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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL3230 Cinema in the Digital Era

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Vladimir Strukov
Email: v.strukov@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

'Digital revolution', 'Dissolution of the medium', 'Death of the cinema' are phrases commonly used to describe the most extensive reworking of the role of images since the inauguration of cinema. The course investigates some of the shifts that have taken place over the past two decades in conjunction with the rise of digital filmmaking tools and the evolution of a new form of moving digital media art.

Objectives

The objectives of Cinema in the Digital Era are to:

- introduce the concept of digital film making;

- investigate innovations in the feature film format;

- examine the moving image digital technologies
- examine the effects of digital film making on our understanding of the medium, genre, and their cultural functions.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Display an awareness of recent technological developments and their impact on film making.
- Identify and understand different approaches to digital cinema.
- Gain insight into the impact of digital technology on film style and aesthetics.
- Show an understanding of the role of digital technologies in cinemas across the globe.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- conduct complex analysis of single films and film clusters,

- use technical vocabulary specific to film and new/digital media,

- differentiate between various techniques used in film production,

- critique cinematic styles and genres in relation to the use of digital technologies,
- conduct individual research,

- present results of research in the form of essays and oral presentations.


Syllabus

The module investigates some of the shifts that have taken place over the past two decades in conjunction with the rise of digital filmmaking tools. The course moves on to examine the shift from the analogue to the digital and the effects that this technological revolution has had on film narratives.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings92.0018.00
Lectures91.009.00
Seminars102.0020.00
Private study hours153.00
Total Contact hours47.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation per seminar: 10 x 5 hours = 50 hours
- Essay preparation: 55 hours
- Exam revision: 55 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored on a regular basis via classroom participation, monitored group discussion and prepared presentations (formative).

Students will receive additional feedback and support when planning their assessments. The feedback from the from the presentations and class discussions will also be formulated to assist with writing the essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words60.00
Reflective logCreative log40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 11/09/2020

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