Thom Talbott

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Instructor Phone

(940) 668-3324


Course Description

An introductory course in motion pictures that surveys the film industry as a business, a means of communication, and most importantly as an art form. The course emphasizes the analysis of the visual and aural aspects of selected motion pictures, the dramatic aspects of narrative films, and the historical growth and sociological impact of film as art.


Instructor Biography

Thom Talbott has served as the Program Director for NCTC Drama since 2003. Thom first started his undergraduate studies at Baker University as an accounting major. But after two years of studying accounting, he realized that sitting behind a desk was not his calling. So Thom followed his first love and transitioned to the theater program. Thom completed Baker University in 1985 with a B.A. in Theater and Business, and went on to graduate from Texas Woman's University in 1987 with his M.A. in Drama and an emphasis on directing. Thom also worked professionally as the Artistic Director of Butterfield Stage for 15 years before coming to work at NCTC. Thom has directed over 100 productions and received a number of statewide awards for his production design, as well as having three invitations at the state level of the national AACT FEST theater festival. He most recently received the NCTC 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award.



Course Requirements





Looking at the Movies by Richard Barsam, 2nd Edition, WWW Norton Company.

The textbook can be purchased at the NCTC Bookstore or online at a variety of booksellers.



In addition to the required text, students in this course must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet access, Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, and software that supports JPEG, AVI, and WMV files.



Online courses require self-directed learning and effective time management skills. Students should expect to spend three to five hours a week reading, writing, and contributing to online discussion posts.



Additional Resources

Sample Syllabus (PDF)