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MFCO101 Screen Form and Culture

An introduction to the basic analytical and critical skills as they apply to the study of moving images, specifically film. Issues of form, style and genre are addressed.

This paper is required of all Film and Media Studies students and is also highly recommended for anyone wishing to pursue any film- or media-related profession. Students will learn approaches to film analysis, including stylistic analysis of film (for example, how film techniques are used to tell stories); formal analysis (for example, how stories are structured in narrative cinema and how documentaries and experimental film follow different structuring principles); film stardom; film genre; and film authorship.

Paper title Screen Form and Culture
Paper code MFCO101
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Restriction
FIME 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Ramaeker
Paper Structure

This paper features modules on:

  • Film style, including editing, cinematography, mise-en-scène and sound
  • Film form, including classical narrative, art cinema, experimental film and documentary
  • Genre
  • Authorship
  • Star culture
  • Television and new media

Assessment:

  • Library exercise 8%
  • Online quiz 7%
  • Descriptive and analytical essay 15%
  • Critical essay 25%
  • Final examination 45%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, screenings and tutorials.
Textbooks
Book:
Film Art: An Introduction, 10th edition, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson

Additional readings:
Course reader
Individual readings on Blackboard

All required reading will also be on reserve at the University Library.
Course outline

View a sample course outline for MFCO 101

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate knowledge of stylistic and formal analysis of film
  • Demonstrate knowledge of critical approaches to film
  • Demonstrate skill in the written expression of ideas

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
O1 Monday 15:00-17:20 21
Monday 15:00-17:50 9-16, 18-20, 22

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-14, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T3 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T5 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 21-22
T6 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 21-22

An introduction to the basic analytical and critical skills as they apply to the study of moving images, specifically film. Issues of form, style and genre are addressed.

From the emergence of cinema at the end of the 19th Century to the Internet revolution, the production and consumption of moving images has brought change to every aspect of our lives and cultures. In this paper you will consider the experience of film and media from a range of perspectives. Study will include: understanding how looking is powerful; the relationships between moving images, representations and identity; the individual and the socio-political impact of the moving image; how critics, scholars and fans make sense of media.

Paper title Screen Form and Culture
Paper code MFCO101
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
FIME 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Associate Professor Catherine Fowler

Paper Structure

This paper features modules which may include any of the following:

  • Close analysis of Film and television style including editing, cinematography, mise-en-scene and sound  
  • Media genres, stars, celebrity, fans and audiences
  • Media industries and entertainment, cinema as art and the auteur
  • Political and activist expressions of media including third and fourth cinema

Assessment:

Will include bibliographic exercises, an essay and an exam.

Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, screenings and tutorials.
Textbooks

No textbook. Readings will be available on Blackboard

Course outline

View a sample course outline for MFCO 101

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  • Be familiar with the major discussions as to how meaning is made, across cinema, television, video and digital examples. 
  • Show an understanding of critical approaches to film and media.
  • Understand and demonstrate the expression of ideas through written forms

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
O1 Monday 15:00-17:20 21
Monday 15:00-17:50 9-15, 17, 19-20, 22

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-15, 17, 19-22
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-14, 17-19, 21-22
T2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 17-19, 21-22
T3 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-13, 17-19, 21-22
T4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 17-19, 21-22
T5 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 17-19, 21-22
T6 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 17-19, 21-22