Course Title: Genre Analysis
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2007
Course Code: COMM7122
Course Title: Genre Analysis
School: 345T Creative Media
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6045 - Advanced Diploma of Arts Professional Screenwriting (Film,Television and Digital Media)
Course Contact : Brendan Lee
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368
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Nominal Hours: 136
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
Introduction to Screenwriting
Writing for Film
The purpose of this module is to provide students with the skills and techniques necessary to research, analyse and review a wide range of film to identify genre storylines, opening scenes and present the findings in an industry-accepted oral and written form.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
VBM394 Genre Analysis
Students are required to:
- Evaluate the main characteristics of key film genre.
- Construct film reviews in acceptable industry format and style.
- Originate storylines and opening scenes to genre requirements.
- Produce oral and written presentations/papers appropriate to industry forum.
Details of Learning Activities
Lectures, workshops, film screenings, tutorials
1st SEMESTER 2007
Week 1: 12 February
Week 2: 19 February 2007
Topic: Film Noir
Film: The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1944)
Week 3: 26 February 2007
Topic: Film Noir
Film: Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
Week 4: 5 March 2007.
Film: The Searchers (John Ford, 1955)
Week 5: Public Holiday (Labour Day) Monday 12 March 2007.
Week 6: 19 March 2007.
Topic: Comedy, Screwball Comedy, Farce
Film: A Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
Week 7: 26 March 2007
Film: Letter From an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948)
Week 8: 2 April 2007.
Film: Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956)
Mid semester/Easter Break 6-11 April 2007.
Week 9: 16 April 2007
Film: Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
Week 10: 23 April 2007
Film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)
Week 11: 30 April 2007
Topic: Prison Films
Film: A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)
Week 12: 7 May 2007
Topic: Suspense Thriller
Film: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
Week 13: 14 May 2007
Film: The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
Week 14: 23 May 2007
Film: Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)
Week 15: 28 May 2007
Topic: War Films
Film: Hell is for Heroes (Don Siegel)
Week 16: 4 June 2007
Topic: A nouvelle vague ‘chase film’
Film: Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
Week 17: Public Holiday (Queen’s Birthday) Monday 11 June 2007.
Week 18: 18 June 2007
Mid Year Break
Week 19: 9 July 2007
Topic: Historical Films/Adaptations
Film: Ran (Kurosawa Akira)
Week 20: 16 July 2007
Topic: French ‘Policier’
Film: Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)
Week 21: 23 July 2007
Film: Driver (Walter Hill, 1978)
Week 22: 30 July 2007
Topic: Social Drama
Film: Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
Week 23: 6 August 2007
Topic: Action Film
Film: Assault on Precint 13 (John Carpenter, 1976)
Week 24: 13 August 2007
Film: The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
Week 25: 20 August 2007
Film: House of Games (David Mamet, 1987)
Week 26: 27 August 2007
Topic: Conservatism in Social Drama
Film: Places in the Heart (Robert Benton, 1984)
Week 27: 3 September 2007
Topic: Thriller: Deliverance and the Noble Savage
Film: Southern Comfort (Walter Hill, 1981)
Week 28: 10 September 2007
A Gangster Saga
Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984)
Week 29: 17 September 2007
Topic: The 1980s Hong Kong action thriller
Film: The Killer (John Woo)
Mid-semester break Monday 24 September – Friday 28 September 2007.
Week 30: 1 October 2007
Topic: The Hong Kong Elegiac Romance
Film: Chunking Express (Wong kar-wai, 1994)
Week 31: 8 October 2007
Topic: Political Documentary
Film: Waco: The Rules of Engagement (William Gazecki, 1997)
Week 32: 15 October 2007
Topic: Music Documentary
Film: DiG! (Ondi Timoner, 2004)
Week 33: 22 October 2007
Topic: The Japanese ‘Policier’
Film: Hana-Bi (Kitano Takeshi, 2000)
Week 34: 29 October 2007
Topic: New Asian Horror
Film: Dark Water (Hideo Nakata, 2001)
Week 35: 5 November 2007
Week 36: 12 November 2007
This is the last class in Semester 2. By this date all students should complete B2 Assignment: Presentation.
Last Day Semester 2 classes: Friday 16 November 2007.
Suggested reading material will be provided in class by teacher.
Handouts provided in class by teacher
Internet access through RMIT Library
Final Draft program on several computers in RMIT Carlton Library and Main Library
Publications & dvds/videos through RMIT Library, community libraries, video libraries and other sources
Overview of Assessment
Written assignment A1 40%
Research assignment A1 10%
Written assignment B1 40%
Research assignment B1 10%
Assessment strategy: Written assignments and class presentations.
A1: Key film genres will be identified and discussed in a major essay (1200-1500 words). 40%
B1: Students will present the outcomes of their research assignment in pairs, focusing on broadening the important aspects of class discussion of particular film genres (10-15 minutes, including presentation, excerpt/s and Q&A). 10%
A2: Exploring, discussing and analysing the context of a particular film genre (historical perspectives, evolution, broadening scopes and cross-genre links) in a major essay (1200-1500 words). 40%
B2: Students will identify variations, repetitions and permutations and stretching the boundaries of film genres studied. (10 minutes, including presentation, excerpt/s, Q&A). 10%
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