DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Film Director: Tim Burton will be offered during summer session II with classes being held from 6 – 8:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from June 29 – August 7. The class will use the idea of the director as auteur to explore the works of film director Tim Burton.
Auteur theory is a form of cinema scholarship that examines films primarily according to the director, comparing themes, characters, moods, and other recurrent elements to see if there are identifiable trends or perspectives that unify the director’s works into a coherent body of discourse. For an eclectic director like Burton, this can be a challenge given the range of his films, yet there is something about them that has been labeled as “Burtonesque,” and his style has been referenced as an influence on other films. Possible topics also include Burton’s use of fantasy elements in the mise-en-scène, Burton’s role as a maverick director in commercial Hollywood, and Burton’s repeated casting of Johnny Depp.
The course will be taught by professor Stefan Hall and has a required textbook. Students will also screen 12 Burton films, keep a response journal, and produce a short research paper on an aspect of Burton as auteur.
Persons interested in the class should contact the Defiance College registrar’s office by June 19 at 419-783-2551. For more information about the course, contact Professor Hall at 419-783-2423 or email@example.com.
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of engagement. U. S. News & World Report ranks Defiance in the top tier of comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
June 9, 2009