Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

300. Filmmaking I. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($38) required.

This introductory production course is required for Film/Video concentrators and is designed to give students a basic understanding of the language of film and how its repertoire can be used to create motion pictures as a means of personal expression. The formal strategies of Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental filmmaking are discussed, and students do exercises in each of these forms. Aspects of production demonstrated and discussed include: preparation of the script for shooting, shooting, and editing. On completion of this course students will have basic knowledge of motions picture production practices. The relationship of these activities to aesthetic development being the fundament of the course, and the basis of its connection to Cinema Studies. Evaluation: production assignments and final project, with written justification. Text: Filmmaker's Handbook. Cost:4 WL:2 (Rayher)

301. Video Art I. (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, 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. Cost:2 WL:2 (Sarris)

302. Television Studies I. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Comm. 421. (3). (Excl).

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 Studios, 400 Fourth Street. Students should plan their schedules to allow for travel time. Cost:2 WL:2 (Sarris)

310. Screenwriting. Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (3). (Excl).

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, characterization, 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. Cost:2 WL:2 (Burnstein)

360. The History of World Film. (3). (HU).

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 influence of national cinemas on one another will be considered as well. The course will survey the history of world cinema from the earliest explorations of the film medium in Europe to contemporary Latin American, Asian, and African cinema. Topics will include the early work of the Lumière brothers and Georges Mélies, Soviet montage cinema, German Expressionism, Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, post-war Polish cinema, Japanese cinema, the Czech New Wave, Latin American cinema of the 1970s, Russian glasnost cinema, and recent cinema in China and in West Africa. Cost:3 WL:1 (Hurtado)

401. Video Art II. Film-Video 301 or equivalent experience with video production and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

An advanced course in single camera video production in which students develop their abilities to write, shoot, direct, and edit. The emphasis in Pre-Production is on script structure; in Production on mastering electronic cinematography and directing; and in PostProduction on creative and astute editing. Advanced equipment is used: sophisticated cameras, A and B roll linear editing with some access to non-linear digital editing. Evaluation is based on in-class participation, the production assignments and the final project, which includes a written justification. The class is limited to 20 students. Cost:2 WL:2, Waitlist in F/V office. (Rayher)

405. Computer Animation I. Film-Video 301 or equivalent experience with video production and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

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 the instructor. Cost:2 WL:2 (Farley)

406. Computer Animation II. Film-Video 301 or equivalent experience with video production and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This advanced class will cover Lingo scripting, a programming language in Macromedia Director. Non-linear presentation design, human interface concepts and icon design will be explored to create interactive visual communications. Must have permission of the instructor, and Film-Video 405 is a prerequisite. Cost:2 WL:2 (Ault)

413/English 413. Film Genres and Types. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

See English 413.

420. Documentary Film. (3). (Excl).

Section 001 – Documentary Film. The films to be studied in this course are selected from the spectrum of documentary film practice from the 1920s to the present. We will concentrate on specific topics as well as an historical overview. Considering the developing and shifting conception of documentary film practice, social issues, political and propagandistic values, and documenting the "Other," as well as claims to veracity and objectivity, will be treated within an analytical framework. Different approaches to production – particularly within the burgeoning ethnographic and women's film practices – will also be examined. Written assignments and term papers will be required. Cost:2 WL:1 (Ukadike)

Section 020 – Screening Social Change. In conjunction with the International Institute sponsored film and video series, "Screening Social Change: Social Movements in a Globalizing World," this discussion seminar will explore the documentary strategies used by film and video activists from a variety of cultures around the world. Through comparative screenings of recent work from different viewpoints on international movements (human rights, peace movements, gay rights, women's movements, environmental movements...), we will examine the strategies used by independent media activists to represent and further their causes. What global parallels exist in the overlapping borders between personal narrativization of social change, hard sell propaganda, and detached "objectivity"? Do these videos and films constitute a "genre"? How does such work inform and react to mainstream media and culture? Students will be expected to participate in discussions of the work screened and of weekly readings. As a final, students will write a paper or produce a short video piece. Cost:2 WL:1 (Clark)

440/CAAS 440/Comm. 440. African Cinema. (3). (Excl).

See CAAS 440. (Ukadike)

451/Amer. Cult. 490. American Film Genres. Junior standing. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee (approximately $30.00).

See American Culture 490. (Eagle)

455. Topics in Film Studies. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 – Race, Ethnicity, and American Cinema.
For Winter Term, 1996, this section is offered jointly with American Culture 351. (de la Vega-Hurtado)

Section 010 – The Films Of Luis Bu–uel. This course will focus on Luis Bu–uel's extraordinary career from a broad perspective, going from his early development in Spain, to his appearance on the artistic world as part of the Surrealist movement in France, his participation in the Spanish republic, his work in Mexico, his return to Spain, and his last films in France. Luis Bu–uel is seen as a film auteur, studying also his films from different perspectives as they are framed by artistic movements, psychoanalytical perspectives, political stances, and cultural influences. We will discuss his radical vision of the individual in contemporary bourgeois society, we will study his iconoclastic perspective on religion and try to perceive his deep expression of a world where dreams and reality are enmeshed into a whole continuous entity. The course will also focus on the characteristics of Bu–uel's cinematographic style. We will examine its relation to contemporary artistic modes of expression and its perception by the spectators. This seminar will entail discussion of the films and of the readings, based on cinematographic and literary theories. Readings for the course will be Bu–uel's autobiography and a course pack. Cost:2-3 WL:1 (de la Vega-Hurtado)

Section 020 – Worlds on Film: Ingmar Bergman and Woody Allen. For Winter Term, 1996, this section is offered jointly with RC Humanities 319. (H.Cohen)


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