Film and Video
Rhode Island College Syllabus for Comm 241:2 Tuesday 4-7:50PM
Whipple 107 Spring 2014 Instructor: Professor Philip J. Palombo
Office Whipple 214 phone 456-8044 Office Hours Monday 12:00-2:00 & Tuesday 2:00-4:00
This Syllabus will get updated so check back regularly -
The course has no prerequisites and is designed for freshman and sophomore students in all majors, but effective reading and writing skills are crucial for success in the course.
On reserve at the library are DVDs:
You can always email me pertaining to
any questions you may have regarding the course or
certainly all things related to RIC that I may be able
to help you with.
Schedule1/21 (Snow Date)
1/28 Intro to course- what and how we plan to cover.
2/04 Part One -The expressiveness of Film Techniques
Chapter 1 Introduction to Mise en Scene.
Screening: The Player 1992 (124 min)
2/11 Chapter 2 Cinematography Screening: The Cooler 2003 (101 min)
2/18 (Snow Date)
2/25 Chapter 3 Editing Screening: Sex, Lies and Videotape 1989 :100 mins
3/04 Chapter 3 (Continued) Screening: The Cutting Edge:The Magic of Movie Editing
3/18 Chapter 4 Sound Screening: American Splendor 2003 (101 min)
3/25 Chapter 5 Sources for the Fictional Film
Screening: AFI: THE DIRECTORS: Martin Scorsese
4/01 Chapter 8: Alternatives to Live-Action Fictional Films:
Documentary, Experimental, hybrid, & animation
4/08 Chap 9 Alternatives to Live-Action Fictional Films
Screening: Inside/Out: Leonard Jefferson, Elvis Sinatra,
Gray's Anatomy (1996)
4/15 Screening: Clips from: Eraserhead, Elvis Sinatra.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) 97 min
4/22 Chap 9 Alternatives to Live-Action Fictional Films
Screening: Clip from Powaqqatsi and Tarnation
4/29 Chap 9 TimeCode (2000) (97 mins)
-More To Follow-Other Films I strongly recommend you screen:
Tarrantino's Pulp Fiction (2004) 150 min
American Splendor 2003 :101 min
American Movie, 1999 107 min
Journal Guidelines (30 points) More Details :>>
February 18, you are required to
respond in writing to every complete film we
screen to that point. We anticipate three to
write about. For each of these screenings
write about several aspects of the film that
are important to you (for example, a character
trait, some action, a setting, the lighting,
the music, the editing of a scene, an idea
implied or stated). The films include:
Be sure that each paragraph explains only one major aspect, and make sure you give enough specifics so that the paragraph's point is clear and persuasive.
During the first draft, it may help you to write quickly focusing on what you want to say and not worrying about how well you are writing. Most people find that it helps to write immediately after seeing a film then to rewrite later in the day or on the next day, or to rewrite later in the day and the next day.
In the journal you submit on March 4 include only the final draft of each entry. Entries should be about 500 words for feature-length films. (500 words = two double-spaced typed pages with one-inch margins.) All entries must be typed and numbered.
Journals will be graded from 0 to 20 based on following directions, completeness, clarity, factual accuracy, and originality of insights (not merely repeating points made in class or in the book). I will not read every entry; instead, I will choose several entries at random and read and grade them as representative of the journal as a whole. The journal is a very important course requirement, worth 30 points, so please plan to put considerable effort into writing and rewriting your entries.