Introduction to Film Studies
One-semester course. Students in this course will watch, analyze, and write about classic films in many genres. Film will be approached as both art and entertainment, addressing such questions as:
- How does a film use different elements to tell its story (e.g., editing, acting, plot)?
- How does a film shape the viewer’s understanding of the world or reflect the understanding of the filmmakers?
- How did various techniques of filmmaking develop, and why?
- How do you write a critique or review of a film?
Please note: The materials covered in this class contain content that some families may consider objectionable, including: violence, nudity, sexual content, and drug use. Parents are advised to consult the IMDb Parent Guide or another content-warning resource before enrolling their student.
*Not offered during the 2023-2024 school year.
Introduction to Film Studies Information
- Example Syllabus
- Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
- Class cap: 20 students.
- Designed for grades 10-12.
- Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded .5 Fine Arts or Elective credit upon completion of this course.
- Click here to purchase the course texts.
- Ed Sikov, Film Studies: An Introduction.
- Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing about Film, 8th ed.
- Required Viewing:
- Modern Times, dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1936
- Psycho, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1960
- 2001: A Space Odyssey, dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1968
- Citizen Kane, dir. Orson Welles, 1941
- On the Waterfront, dir. Elia Kazan, 1954
- Wizard of Oz, dir. Victor Fleming, 1939
- Jaws, dir. Steven Spielberg, 1975
- The Lion King, dirs. Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994
- The Seven Samurai, dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1954
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, dir. Sergio Leone, 1967
- The Godfather: Part I, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1972
- Wall-E, dir. Andrew Stanton, 2008
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, dir. Peter Jackson, 2001
- Groundhog Day, dir. Harold Ramis, 1993
- Casablanca, dir. Michael Curtiz, 1942