Using the Moving Image Archive|
Spring 2021 not offered
Media history begins in the archive. Our understanding of the moving image as a medium and an art is founded on and shaped by the work of archivists. This class draws on Wesleyan's nationally recognized Cinema Archive to explore the role of archives in preserving and making accessible our film and television heritage from the silent film era to today's digital productions. In the early 20th century, films were seen as expendable. Archives today are dedicated to preserving moving images of all types, including home movies, art installations, studio films, television, and video games. Topics include preservation ethics, copyright, the challenges of digital preservation, the history of the archives movement, and how archives work. Students will research various types of moving image archives and work on a group project to trace the lifespan of a film from production through distribution and restoration.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
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Grading based on oral presentations, mid-term paper and final paper.
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This course is based on readings, though some films will be screened in class. The course will reference materials in the Wesleyan Cinema Archives.
This course is open to Film Studies Majors and Minors.
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