A theoretical and technical understanding of the history, theory and art form of motion picture and new media technologies is key to learning critical concepts of the moving image.
Students will study the principles of motion pictures and the evolution of early cinema from the late silent era to the current age of digital media.
Technology plays an important role in motion picture production from the silent screen to the digital era. Motion picture has radically influenced the cultural experience and continues to shape both our intellect and imagination.
Students will consider early filmmaking, the art of motion pictures and the influence of art movements on film, and the introduction of sound in entertainment.
The course will also discuss the impact of new technology and tools on film production, distribution, and marketing as well as the historical developments of contemporary cinema in the context of political, documentary and artistic backgrounds.
- This course does not have prerequisites, students must however meet the recommendations and requirements in the Notes section along with any proficiencies identified below.
All instruction is instructor-led, face-to-face and may be delivered in three formats:
- In Class - all classes are taught in a classroom lab.
- Online - all classes are taught synchronously in real-time.
- Blended - delivery is both in a classroom lab and synchronously online, alternating weekly.
It is the students responsibility to carefully read the course section content below to know which delivery options are available for the course they are registering into.
- Registrations within 24 hours of course start time must be made by phone (403-220-2988).
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Course level Learning Outcomes
- Examine the historical perspectives of motion pictures
- Explore the development of early cinema and contemporary production of moving pictures
- Illustrate examples and concepts of motion pictures
- Explore the impact of new technology on film production, distribution, and publicity
- Examine the motion picture in the age of new media
- Produce a short non-fiction film that demonstrates an understanding of an aspect of the historical, technological, cultural, aesthetic, or economic context of motion pictures
- Produce a short narrative silent film that demonstrates an understanding of cinematic storytelling
Topics of Instruction
- Approach to film history and world cinema
- The invention and early years of motion pictures
- The late silent era
- The development of sound cinema
- Contemporary cinema
- The development of publishing in popular culture
- The emergence of the internet
- Video production technology in the age of new media
- The future of filmmaking
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Recommendations and Requirements
Courses are 30 hours and are scheduled to be completed in either 5 weeks or 10 weeks. Generally, 5 week courses have two classes per week, and 10 week courses have one class per week.
Courses may be delivered in class, online, or blended (both in class and online). All delivery formats will use Desire2Learn (D2L) and Adobe Connect Meeting (ACM) tools to varying degrees and it is the students responsibility to ensure they are comfortable with these tools prior to the start of the first class.
Students are encouraged to read Student Online Learning Resources to determine the delivery format that will best meet their learning needs.
- Students familiar with D2L and ACM from previous course work, require no further introduction to these learning tools.
- Students who register into an in class only course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take the necessary time to fully explore these learning tools prior to the start of class.
- Students who register into an online or blended course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online.
The projects in this course are short films, therefore, student should have access to a camera that shoots HD Video, such as a smartphone, camcorder or DSLR camera.
Students will need access to software outside the classroom lab to enable work on assignments, projects, and other course work.
It is strongly recommended that students attend every class. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate potential absenteeism to the instructor.
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