Readings

Bordwell, David. Narration in the Fiction Film. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989. ISBN: 0415018773.

Bordwell, David. On the History of Film Style. University of Wisconsin Press, 1992. ISBN: 0674634292.

Katz, Steven. Film Directing Shot by Shot Michael Weise Productions, 1992. ISBN: 0941188108.

Rieser, Martin, ed. New Screen Media: Cinema / Art / Narrative British Film Institute, 1999. ISBN: 0851708641.

Rush, Michael. New Media in Late 20th Century Art. Thames and Hudson, 2001. ISBN: 0500203296.

Van Abbemuseum, Stedelijk. Cinema Cinema: Contemporary Art and the Cinematic Experience. NAi Pubilshers, 1999. ISBN: 9070149710.

SES # TOPICS READINGS
1 The Roots of Narrative: Lumiere vs. Melies  
2 Video Narrative vs. Film Narrative  
3 Documentary vs. Narrative

Rush, Michael. Introduction in New Media in Late 20th Century Art. Thames and Hudson, 2001. ISBN: 0500203296.

Cooper, Pat, and Ken Dancyger. “The Experimental Drama.” In Writing the Short Film. Focal Press, 1999. ISBN: 0240803698.  

4 Diaristic Narrative

Russell, Catherine. “Autoethnography from Journeys of the Self.” Chapter 10 in Experimental Ethnography . Duke University Press, 1999.  ISBN: 0822323192.

Rabiger. “Developing Story Ideas.” In Directing – Film Techniques and Aesthetics. Focal Press, 2003. ISBN: 0240805178.

5 Presentations: Assignment #1: Variations on a Scene Bordwell, David. “Art-Cinema Narration.” In Narration in the Fiction Film. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989. ISBN: 0415018773.
6 Production In-class / Lighting and Re-staging  
7

Oneiric Video (Dream Narrative)

Presentations: Assignment #1a: Re-staging

Bordwell, David. “Parametric Narration.” In Narration in the Fiction Film. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989. ISBN: 0415018773.
8

Minimal Narrative

Presentations: Assignment #2: Dream Sequence Assignment Rough Cut

 
9 Beyond the Rules  
10 Alternative Scriptwriting Dancyger, Ken and Jeff Rush. “Beyond the Rules.” In Alternative Scriptwriting. Focal Press, 2001. ISBN: 0240804775.
11

Editing

In-class Production: The Kuleshov Effect

Presentations: Assignment #2a: Re-editing of Dream Sequence

Murch, Walter. In the Blink of an Eye. Silman-James Press, 2001. ISBN: 1879505622.
12

Mise en Scene (Production In-class)

Presentations of Assignment #3: Slice of Life Mini-Narrative (Fictionalizing Reality)

Bazin, Andre. What is Cinema? University of California Press, 1967. ISBN: 0520000927.
13

Introduction to Assignment #4: Deconstructing Narrative

In-class Production

 
14 Individual Meetings  
16

Introduction to Assignment #5: Final Project

Narrative Critique

Mulvey, Laura. “Visual Pleasure and the Narrative Cinema.” In Issues in Feminist Film Criticism. Edited by Patricia Erens. Indiana University Press, 1991. ISBN: 0253206103.   

Wees, William. “Carrying On: Leslie Thornton, Su Friedrich, Abigail Child and American Avant-Garde Film in the Eighties.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies , Volume 10, no. 1 (2002).

17 In-class Production  
18 Presentations: Rough Cuts and Assemblies, Dailies, for Final Project  
19

Voice-over Narration and Audio Recording

Demo: FCP Voice-over, Miking Techniques

Presentations: Deconstructing Narrative Exercise or Works-in-Progress for Final Project

 
20 Presentations  
21 Narrative Critique  
22

The Game of Form

Presentations of Final Project Works-in-Progress

 
23 Voice-over Narration Kar-Wai, Wong. Excerpt from Chunking Express, DVD. Miramax Home Entertainment, 1994.
24-26 Presentations: Assignment #5: Final Project Presentations  

Course Info

Learning Resource Types

group_work Projects with Examples
assignment Media Assignments