Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

200. Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

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. Cost:1 WL:2 (Ching, Rayher, Sarris)

230. Introduction to the Moving Image. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

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. Cost:2 WL:1 (Johnson)

300. Filmmaking I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl).

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. Cost:4 WL:2 (Rayher)

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, 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:1 WL:2 (Ching, Sarris)

302. Television Studio I. Film-Video 200. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Comm. 421. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

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. Cost:1 WL:2 (Sarris)

310. Screenwriting. Film-Video 200. 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, 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. Cost:1 WL:2 (Mintz)

340. Writing Film Criticism. FV 230 or 236. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($20) required.
Section 001.
For Winter Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with RC Humanities 319.001 (H. Cohen)

350. The History of American Film. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

This course is required for concentrators in the Program in Film and Video Studies, but is open to all students. The course will trace the history of American film from the earliest days of the kinematograph and the Nickelodeon to movies in the age of video, with concerns both for the contributions of individual filmmakers as well as the determining contexts of modes of production and distribution. The primary emphasis will be on the Hollywood narrative film, but some attention will be paid to independent cinema movements. The course aims to develop a sense of the continuing evolution of American film, in its internal development, in its incorporation of new technologies, and in its responses to other national cinemas. Films by the following directors, among others, will be screened: D.W. Griffith, King Vidor, Buster Keaton, Ernst Lubitsch, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Blake Edwards, and John Cassavetes. Students will attend three hours of lectures and discussion as well as view two or three hours of film each week. They will write a series of short papers and take a midterm and final examination. Cost:1 WL:1 (Paul)

365. Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television. FV 230 or 236. (3). (HU). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

A critical examination of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual "difference" on television from its inception to the present day. This course will analyze television historically, as a dynamic site of struggle and continuing debate over the politics, meaning, and real ramifications of constructions of racial identity and challenges to dominant images in popular media. Cost:1 WL:1 (Johnson)

400. Filmmaking II. Film-Video 300 or equivalent experience in filmmaking and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

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 Theatre and Drama students). Evaluation: participation in in-class projects, production assignments, final project. Text: Pincus and Ascher Filmmaker's Handbook. Cost:4 WL:2 (Rayher)

405. Computer Animation I. Film-Video 200. (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 instructor. Cost:2 WL:2 (Farley)

406. Computer Animation II. Film-Video 405 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. Cost:2 WL:2 (Ault)

410. Screenwriting II. FV 310. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

This course will cover dramatic writing in the screenplay format. The goal of the course is to provide students with a better understanding of dramatic structure and its interaction with the medium of the feature film. The art of rewriting will be a major focus of this course. Students will pursue this goal by the following means: each student will rewrite/write his/her own feature-length screenplay. Students will also study screenplays and the resulting films made from them. Cost:1 WL:2 (Burnstein)

412/English 412. Major Directors. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

See English 412. (Bauland)

413/English 413. Film Genres and Types. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for credit with department permission.

See English 413.

420. Documentary Film. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

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 examine. Written assignments and term papers will be required. Cost:1 WL:1 (Ukadike)

440/CAAS 440. African Cinema. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

See Afroamerican and African Studies 440. (Ukadike)

441. National Cinemas. F/V 360 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Section 001 History of Japanese Cinema.
For Winter Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with Japanese 475.001. (Nornes)

455. Topics in Film Studies. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 Dialogue of Violence: Cinema in WWII's Pacific Theater.
This course will explore the relationship of WWII's Pacific Theater to moving image media in two movements. First, a comparative history of Hollywood and Japanese filmmaking during the war explores 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 cinema, television, video art, and the Internet. Cost:1 WL:1 (Nornes)

460. Technology and the Moving Image. Film-Video 230 or 236. (3). (Excl).

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 class examines the ways in which technology through art influences individual psychology and society at large. Cost:2 WL:1 (Paul)


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