Lesson 8 Reading Assignment
Goin’ Hollywood: The Industry and You


How to Read a Film

In Chapter 5, Film Theory: Form and Function, read the section titled, "The Critic."

In Chapter 6, Media: In the Middle of Things, read the section titled, "Television and Video: ‘TV’: The Virtual Family."

Chapter 7, Multimedia: The Digital Revolution

Time Estimate

1 1/2 hours


It’s no exaggeration to say that the digital revolution could eventually be as world-changing as the Gutenberg revolution was 500 years ago.

Please post your responses to the following questions on the class message board.

  1. The illustration on p. 507, "The Metamorphosis of the Twentieth Century Family," obviously needs updating now for the 21st century. What do you think the fourth picture in this series should look like?
  2. Now think about the future—say, 20 years from now. What developments in film and media do you foresee? What will the fifth picture in this series look like?