Aesthetics in Television and Film

Hersh Jacob, professor, office: 1N2


"A film’s form involves more than figuring out where to put the camera and what lens to use before shooting. It means articulating a clear and provocative purpose for telling the tale."

‘Directing: film techniques and aesthetics’

Michael Rabiger, ©1997, Focal Press


The hope is to dissolve the artificial barriers between the aesthetic and technical. Through the investigation of scripts, stories and film ; preparing for rehearsals - blocking and staging a scene ; working with the actors and production crew. Aesthetics in film and television is designed to give the television artist insight into the creative process required to direct performance.


Weeks 1 to 4

Television — documentary, drama, and series.

Weeks 5 to 10

Film — original screenplay, adaptation of stage, adaptation of novel

presentations, discussions and evaluations.

Observation, discussion and presentation will be the participants central focus with the final project the development of a director’s book for presentation and evaluation.




Course Bibliography;

Directing: Film techniques and aesthetics.

Michael Rabiger, ©1997, Focal Press

Theatre Games for Rehearsal, a director’s handbook

Viola Spolin, ©1985 Northwestern University Press

The Third Man — Graham Greene ©1950

The Portable Graham Greene Penguin Books ©1994

Wild at Heart

Barry Gifford ©1990 Grove Press



* Frank Norris©1898 , WW Norton & Co. ©1977

** Erich Von Stroheim©1923 Lorrimer Publishing ©1972


Eugene Ionesco ©1959 , Grove Press (Penguin1985)

On Directing Film*

Writing in Restaurants**


David Mamet *©1991 **1986 Penguin ; ***1992 Grove Press

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

B. Travern ©1935 Knopf (Time-Life1981)

Directors on Directing*

Actors on Acting**

Toby Cole & Helen Krich Chinoy *© 1976 MacMillan and Co. ; **1970 Crown


Happy Birthday Wanda June**

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. *1968 Dell ; **©1970 Samuel French

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Aesthetics in Television and Film

Hersh Jacob, professor, office: 1N2