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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Film and Video Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

Open courses in Film and Video Studies
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Fall Term '01 Time Schedule for Film and Video Studies.

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FILMVID 400. Filmmaking II.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: F/V 300 or equivalent experience in filmmaking and permission of instructor. (3). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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FILMVID 404. Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Visual Media.

Section 001 Acting for Screenwriters and Directors (Or "How to Direct Actors on Film.") (credits?)

Instructor(s): Wendy Hammond (wham@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (1-3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Or "How to Direct Actors on Film." Students will learn about the craft of acting from the inside out by becoming actors: learning actor "jargon" and techniques, doing actor improvs and games, and preparing and performing two film scenes for the class. Midway through the semester, students will begin to direct fellow classmates in scenes using what they have learned as actors. After feedback and further rehearsals, students will video tape their scenes. This course is also a great way to study scene construction craft for writers and directors.

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FILMVID 405. Computer Animation I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: F/V 200, and permission of instructor. (3). 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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FILMVID 406. Computer Animation II.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: F/V 405 or equivalent experience with video production, and permission of instructor. (3). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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FILMVID 410. Screenwriting II.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: F/V 310. (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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FILMVID 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Johannes VonMoltke (moltke@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course serves as an introduction to the major positions and concepts in film theory from the earliest attempts at answering the question "What is Cinema?" through the most recent efforts at understanding how cinema is understood. Through detailed readings of crucial film theoretical writings by Rudolf Arnheim, Andre Bazin, Sergei Eisenstein, Siegfried Kracauer, Christian Metz, Laura Mulvey, and others, we will familiarize ourselves with different ways of thinking about the medium of film about its raw materials, its technical means, its stylistic choices, its social implications, and its meanings for historical and contemporary audiences. Rather than follow the chronology of film history, the course will focus on central concepts, asking how different theorists have approached these issues over the course of the century. As a survey, this class will consequently be organized around major topics in film theory, including questions of art and perception, montage, film language, technology, narrative, spectatorship, psychoanalysis, gender and sexuality. In addition to the readings the course includes a number of film screenings to aid discussion, allowing students to develop and test their own theoretical and critical skills.

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FILMVID 422. Topics in Avant-Garde Film.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An introduction to films, creative practitioners, and aesthetic tendencies which have functioned in opposition to the narrative and commercial structures of Hollywood cinema from the silent period to the present. Diverse European, American, and Asian cinematic avant-gardes (German Expressionism, Surrealism, Soviet theorists of montage, the city symphony, the works of Maya Deren, the New American Cinema, structural films by Michael Snow and Hollis Frampton, the diary cinema movement, Andy Warhol, essay films by Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard, and recent explorations of gender, Yvonne Rainer, Bette Gordon, Sadie Benning) will be studied in relation to corresponding developments in 20th century cultural history. Readings in aesthetic theory, film theory, and film history. Course Requirements include a midterm examination and a final project. FILMVID 230/236 is heavily recommended.

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FILMVID 441. National Cinemas.

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

Instructor(s): Frank E Beaver (fbeaver@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: F/V 360. (3). 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.

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FILMVID 441. National Cinemas.

Section 003 Japanese Cinema. Meets with Japanese 475.001

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

Prerequisites: F/V 360. (3). 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.

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FILMVID 460. Technology and the Moving Image.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: F/V 230 or 236. (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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FILMVID 470 / CAAS 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema.

Section 001 Women Directors of the Black Diaspora

Instructor(s): Frances Gateward (gateward@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See CAAS 470.001.

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FILMVID 500. Directed Study in Film and Video.

Instructor(s):

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

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.

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FILMVID 600. Seminar in Film Theory.

Section 001 Hitchcock and Feminist Film. Meets with English 583.001

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

Prerequisites: Film and Video 414 and Graduate standing. (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This graduate seminar will focus on the pre-talkies and sound films of Alfred Hitchcock, as examined through the lens of feminist film theory. Marked by frequent and self- conscious referencing of psychoanalysis, the complex intertwining of sexuality and violence, and richly realized visual and narrative strategies, Hitchcock's films continue to fascinate contemporary audiences even as they have become some of the most analyzed texts in the film studies canon. It has been argued that these films not only have played an important role in modern film studies, but that they have, in fact, "been central to the formulation of feminist film theory and to the practice of feminist film criticism" (Modleski). Taking this as our foundational tenet, this course will consider how feminist theory has developed out of considerations of Hitchcock films as (1) individual texts, (2) as exemplars of specific generic practices, and (3) as models for the operation of classical Hollywood narrative in general. Among other issues, we will consider how this theory revises other analyses of Hitchcock as well as invites reconceptualization of the construction and reception of classical Hollywood film. Written texts will include writings by Laura Mulvey, Linda Williams, Tania Modleski, Mary Ann Doane, Gaylyn Studlar, Raymond Bellour, Janet Bergstrom, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Jacqueline Rose, Wiliam Rothman, Kaja Silverman, Robin Wood, and Slavoj Zizek.

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FILMVID 603. Seminar in Film and Culture.

Section 001 Cinema of Immigration and Exile. Meets With American Culture 699.001 and Spanish 855.001

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar will explore the audiovisual depiction of immigration, migration, and exile as a distinct transnational field of representation that necessitates a close attention to the contexts of production and exhibition, the terms and spaces of cultural exchange and transformation, and often, the creative role played by the filmmaker's own trajectory of expatriation or migration. Drawing upon a range of readings in film and cultural theory as well as historiography, we will be examing the ways in which the emphasis on cultural displacement, ethnic and linguistic diversity, and existential uncertainty in these films has affected: (1) film aesthetics and strategies of narration; (2) the relationship of filmmakers to institutional mechanisms of funding and distribution; (3) notions of cultural and social identity promoted by "national" cinemas; and (4) film spectatorship in the "age of globalization". What issues are at stake for filmmakers and protagonists of films made "in exile", as opposed to films depicting and facilitating a process of "immigration"? What effects do the themes of exile or marginality have on the figuration of spatiotemporal relations?

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FILMVID 604. Directed Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Film and Video 600 and Film and Video 601, approval of advisor and F&V Graduate Committee. (3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A minimum of three hours of directed research in film studies is required of all Certificate students. Every student is required to carry out a research project in film studies that represents the culmination of their Certificate studies. This written project will be based on individual reading and screening lists. Students who choose to write a dissertation which incorporates film to a significant degree are encouraged to use this directed research as preparation. In this case, the research project may take the form of a chapter of the dissertation, but the project is expected to vary according to the individual student. The directed research must be approved by the student's Certificate faculty advisor, the advisor in the home unit, and the Film & Video Studies Graduate Committee.

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