Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

230. Introduction to the Moving Image. (4). (HU).

Introduction to the Moving Image involves a first examination of the language, structures, and narratological and theoretical assumptions that reveal channels of expression in the motion picture, in public television, and in video art. The course will engage students in the discovery of those peculiar aesthetics unique to celluloid and electronic moving imagery, doing so through a process of intensive reading, visual analysis, critical writing, lecture and discussion. In addition to an understanding of the value and complexity of expressive elements in these mediums, the course will examine moving image media within certain social/historical contexts, e.g., film art as political exercise (Eisenstein, Riefenstahl, Oliver Stone); the ascendancy of documentary from Flaherty and Lorentz to American television; narrative conditioning of American cinema through statutory and self-regulatory procedures. There will be two critical analysis papers on assigned topics; midterm and final examinations will evaluate assimilation of lecture and discussion materials as well as assigned readings. Cost:2 WL:1 (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, productions 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:2 (Sarris)

412/English 412. Major Directors. (2). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 101 Alfred Hitchcock.
See English 412. (McDougal)

413/English 413. Film Genres and Types. (2). (HU). May be repeated for credit with department permission.
Section 101 Comic Film.
See English 413. (Konigsberg)


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