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Lights, Camera, Action! Film History for High School Part 2 (1950-Present)

Molly McGill, M.A.
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(851)
In this ten-week course, students will explore new, exciting film technologies, the rise of digital filmmaking processes, and famous filmmakers from the end of World War II through today!

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Upon completing this course, students will understand the following:
--key technologies in film after World War II and the evolution of computer technology
--storytelling devices of film after World War II
--how film echoes what is occurring in a specific time period
--basics of film analysis
I have my MA in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I focused on animation and its interactions with art history for my master's thesis. I have taught lectures from this course at the collegiate level for undergraduate students.  I offer a very different perspective on the development of film and animation through the lens of art and art history. 
Homework Offered
Each week, students will have a few short pieces (film or reading--roughly 20 minutes of content) to review for homework and a discussion in the Outschool classroom related to the week's session. Students will also have two longer writing assignments--one bibliographic exploration of an early television episode and a film review of a film related to what we have covered in class. Students will be required to watch this film on their own time.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Formal grades are available upon request
Grades Offered
Learners will be provided with a list of films for their film review project that they may choose from. These films will need to be acquired by the learner individually. Most of them are available via streaming services or to rent from Amazon for a few dollars. List will be provided early in the course so there is time to prepare for this. 
Students will look at films that may contain violent, horror, or adult language themes. No nudity will be shown in class but recommended films for analysis assignments may feature it. I recommend reviewing the list of films with your learner to choose what is appropriate for them. 
Sources for the class include critical literature on film history, film museums, and information from graduate-level courses on film. Major film theory sources include the Critical Visions in Film Theory anthology, which references works by Arnheim, Eisenstein, Bazin, and other early, prominent film theorists. Griselda Pollock and Laura Mulvey's feminist film theory will also appear in our lectures. Sources on German and Japanese films will come from German and Japanese cinema societies and museums. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Museum of the Moving Image, the Smithsonian Society, and other museums will also be used for information. The films themselves will play a great deal into the information and histories of the films are pulled from the museum sites, DVD extras, and more.
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(851)
Hello Outschool families! My name is Molly McGill and I am so excited to be teaching on the Outschool platform and sharing what I love with students from all over the world. I earned my Masters in art history from the University of Colorado, where... 
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for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
50 min

Completed by 13 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
3-8 learners per class

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