Module Title:   Film - Style and Language

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0153D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Peter Lassey

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

The aims of the module are: to introduce students to the examination of a wide range of filmmaking practices, classified according to differences in the aesthetics of cinema, including camerawork, editing, colour, lighting, costume, set design and use of sound; to locate these practices by relating stylistic choices to particular moments in film history, developments in technology and specific cultural contexts; to show how these stylistic techniques feed into concepts of film as a `language` - a formally coded system with conventions understood by filmmakers and audiences.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Screenings and presentations by tutors, small and large group discussion will inform individual student research and close analysis of a range of cinematic texts. The `other hours` will be screenings of relevant films followed by discussion. The hours indicated for screenings are only approximate since flexibility is needed to take into account the different lengths of films. The short-answer examination will test students` knowledge of key factual information; the essay will allow them to apply this knowledge to selected film texts.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   171.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   4.00          Other:   12.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   1.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Identify and describe the attributes of film aesthetics and specific examples of filmmaking practices from the history of cinema or from different national film production contexts.
Describe how film can be understood as a language with its own codes and conventions.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Evaluate selected film texts, `reading` them in terms of visual and aural style.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Articulate opinions on organised evidence and to communicate arguments coherently.

  Examination - closed book 1.00 50%
  MCQ and Short answers
  Coursework   50%
  Essay 2000 words

Outline Syllabus:
Concepts of film aesthetics, using examples from a diversity of filmmaking practice covering the development of cinematography, lighting and editing, sound and colour, costume and set design. Key filmmakers and films. Style and genre: mise en scène analysis. Analysis of the film image. The relationship between film language and ideas of realism.

Key Texts
Barsam, R.M., Monahan, D. (2010) Looking at Movies: an introduction to film, New York, W.W.Norton
Bordwell D & Thompson K (2010) Film Art, An Introduction, 9th Edition, New York/London: McGraw-Hill
Corrigan T & White P (2004) The Film Experience: An Introduction, Boston, USA: Bedford St Martin`s
Hill, John & Church Gibson, Pamela (eds) (1998) Oxford Guide to Film Studies, Oxford: OUP
Thompson K & Bordwell D (2010) Film History: An Introduction, 3rd edition, New York/London: McGraw-Hill

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