Welcome to Film Studies!
How to Take Cornell Notes (also see handout)
How to Take Notes When Watching Films (also see handout)
To start please read this article and complete the following task(s) in your journal/notebook (use Cornell Notes as practice) to turn in for participation credit during the marking period:
Film Studies Commentary by David Bordwell
#1. Essential question: What's the difference between the way a film reviewer (journalist), a film historian, a film scholar, and a film fan evaluate a film?Please read the article above, and answer the questions just above in complete sentences by the end of first period (required - due today). We will then have a discussion about film.
#2. List your top 10 favorite films of all time.
#3. Name your favorite genres of film. (i,e. what do you prefer to watch?) Why?
After our discussion in your JOURNAL/NOTEBOOK for film studies:
The TOP Films of All Time - A Personal Response by YOU!
For our class, this website by film historian Tim Dirks, will provide you with a lot of excellent information. We will be using the link throughout our course as a reliable source of information.
Please go to the link (on the right side of this post): Film History.
- IMDB.com (this is the international movie data base, and can be very helpful to you in this course).
- Metacritic (a website where you can find all sorts of film reviews for models regarding how to write a film review--and for your own enjoyment)
- The Internet Script database. This site publishes many contemporary film scripts. It will be important to check your film script formatting and go here to read scripts. There is a link to this page to your right of this post.
- Youtube.com Many of the clips we will be watching in this class come from sites like youtube.com. You are probably already familiar with this website.
A. Which films on this list have you personally seen? (jot down a few titles in your journal)At the last 5 minutes of class today, please get into groups of 3-4. No one in your group should be someone you sit directly next to. You will likely have to move and meet new people. Discuss your list with your group members. You may also spend any time remaining in class discussing films you love or hate. Why do you love or hate the film? Discuss.
B. Which films on this list have you heard about, but never had the chance to see? (jot down a few titles)
C. If a movie looks interesting to you, please jot down its title in your journal.
HOMEWORK: Choose one of the films from the Internet Script Database and read a good portion of it for next class's discussion. Note the script format and be able to discuss the script you read with others. Complete the reading of this script by Monday, Feb. 5.