Media and film studies

Analysing Film

Module code: P5047
Level 4
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture, Film
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module draws upon both 20th century and contemporary film texts to explore the diverse ways film-makers have used key techniques of cinematic expression, including as narrative, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, sound, and special effects.

You will consider how techniques are accomplished (i.e. the creative choices available to filmmakers), as well as the potential they have for generating meaning and pleasure when combined together to produce filmic texts. You will also examine links between technological change and film aesthetics.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify and accurately describe a range of filmic methods of story-telling and audio-visual techniques of expression, at an appropriate introductory level.
  • Deploy the above concepts and knowledges in the critical analysis of the meanings, impacts and affects generated in selected film sequences, at an appropriate introductory level.
  • Engage with relevant scholarship and form structured and coherent written arguments at an appropriate introductory level.
  • Develop a range of academic study skills, and a reflective approach to their academic practice.