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Winter Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Film and Video Studies


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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Film and Video Studies
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for FILMVID

Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Film and Video Studies.


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.

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 2,Permission of Instructor

FILMVID 402. Television Studio II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terri L Sarris (tsarris@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: F/V 302 and permission of instructor. (3). 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 Film and Video Studies 302. Students will apply concepts developed in Film and Video Studies 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.

*Please note, students also must enroll in Film and Video Studies 366.006 this term.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 2,Permission of Instructor

FILMVID 404. Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Visual Media.

Section 001 Videodance. (3 credits).

Instructor(s): Terri L Sarris (tsarris@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.

From the films of Maya Deren to contemporary music video, this interdisciplinary course will explore the unique challenges of capturing dance on film and video and of creating a hybrid art form known as "videodance" or screen dance. Working with students from the Department of Dance (Dance 462 Taught by Peter Sparling, Department of Dance), students will produce and direct a series of short videodance projects.

Some prior experience with digital video production and editing is assumed.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

FILMVID 405. Computer Animation I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christopher Mcnamara (mcnamart@umich.edu)

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 2, Permission of Department

FILMVID 406. Computer Animation II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christopher Mcnamara (mcnamart@umich.edu)

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.

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 2, Permission of Department

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.

hopwood-eligible course

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

FILMVID 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Johannes F Von Moltke (moltke@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/filmvid/414/001.nsf

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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FILMVID 451 / AMCULT 490. American Film Genres.

Section 001 Sound and Romance: Musical, Melodrama, Romantic Comedy.

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

Prerequisites: Junior standing. (4). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/amcult/490/001.nsf

See American Culture 490.001.

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FILMVID 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 001 Dialogue of Violence: Cinema in WWII's Pacific Theater. Meets with Asian Studies 440.001.

Instructor(s): Mark H Nornes (amnornes@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: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~amnornes/violence.html

The course will explore the relationship of World War II's Pacific Theater to moving image media in two movements. First, a comparative history of Hollywood and Japanese filmmaking during the war looks at issues of race, nationality, propaganda, and violence. The second half of the course continues to analyze these problems by turning to post-1945 attempts to remember, critique, and commemorate (or forget) WWII in media as disparate as television, feature filmmaking, video art, and the Internet.

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FILMVID 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 003 Italian American Cinema: From The Black Hand to The Sopranos.

Instructor(s): Giorgio Bertellini (giorgiob@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 looks at how American cinema has represented Italian-Americans. We will look at the history of this representation from The Black Hand (1906), through superstar Rodolfo Valentino's 1920's ethnic melodramas, the early 1930's gangster movies, and into the 1990s and 2000s with filmic and televisual off-spring of The Godfather (1972) such as Goodfellas (1990) and television's The Sopranos (1998-). We will examine such cinematic issues as gender typecasting, ethnic mimesis/minstrelsy, the role of melodrama, and the implications of "racialization" in light of broader formulations of identity politics such as immigration, assimilation, the consent/descent hypothesis, and diaspora.

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FILMVID 460. Technology and the Moving Image.

Section 001 Moving Image: Music on Screen.

Instructor(s): James S Tobias (jstobias@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course traces the impact of such technological innovations as sound, color, and wide screen on the history of the motion picture and the evolution beyond cinema of the new digital technology, virtual reality, and multi-media performances. This class examines the aesthetics of technology and the ways in which technology through art influences individual psychology and society at large.

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FILMVID 461 / WOMENSTD 461. Explorations in Feminist Film Theory.

Section 001 Feminist Film Theory.

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

Prerequisites: Junior standing; and F/V 414 or Women's Studies 240. (3). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course offers an in-depth exploration of feminist theories that address film in relation to gender. Discussion focuses on contemporary feminist scholarship that draws upon a variety of viewpoints, including psychoanalysis, cultural theory, postmodernism, historical research, and ideological theory.

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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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

FILMVID 600. Seminar in Film Theory.

Section 001 Intersection with Modern Architecture and Urbanism. Meets with Architecture 523.001

Instructor(s): Edward Dimendberg (eddimend@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 seminar will explore the intersections of film theory with modern architecture and urbanism through the study of exemplary theoretical texts and practitioners including Dziga, Vertov, Le Corbusier, Jacques Tati, Jean-Luc Godard, Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Guy Debord, Joseph von Sternberg, Robert Venturi, Michel Foucault, Anne Friedberg, Rem Koolhaas, and David Cronenberg. Questions of modernism, postmodernism, surveillance, transparency, cyberspace, and changes in the built environment since the end of WWII will be investigated through close analyses of theoretical texts and films. Seminar requirements include regular participation in discussions, direction of one seminar meeting, and a final research project. Enrollment restricted to graduate students with preference to those in the Film and Video Studies Certificate program or the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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FILMVID 601. Seminar in Film Historiography.

Section 001 Film Historiography.

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

Prerequisites: Film and Video 350 and 360, and Graduate standing. (3). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course proposes to examine the process and progress of film historical research and writing. Students will read with a critical eye historical arguments in various areas of film history: aesthetic, technological, business, and social history. This seminar will use one or more specific productive "problems" that (such as the advent of the star system, the coming of sound, the rise of independent production, the development of exhibition practice) as the focus or case study for considering diverse methods relied upon by historians in conceptualizing processes of determination and historical causality in relation to film production and reception. Students will do extensive research with primary materials.

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FILMVID 603. Seminar in Film and Culture.

Section 001 Histories of German Cinema. Meets with German 821.001.

Instructor(s): Johannes Eugen Von Moltke (moltke@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/winter/german/310/001.nsf

See German 821.001.

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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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