Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

200. Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production. (3). (CE). Laboratory fee ($50) 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)
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230. Introduction to the Moving Image. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) 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 (Beaver)
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300. Filmmaking I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.
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)
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301. Video Art I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.
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)
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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)
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340. Writing Film Criticism. F/V 230 or 236. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($20) required.
Section 001.
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with RC Humanities 319.001 (H. Cohen)
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360. The History of World 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 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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Konigsberg)
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365. Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television. F/V 230 or 236. (3). (HU). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement). Laboratory fee ($35) required.
Since television is the major source of news and entertainment for many Americans, it plays a key role in constructing representations of race and ethnicity in our culture. This course analyzes how racial and ethnic differences are are addressed in a variety of television contexts, including sit-coms, talk shows, prime-time dramas, music videos, and news. We will discuss programs such as iAmos and Andy, American Bandstand, All in the Family, I Spy, The Cosby Show, Oprah Winfrey, NYPD Blue, and Keenan Ivory Wayans as cultural texts that struggle to "make sense" of the social changes of recent decades. Readings will be drawn from both popular and academic sources (John Fiske, bell hooks, Herman Gray) and will examine how discourses on race and ethnicity intersect with issues of class, gender, and national identity. (Ohmer)
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400. Filmmaking II. Film-Video 300 or equivalent experience in filmmaking and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.
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. Cost:4 WL:2 (Rayher)
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401. Video Art II. Film-Video 301 or equivalent experience with video production and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.
This course covers various production strategies and concerns: building rhythm and structure, creative use of sound and its relationship to image, realizing non-linear narrative, experimental use of lighting, conceiving and distributing video in ways other than single-channel, and socio-political issues around representation. It aims to help students realize their own voices in independent videomaking within the historical context of Video Art. A/B roll editing with digital effects and various computer editing software including the AVID and Premiere will be covered. Evaluation is based on projects, reading and writing assignment, and class participation. Cost:2 WL:2 (Ching)
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402. Television Studio II. F/V 302. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.
This course is an advanced course in multi-camera television production and a continuation of FV 302. Students will apply concepts developed in FV 302 to produce and direct advanced studio productions, including collaborative projects with acting students from the Department of Theater. 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 St. Cost:1 WL:2 (Sarris)
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405. Computer Animation I. Film-Video 200. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.
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)
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406. Computer Animation II. Film-Video 405 or equivalent experience with video production, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.
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. Cost:2 WL:2 (Kinnen)
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410. Screenwriting II. F/V 310. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of six credits.
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. (Burnstein)
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412/English 412. Major Directors. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
See English 412. (Bauland)
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414. Film Theory and Criticism. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.
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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Nornes)
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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 examined. Written assignments and term papers will be required. Cost:1 WL:1 (Ukadike)
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440/CAAS 440. African Cinema. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.
See Afroamerican and African Studies 440. (Ukadike)
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441. National Cinemas. F/V 360. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required. May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 001 The New German Cinema.
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with German 331.001. (Van Moltke)
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451/Amer. Cult. 490. American Film Genres. Junior standing. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.
See American Culture 490. (De La Vega-Hurtado)
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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.
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with Asian Studies 440.001. (Nornes)

Section 002 Film Stardom. (Van Moltke)
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460. Technology and the Moving Image. Film-Video 230 or 236. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.
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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