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Reading Movies - A Practitioner's Guide (11140.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit looks at film theory from a filmmaking perspective. Students are introduced to theories of film analysis, learning how to read a film, understand its tropes and themes, genres and audience expectations, in the context of film making.
Through a series of film theory readings, discussions and screenings, students will expand their visual vocabulary as they gain insight into the filmmaker?s cinematic decisions and how sound design, cinematography and editing aid the story, and why mise en scene is very important.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of film theory;

2. Analyse a film with reference to ideas of genre, theme, narrative, story and audience expectation; and

3. Contextualise film theory in terms of film practice.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 3 hour lecture/screening and one 1 hour tutorial on-campus per week.





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