Intro to Film

This course examines the history and development of the film medium—its aesthetic, theoretical, and industrial aspects. We will learn to understand and analyze the technical, formal, historical, and theoretical aspects of film, such as cinematography, editing, composition and framing, sound, narrative, as well as theories of cinema. We will closely assess a selection of landmark films of such genres as the Detective-Crime Thriller, the Documentary, Experimental, and Animated film. Issues of race and gender will feature prominently in our discussions as well as consideration of the film industry, including issues of production, distribution, and exhibition.