Instructor: Cathlena Martin
Office: Turlington 4409 or Image Lab on 4th Floor of
Office Hours: Thursday 10-2 in the Image Lab
Mailbox: 4301 Turlington
Class Times: MWF per 7 / R per E1-E3
Class Room: CBD 310 /Turl 2333
Class Website: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/cmartin
Class Gradebook: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/~cmartin/gradebook/
Class Wiki: http://uffilmanalysis.pbwiki.com/
Class Blog: http://uffilmanalysis.blogspot.com/
Don't know if we will use these or not, but they are there if you want
to explore them.
Class GoogleGroup: http://groups.google.com/group/eng2300
Class GoogleGroup Email: email@example.com
This class is an introductory class devoted to an overview of film techniques,
film vocabulary, and film history.
Because of the numerous film genres and movements that use childhood,
this introductory film course uses the theme of children and childhood
to link the film screenings. This class is not a special topics course,
but a general introduction to film analysis; therefore, I am not teaching
children’s culture through film, but am using films with children
and childhood themes to span the breadth of an introductory film course.
The tag line of this class is “Film Analysis: Through the Eyes
of a Child.” This which constructs a paradox with which to examine
our films and with which we ourselves approach the films. While theorists
like Laura Mulvey have discussed the camera as an active male gaze,
we will look films where the camera creates an intrinsically adult gaze
with the child as a subject. For this film class we will use films with
the theme of children and childhood to analyze and study both film history
and film theory. However, just because the films deal with childhood
does not mean that they are all about Happy Elves, woodland creatures,
and butterflies (think opening to A Series of Unfortunate Events). Some
of these films will be disturbing and require a mature audience. And
while we need a mature gaze to watch the films and to discuss them,
because this is an introductory class, we are all approaching the films
with the eyes of children unused to screening films in a rigorous way.
While this is NOT a film appreciation course, you will hopefully gain
a deeper appreciation of film as you study and analyze it. Also, this
IS a 6,000-word Gordon Rule class (per the Gordon Rule established by
the Florida Legislature), you must meet the writing volume minimums
in order to pass the course.
1. To gain a general introduction to film and film analysis.
2. To learn and practice applying theoretical and analytical strategies
for viewing and writing about film.
3. To learn techniques and vocabulary for reviewing and analyzing film.
4. To involve films within the context of film history and film theory.
5. To learn techniques for improving stylistic clarity, concision, cohesion,
6. To share ideas, philosophies, and writing strategies related to film
and writing and develop individual and collaborative writing processes.
7. To critique and revise your own documents and peer’s writings
to insure that they fulfill their audience and purpose.
8. To gain a greater appreciation for the medium of film and its meaning.
Texts (available at Goerings):
Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction
7th Edition. Boston: McGraw Hill, 1979, 2004.
We will be reading articles from Braudy, Leo and Marshall Cohen. Eds.
Film Theory and Criticism 6th Edition. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1974,
2004, but I will post them on the wiki. You do not have to purchase
this book, unless you want it as a resource.
Style Guide - MLA Handbook or Pocket Style Guide
Screening Selection (you do not have to purchase these):
The Kid (1921)
The 400 Blows (1959)
The Shining (1980)
Wizard of Oz (1939)
Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink) (1997)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys (2002)
Other possible films:
Bicycle Thief (1948)
La Jetee (1962) – (could show with Donnie Darco
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Yale Film Analysis
Internet Movie Database
Media Resource Library
Class Policies and Requirements
Writing Help: You are expected to be familiar and fluent
with the conventions of standard written English. Those needing extra
help with such conventions should also purchase a writing handbook and
be prepared to visit the Writing Center, as well as sign up for writing
conferences with me.
Attendance: This class is developed around discussion.
Absences not only affect you, but they affect your classmates and eventually
your group members. Therefore, to learn professionalism and team work,
and because class attendance is critical to your understanding of class
material, you are allowed only three absences over the course of the
semester. After three absences, your final grade average will be dropped
a letter grade for every day missed. The first three absences will alter
your Professionalism, Participation, and Attendance grade.
This class has four class sessions per week. The screening period on
Thursday nights does count as a class period and will go on your record
as an absence if it is missed. However, you are welcome to bring friends
to the screening periods as well as movie snacks and drinks.
You are responsible for contacting me or a class member to find out
what material you missed and any work that was assigned. If work is
due in class on the day of the absence, the work is due in my email
or mailbox before class. Tardies (arriving late in class or departing
class early) are not acceptable because they are disruptive, and, beyond
any excused tardies, class participation grade and overall grade will
be affected (3 tardies = 1 absence).
If you participate in a university-sponsored event (music, theater,
field trip, or athletics), you must provide me with documentation from
an appropriate authority. These will be considered excused absences.
Class Participation: In addition to attending class,
you are also expected to contribute class discussions, group work, and
participate in workshop sessions with your peers. Learning is not a
solitary process, but one that necessarily involves others and I thus
consider class participation a very important part of achieving this
Class participation extends beyond just our MWF class periods. You are
expected to contribute to the class message board/wiki/blog. These are
an extension of class discussion.
Quizzes: I reserve the right to give quizzes at any
point in the semester.
University and Departmental Policies
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the unacknowledged borrowing
of someone else’s work and is a serious offense with serious consequences.
Plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the paper in question and
can possibly result in a failure for the course. Please consult the
University of Florida’s Honor Code for a thorough description
(www.dso.ufl.edu/stg/code_of_conduct.html). Academic honesty requires
that all work presented in this class be the student’s own work.
Evidence of collusion (working with another student or tutor) or plagiarism
(use of another’s ideas, data and statement without acknowledgment
and/or extensive use of another’s ideas, data and statements with
only minimal acknowledgment) will lead to the procedures set up by the
University for academic dishonesty in the Honor Court. There is a clear
distinction between learning new ideas and presenting them as facts
or as answers, and presenting them as one’s own idea. Unless the
work assigned is specifically designed to be completed in groups, all
work must be individual.
Essentially, plagiarism means to present the ideas and/or words of someone
else as one’s own. You commit plagiarism if you use (without credit):
~Any part of another person’s essay, speech, or ideas
~Any part of an article in a magazine, journal, newspaper; any part
of a book, encyclopedia, CD-ROM, online WWW page, etc.
~Any idea from another person or writer, even if you express that idea
in your own words.
~Any image from a print or online source.
UF Computer and Software Requirement: The following
is the official UF policy on the student computer requirement: Access
to and on-going use of a computer will be required for all students
to complete their degree programs successfully. Effective with the Summer
B 1998 term, the University of Florida expects each student entering
the junior year, as well as each student new to the university, to acquire
computer hardware and software appropriate to his or her degree program.
Competency in the basic use of a computer is a requirement for graduation.
Class assignments may require use of a computer, academic advising and
registration can be done by computer, and official university correspondence
is often sent via e-mail. While the university offers limited access
to computers through its computer labs, most students will be expected
to purchase or lease a computer that is capable of dial-up or network
connection to the Internet, graphical access to the World Wide Web,
and productivity functions such as word processing and spreadsheet calculation.
Refer to the UF Computer and Software Requirement page for any questions
(http://www.circa.ufl.edu/computers/) as well as the CLAS computer policy
Classroom Dynamics: Because class participation relies heavily
on individuals feeling comfortable expressing their opinions, you must
always show respect for the diversity of opinions expressed in this
class. You must also demonstrate respect for gender, racial, class,
and ethnic differences among your colleagues and instructor.
Harassment: Every student in
this class is expected to participate in a responsible and mature manner
that enhances education. Any conduct that disrupts the learning process
may lead to disciplinary action.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Students
requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean
of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation
to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor
when requesting accommodation.
Challenging a Grade: Any complaints about separate
assignments should be addressed to me and not to the English Department.
If you have any complaints on the final grade, you may see me or email
me. However, because all of your grades are online, you should be aware
throughout the entire semester where you stand in the class. But, if
you find that you still have complaints after our meeting, you may express
your complaints on a form in the English Department Office (4012 Turlington).
The form and accompanying course material will be given to Sid Dobrin
for further action. A review committee may decide to raise, lower, or
keep the originally assigned grade. This decision is final. The material
submitted will remain on file in the English Department Office. To file
this complaint, you will need copies of all of your graded assignments.
You'll need your Gatorlink ID and password in order to access your
grades through my online gradebook. Please keep a running total of your
grades for yourself in case I miscalculate or there is a technical difficulty
with the gradebook.
Your final grade will be calculated in the following manner:
Professionalism, Participation, Attendance 10%
Outside Viewing Report 10%
Journal and Blog10%
Formal Scene Analysis Essay 10%
In-class Discussion presentation in pairs 10%
Auteur presentation 15%
Theory and Ideology Critique 15%
Historical Movements and Genres Group Project 20%
The University of Florida does not use “minus” grades. So
you can’t receive a B- as your final grade for this course. However,
other class work may receive minuses to allow for a more precise evaluation
of the quality of your work. Rounding up for final grades is not an
Rubric: Here is the brief, general rubric for grades
I assign to your papers (you should use the statements to determine
how you might work toward a higher grade):
You did what the assignment asked for at a high quality level, and your
work shows originality and creativity. Work in this range shows all
the qualities listed below for a B, but it also demonstrates that you
took extra steps to be original or creative in developing content, solving
a problem, or developing a style. Since careful editing and proofreading
are essential in writing, papers in the A range must be free of typos
and grammatical or mechanical errors (papers with more than one or two
errors cannot receive an A).
You did what the assignment asked of you at a high quality level. Work
in this range needs revision; however it is complete in content, is
organized well, and shows special attention to style.
You did what the assignment asked of you. Work in this range needs significant
revision, but it is complete in content and the organization is logical.
The style is straightforward but unremarkable.
You did what the assignment asked of you at a poor quality level. Work
in this range needs significant revision. The content is often incomplete
and the organization is hard to discern. Attention to style is often
nonexistent or chaotic.
An E is usually reserved for people who don’t do the work or don’t
to class. However, if your work is shoddy and shows little understanding
of the needs of the assignment, you will receive a failing grade.