Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

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

See RC Humanities 236. (Cohen)

300. Filmmaking I. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($38) required.

This introductory production 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 motion pictures as a means of personal expression. The formal strategies of Narrative, Documentary, Animation and Experimental filmmaking are discussed, and students do exercises in each of these forms. Aspects of production demonstrated and discussed are: preparation of the script (including synopsis, treatment, story board, shooting script); shooting; cinematographic principles of cameras and lenses; film students will have basic knowledge of motion picture production practices. The relationship of these activities to aesthetic development begin the fundament of the course, and the basis of its connection to Film Studies. Evaluation: production assignments and final production, with written justification. Text: Filmmaker's Handbook. Cost:4 WL:2 (Rayher)

301. Video Art I. (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. WL:2

310. Screenwriting. Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (3). (Excl).

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 class will focus on such subjects as screenplay structure, plot and subplots, characterization, 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 original screenplays and screenplays adapted from other sources, 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 a minimum average of five pages a week. Cost:2 WL:2 (Burnstein)

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 various 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. There will be two take-home exams, one in-class final exam and one term paper. Lab fee. Cost:3 WL:1 (Desser)

400. Filmmaking II. Film-Video 300 or equivalent experience in filmmaking and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($150) required.

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. Each student will produce one or two short projects and one longer project. Production techniques will cover cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, script structure, blocking, and sync-sound. Please have three film ideas ready to go for the first class. Evaluation: participation on in-class projects, production assignments, final project with written justification. Cost:4 WL:2 (Rayher)

405. Computer Animation I. Film-Video 301 or equivalent experience with video production and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This animation course will investigate and exercise the basic concepts of Macromedia Director. It is a hands on beginning level course that will explore the mechanics of Computer generated 2-D animation, including the integration of sound, motion, and basic interactive programming. Fundamentals of the perception of motion over time, rotoscoping, storyboarding, and final output options of finished animations. Students should have a basic working knowledge of Macintosh illustration and paint programs. Must have permission of the instructor. Cost:2 WL:2 (Farley)

406. Computer Animation II. Film-Video 301 or equivalent experience with video production and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This advanced class will cover Lingo scripting, a programming language in Macromedia Director. Non-linear presentation design, human interface concepts and icon design will be explored to create interactive visual communications. Must have permission of the instructor, and Film-Video 405 is a prerequisite. Cost:2 WL:2 (Butler)

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

See English 413.

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

This course is required for concentrators in the Program in Film/Video Studies, but is open to all students with some background in film. Instead of surveying the entire history of film theory and criticism this term, the class will focus on a few specific areas of the subject, trying to understand the nature of the filmic medium, but relating such an understanding to the filmmaker's choices in creating a motion picture and to the viewer's responses to that work. The class will be concerned with film in its relation to other art forms but also in terms of its own uniqueness. To achieve these goals, the class will read some primary texts by figures such as Munsterberg, Eisenstein, and Bazin, some recent feminist and psychological essays, and some important contemporary writings on film technique and narration. The class will also view some relevant films to help focus its discussions. Students will write 4 six page papers and take a final examination. Cost:3 WL:1 (Studlar)

455. Topics in Film Studies. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 Latin American Cinema, History and Society.
For Fall Term, 1995, this course is offered jointly with Spanish 485.001. (De la Vega-Hurtado)

Section 002 Russian Cinema. For Fall Term, 1995, this course is offered jointly with Slavic Surveys 313.001. (Eagle)

Section 005 Japanese Cinema.

Section 010 Films of Luis Bunuel.

470/CAAS 470/Comm. 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema. (3). (HU).

See CAAS 470. (Ukadike)


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