Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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F/V 190. First-Year Film Seminar.

Section 001 Idea, Form, and Medium

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of this course is to help students understand the challenges and values of expressive form for the artist working in theater, fiction, and motion pictures. The course has as its basis the theoretical assumption that "cinematic" structures (time and space manipulation, parallel development, montage, etc.) have served the modern storyteller well in the development of complex characters and engaging narratives. Class materials include: the reading of fiction, the viewing of classic films, the study of film theory and literary criticism. One exercise, for example, will involve the evolution of Christopher Isherwood's short story Sally Bowles, to stageplay, I Am a Camera, to film musical, Cabaret.

Course grading will result from short written assignments and a term paper/oral report project.

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

Section 001, 002.

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

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 003, 004.

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

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 230. Introduction to the Moving Image.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An introduction to the language, structure, narrative, and theoretical assumptions that are expressed in film (from the silent-era to the present), television, video art, and new moving image technologies. The aesthetics of these media are examined in social and historical context and with attention to their interrelation.

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F/V 300. Filmmaking I.

Section 001, 002.

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

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 301. Video Art I.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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, production 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.

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F/V 302. Television Studio I.

Section 001.

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

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): 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 310. Screenwriting.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Wendy Hammond (wham@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 311. Screenwriting for Television.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elaine Loesser

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

No Description Provided

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F/V 360. The History of World Film.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/winter/lsa/film/360/001.nsf

This course is required for concentrators in the Program in Film and Video Studies, but is open to all students. The course examines the rich contribution of nations other than the United States to world cinema, understanding these films both as responses to the dominant American film industry and as unique expressions of their own national cultures. The course will also discuss the influences of these national cinemas on one another as well as on American film. By focusing on a series of classic films, the class will examine German Expressionism, Soviet Cinema, French Poetic Realism, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, post-war Japanese cinema, as well as the cinemas of Spain, India, and Eastern Europe. Students will write midterm and endterm papers of about eight pages each and take a midterm and final examination.

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F/V 366. Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture.

Section 001 The Fictional Character of James Bond

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/winter/lsa/film/366/001.nsf

Few fictional characters are as familiar to audiences worldwide as the figure of James Bond. This course explores the construction of the James Bond figure across various media contexts, ranging from the original novels by Ian Flemming through their adaptation as well as new scripts for the screen, to the realms of advertising, music, and television. Using Bond as an exemplary figure and a test-case, the course is designed to provide students with a range of basic skills for the analysis of popular culture. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we will draw on readings in film studies, cultural studies, and gender studies in order to understand the "intertextual" currency of this popular hero. Thus, we will explore narratological and semiotic readings of Bond, issues of literary adaptation, genre, and performance, analyze the gender politics, and attempt to account for the popularity of this figure with reference to theories of popular culture, advertising, and the media.

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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 (rray@umich.edu)

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 4 Waitlist Code: 2, Permission of instructor

F/V 405. Computer Animation I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Farley

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. Must have permission of instructor.

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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 410. Screenwriting II.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 310. (3). (Excl). 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.

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F/V 412/English 412. Major Directors.

Section 001 Stanley Kubrick

Instructor(s): Peter Bauland (pbauland@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 412/English 412. Major Directors.

Section 002 A2

Instructor(s): Rosemary Kowalski (rkowalsk@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 412.002.

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F/V 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Section 001.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

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 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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 2 and Professor's permission

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 Italian Cinema.

Instructor(s): Angelo Restivo

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 will explore key "moments" in Italian cinema, with the goal of understanding

  1. neorealist film practice as an alternative to CHC "realism";
  2. the importance of Italian cinema to realist film theory;
  3. the importance of Italian cinema as a model for a cinema of political engagement and social criticism; and
  4. the cultural and intellectual context out of which Italian cinema was produced (and viewed).

The course will focus primarily on neorealist films and "the art film" of the post-1960 period, but we will also look at popular forms such as the commedia all'italiana, the spaghetti Western, the "supercolossi," and the horror genre.

Films will include Bicycle Thieves, Ossessione, La terra trema, Voyage to Italy, The Easy Life, L'eclisse, Teorema, Padre padrone, and others.

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F/V 451/Amer. Cult. 490. American Film Genres.

Section 001 Students must attend Film Screenings T or Th 7-9 pm. Sections 002-004 meet the Upper-Level Writing Requirement

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee required.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See American Culture 490.001.

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F/V 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 001 The Godfather and Other Great Film Trilogies.

Instructor(s): Hugh Cohen

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

For reasons we will explore, many giants of filmmaking have created film trilogies. Containing some of the most provocative and affective films ever made, this unusual artistic form raises unique dramatic and aesthetic questions. Thematically, the films that make up these trilogies range across human experience e.g., murder and the ruthless acquisition of power (Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy), personal combat and war (Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy and Andrzej Wajda's War [WWII] Trilogy), questioning God's nature and justice (Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Night. Other trilogies include Korda's Pagnol Trilogy Antonioni's L'Avventura, La Notte, and L'Eclisse, and Mark Donskoy's Gorky Trilogy. Additional trilogies can be selected from Sayajit Ray, Sergio Leone, and Krzyztof Kieslowski. There will be two films screened per week, with several short papers and midterm and final exams.

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F/V 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 002 From Kabuki to Kitano: Japanese Cinema History. Meets with Japanese 475.001

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

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/winter/lsa/film/455/002.nsf

See Japanese 475.001.

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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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4: Permission of instructor

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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