• LOTM Fifth element Moulin Rouge Terminator


    “Films can be much more than entertainment; they can also help students better understand themselves, their culture, and other forms of media.”

                                                                                                                                                                                        - Patricia Lastiri 

    Film Analysis Syllabus

    Parent Permission Slip for R Rated Films

    Students today are predominately visual learners, and teaching skills like the theme, conflict, and characterization through film will have a much stronger impact than sticking to one medium such as novels.  Breaking down films, or “reading” films as Lastiri would say, for an extensive analysis will help strengthen students’ synthesis and evaluation skills not to mention critical thinking skills necessary in the classroom and in life outside the classroom. 

    The class will cover the same skills and objectives when studying and analyzing a novel, such as plot and character development, theme, allusions, conflict, determining audience, archetypes, point of view, rhetorical shift, setting, styles, tone, and mood.  By analyzing the director’s use of color, lighting, camera direction, costume, soundtrack, and other elements, students will have the chance to approach concepts studied only in literature in a new visual format.  Essentially, the students will learn how to deconstruct the film to help critical and independent thinking.

    The fundamental objective of this course is that students learn to perceive, understand, and evaluate films more effectively, with greater assurance, validity, and pleasure. To achieve this objective, we will study the basic principles and techniques of film art, with emphasis on the complementary contributions of the director, the cinematographer, the editor, and the screenwriter.