Emily West & Lida Zeitlin Wu
Moving-image media are compelling sites of cultural work. Writing about motion pictures poses peculiar challenges – and offers distinct pleasures – for students in disciplines across the university. Yet it is unusual for a course that analyzes the moving image to teach students how to do so with clarity and confidence.
This course teaches students to write the three types of essay that form the basic unit structure of the semester: sequence analysis, analytical essay, and critical essay. No matter their major, students interested in writing about moving-image media will find these essay types familiar, interesting, and relevant to their course of study.
Students must have completed R1A and R1B to enroll in this course. We welcome sophomore, junior, and senior students from any major who have a special interest in writing about the moving image. Students in Film & Media who wish to write an honors thesis should take this course, followed by Film & Media 194: Advanced Film Writing.