Communication and Culture | Production as Criticism (Integrated Narrative and the Musical Genre)
C335 | ALL | Palmer, L and Rawlins, J

CMCL-C 335: Production as Criticism
(Topic: Integrated Narrative and the Musical Genre)
Class Number: 6868 (lecture)
6869, 6870 (labs)

Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM, C2 100

Students must also enroll in a lab section:
W, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, C2 102 (#6869)
Th, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, C2 102 (#6870)

Prerequisite: CMCL-C 190
Requires special fee
Fulfills College A&H Requirement

Instructor: Lorrie Palmer and Justin Rawlins
Office: C2 281, C2 282
Phone: 856-3405

Our visual media culture is suffused with the aural and how we make
sense of those images often depends on the effect created when
narrative and music mesh into a coherent whole. In contrast to the
music video, the integrated Hollywood musical has traditionally
worked to use musical passages (combining voice, dance, stylized
sets, costuming, etc.) as a parallel story-telling device to advance
the spectator’s understanding of the film’s larger message. In this
course, we will explore how narrative and music work together to
advance the plot, create characters, and animate a setting as well
as how the long traditions of the musical genre have affected our
current media landscape.

Through lectures, regular screening, and hands-on lab work, students
will mine the theoretical and historical relationship between past
and present forms of musical story-telling, utilizing this knowledge
to produce their own video projects. There will be short quizzes,
two papers, a midterm exam, lab journals, and shooting and editing
(learning basics of continuity, sound, lighting, and Final Cut Pro)
for two group projects in which each member will gain collaborative
experience with all facets of pre- and post-production.