The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color

This Film History course explores how fundamental changes in film technology affected popular Hollywood storytelling. We will consider the transition to sound, and the introduction of color. This online educational experience is not equivalent to a college course.

About The Course

This history course explores how fundamental changes in film technology affected popular Hollywood storytelling. We will consider the transition to sound, and the introduction of color. Each change in technology brought new opportunities and challenges, but the filmmaker's basic task remained the emotional engagement of the viewer through visual means. We will survey major directors and genres from the studio era and point forward to contemporary American cinema. Our aim is to illuminate popular cinema as the intersection of business, technology, and art. Through film history, we will learn about the craft of filmmaking and how tools shape art. This online educational experience is not equivalent to a college course.

Subtitles for all video lectures available: Turkish (provided by Koc University), English

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

    Yes.

  • What resources will I need for this class?

    For this course, you will need copies of the films discussed and the time to give them a proper, undistracted, viewing before each lecture. All are available on DVD, some may also be available as downloads or streaming from sites like Amazon and Netflix.


  • Recommended Background

    No background required. All are welcome.