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Course Name Film Appreciation and Image Formation Techniques
Course Code 22VM802
Credits 4


Unit 1

Language of cinema – Spectrum of art, Organic narrative structure, Three act structure, Five act structure, Cinematic Time & Space, Character – Pictorial elements

Unit 2

Form and Content of Cinema – a. Content: Idea to shooting script,Structural differences – Cinema and theater, Dialogue – Cinema and theater, b. Form: Vocabulary of images – Framing ,Lensing ,Camera angles,Composition, Camera movements, Lighting , Line of force, Perception of Sound

Unit 3

Reading of cinematic image – Reading connection between shots – Intra Shot composition, Continuity, Transitions, Understanding light, Understanding color

Unit 4

Post production techniques – Constructive editing, Montage, Editing techniques, Signs & syntax, Prescriptive & descriptive theory,

Unit 5

Film appreciation – Micro analysis, Macro analysis, Case Study

Program Outcome (PO) - Ph. D. Outcome

  • Learn to develop a broadly interdisciplinary approach in understanding the vocabulary of film language
  • Learn to employ theoretical and disciplinary tools in analysis and assessment of film and film images.
  • To develop critical responses to cinematic work based upon aesthetic or cultural

Course Outcome - Subject Outcome

By the end of this course, students will be able to

  • Understand the structural and narrative perspectives of cinema as an artistic and technical medium
  • Learn about, the nuances of image formation techniques in cinema and to develop a temperament to read the images
  • To analyze the cinematic methods that work upon creating a specific impact


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