Movies and Meaning


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LSO478 - Movies and Meaning


ENG 106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

This course explains how the elements of film structure create meaning. Film is a complex collaborative art form with its own structural and syntactical patterns. Audiences' subliminal and conscious absorption of meaning depends on elements of film structure. This subject will provide an introduction to how movies work. It will present examples to help students grasp each production element and get a sense of film's history. Students will follow a structured approach to understanding how meaning is relayed through light, sound, and motion and the language of visual media products. To "see" and "read" a film, television production, or music video with critical awareness requires learning how film technology creates and shapes meaning.

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