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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, January 10

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

Wednesday, January 12

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, January 17

No class meeting today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 19

Reading: FA12 Chapter 3 & pages 313-322 and 470-472
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         Narrative & Narration / Mise-en-scène

Monday, January 24

View: Citizen Kane on D2L or rent via Amazon (Orson Welles, 1941, US; 119 min.) (Study Guide)

Wednesday, January 26

Reading: FA12 Chapter 4 & pages 410-415 and 465-468
Study Aids: 1. Study Clip Quiz 2 due Thursday on D2L

 

Week 4         Mise-en-scene / Film Production & Early History / Camerawork

Monday, January 31

View: Do the Right Thing on D2L or rent via Amazon (Spike Lee, 1989, US; 120 min.) (Study Guide)
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, February 1

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, February 2

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

 

SECTION 2

Week 5         Camerawork

Monday, February 7

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, February 9

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, February 14

Reading: FA12 Chapter 6 (216-219)
View: The Piano on D2L or rent via Amazon (Jane Campion, 1993, New Zealand; 121 min.) (Study Guide)

Wednesday, February 16

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

 

Week 7         Editing

Monday, February 21

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

Wednesday, February 23

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, February 28

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, March 2

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 for Quiz 2 on Wednesday. Bring your questions!

Friday, March 4

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        Spring Break

Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11 

No class meetings during Spring Break

 

Week 10        Film Analysis Review / Midterm Exam

Monday, March 14 

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 MONDAY'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.

Wednesday, March 16  

MIDTERM EXAM ON CAMPUS DURING CLASS, ON PAPER
Bring a scantron and 2 pencils.
Exam covers all material from Sections 1-2

SECTION 3

Week 11       The Avant-garde & Experimental Filmmaking

Monday, March 21

Reading: FA12 pages 371-400

Wednesday, March 23

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 12        Documentary 

Monday, March 28

Reading: FA12 pages 352-371 and 434-443

Wednesday, March 30

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 13         Italian Neo-Realism, French New Wave, & Art Cinema

Monday, April 4

Reading: FA12 pages 479-484 and 420-424

Wednesday, April 6

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, April 8

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

 

SECTION 4

Week 14       Classical Hollywood Genres & Ideology

Monday, April 11

Reading: FA12 Chapter 9

Wednesday, April 13 

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 15                Genre Transformation & Ideology

Monday, April 18

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

Wednesday, April 20  

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 16        Ideology & Cultural Criticism 

Monday, April 25

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, April 27

  Optional Final Exam Review with Dr. B at 10:00am in UC 267 before class meets at 11:15am
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 10:00am in UC 267
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, April 27 at 10:00am in UC 267
Bring your questions and we'll do some practice clips too.

 

Week 17        Final Exam is ON CAMPUS IN UC 267

Monday, May 2

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

Monday, May 2, 11:15am-12:30pm in UC 267

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