Cinema 121 - History of American Cinema - Max Keller
|Course:||History of American Cinema|
Welcome to this OnlineLIVE section of Cinema 121 - History of American Cinema. My name is Max Keller and I'll be your professor for the course. I've been an adjunct instructor in the Cinema department at COC since 2012 and I'm thrilled to say that I've just completed my first year as a full-time member of the faculty. I'm also an adjunct professor of cinema at El Camino College and teach classes on classic rock as part of the OSHER Institute at UCLA Extension. From 2013 to 2020, I also worked for IMAX at our headquarters in Playa Vista, overseeing trailers for the DMR team.
This course is a critical survey of motion pictures both as a medium of mass communication and as a developing art form. Students analyze representative feature films as to genre, technique, aesthetics, and sociological impact. Designed as an introductory course. Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
- Evaluate and analyze social, political, philosophical, and aesthetic perspectives
- Critique outstanding films from different eras of American cinema history to develop the student's understanding of the ideas and values which are emphasized through cinematic techniques
- Evaluate film as an art form through a historical and aesthetic appreciation.
What to Expect in this Course
Over the next sixteen weeks, you will take part in a variety of assignments. There will be quizzes, discussion threads, screenings of films, and a final paper. Each week's module will go live no later than one hour before our Zoom teleconference class and be active for approximately one week. It will include information on the topic for the week, as well as information about the film you'll be watching, and will also cover the assignments you must complete before the next class.
Types of Assessments
Assessments include reading quizzes, discussion threads on Canvas, and a final paper.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The textbook for this course is Film History: An Introduction (4th Edition) by Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell. It will be provided to you via the course's Canvas shell.
Other Relevant Course Information
Students are expected to have a computer, a good web browser (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are best), regular access to reliable high-speed internet access, and a word-processing program such as Google docs, Pages, or Microsoft Word.
This class will use both synchronous and asynchronous elements. The synchronous elements include class meetings/teleconferences via Zoom. You are expected to attend these each week.
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Last updated: 07/28/2021 Sub#: 427