Film as Literature

Jared Chester

Film as Literature

This course is an in-depth study of film production and film writing from a literary perspective. Students will engage with a variety of films through many thematic units, including but not limited to the history of film production, telling a story through visuals, a director’s study, adapting a book to film, film genre study, creating stop-motion animation, and telling their own story in film. Students will analyze the literary, dramatic, and cinematic devices of film through small group and whole class discussion, in formal and informational writing, and through collaborative projects with classmates. Through questioning and critical analysis, students will become more perceptive viewers of film.

Credits: 0.5 (per semester)
Estimated Completion Time: 1 semester/9-18 weeks
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* Scores are based on 52 student ratings out of 5.

“I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in the film industry or wants to pursue a career in film productions. You will learn a lot about how films work along with effects, development of film over time, etc. (Also if you enjoy watching movies, give this class a try).”Student Survey Response
  • Relate Literature and Film to Prior Experiences
    • Compare and contrast a variety of genres and texts. (1.A.1)
    • Evaluate texts considering prior experiences and previous readings or observations (1.A.2)
    • Interpret and respond to performances in film. (1.A.3)
  • Language
    • Analyze and Evaluate how Language and Communications Influence and Reflect the Cultures or Eras in which they are Created. (1.B)
  • Read, View, Listen to and Respond to Literature, Film and other Texts from Diverse Cultures and Eras
    • Determine relationships between literature and other communications and their historical and/or cultural contexts. (1.C.1)
    • Analyze and draw conclusions about the addition/deletion of words to a language and the changes in the meanings of words over time. (1.C.2)
    • Create communications that reflect cultural, historical or current perspectives on a topic/issue. (1.C.3)
  • Write about, Visually Represent and Discuss Written, Visual and Oral Communications
    • Compare and contrast communications to previously read or viewed material or to real situations. (1.D.1)
    • Create print and non-print communications for various audiences and for a variety of purposes. (1.D.2)
  • Create Print and Non-Print Communications to Publish Formally Present Information and Ideas
    • Plan and compose a variety of communications. (1.E.1)
    • Create visual representations using technology. (1.E.2)
    • Use a variety of technologies to produce communications for different audiences and purposes. (1.E.3)
    • Evaluate and revise communications after considering audience feedback.(1.E.4)
    • Edit and proofread their own communications to meet conventional standards. (1.E.5)
    • Offer advice to classmates about revision and editing, providing support for their observations and opinions. (1.E.6)
  • Analyze and Evaluate Problems Encountered by the Creators of Written, Oral and Visual Communications
    • Analyze and evaluate a speaker’s decisions considering audience and purpose (1.F.1)
    • Analyze and evaluate print and non-print advertising and propaganda. (1.F.2)
    • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of video techniques (lighting, camera angles and shots, etc.) in television and film. (1.F.3)

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