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Prof. Singer hands out syllabus and explains course requirements.
Singer explains his work in philosophy, and how philosophers didn't take films seriously until recently.
The first reading in this course will be from Singer's book Reality Transformed, largely dealing with aesthetics of film, and how form and content, and technique and meaning, enter into the creation of a film.
Singer continues with student introductions, discussing their interests in this course.
Singer describes himself as a humanist philosopher.
Singer discusses the work of Jean Cocteau.
Student raises issue of film as a primary form of cultural communication, particularly with the proliferation of affordable technology for making films.
Singer reviews readings for the course, which are taken from his own books.
Singer's fundamental idea on meaning and technique is that the 2 cannot be separated: it is only through the acquisition of technique that meaning can be expressed, and only through the expression of meaning that something can be considered a work of art.