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Cinema Studies: Art and Industry

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The practices, theories, and debates surrounding the emergence of cinema through to the development of studio system filmmaking.

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Cinema Studies: The Crime Film | Art and Industry | Politics and Global Media | Horror Film | Sex

Film is a powerful art form with its own history, conventions, and techniques. Understanding film, its properties, methods, aesthetics, and its impact on global cultures is the basis of Cinema Studies.

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Introduction to Film Study Introduction to film analysis; concepts of film style and narrative. Topics include: documentary, avant-garde, genres, authorship, ideology, and representation.

Art and Industry

Examines the practices, theories, and debates surrounding the emergence of cinema through to the development of studio system filmmaking in the first half of the 20th Century. Topics include: film’s relation to the other arts, formalist and realist traditions, technological innovations, audiences and reception, and cultural industries.

About the Instructor

George D’Amato is a feature film, television and commercial filmmaker. Informed by global travel, his unique visual style has garnered television clients such as The National Broadcast Company (NBC), National Geographic, The History Channel, and Discovery.

“BLUR”, released in 2016, is D’Amato’s feature indie film debut as director, producer and co-writer. BLUR screened at the Raindance Film Festival. Also, in pre-production, “Swipe Right” is a feature film that explores the world of online dating via Tinder, the downloadable dating app.

A notable commercial director and producer as well, he has had a roster of Fortune 500 clients: Apple Computers, General Motors, AT&T, The Ford Motor Company, IBM, Volvo, Hyundai, Budweiser Brewing Company, Molson Brewing Company, Nestles, Drug-Free America, and ESPN. George is currently directing “ART or WAR”, the documentary features social commentary artist Viktor Medic. Additional directing awards include the Gold Cleo, the One Show, Gold Bessie, Bronze Bessie, and Craft Award for Directing, Directors Guild of America, Golden Marble, and two commercials in the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection.

Education: NYU Film School – MFA The Actors Studio – N.Y. Second City Improv Stand-Up Comedy

Specialties: A stunning visual artist.

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