CINEMA-120 - Film Aesthetics - Mindy Johnson
Hello! Welcome to our online course for Cinema 120. My name is Mindy Johnson and it is my great privilege to share with you the vibrant world of cinema! I’m a working professional in the industry, as well as an adjunct professor. I teach a wide range of cinema and animation classes at COC as well as CalArts, Drexel University and various other campuses globally. With a background in television/feature film production and motion picture publicity, I continue my work for a growing list of clients including the Walt Disney Company, AMPAS/Oscars.org, The Walt Disney Family Museum, WNET/American Masters, Stage Nine Productions, SiriusXM Radio and Horipro Entertainment. As an author/historian, I am the leading expert on the history of women in animation and the recipient of the 2019 Film Scholar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It is a joy to bring these cutting-edge discoveries into my courses as I continue my research, writing and speaking around the world – online these days.
Cinema 120 surveys the motion picture both as a medium of mass communication and as an evolving art form. We’ll be exploring a wide range of films which exemplify the various aspects of cinematic narrative, aesthetics and production methodologies. We’ll examine all aspects of cinematic production and explore leading examples of each discipline – screenwriting, production design, cinematography, acting, editing, sound design/score and cinematic direction. Analysis of representative feature films as to genre, technique, aesthetics, and sociological impact will expand your comprehension and working knowledge of the language and impact of cinema.
What to Expect in this Course
Each week there will be screenings & online class lecture & discussions. Weekly chapter reading will prep you for the forthcoming week’s film screening and discussion. A 1-page typed statement exploring and expressing your individual impressions of each film viewed is to be submitted each week, demonstrating the expansion of critical thinking and the applicable skills of studied examination. There will be a mid-term project/presentation and a final exam culminating the semester.
Types of Assessments
Weekly class attendance & viewing statements - Mid-term Presentations - Final Exam
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
LOOKING AT MOVIES - An Introduction to Film by Richard Barsam & Dave Monahan
The text for this course is “Looking at Movies” by Richard Barsam & Dave Monahan (6th Edition) Published by W.W. Norton & Company (New York) 2918. ISBN# 978-0393674699. This text is available at the campus bookstore, online via Amazon, or at other online retailers. I find it easier to have the book as an ongoing resource, but there is a digital version of the text that is available and you can also utilize earlier editions – just be mindful of the various chapter differences. To successfully complete your weekly chapter reading assignments, you will need to have a copy of the text in some version.
Other Relevant Course Information
Students for this course are expected to have a computer, a good web browser (google chrome is best, but others will work), regular access to hi-speed internet and a word processing format such as Microsoft word.doc or docx. Students must also have a Netflix account for additional film viewing. A Kanopy account which is an online screening service that is free with a LA County Library card is also supportive. Finally, you’ll need to download ConferZoom onto your computer for our weekly Zoom conference classes.
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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 611