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The American Motion Picture

Course NumberLIT 227W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Studies popular films, with major emphasis on American culture as reflected in the motion picture. Examines the effect of the images portrayed in motion pictures on the perception of American society and history; topics vary from semester to semester. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify the media's components.
  1. Define the common terms referring to cameras.
  2. Identify movement of cameras or actors and assess their effect.
  3. Identify the effects of editing.
  4. Identify the effects of sound.
  5. List the sequence and effects of scene.
  6. Describe the variety of acting observed in a film.

Develop an understanding of American culture as it relates to film
  1. View and assess American films from different periods of American history.
  2. Identify and discuss Western aesthetic value systems.
  3. Identify and discuss Commercial values.

Examine the cross influence of film and culture.
  1. Apply the concepts and principles covered to a variety of American films.
  2. Assess the influences of various film techniques on culture.
  3. Assess the influence of cultural norms on film production

Communicate an understanding of American Culture and Film.
  1. Write a well organized theme which applies to a film the components covered in the course.
  2. Discuss in class or other social group the components covered in the course.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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