Jan 30, 2023: Filmic Language Workshop

January 16, 2023

The Grammar of Film: A Primer for World Language Teachers

Mark Kaiser

Retired BLC Associate Director

Maya Smith

Lecturer, Department of French

Designed for language instructors who would like to have a better understanding of the visual language of film in order to enrich classroom discussions on films they teach, this workshop will examine how a diverse set of filmic elements work together to compress time and space, form a narrative structure, and create meaning. 

The workshop will begin with a 20-minute lecture defining and illustrating various types of shots and cuts and their semiotic potential (handout provided). Some of the topics to be covered include shot length, focus, shot angle, transitions and juxtapositions, various types of matches, lighting, the mise-en-scène and intertextuality. The majority of the workshop will be devoted to a viewing and discussion of a half dozen clips where we spotlight examples of specific film devices and how they make meaning in that particular segment of film. Finally, we will consider the place of filmic devices in the world language curriculum.

Monday, January 30, 2023
B-4 Dwinelle, 3-5 pm
This lecture is sponsored by the College of Letters and Science.