Introduction to Film
This course was designed by Doctor Ryan Friedman as an introduction to Film Studies. I acted as a recitation leader, meeting for discussion and close analysis with the smaller groups of students as a way of complimenting their twice-weekly lectures. The syllabus below is Professor Friedman's.
This course familiarizes students with the basic building blocks of film, the forms that movies use to tell stories, move viewers emotionally, communicate complex ideas, and dramatize social conflicts. It also introduces students to significant developments in film history and ways of approaching film interpretation. Our primary goal in Introduction to Film is to become skilled at thinking, talking, and writing critically about movies and, in the process, to deepen our appreciation and understanding of the film medium.
-Weekly viewing/reading quizzes, combined scores of best 12 = 20% of final grade.
-Scene analysis essay (3-4 pp.) = 15% of final grade.
-Response essay (2 pp.) on a Wexner Center film of your choosing = 5% of final grade.
-Interpretive essay (5-6 pp.) or Midterm Exam = 20% of final grade.
-Final Exam = 25% of final grade.
-Class participation = 15% of final grade.
-Regular attendance (see policy below).
Required Reading: Richard Barsam and Dave Monahan, Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film, Fifth Edition (Norton).
City of God
Do the Right Thing
North by Northwest
The Thin Blue Line