IB Film Course Syllabus

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					                                                       Mrs. Sutherland
                                                  IB Film Course Syllabus
                      Class web site: http://www.canandaiguaschools.org/webpages/dsutherland/
                                         Class blog: http://ibfilmca.edublogs.org/
                                      Contact: sutherlandd@canandaiguaschools.org




         Welcome to IB Film. This is an advanced course in film history, theory, and production. My goal is to expose
you to a wide range of cinematic styles and approaches, and to develop your ability to understand film as a complex art
form, craft, and institution. Although you may have already seen quite a few movies, you’ll be challenged to experience a
broader and more diverse range of movies than you are, perhaps, used to seeing, and most importantly to watch and
experience films actively and analytically. You’ll learn to recognize and interpret the most important elements of film
and analyze the way filmmakers convey information, story, and meaning. You’ll also examine a wide range of film styles
and movements and explore the central critical approaches to the study and appreciation of film. And of course, you’ll
have the opportunity to demonstrate and apply your growing cinematic understanding to create your own films.

TEXTS:
         Looking at Movies, 2nd Edition, by Richard Barsam
         Video: Digital Communication and Production, 2nd Edition, by Jim Stinson
         A wide variety of film reviews, analyses, and articles

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
     By the end of this two-year course you will demonstrate:
         o An understanding of the variety of ways in which film creates meaning
         o Effective use of appropriate film language
         o Originality and creativity in developing an idea through the various stages of filmmaking, from
              conception to finished production
         o Technical skills and an appropriate use of available technology
         o The ability to draw together knowledge, skills, research and experience, and apply them analytically to
              evaluate film texts
         o A critical understanding of the historical, theoretical, socio-cultural, economic and institutional
              contexts of film in more than one country
         o The ability to research, plan and organize film projects
         o The ability to reflect upon and evaluate film production processes and completed film texts.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
          In keeping with IB Guidelines, this course is divided into three main elements:
                          Textual Analysis
                          Film History and Theory
                          Film Production
          In order to satisfy the three core elements of this course, students will be expected to spend a significant
amount of time outside of class watching films and clips independently, working on film production, and writing
papers, scripts, film presentations, and screening worksheets.
Throughout the course, we will work towards the successful completion of the following FINAL External and
Internal Assessment Components:
Assessment Components                                                                         Weighting
External Assessment                                                                           50%
  Independent study
     Rationale, script, and list of sources for a short documentary production of 8–10
     pages on an aspect of film theory and/or film history, based on a study of a             25%
     minimum of two films. The chosen films must originate from more than one
     country.
        Length of the rationale: no more than 100 words
        Length of the script: 8–10 pages
   Oral Presentation
     An oral presentation of a detailed critical analysis of a continuous extract from a      25%
     prescribed film. The extract must not be longer than 5 minutes.
        Maximum length of presentation: 10 minutes
Internal assessment                                                                           50%
   This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by
   the IB at the end of the course.
 Production and Portfolio
  One completed film project with accompanying written portfolio documentation of
    no more than 1,200 words.
      Length of the film project: 4–5 minutes (including titles)
      Length of individual rationale for the film: no more than 100 words
  Group work: The film project may be undertaken as a group project, but all
  accompanying documentation must be individually produced.

GRADING:
                                Category                                 Percentage of Total Grade

                  Class Assignments (and Homework)                                  15%
                  Class Presentations / Essays / Scripts                            35%
                              Film Projects                                         35%
                           Class Participation                                      15%

CLASS WEB SITE, CLASS BLOG, AND TEXTBOOK ACCESS:
         Monthly homework and class calendars, handouts, course information, and links related to the works
we will be studying can be found on the class web site at
http://www.canandaiguaschools.org/webpages/dsutherland. Homework and class calendars will also be
distributed in class at the beginning of every month. This is to ensure that both students and their parents or
guardians can always be aware of what the class is working on and what work is due when.
         Students in this course will be expected to use a computer to access the class web site, blog,
and textbook web site. If you do not have a computer at home, you should use one of the many
computers available in the library or the computer lab. If you do have a computer at home, please
bookmark both of these addresses so you can access them both regularly.
         Second year students will also be asked to participate in a class blog, which can be found at
http://ibfilmca.edublogs.org/ A link to the Looking at Movies textbook and its quizzes, and important
links that support this course, can be also found on this blog.
          To go to the Looking at Movies web site directly, please visit:
http://www.wwnorton.com/college/film/movies2 If you miss a class, you are expected to check the
class website and blog for any class work and homework you missed.
COURSE EXPECTATIONS
  1. OUTSIDE CLASS WORK: This course requires you to devote significant time outside of class to complete
     many projects. These projects consist of written essays, shot lists, storyboards, and scripts, as well as film
     production. In addition, as noted below, second year students are expected to meet twice a quarter after school
     for screenings, and to spend several days a quarter editing after school.
  2. ATTENDANCE: Regular and on-time attendance is critical to the success of this class. Because we only have
     42 minutes of class time every day to watch, discuss, and make films, you will be expected to be ready to work
     when the bell rings and to work together to use your time as productively as possible.
  3. PARTICIPATION: You are expected to contribute regularly and meaningfully. Come to class with questions,
     and share your ideas. Remember: film is a collaborative art. You cannot master it alone.
  4. ATTITUDE: Some of the films you will watch in this course may be outside your “comfort zone.” They may
     be old, in black and white, or even worse, subtitled. To be successful, you will need to be open to new ideas
     and respectful of others’ opinions.
  5. READING AND WRITING: This is a writing and reading intensive course. This course is not for you if all
     you want to do is watch films and make a few movies.
  6. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism means to represent the ideas or words of another
     as your own. It is plagiarism anytime you put anything in your paper that comes out of a book or magazine or
     the Internet, whether word-for-word or paraphrased, and do not give written credit to the source. Students
     who plagiarize will be reported, and given a 0 for the assignment.
  7. LIBRARY DVDs: All DVDs available from the library for this course are available for two nights only
     before they are due. Many of the DVDs available from the library are expensive and one of a kind. While they
     are in your possession, please handle them with extreme care. To avoid scratches and damage, make sure your
     hands are clean before handling and put each DVD away immediately after viewing. DO NOT LEAVE
     DVDs IN YOUR DVD PLAYER AT HOME.
  8. CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR: When you are outside the classroom working on assignments, you are
     expected to act maturely and responsibly. Your actions reflect directly on the school and this course. Any
     disruptive, inappropriate, or unethical behavior in class or out will not be tolerated and can be grounds for
     detention or dismissal from this class.

DUE DATES AND MAKE-UP POLICY:
          Because of their timely nature, all screening worksheets, presentations, and production work must be ready on
the due date assigned and at the beginning of class. I will not accept this work for credit otherwise.
          You have up to five days from the due date to turn in most formal essays before receiving a 0. However, late
papers will lose 10 points for every day they are late.
          If you must miss a class, you have one day per excused absence to make up homework. In some cases, this
MAY involve staying after school or coming in early before school to watch a film OR to complete a project you might
have missed. You must also take any tests and quizzes you missed within 2 days of your return. After that, you will
receive a grade of 0. In addition, any papers due on the date of your absence are due on the date of your return.

AFTER SCHOOL REQUIREMENT FOR SECOND YEAR STUDENTS:
          To provide more time for us to screen all the movies we will watch during the second year, and also provide
time for you to edit during class, second year IB Film students will also meet two Wednesdays after school each
quarter. Attendance is mandatory. If you cannot attend a screening due to a work or school commitment, you
will be expected to watch the movie screened within 5 days of our after-school screening.
          In addition, second year IB Film students are expected to spend several days a quarter editing after
school. These times will need to be coordinated with other members in your film production group.

NETFLIX
         While certainly not required, a subscription to Netflix is encouraged to support your course study. This will
allow you to view movies you might have missed due to absences, and allow you to supplement your screenings with
other movies from the same time period, genre, or film movement. While the CA library has some of the titles we will
watch this year, it only has one copy of each, and does not have them all.

WORD-PROCESSING:
         All formal papers must be word-processed. You may word-process your papers at home, or if you do not own
a computer, by using one of the school’s many computers. If you do own your own computer, please make sure that
your printer is working. I will not print out your papers for you.
PROTOCOL FOR FILM WATCHING:
   1. Do not talk during the screening of a film. While I am very interested in hearing your comments and reactions,
      please wait to share them until after the film is screened.
   2. Do not ask questions while the class is watching a film. Instead, write down your questions so you can ask
      them later during our class discussion.
   3. For every film we watch, you should take notes. Each film’s notes should begin with the name of the film, its
      release date, and the director. These notes should help you remember important scenes, camera angles,, writing,
      editing, or interesting examples of mise-en-scene, including set design, lighting, composition, and acting. You
      will add to these notes when we discuss the film. Your notes will help you complete the responses you will
      write after watching the film.
   4. If you must leave the class while we are watching a film, please take the class pass, and QUIETLY leave the
      room. If the class pass is not on the board, someone else is using it. In that case, please wait for them to return.
   5. No eating is allowed while watching a movie. Crinkling and munching is very distracting both for you and the
      other people in the room. Instead, your focus should be on the screen and your notes.

PROTOCOL FOR EQUIPMENT USE:
   1. ALL EQUIPMENT needs to be signed out and signed in and checked by me to be in proper working
      order. For overnight and out of school shoots, equipment must be checked out and checked in after
      and before school only. I will not use valuable class time to check your equipment out or in. For in-school
      shoots, remember to build in time to check the equipment out and back in before the end of the class.
   2. NO EQUIPMENT MAY BE GIVEN TO ANY PERSON OUTSIDE YOUR CLASS FOR USE OR
      STORAGE.
   3. ALL CAMERAS, TRIPODS, MICROPHONES, LIGHTING EQUIPMENT, AND DEDICATED
      MAC NOTEBOOKS MUST BE HANDLED WITH EXTREME CARE. Do not eat or drink while
      using any equipment and NEVER TOUCH THE BULBS DIRECTLY. The equipment you are using is
      expensive and cannot be easily replaced.
   4. If you are having a problem with any piece of equipment, report it to me immediately.

PROTOCOL FOR PRODUCTION:
The following guidelines apply to ALL video production projects:
    1. Before a camera can be checked out, you or your group must have a storyboard, shot list, and script completed
         and approved.
    2. Everyone in your group must have a job. Know what that is before you check out equipment.
    3. Your group must come to a consensus on an idea. Consensus means you all live with the decision. If there are
         problems, take a vote. If you cannot collaborate on ideas, you will have a difficult time completing your project
         and your grades will surely suffer.
    4. If you have a problem in your group you must try to solve it. If you can’t solve the problem, tell me what steps
         you took to try and solve the problem.
    5. I do not move students from group to group in mid project.
    6. All projects are to be completed using school-appropriate shots, ideas, music, and other components. All
         video and audio MUST be approved ahead of time. Don’t wait for project to be rejected because of a bad
         decision on your part.
    7. Always over-plan. Be ready for surprises. Always try to have your assignments completed a day early to
         accommodate last minute changes, edits, etc.

MATERIALS:
     Please have the following by Monday, Sept. 14:
           3-ring binder with loose-leaf paperr with 4 tabbed dividers marked Film Handouts, IB Material,
               Production Handouts, and Production Projects
           1 flash drive for saving work and video, preferably 8 GB or more
           5 mini-DV tapes (SD)
           Pens and pencils with full erasers
           Yellow, green, blue, and pink highlighters
           1 packages (100 each) of 4X6 index card
           Signed copies of: the following 4 sheets: Course Syllabus Requirements and Expectations Sheet,
          Film Viewing Permission sheet, Code of Conduct Student Contract Sheet, Plagiarism Policy
This syllabus is also available on my web site at http://www.canandaiguaschools.org/webpages/dsutherland/ under
Course Syllabus.

            IB FILM COURSE SYLLABUS REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS SHEET

DIRECTIONS: Read the IB Course Syllabus carefully, then separate this sheet. Sign and return with your
parent/guardian signatures by September 10. Keep the course syllabus as the first pages of your binder.

I have read the course syllabus for IB Film and understand all the course requirements and expectations for
this course.

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