This course introduces film studies through contemporary Hollywood-style entertainment cinema. Students learn that movies create sites for dynamic conversations and writing about meaningful cultural issues from a variety of perspectives. Offered each semester as theme- or genre-based topic. Students may repeat this course for credit as topics change. Fall, Spring
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.
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.
Examines the history of film's technical, aesthetic, industrial, and social development within an international context, particularly in relation to wider cultural and political movements. Screenings and frequent writing assignments encourage critical thinking skills in terms of cinema aesthetics and cultural criticism. Not open to students who have completed FILM 271.
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 QL. 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 QL. 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 QL. Fall, Spring.
This course explores how digital technologies and the rise of media conglomerates are blurring boundaries between cinema, television, video, and games. Students critically analyze the aesthetic and cultural impact of new media on moving images. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL. Occasionally.
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. Not open to Film majors except by permission of instructor. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL. Occasionally.
This course explores techniques of video production as students investigate and create documentary film. Students will focus on research, techniques, and sequencing as they create documentaries. Course participation demands outside class production time. Not open to Film majors except by permission of instructor. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL. Occasionally.
Examines a body of narrative and/or non-narrative films related by virtue of style, theme, director(s), or region of origin, from historical and theoretical perspectives. Recent topics: Road Movies; Apocalypse Cinema; Iranian Cinema. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL, or instructor permission.
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 QL, or permission of instructor.