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FILM 101 Introduction to Film

This course is an introduction to the history of film as well as to the vocabulary and analytical skills with which to approach the study of motion pictures.  The course will examine film form, style, and industry practices through readings, film screenings, and discussions, learning to watch films with the goals of critical thinking, thoughtful discussion, and interpretive writing.

Credits:         3
Instructor:    William Kelly

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics Materials| Course Requirements

Overall Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Develop a general knowledge of the history of film and film photography.
  2. Discuss the development of cinema as it evolved from the silent era into the age of sound, and from black and white to color.
  3. Distinguish different cinematic styles and genres between the decades.
  4. Analyze and discuss trends that popularized cinema and influenced the medium from different areas of the world, and how it affected cinema worldwide.
  5. Discuss the styles of the most important and influential directors from each decade.
  6. Compare and contrast films and literary works and place them in their cultural settings.

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Major Topics

  1. Photography
  2. Mise-en-scène
  3. Movement
  4. Editing
  5. Sound
  6. Acting
  7. Drama
  8. Story
  9. Writing
  10. Ideology
  11. Critique

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Textbook and Materials


Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Internet Explorer or
  • Netscape
  • Real Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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Course Requirements

Grading/exams: Grading procedures will be determined by the individual faculty member.

Other Course Information

This course may be used as a Fine Arts elective, Humanities Elective, or Arts and Science elective. It is required of Theatre (Performance and Technical) majors.

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If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to
William Kelly,

Last updated on 17-May-11 © Howard Community College

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