Below is a list of movie titles which will be shown in Film Studies class, either as a clip or in full, during the semester, none of which have ratings stronger than PG. Movies not on the list with a rating of PG or less may be added during the course of the year.
Back to the Future Trilogy (1985) Fiddler on The Roof Star Wars Trilogy (1977) Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2001) Young Frankenstein (1974) Wargames (1983)
UNIT 1: The Birth of Cinema/ Silent Film
Key Concepts: Precursors, early photography, persistence of vision, critical inventions, Thomas Edison’s role, public reaction, inter-titles, continuity, Charlie Chaplin, landmark silent films, actors and directors.
UNIT 2: The Introduction of Sound
Key Concepts: Important inventions, competing formats, public acceptance, newsreels, Broadway’s influence, changes in the musical genre over the years, landmark musical films, actors, and directors.
UNIT 3: The Art of Cinematography/ Film Noir
Key Concepts: The cinematographer as an artist, the rule of thirds, lighting concepts and terminology, techniques of focusing, negative space, shadowing, landmark noir films, actors, writers and directors.
UNIT 4: The Art of Editing/ Suspense Films
Key Concepts: The grammar of film editing, editing terminology, montage, cross-cutting, landmark suspense films, Alfred Hitchcock, other suspense actors and directors.
UNIT 5: The Art of Director/ The Drama
Key Concepts: The evolution of the director’s job, the role of the director, producer vs. director, the auteur theory, the final cut, Orson Welles, David Lean, John Huston, landmark drama films and directors.
UNIT 6: The Film School Generation/ The Blockbuster
Key Concepts: Low-budget filmmaking, B-movies, location shooting, product tie-ins, conglomerate takeovers, landmark 1970s films, artists, and directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.
|SWBAT: Students will be able to produce a comedy one act play.||SWBAT: Students will be able to learn a film crew job.||SWBAT: Students will be able to analyze a theatre script by writing annotations in the margins.||SWBAT: Students will be able to determine theme; analyze plot and its various phases; examine how literary elements affect plot progression, assist in character development, and convey meaning, including: motif, symbol, foreshadowing, echoing, flashback, opposition, metaphor, irony, foil, choice of language; and organize their thoughts.||SWBAT: Students will be able to produce a comedy one act play.|
|TEKS: 1.1B, 1.1C,1.2B,1.2C,1.3.E,1.5 C-D||TEKS: 1.1B, 1.1C,1.2B,1.2C,1.3.E,1.5 C-D||TEKS: 1.1B, 1.1C,1.2B,1.2C,1.3.E,1.5 C-D|
|Meaningful Activity: Students will complete a character analysis sheet.||Meaningful Activity: Students will begin to write a movie.||Meaningful Activity: Students will complete a character analysis for their role.||Meaningful Activity: Students will begin to write a movie||Meaningful Activity: Students will engage in rehearsal.|
|11||:40||Assessment: CA sheet||Assessment: script||Assessment: CA sheet||Assessment: script||Assessment: Show notes|
|Homework: Memorize lines||Homework:||Homework: Memorize lines||Homework:||Homework: Memorize lines|