The Art and Business of Contemporary Film|
Spring 2019 not offered
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|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM)
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.
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Students will complete a mid-semester analytical project, a collaborative presentation, and a final essay.
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Prerequisite: FILM 307 The Language of Hollywood. This class is designed for juniors and seniors with serious interest in film.
Please note that Chair Scott Higgins will be handling POI requests during pre-registration, but is not the instructor for this course.
Please contact Scott Higgins, chair of Film Studies, to receive application material for this course.
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