Course MD 301 Winter 2012/13

The Moving Image

Kenneth Suit, Marouan Omara, Ghada Fikri

"Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen." - Robert Bresson

MD 301: The Moving Image

Course outline

THE MOVING IMAGE is an examination of the artistic elements of the moving picture. The detailed analysis of basic cinema techniques and how they might be creatively manipulated for expressive effect will be combined with the screening of films or film excerpts appropriate to class discussion. This analysis will be reinforced and put into practice through the workshop component of the course, where students will learn how to shoot and edit a short film.

Course Outcome

This course is intended to provide students with:

          •  a working vocabulary of terms and concepts used in the aesthetic criticism and production of films;

          •  basic practical knowledge of film production; and

          •  the opportunity to improve their ability to think cogently and effectively about film.

Ultimately, these outcomes are designed so that the student will learn to understand and articulate their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual responses to these art forms in a meaningful way, and to apply these concepts to the creative production of their own work.

References and Textbooks

	David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson.  Film Art: An Introduction, 9th ed.  McGraw-Hill, 2010.
	Daniel Arijon.  Grammar of the Film Language.  Silman-James Press, 1991.
	David Mamet.  On Directing Film.  Penguin, 1992.

Course Syllabus

WEEK ONE: 9 – 13 September

		The production process

WEEK TWO: 16 – 20 September

		Film form
		Suggested screening:  Man With a Movie Camera  (1929: USSR)  65 minutes

WEEK THREE: 23 – 27 September

		Suggested screening:  Koyaanisqatsi  (1983: USA)  87 minutes

WEEK FOUR: 30 September – 4 October

		Shot composition:  mise en cadre
		Suggested screening:  Do The Right Thing  (1989: USA)  120 minutes

WEEK FIVE: 7 – 11 October

		Shot composition:  mise en scθne
		Suggested screening:  Our Hospitality  (1925: USA)  75 minutes

WEEK SIX: 14 – 18 October

		Suggested screening:  The Night of the Hunter  (1955: USA)  93 minutes

WEEK SEVEN: 21 – 25 October

		Suggested screening:  A Man Escaped  (1956: France)  98 minutes

WEEK EIGHT: 28 October – 1 November

                Suggested screening;  The Road Warrior (1981: Australia)  95 minutes

WEEK NINE: 4 – 8 November

                Suggested screening:  Breathless  (1959: France)  90 minutes

WEEK TEN: 11 – 15 November

		The scene and sequence
                Suggested screening:  North by Northwest (1959: USA) 136 minutes

WEEK TWELVE: 18 – 22 November

		Suggested screening:  Citizen Kane  (1941: USA)  119 minutes

WEEK THIRTEEN: 25 – 29 November

		Genre, style, and worldview
		Suggested screening:  Meet Me in St. Louis  (1944: USA)  116 minutes

WEEK FOURTEEN: 2 – 6 December

		Documentary, avant garde, and animated films
                Suggested screenings:  
                     Gap-Toothed Women (1987: USA)  31 minutes
                     Ballet mιcanique (1924: France)  19 minutes
                     The River (1938: USA)  31 minutes
                     A Movie (1958: USA)  12 minutes

WEEK FIFTEEN: 9 – 13 December

		Final thoughts

Tutorials of Groups 2, 4 & 5