DRAMA 2366
Introduction to Cinema/Development of the Motion Picture

Western Texas College
Department of Drama

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Survey and analyze cinema including history, film techniques, production procedures, selected motion pictures, and cinema’s impact on and reflection of society.           
    2. Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Analyze film through written response.
    2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of film history, form, and genre.
    3. Describe the collaborative nature of cinema and the many jobs required to develop a motion picture.
    4. Discuss/Describe the relationship of cinema to society as it relates to his/her perspective.

  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. 10 Chapter Textbook Multiple choice Work sheets
    2. 12-14 One Paragraph Essay answers that evaluate film and live performance content.
    3. Midterm and Final:  [On-line students must go to a proctored testing cite to take the midterm and final.]
    4. Read 5 essays
    5. View 5-7 feature films
    6. Attend two live performances or view additional feature films
    7. Take Syllabus quiz.
  4. Required books and other course materials:
    1. Barsam, Richard.  Looking at Movies. 5th edition 
    2. Hacker, Diane. A Pocket Style Manual 5th ed. [or higher]
    3. Online students must rent or buy the feature films.
    4. Pearson, Sidney, Print the Legend: Politics, Culture, and Civic Virtue in the films of John Ford.
  5. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. Departmental policy regarding late/make up work: No late or makeup work will be accepted.
  6. Introduction to Cinema / Development of the Motion Picture Schedule                      

    UNIT 1

    Syllabus Quiz

    UNIT 2

    Textbook chapters 1-10, multiple choice quizzes, video tutorials, essays

    UNIT 3

    Relevancy and writing model  (1 paragraph)   

    UNIT 4

    Live Performance or Scarlet Street  (1 paragraph)   

    UNIT 5

    MIDTERM - Casablanca  (4 paragraphs)  

    UNIT 6

    Stagecoach - Lecture/essay,  (1 paragraph)

    UNIT 7

    Live perform or The Grapes of Wrath, lecture/essay, (1 paragraph)   

    UNIT 8

    Clementine - Lecture/ essay, (1 paragraph)

    UNIT 9

    The Searchers - Lecture/essay, (1 paragraph)

    UNIT 10

    Liberty Valance - Lecture/essay, (1 paragraph)

    UNIT 11

    FINAL - (3 paragraph)


Last Modified: August 11, 2016