Film Studies

This course provides an introduction to basic filmmaking technique, aesthetics, and skills in digital media management through production of digital video projects. Students gain an understanding of the art of narrative filmmaking through emphasis on story development, cinematography, editing, directing, and sound design. Course participation demands outside-class production time.

Examines the phenomena of storytelling through film, literature and our own lives by studying the mythical structure and archetypes that have set the template for the stories we read, watch, and tell in our everyday lives. The investigations lead to a final project where students can generate creative work incorporating specific myths and archetypes.

The students will be introduced to the basic terms, concepts, and techniques involved in the postproduction of film and video projects. The class is comprised of lecture, demonstration, and in-class exercises. All editing is performed on the Avid Xpress DV platform. Prerequisite: For Film majors only or permission of instructor.

Introduction to basic filmmaking technique, structure, and aesthetics through production of video projects. Students gain skills in narrative filmmaking through emphasis on story, cinematography, editing, and directing. Course participation demands outside-class production time and either ownership of or access to a digital video camera. Prerequisite: FILM 240 (may be taken concurrently). For Film majors only. Fall, Spring.

With approval of the faculty member concerned, a student may earn credit for film archival work, indexing and repair, or for participation in a faculty-directed film production. May be repeated for credit. By permission only. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

This course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to become critically aware and capable film viewers by introducing elements of film form, processes of textual analysis, a variety of cinematic techniques used in narrative and non-narrative cinema, and other models of critical analysis used in film criticism. Not open to students who have completed FILM 270. Fall, Spring.

This course examines the history of narrative film's technical, aesthetic, industrial, and social development within an international context, particularly in relation to wider cultural and political movements. Film screenings and frequent writing assignments are employed to encourage critical skills in terms of cinema aesthetics and cultural criticism. Not open to students who have completed FILM 271. Fall, Spring.

This course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to become critically aware and capable film viewers by introducing elements of film form, processes of textual analysis, a variety of cinematic techniques used in narrative and nonnarrative cinema, and other models of critical analysis used in film criticism. For Film majors only. Not open to students who have completed IHFILM 260. Fall, Spring.

This course examines the history of narrative film's technical, aesthetic, industrial, and social development within an international context, particularly in relation to wider cultural and political movements. Film screenings and frequent writing assignments are employed to encourage critical skills in terms of cinema aesthetics and cultural criticism. For Film majors only. Not open to students who have completed IHFILM 261. Fall, Spring.

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content depends on available faculty and resident artists. May be repeated for credit.

Introductory work-learning experience in film and/or video production, distribution, exhibition, or preservation, for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students, with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 120 hours per credit) for a total of 12 credits per degree program. Prerequisites: 24 total credits earned, 2.0 cumulative GPA, and permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail.

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Presenting the works of women film and video makers in the social, economic, and historical contexts of their production and reception, this course develops a critical understanding of women's concerns in a transnational world. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP courses, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

Addresses major issues in thinking about both national and international cinema in the context of globalization. By examining "global Hollywood" movies and international art cinema as well as transnational film genres, the course explores critical approaches to the intensifying flows of ideas and influences in world film culture. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP courses, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing a feature-length film narrative in a proper screenplay form. Class is conducted as a series of workshops in which students study several different types of screenplays, and then do a series of projects that prepares students to write original scripts. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall, Spring.

This course teaches techniques of video production in relation to developing and creating stories. Students will focus on concepts, aesthetics, and techniques as they produce visual narratives. Course participation demands outside class production time. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

This course provides perspective on techniques of video production in relation to investigating and creating a documentary. Students will focus on research, techniques, and sequencing as they produce documentaries. Some familiarity with video production is mandatory. Course participation demands outside class production time. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

Examines a body of narrative and/or non-narrative films related by virtue of style, director(s), country or region of origin, or period from historical and theoretical perspectives. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

This course introduces students to 16mm film production while investigating preproduction methods, camera and lighting, and developing ideas for films. Participation demands significant outside-class production time and substantial student financial output. Prerequisites: Grade B or higher in FILM 250 or permission of instructor. Fall.

This course further expands 16mm filmmaking as students produce films they have developed in FILM 350. The primary focus is directing, shooting, and post-production practices. Participation demands significant outside class production time and substantial student financial output. Prerequisites: FILM 350 and permission of instructor. Spring.

Examines a body of narrative and/or non-narrative films related by virtue of theme, director, country, or period from historical and theoretical perspectives. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: FILM 270 and FILM 271, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

This course invites students to consider films in their social, economic, and historical contexts of production and reception. By surveying key critical ideas, students will recognize political issues in filmic representations and gain an understanding of how power functions in the reproduction of social boundaries and cultural differences through cinema. Prerequisite: FILM 270 and FILM 271. Fall.

The study of major film theories and their application to specific films. Formalist, structural, and ideological theories are covered. Prerequisites: FILM 271 and FILM 353, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

This course explores cinema through interdisciplinary approaches that cross multiple fields of study, drawing upon academic disciplines that include literary studies, women's studies, media studies, cultural studies, and history. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW-101 and IQL-101.

This interdisciplinary course will focus on cinematic and literary works about war's noncombatants, women, children, losers instead of winners, and international populations. Drawing on material from the fields of film, literature and history, we will explore how war is defined and represented around the world. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

Exploration of film production areas not usually addressed through the regular curriculum. Specific topics and techniques covered vary. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: FILM 350 and permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

First semester of yearlong course emphasizing preproduction for all crew positions toward production of 30-minute sync-sound, dialogue, 16mm color project. Participation demands substantial student financial output. Films should be produced in crews of seven to 10; prearranged crews are encouraged. May be retaken once for a total of 8 credits with instructor's permission. Prerequisites: Grade B or higher in FILM 350 or FILM 351 (or equivalent) and permission of instructor. Fall.

Second semester of yearlong course emphasizing preproduction for all crew positions toward production of 30-minute sync-sound, dialogue 16mm color project. Participation demands substantial student financial output. Films are designed to be produced in crews of seven to 10; prearranged crews are encouraged. May be retaken once for a total of eight (8) credits with instructor's permission. Prerequisites: FILM 450 and permission of instructor. Spring.

This course is designed to give an advanced production student experience directing the annual yearlong advanced project. Students will select their crew and fully preproduce the film, guiding the project and crew through the first (preproduction) semester of the course. Students will work closely with the instructor outside of class to fully prepare the project and facilitate communication between crewmembers. Prerequisites: Film Production Option students only, FILM 451, and permission of instructor.

This course is designed to give an advanced production student experience directing the annual yearlong advanced project. Students will continue the process initiated in FILM 460 by producing and postproducing an advanced film or video project, guiding the project and crew through the second semester of the course. Students will work closely with the instructor outside of class to fully prepare the project and facilitate communication. Prerequisites: Film Production Option students only, FILM 460, and permission of instructor.

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content and prerequisites depend on available faculty and resident artists. May be repeated for credit.

Intensive study of a particular theme or topic relating to film or film production. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: Junior standing and FILM 270, FILM 271, and FILM 353, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Intensive study of an issue, problem, or topic related to film or film production. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor.

Culminating course for critical studies in film. Under the guidance of a faculty member, students develop, research, and present an individualized project on a chosen historical or critical topic. Prerequisite: FILM 353 and FILM 495 or permission of instructor.