In Spring 2019, senior seminar will be taught by a leading professional in independent film distribution, acquisition, and marketing. This course explores the contemporary cinema marketplace and its relationship to filmmaking. We will consider the process of defining and finding the potential audience for independent and studio films. The class mixes case studies of production, marketing, and reception with film screenings and analysis. Students will hone their skills of practical analysis: articulating a film's essential appeal, distilling its story, and assessing its artistic and commercial merits. Visiting producers and filmmakers will discuss their work in light of its intended audience and reception. Assignments include written briefs on recent releases and their market profiles, analyses of exemplary independent American films, and a collaborative case-study presentation. This is a master class in the film business taught from the perspective of effective cinematic storytelling.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: (FILM304 AND FILM307)
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Materials for this course include contemporary American film criticism and journalism from the trade and popular press, promotional plans and materials generated by distributors, and published conversations with filmmakers. Significant time will be spent in screening and analysis.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will complete a mid-semester analytical project, a collaborative presentation, and a final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Senior Seminar is required for senior film majors who are not completing a thesis and is an elective for all other senior film majors. This course will meet on Sundays and hold additional required screenings once a week on Fridays. Attendance at all screenings and classes is mandatory. Senior majors interested in the course should contact the professor ASAP during the fall semester.
|Instructor(s): Laub,David Paul Times: S...... 02:00PM-06:00PM; .....F. 08:50AM-12:10PM; Location: AWKS010; CFS190; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 19
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|