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ENGL 234
The Video Essay Spring 2020
Division I

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While students today are subject to an unprecedented flood of moving images, few have had the chance to think critically about film and video. Fewer still have had the opportunity to think with the medium, exploiting the resources of film and video in their efforts to understand how they work on viewers. The Video Essay offers the chance to do that. After being introduced to the fundamentals of film analysis and trained in the use of Adobe Premiere Pro, students will spend the semester alternately making short video essays and commenting on the essays produced by their partners. Please note that this is primarily a course in film analysis: students will not shoot original material. No prior experience is required.
The Class: Format: tutorial; we will meet as a group for three weeks, then break into groups of two with whom I will meet weekly; students will alternate between creating video essays on film topics, and writing commentaries on the essays of their partner
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3738
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: four written exercises (1-2 pages); four video essays, increasing from two to six minutes; and four written commentaries on one's partner's video essays
Prerequisites: permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores; first-year students; English majors
Materials/Lab Fee: course books
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL post-1900 Courses
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