Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

200. Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production. (3). (Excl).

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. Cost:3 WL:2 (Rayher, Sarris, Ching)

236/RC Hums. 236. The Art of the Film. (4). (HU). Lab fee ($50).

See RC Hums. 236. (H. Cohen)

300. Filmmaking I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($38) required.

An introductory 16mm production course required for Film/Video concentrators. This laboratory-workshop course is designed to give students a solid understanding of how film technique can be used to communicate ideas in Narrative, Documentary, and Experimental expression. Working in groups of four, students script, shoot, and edit exercises built around these three types of films; in creating their short motion pictures students demonstrate such production practices as master-shot/coverage procedures, screen-direction continuity, and artificial and available lighting arrangements. 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: Malkiewicz, Cinematography. Cost:3 WL:2 (Beaver)

301. Video Art I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl).

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. Cost:2 WL:1 (Sarris, Ching)

302. Television Studio I. Film-Video 200. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Comm. 421. (3). (Excl).

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. Cost:2 WL:1 (Sarris)

310. Screenwriting. Film-Video 200. 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, 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. Cost:3 WL:2 (Burnstein, Mintz)

360. The History of World Film. (3). (HU).

This course is required for concentrators in the Program in Film and Video Studies, but is open to all students. The course examines the rich contribution of nations other than the United States to world cinema, understanding these films both as responses to the dominant American film industry and as unique expressions of their own national cultures. The influence of national cinemas on one another will be considered as well. The course will survey the history of world cinema from the earliest explorations of the film medium in Europe to contemporary Latin American, Asian, and African cinema. Topics will include the early work of the LumiËre brothers and Georges MÈlies, Soviet montage cinema, German Expressionism, Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, post-war Polish cinema, Japanese cinema, the Czech New Wave, Latin American cinema, and recent cinema in China and in West Africa. Cost:3 WL:1 (Ukadike)

361/WS 361. Women and Film. (3). (Excl).

An examination of films made by, for, and about women. The class will include theatrical and experimental films from the beginning years of film, through the heyday of the studio system, and into the development of alternative, specifically feminist film forms. Films will be analyzed in historical perspective to reveal how societal norms and film language construct the representation of women. In the first part of the term, attention will be paid to mainstream cinema's preoccupation with female sexuality as well as how it represents differences among women, especially differences of race, ethnicity, and class. Feminist perspectives on these issues will be emphasized, as will the critical and theoretical debates that have emerged around the cinema as a "male gaze" and the pleasures of female viewing. The remaining part of the course will be devoted to analyzing how women have used film for self-representation through both narrative and experimental filmmaking. Cost:3 WL:1 (Studlar)

370. Television History. FV 230 or Junior standing. (3). (HU).

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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Johnson)

399. Independent Study. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Directed research under supervision of a faculty member associated with the program in Film and Video Studies.

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 projects and participate in a large in-class dramatic production. 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. Cost:3 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. Cost:3 WL:2 (Ault)

412/English 412. Major Directors. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

See English 412. (Paul)

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, but is open to all students with some background in film. The class will focus on a few specific areas of film theory and criticism. We will compare and contrast the viewpoints of influential thinkers on film such as Eisenstein and Bazin, as well as analyze recent commentary that takes up questions regarding film as a representation of culture, as a medium for narrating stories, as a source of psychological fascination, and as a technologically unique process. Emphasis will be given to the application of ideas to film viewings. Students will participate in several essay exams and write one paper. Cost:3 WL:1 (Paul, Nornes)

441. National Cinemas. F/V 360 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

An in-depth exploration of the evolution and forms of a specific national or regional cinema in terms of its stylistic, socio-political, economic, and technological dimensions. Close study of the development of a cinema e.g., Japanese, Eastern European, British or of a film movement e.g., Italian Neorealism, German Expressionism, French New Wave. Cost:3 WL:1

Section 001 Russian Cinema. For Fall Term, 1996, this section is offered jointly with Slavic Film 313. (Eagle)

Section 020 Asian Cinema. (Nornes)

450. Critical Thinking and Writing About Television Text. Introductory Film and Video courses or equivalent strongly recommended. (4). (Excl).

Introduction to various methodologies in study of commercial television programming; semiotic, linguistic, rhetorical, cultural, etc. Throughout the course, emphasis will be upon inquiry into how television produces meaning for audiences. Cost:3 WL:1 (Johnson)

451/Amer. Cult. 490. American Film Genres. Junior standing. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee (approximately $30.00).

See American Culture 490. (De la Vega-Hurtado)

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

See CAAS 470. (Ukadike)

480. Internship. Concentration in Film and Video Studies. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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.

490. Senior Honors Research. Acceptance as an Honors Candidate in Film and Video Studies. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

his 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.

500. Directed Study in Film and Video. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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


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