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This subject re-thinks the enduring notion of authorship and its central place in the production and reception of films and other screen media. Through a detailed examination of films and filmmakers operating in global art cinema and Hollywood, students will encounter critical ideas about authorship and artistry beyond persisting misconceptions of filmmaking as the exclusive creative province of male auteurs and multi-national business conglomerates. This subject demonstrates the notion of ensemble authorship which takes into account the significant collaborating role of producers, writers, designers, technicians, actors, studios, critics, audiences and their relationships to other visual and performing arts. This subject’s focus on ensemble filmmaking critically asserts the historical and contemporary significance of female filmmakers in the re-evaluation of this tenacious industrial and critical paradigm.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- an understanding of the importance of collective filmmaking practice in the production, critical and popular reception of films, television programs and other screen texts;
- a fluency with the history and development and theories of film/screen criticism; and
- an understanding of the relationship between film makers, industrial entities and audiences and the relationship between films, television programs and other forms of visual and performance arts.
At the completion of this subject, students should acquire generic skills in the following areas:
- a capacity for critical thinking through the use of readings and discussion to develop an understanding of the considerations that underpin cinema studies;
- high-level written and oral communication skills through contribution to class discussions and the completion of assignments;
- skills in research through the preparation of class papers and assignments, including the use of online as well as print-based materials;
- skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for recommended reading, tutorial presentations and assessment requirements; and
- a capacity for theoretical analysis through engagement with a range of texts that offer different perspectives on publishing as a component of the wider field of cultural practices.
Last updated: 16 June 2020