This class is an introductory class devoted to an overview of film techniques,
film vocabulary, and film history. As an introduction to film analysis,
this class provides students a working knowledge of film vocabulary
and develops analytical tools in the context of film history and film
theory. Having completed this course, a student should have a sense
of both film historys general outline and film theorys most
While this is NOT a film appreciation course, you will hopefully gain
a deeper appreciation of film as you study and analyze it. 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 peers writings
to insure that they fulfill their audience and purpose.
8. To gain a greater appreciation for the medium of film and its meaning.
A special thanks to Kate,
who donated materials and ideas for this class.