FILM 100 Introduction to Cinema: The Art of Making Movies

Victor Aronovich

Office: Office Hours in Classroom/Zoom
Spring 2023-2024
Class number: 32489
Section number: 320
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus


This lecture-based course will introduce students to the art of cinema, from the point of view of the filmmaker. Through screenings of contemporary and classic films, students will gain an appreciation of the various crafts involved in the making of movies, such as acting, directing, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, production design, and editing. This course is not intended for students who plan to major or minor in Digital Cinema.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to explain, in well-written prose, what a work of art is about and how it was produced (i.e. they should be able to articulate and explain the “content” of that work and its methodology of production).
  2. Students will be able to comment on the relationship between film form – mis-en-scene, sets, and lighting -  and content – themes, conflicts, and realistic/formalistic directorial style in films
  3. Students will be able to assess the formal aspects of their subject and put those qualities into words, using, when appropriate, specialized vocabulary employed in class and readings.
  4. Students will be able to contextualize films of various directors. They will be able to do so with respect to other works of art in terms of defining its place within a broader style or genre. They will also be able to contextualize a work of art in terms of contemporaneous aesthetic, social, or political concerns, discussing how these might shape the work’s reception and how that reception might differ amongst various peoples and historical periods.


Recommended Text: Making Movies- Sidney Lumet (1995)


Written Assignments: 5 written assignments, 20 points each.

100 points total

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School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

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Academic Policies

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Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
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