Jun 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EN 3800 - Introduction to Film

This course is designed for students who are interested in discovering a method for analyzing films and a language through which to discuss the value of film as an expressive, cross-cultural art form. The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of film form (mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound) and some of the methodologies (that is, interpretive lenses) through which films get studied. With this knowledge of fundamentals and methodologies, students will examine specific films and discuss the significance of the film experience in general. Students will learn to identify the formal components, common themes, and basic genres that span diverse film cultures. Students’ learning will help them to understand why films are so central to so many different cultures. In short, this course will provide students an opportunity to examine films and the film-going experience from a wide perspective, a perspective that includes formal analysis, reception, and critical interpretation.

Recommended: EN 1110  and EN 1120 ; or EN 1140 , or EN 1150 .