**This class will be taught on Zoom**
This course will introduce you to the elements of film form – mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound – and to how they communicate story details, express concepts, and develop characters, stories, and themes. We will explore each formal element by analyzing specific films (e.g., Sunset Boulevard, The Graduate, and The Maltese Falcon), which are available to view for free or a small fee on popular streaming platforms. Familiarity with the films will enhance your experience, but advance viewing is not required.
Week 1: Mise-en-scène, Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
Week 2: Cinematography I: Framing, The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
Week 3: Cinematography II: Depth of Field and Camera Movement, The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
Week 4: Continuity Editing, The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
Week 5: Associative Editing, Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002)
Week 6: Sound, The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)