Welcome To Digital Cinema - Theory & Production.
This is an introduction to film and media studies and, in particular, to the close analysis of movies. About half of the course deals with the technical particulars of film and television texts, such as camerawork and editing, and about half deals with more general concepts and theories that film scholars have found useful in discussing how movies work, such as authorship and ideology. The course has been approved for University of California arts credit.
This course has three fundamental goals.
- One is to train you to watch popular movies and TV shows more thoughtfully, carefully, and critically—to teach you to hold them at arm's length and to think about what they may be doing besides "entertaining" you.
- The second is to introduce a working knowledge of film production such that each student will be capable of producing short films that encompass the various aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production that are common to the film industry.
- The third is to sharpen your communication skills, both by helping you explore the ways in which the orchestrated images and sounds in movies work to communicate ideas and feelings, and by giving you plenty of practice putting your own insights into words.
In Class This Week:
Class AssignmentsThis section offers abbreviated descriptions of class activities and assignments for each particular week. Students & parents are encouraged to check this section regularly, as it is updated often.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 14
This week we are studying FILM NOIR.
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Class News & Reminders
This week we are examining FILM NOIR. If you would like more information on the topic, I recommend reading the article on Wikipedia.
Treat your brain to a good book!