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Reading Movies - A Practitioner's Guide (9676.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice


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    • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (176313) - View
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    • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (139020) - View

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    This unit looks at film theory from a film making 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 current film theory readings, discussions and viewings, students will gain insight into the film makers decisions of where to place the camera, what lens to use and why, how sound design, cinematography and editing aid the story, and why mise en scene is very important.

    Learning Outcomes

    On 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

    3 hours per week.





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    Equivalent Units

    9676 Reading Movies - A Practitioner's Guide

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