GEAR 309 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade I
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEAR 309
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to introduce students to films that have an important place in film history and yet have low visibility in the framework of commercial cinema, and to enable the students to acquire film culture.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • describe the significant works of cinema in general
  • discuss the films they will see
  • classify films in cinema history
  • compare films in their relation to the structure of the cinematic institution that produced them
  • analyze these works in the context of their socio-cultural milieu
  • contrast cinematic traditions in terms of narrative, technique, authorial styles
Course Content This is the first of a series of courses, introducing and screening films crucial to forming film culture and not readily available elsewhere. The course includes canonic, experimental, avant-garde (commercial or non-commercial) examples of early cinema, American studio films, European art films, world cinema.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction Pages 6-13 from NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.
2 Birth of Cinema — between art and entertainment Excerpts from Lumiere Brothers George Melies - Voyage to the Moon Thomas Edison - The Great Train Robbery Pages 13-23 from NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.
3 Early Cinema — between documentary and fiction Robert J. Flaherty - Nanook of the North (1922) Pages 86-91 from NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.
4 Russian Constructivism Dziga Vertov, The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) Pages 92-94 from NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.
5 Surrealism in Cinema Luis Buñuel - L'Age d'Or (1930) (60 min) Luis Buñuel - Un Chien Andalou (1929) (21 min) Tony Richardson “The films of Luis Bunuel” Sight and Sound; Jan 1, 1954; 23, 3; pg. 125.
6 European Cinema between the world wars Jean Vigo - Zéro de conduite (1933) (41 min) Gyula Zilzer “Remembrances of Jean Vigo” Hollywood Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Winter, 1947-1948), pp. 125-128.
7 Italian Neo-Realism Vittorio de Sica - Ladri di biciclette (1948) (93 min) Richard Winnington, “Bicycle Thieves” Sight and Sound; Mar 1, 1950; 19, 1; pg. 26.
8 Nouvelle Vague Jean-Luc Godard – À bout de soufflé (1960) (90 min) Roger Ebert on Godard’s Breathless (http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-breathless-1960)
9 Midterm
10 Cinema Verité Chris Marker - La Joli Mai (1963) (145 min) Peter Graham „On Cinema Verite in France” Film Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Summer, 1964), pp. 30-36.
11 British New Wave Lindsay Anderson - If (1968) (111 min) Robinson, David “Anderson shooting IF...” Sight and Sound; Summer 1968; 37, 3; pg. 130.
12 New German Cinema Wim Wenders - Wings of Desire (1987) (128 min) Makhmalbaf, Mohsan “Obsession” Sight and Sound; Sep 1, 1995; 5, 9; pg. 40.
13 Road Movies Wim Wenders - Alice in the Cities (1974) (110 min) John Pym “The Road from Wuppertal” Sight and Sound; Fall 1984; 53, 4; pg. 244.
14 Unhollywood - American Independent Cinema Jim Jarmusch - Stranger than Paradise (1984) (89 min) Richard Linnett “As American as You Are: Jim Jarmusch and Stranger than Paradise” Cinéaste, Vol. 14, No. 1 (1985), pp. 26-28.
15 Review of the semester
16 Final Paper Submission

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
35
Final Exam
1
45
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
55
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
45
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
15
Final Exam
1
25
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to define and discuss the history, underlying concepts and theories of cinema and digital media.

2

To be able to develop a storytelling idea for cinema and digital media arts by using creativity and critical thinking.

3

To be able to operate specialized technical equipment and competently use software in the fields of cinema and digital media arts. 

4

To be able to execute the main tasks in the pre-production, production and post-production of an audio-visual work at the basic level including screenwriting, production planning, operating the camera, sound recording, lighting and editing.

5

To be able to perform a specialized task at an advanced level either for pre-production, production or post-production of an audio-visual work.

6

To be able to discuss how meaning is made through works of cinema and digital media; in what ways economics, politics and culture affect visual representation; how the conditions of production, consumption, distribution and interpretation shape images.

7

To be able to perform specialized tasks for creating digital media narratives with interactive elements.

8

To be able to conduct a critical analysis of a film or a work of digital media arts from technical, intellectual and artistic points of view.

9

To be able to take individual responsibility of a film or a digital media work from scratch to product in a problem-solving manner.

10

To be able to work as a crewmember by following norms of ethical conduct and taking initiative to improve the ethical standards of his/her working environment.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Cinema and Digital Media and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest