Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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F/V 200. Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terri Sarris

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (CE). 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.

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F/V 200. Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production.

Section 002, 003.

Instructor(s): Robert Rayher

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (CE). 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.

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F/V 200. Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production.

Section 004, 005.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (CE). 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.

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F/V 236/RC Hums. 236. The Art of the Film.

Section 001 Students are Required to Attend Film Viewing on Tuesday 7-11 pm, with an Alternate Screening on Thursday 7-11 pm.

Instructor(s): Hugh Cohen

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). Laboratory fee ($45) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($45) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course 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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F/V 300. Filmmaking I.

Section 001 Film/Video concentrators Only.

Instructor(s): Frank Beaver

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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 technique 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.

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F/V 300. Filmmaking I.

Section 002 Film/Video concentrators Only.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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 technique 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.

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F/V 302. Television Studio I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terri Sarris

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 200. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Comm. 421. (3). (Excl). 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.

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F/V 310. Screenwriting.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Burnstein (jimburn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 200. Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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 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.

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F/V 310. Screenwriting.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Terry Lawson

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 200. Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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 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.

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F/V 311. Screenwriting for Television.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elaine Loesser

Prerequisites & Distribution: F/V 200 and completion of the composition requirement. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students begin with the development of concepts, proceed to writing a treatment, and then spends the majority of the term completing various script projects. Students will be required to read and critique each other's work. The format will be a combination of lecture, discussion and the "workshop" approach.

Requirements: At least two teleplays, and work at rewriting at least one of these. The class will study select teleplays and view the programs which were made from these scripts. Students will read and discuss each other's work. Students can expect to write approximately ten pages a week.

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F/V 350. The History of American Film.

Section 001 Required Screening on Monday Evening from 5-7 pm, Or Alternate Screening on Wednesday 5-7 pm.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is required for concentrators in the Program in Film and Video Studies, but is open to all students. The 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.

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F/V 361/WS 361. Women and Film.

Section 001 Required Screening on Tuesday Evenings from 4-6 pm.

Instructor(s): Gaylyn Studlar (gstudlar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($45) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($45) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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F/V 370. Television History.

Section 001 Required Film Screening Tuesday, 6-8 pm, with Alternate Screening on Thursday, 6-8 pm.

Instructor(s): Restivo

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). 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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F/V 399. Independent Study.

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

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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.

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F/V 400. Filmmaking II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert Rayher

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 300 or equivalent experience in filmmaking and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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.

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F/V 402. Television Studio II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terri Sarris

Prerequisites & Distribution: F/V 302. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an advanced course in multi-camera television production and a continuation of FV 302. Students will apply concepts developed in FV 302 to produce and direct advanced studio productions, including collaborative projects with acting students from the Department of Theatre and Drama. Evaluation is based on completion of projects, participation in studio and class critique, and short papers. The course will continue to explore the relationship between technique and content in the creation of media programs and will give students the opportunity to develop their own creative projects in the studio context. The course will meet in the LS&A Television Studio, located at 400 Fourth Street. Students should plan their schedules to allow for travel time.

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F/V 404. Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Visual Media.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kirsten Winter

Prerequisites & Distribution: A 300- (or 400-) level production course in the relevant emphasized area: F/V 300, 301, 302, or 405. (1-3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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F/V 405. Computer Animation I.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 200, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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F/V 406. Computer Animation II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kinnen

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 405 or equivalent experience with video production, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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.

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F/V 412/English 412. Major Directors.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jonathan Freedman (zoid@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

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

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See English 412.001.

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F/V 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 001 Required Screening on Tuesday 4-6 pm.

Instructor(s): Ira Konigsberg

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is primarily a reading course designed to provide the student with an overview of how people through the twentieth century have thought about film. Theories of cinema offer a philosophical approach to understanding film as an art form. Starting with Hugo Munsterberg and Vachel Lindsay in the 1910s, students will read a wide range of theoretical approaches as they proceed through this 100 year history. 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. This course is required for concentrators in the program, but is open to all students with some background in film. Requirements include several papers and a final exam.

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F/V 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Michael Raine (mraine@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/1999/fall/lsa/film/414/002.nsf

This is primarily a reading course designed to provide the student with an overview of how people have thought about film during the past 100 years. Students will read a wide range of theoretical approaches, from attempts to define the specificity of the film medium to comparisons between film and language, film and other narrative arts, or film and psychological states. We will also consider theories that treat film as a form of artistic expression, as an intertextual system of genres, or as a transaction between texts and audiences differentiated by race and gender.

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F/V 417. Screenwriting Master Class.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Burnstein (jimburn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FV 310, current enrollment in 410, and permission of the instructor. Limited to students whose screenwriting work is judged as outstanding. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Master class seminar with distinguished screenwriters. Course may vary in number of weeks and hours of commitment. Credit will vary accordingly. Students will receive one-on-one and small group instruction in screenwriting. Topics will vary depending upon the interests of the visiting artist. Students are selected on the basis of previous work in screenwriting. Application should be made to the Faculty Coordinator of the Screenwriting Curriculum, Program in Film and Video Studies.

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F/V 427. Screenwriting III.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Burnstein (jimburn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: FV310, 410, and permission of the instructor. Limited to students whose work is judged as showing outstanding potential in writing for the screen. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Advanced individual and small group instruction in screenwriting for select students who have completed basic screening (FV 310) and intermediate screenwriting (FV 410). Students will write a final draft of their revised original screenplay from FV 410 and complete a first draft of a new feature length screenplay. The course will include staged readings of creative work and group discussions of same. This course is designed for students whose work has shown outstanding potential in the art of writing for the screen.

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F/V 441. National Cinemas.

Section 001 British Cinema. Required Film Screenings Monday, 4-6 pm.

Instructor(s): Frank Beaver

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 360. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the significant role played by the motion picture in 20th-Century British cultural life as well as the aesthetic contributions made to the art of film by British directors, actors, writers, cinematographers, special effects artists, and various studio complexes. The survey of British cinema begins with early innovation (the Brighton Group, Cecil Hepworth) and ranges from 1920s/1930s Hitchcock and Korda, to Olivier and the Ealing Studios, Carol Reed and into the "kitchen-sink realism" of the 50s and 60s. Joseph Losey, David Lean, and Ken Russell lead into the course's contemporary period which includes analysis of works by directors such as Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, John Schlesinger, and Kenneth Branagh.

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F/V 441. National Cinemas.

Section 002 National Cinema of Asia. Meets with Asian Studies 440.001.

Instructor(s): Michael Raine (mraine@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 360. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/1999/fall/lsa/film/441/002.nsf

See Asian Studies 440.002.

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F/V 480. Internship.

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

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.

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F/V 490. Senior Honors Research.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Acceptance as an Honors Candidate in Film and Video Studies. (1-4). (Excl). Laboratory fee required. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of four credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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.

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F/V 500. Directed Study in Film and Video.

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

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee 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.

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