Communication And Culture | An Introduction to Film
C190 | 1125 | Edmonson


In our intensely visual culture it has become increasingly important to go
beyond passive viewing to become spectators aware of how the media work.
This course is designed to teach students how to recognize and analyze the
artistic and technical components involved in filmmaking. We will examine
how films are made, studying cinematography, lighting, production design,
composition, special effects, editing, music and other visual/aural
components of film. We will also discuss different kinds of filmmaking
traditions, including narrative, avant-garde, and documentary. Each week,
in conjunction with our topic, we will view films by some of the most
important directors in film history. Throughout the course, we encourage
the mastery of film terminology--a first step toward visual literacy--as
well as the ability to analyze films closely, relating their style to
their meaning. C190 is a challenging course designed for a wide range of
student interests. It should interest the student who is intrigued by the
cinema and wants to learn more about it, as well as the student who wishes
to emphasize the media in their studies at IU or who envisions their
future in filmmaking.