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UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LOUIS

Tuguegarao City
School of Education, Arts and Sciences
English Department
Course Information and Syllabus in MC 324
Descriptive Title:
Credit Units:

Introduction to Film
2 (Lecture)
3 (Laboraotry)

Course Description:
The course is intended to provide students the knowledge in basic terminologies and strategies in film making. Likewise, this provides an avenue
for their understanding the different kinds of films and its social relevance. This course also provides a broad survey of the art and criticism of film.
Students are introduced to some of the major films and movements that have come to define the evolution of cinema as a popular culture, political
discourse and art form. Within an historical framework students will be introduced to the general vocabulary and syntax of film studies. They will also
learn about the major technological innovations, aesthetic movements and political discourses that have underscored the development of cinema as a
culture industry.
Course Objectives: At the end of the course, the students are expected to:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

differentiate fundamental concepts in film making;


understand the terms, techniques and theories in film;
have the actual hands on scriptwriting experiences in each of the film outputs;
value media ethics as students and in their future career;
demonstrate a general knowledge of the history of cinema from its beginning to the present including major international films, artists,
and movements.
6.
become better persons through the influence, not only of what they have learned, but also through the teachings of the USL Mission
and Vision.
7.
become God-fearing individuals that they may use it well in their future career as media practitioners.

References:
Books
Baran, Stanley J. (2001) Introduction to mass communication : media literacy and culture. 2 nd edition. Boston : McGraw-Hill.
Irving, David K. (2006) Producing & directing the short film and video. 3 rd edition. Amsterdam : Elsevier.
Kellison, Cathrine. (2006) Producing for tV and video : a real world approach. United States : Focal Press.
Kolker, Robert.(2002) Film, form & culture. New York : McGraw-Hill.
Soriano, Robert F. (2000) Aspects of film production : easy college understanding. Manila : Booklore Publishing.
Villarejo, Amy. (2007) Film studies : the basics. London : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
.

Course Outline:
COURSE CONTENT
1.A.The Vision-Mission of USL
B.Classroom Policies
C.Grading System
D. DiscussionMajor
requirements of the course

TIME
ALLOTMEN
T
1.5

STRATEGIES/
ACTIVITIES

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Discussion via Mind Mapping. Students


create and complete a concept map
showing the relationship of USLs visionmission and studying literature

Compose aloud: What I Expect of


myself after the course and What I
expect from the subject.

create a concept map showing the Universitys


mission-vision and its relationship to the students
course.
cite ways of materializing the Vision-Mission of the
University
discuss expectations of the subjects

II. Hollywood Film


a. History
b. Personality
c. Terminology

Lecture via power point presentation of


the history of Hollywood film including
terms.

2
FILM VIEWING (any hollywood film).
(Separate sheet for rubric and
instruction)

QUIZ 1

III. Bollywood Film


Growth
Impact
Networks
Regulations

IV. Asian Film Including The


Philippine Film: A brief History
1. Revolutionary Period
2. The American Colonial
Period
3. Japanese Occupation
4. Post Liberation Years
5. The Martial Law Years

1.5

Lecture via power point presentation of


the history of Bollywood film including
terms.

1.5
FILM VIEWING (any Bollywood film).
(Separate sheet for rubric and
instruction)

2
2

QUIZ 2

Lecture via power point presentation of


the history of Asian film including terms.

FILM VIEWING (any Asian film).


(Separate sheet for rubric and
instruction)

QUIZ 3

PRELIM EXAM (1.5)

discuss the history of film through concept


mapping
get acquainted and understand the Hollywood
film terminologies.
evaluate/critique the foreign film through a debate
or a film analysis and reflection paper
identify the various problems in Hollywood film
making
synthesize previous learning with new insights
discuss the history of film through concept
mapping
get acquainted with Bollywood film terminologies.
evaluate/critique the foreign film through a debate
or a film analysis and reflection paper
identify the various problems in Bollywood film
making
differentiate Hollywood from Bollywood film.

synthesize previous learning with new insights


discuss the history of film through concept
mapping
get acquainted with Asian and Filipino film
terminologies.
evaluate/critique the film through a debate or a film
analysis and reflection paper
identify the various problems in Asian and Filipino
film making
differentiate foreign from Filipino film.

Lecture via powerpoint presentation.


V. Film Ethics :
Responsibilities of film makers

VI. MTRCB

VII. International Regulations

VI. The New Alternatives


1. Digital Movies
2. Internet Movies
3. Nova Media

Activity 1: Pre-activity: Instruct students


to download films that were banned by
the MTRCB.

differentiate the ethical issues in film making


have a deeper understanding on the different
responsibilities and inculcate the limitations of the
film makers through a reflection paper.

discuss the different interventions on new media


alternative
identify the different aspects of digital and
international movies through a film analysis

DEBATE: Class will be divided into two,


the other group on the affirmative side
and the other is on the opposite side.
Proposition: Whether or not the film
should be banned or not.

Lecture via powerpoint presentation


3

Viewing of clips of different media


alternatives followed by film
analysis/critic.
WORKSHOP

QUIZ 1

Relate episodes in their lives that may be filmed.


Show that ordinary life experiences can be filmed when
creativity in concept and cinematic treatment is done
Tell what lessons about life and its truths may be
conveyed in a film to promote positive values among
viewers
Establish expectations before seeing the film.

Lecture via powerpoint presentation


VII. Animated Films
1. Production
2. Growth
3. Impact
4. Networks
5. Regulations
VIII. Different Institutions in Motion
Pictures:
-International Production
- Local/ Philippine production
Team

2
2.5

2
2

Watch animated films and make


reflection paper
Watch a the making of a certain movie
regarding the production of motion
pictures and make a reflection paper
WORKSHOP
QUIZ 2

identify the impact of animated films to viewers


through a simple research or survey

identify the problems with regard to the motion


pictures.

discuss the different aspects of animated films.

Students can make their own motion picture.

MIDTERM EXAM (1.5)


Lecture via power point presentation
IX. Film Critiques and critics:
1. History of Film Critiques
and Critics

Advance assignment: Students shall


provide examples or copies of a movie
review.

Critic a film objectively using the different


guidelines in film critics
Make a review article about a movie of their
choice.

QUIZ
X. How to critic a film?
Lecture via power point presentation
A. Basic Terms

2.5

B. Mise-en-scene

C. Lighting

Students will download a clip or movie


projecting the different styles in
cinematography and film making.

D.Space

QUIZ

E.Shots

2.5

F. Sequence

2.5

Make a film scene analysis paper

Make a 30-minute to 1 hour film

FINAL EXAM (1.5)

Course Requirement:
1.

Students should have an out put of a film by the middle (midterm) and end (finals) of the semester.
30- minute movie with the theme of their choice, applying all the knowledge in film making.
Students should form two groups with regard to the said output.

RUBRIC and Instruction for Film Viewing Activity


Pre-Viewing
Activate the students' background knowledge before showing the film:
A. Have a large group or small group discussion of the theme. Ask what they know already. Ask what they'd like to know.
B. Ask the students to predict from the title what they think the film will be about. Will it be a comedy? A drama? A documentary? Ask them to predict the
story line.
C. Introduce students to the general vocabulary: one way of doing this is to assign a reading activity based on the same theme as the film.
D. Show a scene without the sound. Have students write or discuss possible dialogue.
VIEWING
GIve the students a specific task while watching the film.
A. Assign individuals or groups to follow the actions of a particular character.
B. Give students a set of questions about the content: characters, plot, specific bits of dialog, etc .
C. Revise and expand their predictions (from pre-viewing) as they gain more information.

Post-Viewing
The big picture. Relate the film to the students' own lives or the world in general.
Writing activities:
A. Review the film. (As models, give them reviews of other movies that have appeared in newspapers and magazines.)
B. Choose a character. Compare that character's life/actions/ideals with your own.
C. What happens after the movie is over?

Class or small group discussion ideas:


A. How would the movie have been different if certain characters had taken different actions?
B. Debate the pros and cons of a controversial theme in the movie.
C. How do cultural norms influence the action? (Would the plot be plausible in another culture? Why or why not?)
D. What happens after the movie is over?

To assess film output, the following criteria will be employed.


Criteria
Format in script
writing
Content which
includes the
following:
- acting
- props
- clearness of
voice
- loudness of
voice
- Social
relevance

Grading System:
Criteria
Quizzes

Format is strictly
followed (5)
All of the traits
mentioned are
excellently
portrayed. (20)

1-3 formats are not


followed (4)
One of the traits
mentioned is not
portrayed. (17)

Prelims
25%

4-6 formats are not


followed(3)
2 of the traits
mentioned are not
portrayed. (14)

7-9 formats are not


followed (2)
3 of the traits
mentioned are not
portrayed. (11)

Midterms
20%

10-12 formats are


not followed (1)
4 of the traits
mentioned are not
portrayed. (8)

The format is
totally defied. (0)
None of the traits
mentioned are not
portrayed. (0)

Finals
20%

Group work/ Activity


Requirement
Recitation/ Attendance
Major Exam
TOTAL

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Syllabus Prepared and Revised by:

ELENA MARIE VICENTE- FERRER

Recommending Approval:

Approved by:

EMILIO A. CARAG, MAED


Department Head

OLIVIA B. PASICOLAN, Ph.D.


Academic Dean

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