Syllabus - The Movie

Week 1

  • Director Technique: Framing Shots, Editing, Attitude and Stance
  • Acting to Effects
  • Sound and Music
  • Openings

Week 2

  • Identifying the Movie in the Opening
  • Tropes
  • Effect Shots and Physicality

Week 3

  • Identifying Principle Characters
  • Basic Structure: Opening, A World, Inciting Incident, B World, Fun n' Games, Complications, False Victory, Dark Night of the Soul, Climax, Resolution.

Week 4

  • Over the Shoulder Shots
  • Reversing Angle
  • 180 Degree Rule
  • Common Cinematic Techniques and Vocabulary

Week 5

  • Genre
  • Era
  • Director/Writer/Cinematographer
  • Playing with Genre, Era, and Director/Writer/Cinematographer

Week 6

  • Parody
  • Applying Game to a Scene
  • Applying Game to the Piece

Week 7

  • Stylized Cinema
  • Title Sequences, Credits, and Content after Credits

Week 8

  • Going Meta: Preproduction, Production, Theatre, DVD, Q&A