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Introduction to Cinema

Code 13087
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cinema
Entry requirements -
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements No
Learning outcomes The student must be able to:
- perceive cinema's theoretical and pratical dimensions
- question the artistic and industrial status of cinema
- question both the author's role and the genre system in film creation
- master the fundamentals of film language
- critically analyse and discuss a film work
- question the cultural place of cinema and the role of the spectator
Syllabus 1. Shot
1.1 Typology
1.2 Camera movements

2. Editing
2.1 Brief History
2.2 Fiction, documentary, experimental, animation

3. Image
3.1 Aspect ratio
3.2 Light
3.3 Color

4. Sound
4.1 Music
4.2 Dialogue
4.3 Voice Over
4.4 Sound Design

5. Art
4.1 Avant-garde
4.2 Author Cinema
4.3 Other arts

6. Industry
6.1 Studio system
6.2 Star system
6.3 Narrative

7. Author
7.1 Innovation
7.2 Style

8. Genre
8.1 Imitation
8.2 Theme

9. Theory
9.1 The First Theories: From Canudo to Balázs
9.2 The Latest Theories: From Manovich to Gaudreault

10. Practice
10.1 Manifestos
10.2 Theories by the Filmmakers
10.3 Self-reflexivity
Main Bibliography Barsam, Richard, Monahan, Dave, Looking at Movies: an Introduction to Film, W. W. Norton & Company, 2010

Boggs, Joseph, Petrie, Dennis, The Art of Watching Films, McGraw-Hill, 2008

Bordwell, David, Thompson, Kristin, Smith, Jeff, Film Art: an Introduction, McGraw Hill, 2017

Mercado, Gustavo, The Filmmaker’s Eye, Focal Press, 2011

Miller, Toby, Robert, Stam, A Companion to Film Theory, Blackwell Publishing, 2004
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Methodology

- Exposition and discussion of concepts
- Case analysis and criticism


1. Written essay (25%)
2. Visual or audiovisual essay - group work (25%)
3. Debate - group work (25%)
4. Manifest or publication (25%)
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-20

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