Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

236/R.C. Hums 236. The Art of the Film. (4). (HU).

See RC Humanities 236.

300(200). Filmmaking I. (3). (Excl).

This course is required for Film and Video concentrators and is designed to give students a basic understanding of the language of film and how its repertoire can be used to create individual works of film as means of personal expression. Aspects of production demonstrated and discussed are: preparation of the script (including synopsis, treatment, story board, shooting script); shooting, mainly under daylight conditions; cinematographic principles of camera, projector and lenses; film stock and processing; and editing. On completion of this course, students should have the basic knowledge for formal aesthetic analysis of film. Limited to 20 students, with preference given to Film and Video concentrators. [Cost:2] [WL:2] (Dobele)

301(201). Techniques of Video. (3). (Excl).

This course is required for Film and Video concentrators. It is designed to provide students with an introduction to the aesthetics, technology, and uses of video as an art media. The course concentrates on hands-on use of Super-VHS equipment for shooting and editing. Students work in groups of 3-5 to design and produce their video projects under supervision of the instructor. Limited to 20 students, with preference given to Film and Video concentrators. [Cost:2] [WL:2] (Dobele)

350. The History of American Film. (3). (HU).

This course is required for concentrators in the Program in Film and Video Studies but is open to all students. This course will trace the history of American film from the earliest days of the kinematograph and the Nickelodeon to movies in the age of video, with concerns both for the contributions of individual filmmakers as well as the determining contexts of modes of production and distribution. The primary emphasis will be on the Hollywood narrative film, but some attention will be paid to independent cinema movements. The course aims to develop a sense of the continuing evolution of American film, in its internal development, in its incorporation of new technologies, and in its responses to other national cinemas. Films by the following directors, among others, will be screened: D. W. Griffith, King Vidor, Buster Keaton, Ernst Lubitsch, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Blake Edwards, and John Cassavetes. Students will attend three hours of lectures and discussion as well as view two or three hours of film each week. They will write a series of short papers and take a midterm and final examination. Lab fee. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Paul)

412/English 412. Major Directors. (3). (HU).

See English 412. (Konigsberg)

413/English 413. Film Genres and Types. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

See English 413. (Bauland)

414. Film Theory and Criticism. (3). (Excl).

This course is required for concentrators in the Program in Film and Video Studies, but is open to all students with some background in film or critical theory. The course will examine the development of film theory and criticism from the days of silent motion pictures to the present, paralleling the discussions with the screening of relevant films. One of the key aims of this course is to provide a historical overview of film theory and criticism, ranging from the earliest explanations of the new phenomenon of motion pictures, seen as distinct from all other forms of art, to the most recent attempts at viewing film through theoretical perspectives taken from the other arts. The project of the course is epistemological as well as historical: history, to explore how knowledge about the nature of film may be arrived at. To this end, the selection of readings will aim at comprehensiveness, moving from some of the earliest writings on film to some of the most recent, from Vachel Lindsay and Sergei Eisenstein to contemporary structuralist, Marxist and feminist authors. Students will write a midterm and final paper, each about ten pages, and take a final examination. Lab fee. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Paul)

OTHER FILM-VIDEO COURSES. The following will be offered through other departments in the Winter Term, 1990, and are among those which can be used as part of a concentration plan in Film-Video Studies. For more information about these courses consult this GUIDE: Communication 320, Film Analysis Communication 421, Introduction to Radio and TV Communication 427, Preparation of Radio and TV Continuity Communication 428, Writing Drama for Radio and TV Communication 527, Radio-TV Management Communication 530, Telecommunication Arts Workshop Communication 531, Telecommunication Arts Workshop English 412/Film-Video 412, Major Directors German 330, German Cinema RC 236/Film-Video 236, The Art of the Film Slavic 313, Soviet Cinema


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