Movie Magic: A History of Film (2 semesters )


Instructor: Jennifer Turnbull
UC a-g credit: Yes
NCAA: Not Eligible


Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or movie mogul, a YouTube blogger, or just enjoy beating everyone at Trivia Pursuit, Movie Magic: The History of Film will provide the foundation you need to be competitively film literate in any setting. In part A you will learn about the fundamental differences between “live action,” “animation,” “documentary” and “Independent” cinema, by studying such classics as Mary Poppins, Inside Out and Avengers: Endgame.

In part B you will take a deeper dive into film history, exploring the 13 most popular film genres in our culture and, ultimately, learn how these traditional genres can be combined to create a brand new, unique film that could be the next Oscar winner.

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Semester A, Semester B

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