The course is divided into three parts: textual analysis, film theory and history, and creative process. Each one has it's own rationale, expected outcomes and form of assessment.
- Students will be expected to move between close textual analysis of specific scenes and analysis of films as a whole, contextualizing meaning within a larger framework.
- Students will use the key concepts of language, genre, audience, institution, narrative and representation to generate initial questions about the texts they are subjecting to analysis.
- Textual analysis will involve commenting upon such elements as the following, and on relationships between them: structure, character representation, acting, shot composition, editing, lighting, sound, location, set design and target audience, as well as various historical, economic and socio-cultural factors.
FILM THEORY AND HISTORY
- Students are expected to learn about films from more than one culture/country.
- Students will consider and defend their answers to such questions as:
- Who made this?
- What tradition is it in?
- What outside influences can be perceived?
- For whom was it made?
- The students will deal with a prescribed list of film texts both classic and contemporary to explore various aspects of film theory.
Students will gain practical experiences in all the aspects of film production.
- Initial Planning: finding the idea, research, screenplay development, pitch and approval.
- Technical Planning: conceptualization, visualization, production scheduling, editing and sound design strategies.
- Physical Production: pre-production, principal photography, post-production.
Suggested course teaching hours over the two years as suggested by the IB Organization are given below.