An exploration of the cinema as an art form, emphasizing the interpretation and appreciation of film as narrative medium.
This course will explore the cinema as an art form, emphasizing the interpretation and appreciation of film as narrative medium. By identifying and analyzing the creative choices made by filmmakers, students will better understand that how a story gets told has a profound impact on what that story means to an audience.
Professor Shawn McCauley earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English at East Carolina University, and he currently serves as the Director of General Education and the Director of the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. A recipient of the 2019 Lincoln Financial Excellence in Teaching Award, he has served at Barton College since 2010. He has taught a wide variety of courses throughout his time at Barton, including freshman composition classes, broad surveys of British literature and literary theory, and in-depth seminars on Shakespeare, Milton, and satire. Beyond these formal classes, he also has academic interests in film, narratology, and the history of medicine. During his down time, he enjoys playing guitar, pickleball, and disc golf, just not simultaneously. He lives with his wife, daughter, one dog, two parakeets, and four guinea pigs, which may or may not legally qualify as a circus.
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