Elements of Film studies (18CBVC42) – Best Deemed University in Chennai
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Course Objective: 

This course provides an overview of film history and exposes students to the various film movements in cinema. Students will learn about film and its narrative structure. It covers the core concepts of production design and the various phases of production such as concept to script. 

 

Course Outcome

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

CO1: Know about our Indian Film History and contemporary trends in filmmaking.

CO2: Acquire the significant knowledge about the various film movements.

CO3: Differentiate narrative and non-narrative form in films.

CO4: Understand the production process in detail.

CO5: Acquire an in-depth knowledge about the techniques involved in generating concepts, Developing it as stories and writing effective screenplay.

 

Unit I       World Cinema                                                                   

Film Form and Film History, Early Cinema (1893-1903), Development of Classical Hollywood Cinema (1903-1927).Growth of Indian Cinema (Hindi, Tamil,Malayalam & other languages) Satyajit Ray (Pather panchali, Apu trilogy), Adoor Gopalakrishnan Bangla Movies , History of Tamil Cinema – Post Independence era . Parasakthi film, J. Mahendran, Bharathiraja Manirathinam Shankar – Recent Trends in Tamil Cinema. 

Unit II   Camera Techniques                                                             

Mise-en-scene, Aspects of Mise-en-scene. Space, time and props narrative functions of Mise-en-scene. Cinematographer properties, the photographic image, framing, duration of the image, montage and long take. The Shot, Scene, Sequence, Story board, types of script, location shooting. Single camera verses Multi camera production – rehearsal – digital intermediate – video format.

Unit III     Film Production Process                                                  

Pre-Production Process: Ideas, Planning, pre-production- Concept / Story development, Scripting / Screen play writing, Budgeting, Casting, Locations. Production Process: Shooting, Actors, Direction & Cinematography. Post production Process: Editing- dimensions of film editing, continuity editing, linear and Non linear editing. The powers of sound, fundamentals of film sound, functions of film sound. Style as a formal system, narrative unity, ambiguity, a non-classical approach to narrative films, space and time, disunity, form, style and ideology. Sound recording, Dubbing, Special effects, Graphics & Final mixing Distribution & Exhibition.

Unit IV   Film Genres                                                                        

The concept of form in films, Types of film genres, cinema of reality, principles of film, films of expression, narrative form, non-narrative form, dividing a film into parts and Genres (language, style, grammar, syntax.) 

Unit V     Film Movement                                                                  

German Expressionism (1919-1924). French Impressionism and Surrealism (1917-1930). Soviet Montage (1924-1930). The Classical Hollywood Cinema, Italian Neo-Realism (1942-1951). The French New Wave (1959-1964), Japanese Cinema Movement- Cinema of Korea- Film Society                                                                                                                

                                                          

 

Total Hours 60

 

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