1/2 Unit

    Prerequisite:  None


    This course, open to students 9-12, requires students to analyze film the way they are asked to analyze literature in their required English courses.  Students will do close readings of short and feature length films, live action and animated films, and domestic and foreign films. To help them with these readings, students will keep a notebook, annotating the film as they watch it (in the same way as they would annotate a written text as they read). Students will learn how to breakdown a scene in a film in terms of its imagery, characterization, and structure of the scene or shot (camera angle, cuts, lighting, costuming, music, etc.). Students will write analyses of the films in short and longer essays, just as they would about written texts. There will be some outside reading to give context to the film analysis, but the bulk of the work will be done in class.