FILM THEORY: FROM ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL CINEMA

Course Information
TitleΘΕΩΡΙΑ ΚΙΝΗΜΑΤΟΓΡΑΦΟΥ: ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΑΝΑΛΟΓΙΚΟ ΣΤΟΝ ΨΗΦΙΑΚΟ ΚΙΝΗΜΑΤΟΓΡΑΦΟ / FILM THEORY: FROM ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL CINEMA
CodeY-A1
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolFilm
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorEleftheria Thanouli
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID600017058

Programme of Study: PMS Kinīmatografikés kai tīleoptikés spoudés

Registered students: 12
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
600179304
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you should be able to: 1. Understand the key questions of film theory, 2. Explain the ideas of the most influential film theorists on the issue of film ontology, 3. Discuss how technological change impacts the philosophical base of the cinema, 4. Review and re-interpret classical theoretical texts from new perspectives, 5. Relate general theories of the cinema to specific film texts and practices.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course explores the fundamental question of film theory, namely “What is cinema?,” by juxtaposing the key arguments of classical film theory with the latest developments in theoretical thinking on digital cinema. We will cover a wide range of thinkers from Arnheim and Kracauer to Elsaesser and Manovich in order to approach the complex relation of film and reality, particularly through the transition from analogue to digital filmmaking. Our focus will fall on matters of film ontology as well as on the peculiar relation of form and content that carries the weight of transforming the cinema into a practice of art and life. Our goal is to witness the evolution of film theory through the decades and invite a reconsideration of its main concepts and questions.
Keywords
digital cinema, film theory, ontology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures210.7
Reading Assigment1705.7
Written assigments1103.7
Total30110.0
Student Assessment
Description
The students are evaluated based on an obligatory written essay (100% of their grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
Bibliography
Additional bibliography for study
Thanouli, Eleftheria. Wag the dog: a study on film and reality in the digital age. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. Andrew, Dudley. What Cinema Is! Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Bazin, André. What is Cinema? Vol. I. Berkeley: University of California Press, [1967] 2005. Thomas Elsaesser and Kay Hoffmann (eds), Cinema Futures: Cain, Abel or Cable? The Screen Arts in the Digital Age, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1998.
Last Update
07-10-2020