Cinema 120 - Film Aesthetics - Ben Sampson
Welcome to this fully online section of Cinema 120 -- Film Aesthetics. My name is Ben Sampson and I'll be your professor for the course. I worked in the film and television industry for 5 years before returning to school and getting my MA and PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. I have been teaching film courses full time at different colleges and universities across the Los Angeles and Southern California region for last five years, including UCLA, CSULA, Moorpark College, and College of the Canyons. Teaching and cinema are the two passions of my life and I love the opportunity to explore movies with students every day. I'm excited for this semester!
Cinema is possibly the most significant art form of our time. During this course, you will learn how to look at film by studying its form (formal analysis) and noting how it relates to its content. You will be introduced to the various components of film form narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, acting, and montage, in order to understand them individually and how they work together to form a kind of language. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1) interpret and evaluate cultural questions, values, assumptions, symbols, and technical advances in selected films; 2) analyze the cinematic elements within a film; 3) evaluate visual storytelling; and 4) appraise how a story is told through cinematic structure. In other words, you will turn from being a passive spectator to an active one, learning to see the motion picture both as a medium of mass communication and as a developing art form.
What to Expect in this Course
This clas sis built around weekly screenings, lectures, and discussions. The Weekly Chapter outlines will be the main weekly work for this course and they will prep you for the forthcoming week's film screening and discussion. There will be a handful of untimed, open-note quizzes (online via Canvas) throughout the semester as well. In addition, there will be Film Adaptation Project due near the end of the semester as well as a Final Exam.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Looking at Movies (3rd Edition). Free online copy of the text book: https://www.pdf-archive.com/2012/12/22/gfx-looking-at-movies-3rd-edition/gfx-looking-at-movies-3rd-edition.pdf
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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 456