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FILM 104/3.0 Film Form & Modern Cultue to 1970

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    COFI (core)*FILM 104 + BISC 100 / FILM (core)* FILM 104+BISC 100 / STSC (core) *FILM 104 + BISC 100
Course Instructor: Dr Rob Hyland - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Fall term at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   None

FILM 104 is a perfect first year course - it provides a general overview of filmmaking until 1970, while also offering students a new perspective on cinema. Regardless of prior experience, the course is engaging and interesting - it was by far one of my favourites!


Course Highlights:

We are constantly bombarded with images, text and video. This course will build the foundations of media literacy - a fundamental skill for negotiating the media-saturated world in which we live.

Students will look at the history and development of moving pictures to understand and appreciate how we got to this point.

Explore how influential filmakers from around the world have advanced the techniques of editing, framing and storytelling.

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FILM 104/3.0 Film Form & Modern Culture to 1970

FILM 104 is an introduction to tools and methods of visual and aural analysis and to historical and social methods, with examples primarily from the history of cinema and other moving-image media to 1970.

In this course, films will be analyzed as a primarily visual medium. The cinematic image has the power to move and the power to provoke emotions. Historically, cinema has also reflected the worldviews and outlooks of different generations. The visual image can be a statement on life and can also precipitate changes in social and political ideologies. But how has cinema evolved to transmit messages through image based means? By looking at significant films from different periods of cinema and global history and by reading thoughts and arguments about how cinema can most effectively create and control meaning, students will learn how cinema itself is a form of language, and students will learn how to critique and write about important elements of the poetics of cinema.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn a history of cinema, but will also learn the language of cinema, develop how to detail cinematic moments in writing, how to express historical contextual detail and apply that contextual knowledge to an argument on theoretical issues of cinema. 

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Examples of previous ELOs include a visit to the 'Bond in Motion' exhibtion at the London Film Museum, a study of Japanese Anime, and submitting video shorts* to at the Crossing the Screen International Film Festival in Eastbourne. * Students from the BISC won the prize for best student short with Dragoon - a film about inclusion and diversity.


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