VSAR-422, Art and Technology of the Moving Image, is an introduction to filmmaking
from its origins at the turn of 20th century to today. I usually teach one section
a year with 65-95 students. Previously I assigned the text Film History: An Introduction. 3rd Edition, by Thompson and Bordwell. The paperback edition was $125, the Kindle ebook was $105.
While the text is considered the standard for a course in film history, I felt the
book randomly covers too much material without a lot of analysis. Some of the students
comments on the text from evaluations last year were “the book has too much information,”
and a desire for “more engagement with the text” as well as “Make very clear what
we don't need to read.”