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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Film Form: Genre
    • Narrative and Narration
    • Film Style: Mise en Scene; Cinematography; Sound; Editing
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Quizzes
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
    • Other Materials
      • Audio

At the completion of this subject students will: 

  1. be able to recognise a range of choices relating to mise en scene, cinematography, editing and sound that together make up the style of particular films
  2. have acquired the appropriate vocabulary to describe the formal and stylistic features of particular films
  3. be able to analyse film and television texts in terms of the meanings and effects produced by particular technical choices
  4. be able to analyse texts in terms of the specific meanings and effects produced by their overall organisation and techniques of narration
  5. be able to recognise and identify the various techniques used in screen performance
  6. be aware of some of the issues that have been raised by film theorists and critics around the various forms of textual organisation and characterization in films
  7. have acquired, in addition to these discipline-specific skills, better generic skills, including an understanding of how to apply ideas, the ability to analyse, to think critically, and to write clearly. As well as teaching the subject-specific skills above, our aim is to encourage you to develop sound written communication skills, critical judgment, informed independence of thought, and the ability to conduct research.
  • Assignment 1 - Report (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Quiz (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces you to the basics of screen analysis. By the end of this subject you will be able to recognise the range of choices filmmakers make in relation to film form, in particular narrative and narration, and film style: mise en scene, cinematography, editing and sound. You will be able to describe the stylistic features of texts and the meanings and effects achieved through technical choices. You will also have an understanding of issues raised by critics regarding textual organisation and characterisation.

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