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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Film and Video Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)



FILMVID 190. First-Year Film Seminar.

Section 001 — Cinema as a Form for Artistic Expression.

Instructor(s): Hubert I Cohen (hicohen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The goal of this course is to help students understand the ways in which cinema functions as a form for artistic expression. The course will examine cinematically specific structures (time and space manipulation, parallel development, montage, etc.) as well as film's relationship to other artistic enterprises such as theater, literature, painting, etc. Class materials include: the reading of fiction, the viewing of classic films, the study of film theory and literary criticism.

This academic term, we will examine the problematic presence of women in Westerns, considering what they add to and detract from the impact and effectiveness of, for example, such films as High Noon, Shane, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo, One-Eyed Jacks, The Tall T. There will be short, weekly papers, a midterm and final exam.

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FILMVID 200. Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will provide students with a basic introduction to hands-on production in film, video, and television. Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production (from basic script form to directing to editing) are all covered, and the differences as well as the similarities of these three related media are explored.

Please note that the first class is located at the Argus Building which is located at 400 South 4th Street (Not 4th Avenue.)

Odd Section Numbers are restricted to Film/Video concentrators

Sections 001, 002, 011, 012 — Hardacker, hardacke@umich.edu
Sections 003, 004, 007, 008 — Kybartas, skybar@umich.edu
Sections 005, 006 — McNamara, mcnamart@umich.edu
Sections 009, 010 — Sarris, tsarris@umich.edu

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FILMVID 236 / RCHUMS 236. The Art of the Film.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Johannes Eugen Von Moltke (moltke@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Art of the Film examines the dramatic and psychological effects of the elements and techniques used in film making and television, and some of the salient developments in film's artistic and technological history. This course provides students with the basic tools and methods for film appreciation and study. Students write five two-page exercises, a seven-page analysis of a current movie, and a final exam.

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FILMVID 300. Filmmaking I.

Instructor(s): Robert W Rayher (rray@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 200. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($150) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($150) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is the introductory 16mm motion picture production course. This laboratory-workshop course is designed to give students a solid understanding of how film techniques can be used to communicate ideas in narrative, documentary, and experimental expression. Working in small groups, students script, shoot, and edit exercises build around these three types of film. In creating their short motion pictures, students master master-shot/coverage procedures, screen direction and continuity, and artificial and available light shooting techniques. Lectures and exercise critiques engage students in theoretical/aesthetic discussions of the relationship between film idea and film form.

Evaluation: production assignments, midterm test, final project.

Text: Pincus and Ascher, Filmmaker's Handbook.

Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 301. Video Art I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stashu Kybartas (skybar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 200. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/filmvid/301/001.nsf

This course is designed to introduce students to the terminology, aesthetics, and methods of single-camera video production. Using Super-VHS video equipment, students will learn the techniques of single-camera production, including scripting, directing, shooting, and editing. Students work in small groups to design and produce video projects in a variety of styles such as short narrative and experimental documentary. Evaluation will be based on production projects and scripts, production journals, and participation in class discussion and critique. This course is designed to teach students to analyze the relationship between technique and content in video production and to allow students to explore the creative potential of the video medium. Limited to 20 students, with preference given to film and video concentrators. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 302. Television Studio I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terri L Sarris (tsarris@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 200. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed to introduce students to the terminology, aesthetics, and methods of multi-camera television studio production. Students will learn the techniques of multi-camera production, including scripting, directing, and practical operation of studio equipment and will gain hands-on experience in all studio crew positions. Students will be assigned a series of directing exercises with increasing complexity and will learn to direct various types of studio productions.

Evaluation is based on completion of these studio projects, participation in studio and class critiques, short diagnostic quizzes, and one short paper. The goal of this course is to teach students to analyze the relationship between technique and content in the shaping of television programs.

The course will meet in LS&A Television Studio, located at 400 Fourth Street. Students should plan their schedules to allow for travel time.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 306(405). Computer Animation I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christopher E McNamara (mcnamart@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 200, and permission of instructor. Students should have a basic working knowledge of the Macintosh platform, Photoshop, and digital video.(3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This digital media production course is a hands-on investigation of the Macintosh computing environment and more specifically the moving image software used to create short, animated works, multimedia projects, video and motion graphics.
Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 310. Screenwriting.

Instructor(s): Terry J Lawson

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 200. Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course teaches students to write a feature-length screenplay in acceptable format. Students will learn to develop an idea first into a written "concept," then into a "treatment," "step outline," and finally into a full script. The course will focus on such subjects as screenplay structure, plot and subplots, characterizations, shots, scene, sequence, dialogue, thinking visually, and soundtrack. Students will also learn the importance of rewriting their work. As part of the process, the class will study select screenplays, then view the films which were made from these scripts. Students will also read and discuss each other's work. Given this "workshop" approach, attendance is critical. Students can expect to write between five and ten pages a week.
Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 310. Screenwriting.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Beth Serlin

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 200. Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course teaches students to write a feature-length screenplay in acceptable format. Students will learn to develop an idea first into a written "concept," then into a "treatment," "step outline," and finally into a full script. The course will focus on such subjects as screenplay structure, plot and subplots, characterizations, shots, scene, sequence, dialogue, thinking visually, and soundtrack. Students will also learn the importance of rewriting their work. As part of the process, the class will study select screenplays, then view the films which were made from these scripts. Students will also read and discuss each other's work. Given this "workshop" approach, attendance is critical. Students can expect to write between five and ten pages a week.
Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 311. Screenwriting for Television.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elaine M Loeser

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 200 and completion of the composition requirement. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The students will write an episode of an existing one-hour television show selected by the instructor. The course covers the entire process of writing for television, from learning the structure and voice of the show, pitching stories for it, writing an extensive outline (or beat sheet) for the episode, and finally writing an authentic script in the proper format. The students are the "writer's room" for all scripts in process.

Requirements: At least two teleplays, and work at rewriting at least one of these. The class will read the teleplays and view multiple episodes of the shows being written by members of the class. Students will read and discuss each other's work. Students can expect to write the equivalent of ten pages a week.
Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 331(413) / ENGLISH 331. Film Genres and Types.

Section 001 — Horror Films.

Instructor(s): Ira Konigsberg (ikonigsb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 230 or 236. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course focuses on the horror film as a specific genre of motion picture, discussing a number of films from diverse perspectives. The class will be concerned with

  1. the psychological impact of these films (why certain motifs continue to be popular and how they affect the viewer);
  2. their cinematic techniques (how directors use certain kinds of setting, lighting, shots, and editing to achieve particular effects);
  3. their cultural background (the history of certain character types and subject matter in fiction, poetry, and painting);
  4. their social background (variation and change according to the contemporary scene); and
  5. their place in the history of the genre.

These films are a starting point for an examination of what people fear and how they handle their fears through ritual, religion, and art. The class will view such classics of the genre as The Haunting, King Kong, Bride of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, Psycho, The Exorcist, Halloween, and Alien, while reading the novels, Castle of Otranto, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, and Dracula.

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FILMVID 340. Writing Film Criticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Brian Price (pricebe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 230 or 236. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($20) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($20) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is aimed at helping students write illuminating and stylistically engaging film criticism. Students will do this within the context of screening contemporary films and reading various types of critical writing in popular and academic criticism.

Course requirements: You will be required to submit seven film reviews of three to five pages in length. Two are to be revised and resubmitted for regrading. Students are expected to attend all classes and screenings and participate fully in discussing readings and reviews, as well as in leading discussion in certain classes.

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FILMVID 350. The History of American Film.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Catherine L Benamou (cbenamou@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/filmvid/350/001.nsf

American cinema from the early days of silent film until the present time. As well as examining the history of the feature film in some detail, the course also gives attention to the development of animation, the documentary, and avant-garde cinema.

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FILMVID 366. Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture.

Section 001 — The Internet, Traditions & Innovations in Viewing.

Instructor(s): Sheila Murphy (scmurphy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/filmvid/366/001.nsf

This course addresses the role of film and television as popular media. It emphasizes the acquisition and use of analytical skills relevant to the given topic and serves as an introduction to cultural studies. Students are taught to read and analyze specific popular films, genres, or figures.

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FILMVID 366. Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture.

Section 006 — Vietnam War/Persian Gulf War.

Instructor(s): Richard Abel (richabel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The principal subject of this course is representations of the Vietnam War on Film and television over the past 35 years. A second, related subject is representations of the recent Gulf War on television during and immediately after that war. Together, these comprise a cultural studies project in that we will be focusing on a contested site of struggle over popular memory and cultural meaning. Specifically, we will examine the cultural grounds on which the meaning of each war was constructed and contested and, in the case of the Vietnam War, how that meaning has changed over time and in whose interests. More generally, we will investigate how a particular body of cultural texts has served to construct a sense of ourselves as conflicted Americans. For "Vietnam" in particular can be seen as a key symbol of condensation for the social relations of power that polarize late 20th century and even 21st century America.

The first few weeks of the course will focus on American documentaries made during the Vietnam War. Another week will be devoted to a Vietnamese representation of the war. The following weeks will take up fiction films and television series produced after the war. The last weeks then will be given over to television representations of the Persian Gulf War.

There will be 3 major writing assignments, serving as capstones for the principal segments of the course and counting 60% toward your final grade. There also will be several shorter writing assignments (counting 20% toward your grade). Guidelines for all of these writing assignments will be provided well in advance. The remaining 20% of your grade will depend on class attendance and participation.

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FILMVID 366. Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture.

Section 008 — Television, Its Fans & Popular Culture.

Instructor(s): Bambi L Haggins (bhaggins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course takes a unique approach to fan culture by examining the phenomena across popular media. We will focus upon three texts from three different media that possess generic, stylistic and fan base similarities: Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" graphic novels, Joss Whedon's television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy. By examining the relationship between these texts and their fan communities, the course endeavors to explore the nature of fandom, the complex socio-political constructions of fan cultures and their interplay with the mythic archetypes of the narratives to which these fans are so passionately drawn.

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FILMVID 370. Television History.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bambi Haggins (bhaggins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course traces the development of television from the medium's historical, industrial, and technological roots in radio to the advent of new audiences, technologies, and forms in the 1990s. Addressing television as a global phenomenon, we will investigate television's institutions, structures, and programming from various perspectives in order to understand television's role in mass culture of the late twentieth century.

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FILMVID 400. Filmmaking II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert W Rayher (rray@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 300 or equivalent experience in filmmaking and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($150) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($150) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is an advanced 16mm motion picture production course. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with dramatic film production from interpreting the screenplay through shooting, editing, and post-production. The relationship of these activities to aesthetic development being the fundament of the course, and the basis of its connection to film studies. You will have access to a state-of-the-art Panaflex 16mm camera in addition to standard production equipment. Students work in small groups to produce a substantial sync-sound final project, as well as participating in a large in-class dramatic production (collaboration with Theater and Drama students). Evaluation: participation in in-class projects, production assignments, final project. Text: Pincus and Ascher, Filmmaker's Handbook.
Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor. Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 401. Video Art II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jennifer Hardacker (hardacke@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 301 or equivalent experience with video production and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course covers various production strategies and concerns: building rhythm and structure, creative use of sound and its relationship to image, realizing non-linear narrative, experimental use of lighting, conceiving and distributing video in ways other than single-channel, and sociopolitical issues around representation. It aims to help students realize their own voices in independent videomaking within the historical context of Video Art. A/B roll editing with digital effects and various computer editing software including the AVID and Premiere will be covered. Evaluation is based on projects, reading and writing assignment, and class participation.

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FILMVID 406. Computer Animation II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christopher E McNamara (mcnamart@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 306 or equivalent experience with video production, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This advanced class explores the theories and applications of interactive animation design. Individual student projects are developed using Macromedia Director and Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia SoundEdit 16. Graphics, sound, and interactivity are utilized to create highly conceptual non-linear environments. Through critical analysis of both student assignments, and professional works, we will investigate the successes and failures of various types of interactivity to communicate with an audience.
Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor,Students registering for this course must come by the Film/Video main office to fill out an in-house waitlist form.

FILMVID 410. Screenwriting II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James S Burnstein

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 310. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students will learn to cast a critical eye on their own first drafts by analyzing other class members' screenplays. Working in teams, students will break down screenplays in terms of structure, story logic, character development, character relationships, dialogue, visuals, and theme. Using feedback from their fellow students and instructor, students will strive to fix the problems in their own individual screenplays. A major rewrite and polish will be required.

Please note: A maximum of twenty students will be admitted to this course. Students will be selected based on the quality of their original screenplays and/or their Screenwriting I instructor's recommendation. Other factors being equal, preference will be given to senior concentrators in Film and Video Studies.

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FILMVID 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lucia A Saks (lsaks@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/filmvid/414/001.nsf

Students are acquainted with the canonical texts of film theory, dating from the silent period up to the latest developments in multicultural and postmodern theory. The goal is both a familiarity with key concepts and terminology, and the improvement of student's analytic abilities as they approach film from the point of view of philosophy and social theory.

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FILMVID 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Edward Dimendberg (eddimend@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The development of film theory and criticism from the days of silent motion pictures to the present. The class reads selections from figures such as Eisenstein, Arnheim, Kracauer, and Bazin during the first half of the term, and from contemporary schools such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and semiotics during the second half.

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FILMVID 427. Screenwriting III.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jim Burnstein

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 310, 410, and permission of the instructor. Limited to students whose work is judged as showing outstanding potential in writing for the screen. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An Advanced screenwriting course that provides individual and small group instruction to select students who have completed basic (F/V 310) and intermediate (F/V 410) screenwriting. Students will write a final draft of a revised original screenplay and a first draft of a new screenplay.

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FILMVID 440 / CAAS 440. African Cinema.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lucia A Saks (lsaks@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 200 recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/caas/440/001.nsf

See CAAS 440.001.

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FILMVID 441. National Cinemas.

Section 001 — Italian Cinema and Society Since 1945. Meets with Italian 315.001.

Instructor(s): Giorgio Bertellini (giorgiob@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 360. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will explore key "moments" in Italian cinema, with the goal of understanding:

  • neorealist film practice as an alternative to CHC "realism";
  • the importance of Italian cinema to realist film theory;
  • the importance of Italian cinema as a model for a cinema of political engagement and social criticism;
  • the cultural and intellectual context out of which Italian cinema was produced (and viewed).

The course will focus primarily on neorealist films and "the art film" of the post-1960 period, but we will also look at popular forms such as the commedia all Italiana, the spaghetti Western, the Supercolossi, and the horror genre. Films will include Bicycle Thieves, Ossessione, La Terra Trema, Voyage to Italy, The Easy Life, L'Eclisse, Teorema, Padre Padrone, and others.

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FILMVID 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 001 — American Film Now.

Instructor(s): Brian Price (pricebe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will explore issues in contemporary American cinema by watching films newly released to theaters. We will examine current releases using various methods and theoretical approaches: formal, industrial, technical, social, historical, political, and/or cultural. Sessions will be devoted to broad questions of perception, authorship, ideology, style, marketing, and stardom which contribute to our overall experience of the films and their box office success or failure.

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FILMVID 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 003 — Emergence of Mass Culture.

Instructor(s): Richard Abel (richabel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course investigates the integral relationship between moving pictures and mass culture at the turn of the last century, as the former increasingly becomes a major component of the latter. Because the emergence of moving pictures and mass culture was especially notable in the USA, our investigation will focus on American culture from the 1880s to the 1910s. It will consider moving pictures in relation to a range of cultural forms and practices, from dime novels, newspaper and magazine stories and ads, as well as adventure pulp fiction to department stores, world's fairs and other "cheap amusements."

During the course of the semester we will be taking up a number of issues and questions that involve mass culture in general and moving pictures specifically. What were the defining constituents of mass culture at the turn of the last century? What were the conditions of its production, circulation and reception, and how did those change over time? How and why did mass culture develop so rapidly and so extensively? How did mass culture transform and/or stabilize the social relations of power/difference which characterized the USA at the turn of the last century? How was it bound up with the process of "Americanization" or the construction of an "American subject," especially in terms of class, race or ethnicity, gender and generation? How does a study of the emergence of mass culture enable us to see and understand the transformations marking mass culture at our own turn-of-the-century?

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FILMVID 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 005 — Dialogue of Violence: Cinema in WWII's Pacific Theater.

Instructor(s): Mark H Nornes (amnornes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/filmvid/455/005.nsf

The course will explore the relationship of World War II's Pacific Theater to moving image media in two movements. First, a comparative history of Hollywood and Japanese filmmaking during the war looks at issues of race, nationality, propaganda, and violence. The second half of the course continues to analyze these problems by turning to post-1945 attempts to remember, critique, and commemorate (or forget) WWII in media as disparate as television, feature filmmaking, video art, and the Internet.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

FILMVID 460. Technology and the Moving Image.

Section 001 — Digital Media & Culture.

Instructor(s): Sheila Murphy (scmurphy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 230 or 236. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/filmvid/460/001.nsf

This course explores the various ways in which technology has shaped the art forms of the moving image. The course traces the impact of such innovations as sound, color, and wide screen on the history of the motion picture, virtual reality, and multi-media performances. As well as studying the aesthetics of technology, this course examines the ways in which technology through art influences individual psychology and society at large.

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FILMVID 480. Internship.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concentration in Film and Video Studies. Permission of instructor required. (2). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. May not be included in a concentration in Film/Video. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is restricted to Film/Video concentrators who work, under careful supervision, in some part of the film or video industry. Students will work in some aspect of preproduction, production, or postproduction, in the creative or business areas of film and video, documenting their experiences and learning in a journal that must be submitted for final credit.

Please note; does not count towards the Film/Video Concentration

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor required.

FILMVID 489. Senior Screenwriting Tutorial.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: FILMVID 410 and permission of the instructor. Open to Dramatic Writing concentrators only. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is restricted to students in the Dramatic Writing concentration. Coursework consists of independent study in writing and refining a screenplay under the supervision of a faculty member.

In emphasizing a complete approach to the study, analysis, and creation of written dramatic texts, the Dramatic Writing concentration requires students to be engaged in the creation of dramatic texts intended for production and performance. This tutorial is provided as one of the options for a capstone experience for those students who choose the sequence in screenwriting within the Dramatic Writing concentration. It permits students to have the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in the process of creating a full-length screenplay.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor/department

FILMVID 490. Senior Honors Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Acceptance as an Honors Candidate in Film and Video Studies. Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of FILMVID 490, the final grade is posted for both term's elections. Laboratory fee may be required.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee may be required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is restricted to students taking Honors in the Program in Film and Video Studies. Students work independently with a faculty member in the Program on a thesis or on a film or video project during their senior year.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor required.

FILMVID 499(399). Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward film-video concentration requirements. Laboratory fee may be required.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee may be required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Independent study on a subject to be determined by student in conjunction with a faculty member. Must be approved by Program in term prior to enrollment. In exceptional cases, students can petition for enrollment during current term.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor required.

FILMVID 500. Directed Study in Film and Video.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Laboratory fee may be required.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee may be required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Advanced course permitting intensive study of film and/or video subject under supervision of a Film/Video faculty member.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of department required.


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