FMS 220: Introduction to Film and Media Studies (Neil Lerner) T/R 1:40 - 2:55 (Film screenings Wednesdays, 7 - 9pm, in Sloan 202) Sloan 201
An introduction to concepts and theories central to the study of film and other screen media, including animation, television, and video games. Together with a survey of cinema history from the 1890s to the present, the course will consider a variety of theoretical, national, and generic topics. Weekly screenings (Wednesday evenings), some essays, and tests.
English 293: Film as Narrative Art (Paul Miller)
MWF 12:30 - 1:20 (Film screenings Tuesdays, 7 - 9:30)
This course explores the relationship between film and other narrative media, with emphases on authorship, genre, acting, realism, postmodernism, and the relationship of verbal and visual languages. Films tentatively planned include Battleship Potemkin, Drive, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, La Strada, Mildred Pierce, and The Player.
Anthropology 372: Visual Anthropology (ethnographic film production class) (Fuji Lozada)
Tuesdays 1:40 - 4:20 Connolly Media Lab
Introduction to the theories and methods necessary for making ethnographic films. Students will conduct fieldwork and make a documentary film on a particular aspect of social and cultural behavior. Emphasis is placed on developing the critical skills needed for resolving some of the ethical, technical, and aesthetic problems that may emerge during the documentation of social and cultural behavior. The class will meet at the Media Lab in the basement of south Chambers.
English 493: FILM ART (Zoran Kuzmanovich) Thursdays 1:40-4:20 (Film screenings Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30, in Hance) Hance
Film Art is a hands-on study of style and narration in the fiction film. After a reminder of the pre- and post- production processes, we'll focus on individual directorial styles. Students pick half of the films we'll see. We'll also make a communal film to explore the capabilities and shortcomings of the available equipment. Then, as a part of a very small group, each student will be given a chance to write/adapt, direct, film, and edit a short film using digital video cameras and non-linear editing equipment. We'll look at those films in light of the latest theories of narrative and the knowledge about cinema acquired from the film-maker's end. The final versions of all films will be burnt to DVDs. If there are musicians among us, they will be given a chance to score a film and/or do sound design.
No special knowledge of film- or video technology is presumed. A course on film (X through film, X and film, the X of film, film as X, X on film, film X, etc.) should be decent preparation for this class; an upper level course in art, creative writing, literature, semiotics, or literary criticism would also be of even greater help. Limited to Juniors and Seniors.