Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Film and Video Studies (Division 368)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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

Instructor(s): Jacobson

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.

Instructor(s): Robert Rayher

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.

Instructor(s): Wexman

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 Film/Video concentrators only

Instructor(s): Frank Beaver

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 300. Filmmaking I.

Section 002 Film/Video concentrators only

Instructor(s): Jacobson

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 Film/Video concentrators only

Instructor(s): Terri Sarris

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.

Instructor(s): Terri Sarris

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.

Instructor(s): Winsten

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 200. Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee required.

Foriegn Lit

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 360. The History of World Film.

Instructor(s): Ira Konigsberg

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 365. Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television.

Section 001 Required Film Screening M, 5-7 P M

Instructor(s): James Castonguay (jcast@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: F/V 230 or 236. (3). (HU). (R&E). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

R&E Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A critical examination of race and ethnicity 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.

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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 ($150) required. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($150) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Independent study on a subject to be determined by student in conjunction with a faculty member. Does not count toward concentration requirements. 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.

Instructor(s): Robert Rayher

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.

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F/V 401. Video Art II.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 301 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 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.

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F/V 402. Television Studio II.

Prerequisites & Distribution: F/V 302. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 Street.

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F/V 404. Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Visual Media.

Section 001 Film, Video, and Dance: Capturing Dance for the Camera. (3 credits)

Instructor(s): Terri Sarris

Prerequisites & Distribution: A 300- (or 400-) level production course in the relevant emphasized area: F/V 300, 301, 302, or 405. (1-3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

From Maya Deren to music video, this course will explore the relationship between film, video, and dance as art forms and examine the unique challenges of capturing dance for the camera. Working with students from the Department of Dance (Dance 462 Taught by Jessica Fogel), students will produce three short video dance works.Basic experience with video and editing is assumed.

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F/V 405. Computer Animation I.

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.

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.

Instructor(s): Burnstein

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 Film and Authorship

Instructor(s): Virginia Wexman

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 413/English 413. Film Genres and Types.

Section 001 An Alien Eye: The U.S. As Seen by European Directors

Instructor(s): Peter Bauland (pbauland@umich.edu)

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

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

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See English 413.001.

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F/V 414. Film Theory and Criticism.

Instructor(s): Johannes Von Moltke

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 420. Documentary Film.

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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F/V 441. National Cinemas.

Section 001 History and Analysis of British Cinema. Required Film Screening T 4:00-6:00

Instructor(s): Frank Beaver

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 examines the significant role played by the motion picture in 20th-Century British cultural life as well as the aesthetic contributions made to the art of film by British directors, actors, writers, cinematographers, special effects artists, and various studio complexes. The survey of British cinema begins with early innovation (the Brighton Group, Cecil Hepworth) and ranges from 1920s/1930s Hitchcock and Korda, to Olivier and the Ealing Studios, Carol Reed and into the "kitchen-sink realism" of the 50s and 60s. Joseph Losey, David Lean, and Ken Russell lead into the course's contemporary period which includes analysis of works by directors such as Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, John Schlesinger, and Kenneth Branagh.

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

Section 001 Students Must Attend Film Screenings T and/or Th 7-9 P.M. Sections 002-004 may be elected ECB

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (4). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) 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 Western

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 decades Westerns were Hollywood's most popular genre, appealing to people not only in the United States but across the world. This extraordinary popularity fell off in the 1970s, but the recent success of such films as Lonesome Dove (1988) and the Academy Award winning Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Unforgiven (1992) indicate a revival of interest in the Western and the Western hero. In this course we will see and anlayze most of the great Westerns Stagecoach, Red River, The Ox-Bow Incident, High Noon, Shane, One-Eyed Jacks, The Wild Bunch, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Lonesome Dove and read some Western novels. First and foremost, we will critique these films as dramas their story, characterizations, meaning, and structure. We will pay particular attention to the picture of masculinity and heroism each presents, as well as to the crucial role played by women in many of the best Westerns.

The films will be shown on Monday and Wednesday nights at 7:00, and discussed in class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be a midterm and final exam and two papers.

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F/V 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 002 Dialogue of Violence: Cinema in WW II's Pacific Theater. Meets With Asian Studies 440.001

Instructor(s): Mark Nornes (amnornes@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://www-personal.umich.edu/~amnornes/violence.html

See Asian Studies 440.001.

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F/V 455. Topics in Film Studies.

Section 003 German and Austrian Directors in Hollywood. Meets with German 449.001. 16 MM VHS & Laser Disk

Instructor(s): Edward Dimendberg (eddimend@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See German 449.001.

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F/V 460. Technology and the Moving Image.

Section 001 Required Film Screening Tuesday 7-10 PM
Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Film-Video 230 or 236. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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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 ($150) required. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of four credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($150) 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.

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F/V 500. Directed Study in Film and Video.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($150) required. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($150) 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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