Review with Dr. B at TBA in UC 272
Online course evaluations on the DUCK this week
BRING YOUR LAPTOP OR SMART PHONE TO CLASS ON Wednesday
Section 4 Study Clip Quizzes expire the the night before the Final Exam.

Final Exam Review (Optional)

Wednesday, November 30 at 11:30am in UC 272
Bring your questions and we'll do some practice clips too.

 

Week 17        Final Exam is ON CAMPUS IN UC 272

Monday, December 5

Required Final Exam IN PERSON, ON PAPER AND SCANTRON, ON CAMPUS DURING CLASS

Monday, December 5, 12:45-2:00pm in UC 272

Bring a scantron and 2 pencils.
Exam covers all material from Sections 1-4, with an emphasis on Sections 3-4