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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Film and Video Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


FILMVID 400. Filmmaking II.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: FILMVID 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.

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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FILMVID 401. Video Art II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stashu Kybartas (skybar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: FILMVID 301 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.

This course covers various production strategies and concerns: building rhythm and structure, creative use of sound and its relationship to image, realizing non-linear narrative, experimental use of lighting, conceiving and distributing video in ways other than single-channel, and sociopolitical issues around representation. It aims to help students realize their own voices in independent videomaking within the historical context of Video Art. A/B roll editing with digital effects and various computer editing software including the AVID and Premiere will be covered. Evaluation is based on projects, reading and writing assignment, and class participation.

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FILMVID 405. Computer Animation I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christopher E McNamara (mcnamart@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: FILMVID 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 405. Computer Animation I.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Christopher E McNamara (mcnamart@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: FILMVID 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 410. Screenwriting II.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: FILMVID 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.

Students will learn to cast a critical eye on their own first drafts by analyzing other class members' screenplays. Working in teams, students will break down screenplays in terms of structure, story logic, character development, character relationships, dialogue, visuals, and theme. Using feedback from their fellow students and instructor, students will strive to fix the problems in their own individual screenplays. A major rewrite and polish will be required.

Please note: A maximum of twenty students will be admitted to this course. Students will be selected based on the quality of their original screenplays and/or their Screenwriting I instructor's recommendation. Other factors being equal, preference will be given to senior concentrators in Film and Video Studies.

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FILMVID 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lucia Saks (lsaks@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students are acquainted with the canonical texts of film theory, dating from the silent period up to the latest developments in multicultural and postmodern theory. The goal is both a familiarity with key concepts and terminology, and the improvement of student's analytic abilities as they approach film from the point of view of philosophy and social theory.

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FILMVID 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Richard Abel (richabel@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/filmvid/414/003.nsf

This course will examine the development of film theory from the days of silent motion picture to the present, paralleling the discussions with the screening of relevant films. The course aims 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.

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FILMVID 441. National Cinemas.

Section 001 British Cinema.

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

Prerequisites: FILMVID 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.

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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FILMVID 441. National Cinemas.

Section 003 Japanese Cinema. Meets with Asian Studies 475.001

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

Prerequisites: FILMVID 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: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/filmvid/441/003.nsf

See Asian Studies 475.001.

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FILMVID 450. Television Theory and Criticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bambi L Haggins (bhaggins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: FILMVID 230 or 236. (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is an introduction to various methodologies in study of commercial television programming; semiotic, linguistic, rhetorical, cultural, etc. Throughout the course, emphasis will be upon inquiry into what television is saying and how messages are represented for mass communication.

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FILMVID 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 001 Music, Voice & Sound on Film.

Instructor(s): Kristen M Whissel (kwhissel@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course focuses on styles/aesthetics, history, and theories of sound on film. Topics include studies of the shift to sound, the film voice, voice-over narration, score, the popular music sound track, technology (including new digital technologies), and sound in the silent era. Types and genres of of film include: the musical, the gangster film, film noir, horror, the musical, the road movie, the neo-realist film, the documentary, the newsreel, and 1950s science fiction.

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FILMVID 460. Technology and the Moving Image.

Section 001 Digital Media Culture in the 21st Century.

Instructor(s): Sheila Murphy (scmurphy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: FILMVID 230 or 236. (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explores the various ways in which technology has shaped the art forms of the moving image. The course traces the impact of such innovations as sound, color, and wide screen on the history of the motion picture, virtual reality, and multi-media performances. As well as studying the aesthetics of technology, this course examines the ways in which technology through art influences individual psychology and society at large.

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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 Bertolt Brecht and Film. Meets with German 822.001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See German 822.001.

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FILMVID 603. Seminar in Film and Culture.

Section 001 Latino Representations. Meets with American Culture 505.001

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: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/filmvid/603/001.nsf

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:

  • film aesthetics and strategies of narration;
  • the relationship of filmmakers to institutional mechanisms of funding and distribution;
  • notions of cultural and social identity promoted by "national" cinemas; and
  • 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. FILMVID 600 and 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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