ST-Video Essay/Film Criticism

Subject Name: 
Film Studies
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UMass Amherst
This is a course in planning, scripting, and editing video essays in film criticism, working with films from around the world and across film history. The field of film criticism is taking new forms in recent years, with social media, podcasts, websites and blogs dedicated to analyzing and discussing movies. Out of this trend, the video essay emerges as an exceptionally attractive and powerful medium for the film critic. In this class, we examine a wide array of video essays and explore the unique analytical and expressive opportunities the medium offers. A primary emphasis in the course is the study and practice of film criticism as an intellectual and creative endeavor with its own particular objectives, challenges, and expressive powers. With this foundation, we develop the critical, creative, and technical skills necessary for making effective video essays addressing films, directors, genres, national cinemas, and cultural and social issues. Making a video essay is in many ways like making a movie. As such we are engaged not only in film analysis and film writing but also in video editing, image composition, sound design, and other aspects of moving image media. (UMass Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate Category: IIA, IV, V)
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

ST-Video Essay/Film Criticism
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01AA 0.0 TH 1:00PM 2:15PM Herter Hall room 208