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Cinematic Review
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Cinematic Review will introduce students to the filmmaking process. The course will explore the technology that makes a film, analyze the filmmaking process from beginning to end, and begin to build an aesthetic appreciation of films. Various mainstream and art films will be discussed for their art, technology, and marketing success, or lack thereof. Students will develop a better appreciation of the movie-making process, learn how marketing can make or break a film, and discuss the ever-changing technology that can make everyone a filmmaker.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the history of the movie industry from its early stages to the present day.
  • Identify the different kinds of movies that are produced.
  • Examine the language and technology of films.
  • Compare Old Hollywood and New Hollywood.
  • Analyze different phases of preproduction for films, including scriptwriting, design elements, sets, and locations

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities within a camera crew.
  • Explore all aspects of the preproduction process for films.
  • Analyze different phases of preproduction, including costumes, makeup, and casting.
  • Explore the role of the cast and how actors affect the film. 
  • Discuss the actual production process, including the roles of the director and the camera.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe the production and post-production processes.
  • Analyze different phases of production, including camera techniques, special effects, and lighting.
  • Recognize the roles within the post-production crew.
  • Analyze different editing techniques.
  • Explore the uses of sound effects and music in post-production

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Review the process of finishing a movie.
  • Analyze different ways to market movies.
  • Explore independent films, documentaries, and foreign films.
  • Recognize different means of critical analysis for film reviews.
  • Discuss new technology that has made filmmaking more accessible to the general public.

Course Materials

  • The Art of Movie Making: Script to Screen (textbook)