film study means
Friedman, Lester D. Unspeakable Images: Ethnicity and the American Cinema. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991.
Auteur criticism provided a conceptual framework not only for the analysis of the work of directors who clearly possessed a distinct visual style, such as Robert Bresson (1901–1909), Yasujiro Ozu (1903–1963), Bernardo Bertolucci (b. 1941), or Peter Greenaway (b. 1942). Even more valuably, it prompted the discovery of filmmakers of vision who might have otherwise been buried within the Hollywood system on routine assignments or as specialists in various genres. Once compared with the work of others working in the same genres, the films of Howard Hawks (1896–1977), Preston Sturges (1898–1959), Vincente Minnelli, Anthony Mann (1907–1967), and Robert Aldrich (1918–1983), for example, gained coherence for their thematic and stylistic continuity. Hawks, whose style was extremely conventional, nonetheless used westerns and action films to focus on rituals of male bonding that involve getting the job done with stoic determination, whereas his comedies explore the hilarious results of men falling under the sway of women who isolate and feminize them.
Film Studies involves a great deal more that you might have thought – it’s not just about watching films (although this is a large part of it). It involves taking a range of approaches to film:
As well as viewing films in their historical context, we can also view them in association with other films by the same director. As such, we can consider films as the product of a particular intellect (auteur) which can only be assessed in light of an entire body of work. For example, we would only be able to fully understand and appreciate a Hitchcock film by viewing it in the context of all of his other films. In contrast to this view, we could view a film, not as the product of any one director, but rather as a part of a particular genre. Thus we would ask, not ‘what makes all of Hitchcock’s films different from those of everyone else?’ but rather ‘what is it that all horrors/ westerns/ thrillers have in common?’. Looking at genres allows us to identify particular conventions, including: plot elements (investigation – detective); specific types of characters (hardball sergeant major – war); themes (love will conquer all – romance); techniques (rapid editing – action), and; Iconography. Film Studies also addresses the potential social function of particular genres. For example, we might investigate the reasons for the rise of science fiction in the USA in the 1950s.
ART 2352 – Beginning Digital Photography
This course studies the basic principles of digital photography as utilized in creative expression and photojournalism.
SPAN 3321 – Spanish Cinema
An examination of a variety of Spanish films from 1960 to the present with a focus on their artistic qualities, the history of the Spanish cinema, and the depiction of Spanish culture and literature in the films.
As juniors and seniors, students take seminar courses typically taught by critical studies faculty in their areas of research interest, from East Asian Cinema to Film Sound Criticism to Film and the 1960s. Reading and writing about film studies scholarship in these specialized areas leads to rich dialogues, presentations, and research investigations. These experiences culminate in a senior project in which students produce scholarly research of their own design.
A rich film culture is thriving at Keene State. Here are just a few examples that illustrate the vibrancy of film productions, screenings, and discussions outside the classroom:
- How would you describe the main conflict?
- Is it internal where the character suffers inwardly?
- is it external caused by the surroundings or environment the main character finds himself/herself in?
Characterization deals with how the characters are described.