TECNICHE E LINGUAGGI DEL CINEMA
Knowledge and understanding
– understand the historical phases in cinema’s use of language and editing technique, paying equal attention to questions of a technical, and a theoretical and aesthetic, nature;
– understand the main techniques, methodologies and practices in cinema as well as the professional vocabulary (both in English and Italian), concerning theory and criticism and the production process, which is generally used in the field.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
– know how to analyse a film script by critically examining its technical and linguistic features and stylistic and aesthetic qualities;
– know how to plan and make a short film, whether fictional or low cost documentary, and display the knowhow and skill to manage the main stages in the production process, with the help of both hardware and software, from the conceptualisation stage, through creative writing to story boarding and from filming through editing to colour correction.
– know how to distinguish between a number of different cinematic products, whether fiction or documentary, and evaluate those that best exploit the communicative and expressive potential of the language and the cutting process.
– know how to display an understanding, in clear and appropriate language and both orally and in writing, of specific theoretical and technical issues in the making of a film.
– know how to choose and profitably utilise the bibliographic tools best suited for exploring and updating knowledge and the technological and computer resources most appropriate for satisfying specific needs and solving problems of a technical and practical nature.
General part: 1. Theories and techniques of cinematographic language. 2. Film editing: models, techniques, processes. 3. The adventures of “non-fiction”: sub-genres, methodologies and techniques of documentary macro-genre.
Monographic part: 1. “Truth is beauty”. Edoardo Winspeare’s cinema.
TESTI DI RIFERIMENTO
For the monographic part: Marco Rossitti, “Verità è bellezza. Il cinema di Edoardo Winspeare”, Manni Editori, San Cesario (LE) 2019; handouts by the teacher.
A general recommended Bibliography will be provided in class.
N.B. For the purposes of the examination it is mandatory to have a thorough knowledge of at least twenty films (fifteen for the general part, five for the monographic part) among those analyzed in the course and listed in a general Filmography that will be provided by the teacher during the course of lessons.