Without a doubt, color is one of the richest and most mysterious topics to explore. Born out of optics, physics, biology and philosophy, color has intertwined with issues of gender (femininity), the sacred, the occult, colonialism, history and aesthetics. This course explores color and its intersections with film, painting, computing, and graphic design. We shall explore film color in relation to lighting, genre, gender, costume, race, narrative structure, sound, editing, camera movement, and the mapping of the senses. We shall compare the history of color in art history and in film history. Caught between scientific objectivity and subjective perception, we shall explain why cognitive approaches to film are especially effective in explaining the links between color and story-telling in fiction and non-fiction films. Besides interrogating color in the international art cinema, we shall also learn about it in the context of animation, the avante-garde, and documentary through oral reports or paper topics chosen by you in agreement with the instructor.
If you are still on the look out for exciting LMC class opportunities, there are a few open spots left in some of our fascinating film courses.
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LMC 3252 D Radical Approaches to Shakespeare on Film: No Holds Bard with Professor Wood, Skiles 325
This course will focus on films that radically adapt or even challenge the assumptions of key Shakespearean texts which have become cultural myths: Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Lear, and The Tempest. All are fully developed films not filmed stage productions and adapt the underlying myths to a variety of cultural contexts. The films include Kurasawa’s well known samurai adaptations, Bollywood variations, a Science Fiction adaptations of The Tempest, Forbidden Planet, and more. There is no textbook other than the films, but you will be referred to selected online sites and the essays will be research papers. Access to Shakespeare’s plays is readily available.
LMC 4500 FILM COLOR: Between Art and Science with Professor Angela Dalle Vacche, Skiles 344
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Julia M. Smith, PhD.
School of Literature, Media, and Communication