MDC663 Cinematic Storytelling

Course Description

Covers the cinematic concepts developed by filmmakers over the last 100 years to engage the audience emotionally and to convey meaning about a subject. Students engage in 'close readings' of films to develop an understanding of essential concepts to convey dramatic intentions: axes of movement, composition, lighting, manipulation of time, and motion, editing techniques, production and sound design and the use of setting. Provides students with a foundation in critical thinking, research, analysis and deconstruction of movies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the use of cinematic concepts used by filmmakers to engage the audience emotionally and to convey meaning.
  • Deconstruct the visual cinematic design elements used in films to engage audience attention and emotions and to convey meaning and dramatic intent.
  • Deconstruct the editorial concepts and techniques used by filmmakers to convey meaning and dramatic intent.
  • Deconstruct the concepts and techniques of sound design used by filmmakers to convey meaning and dramatic intent.
  • Deconstruct the concepts and techniques of production design, setting and environment used in films to convey meaning and dramatic intent.
  • Engage in substantive critical discourse with peers in the analysis and deconstruction of films.