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FILM 100    Film Industry and Aesthetics    3 Hours

Introduction ot the film industry and aesthetics of cinematic visual storytelling, considered from both studio and independent practitioners' perspectives.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Film (Seeking Admission) (667P)

Course Fee: $65

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 105    Film Appreciation    3 Hours

A study of the basic elements and techniques of the film medium, designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of the motion picture both as a communication medium and as an art form. A number of film masterpieces will be viewed and analyzed. Intended for non-majors. Lecture and screening. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; summer 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022

FILM 155    Film Attendance    0 Hours

Attendance at 8 film screenings or related events within one semester from a Film program approved list.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Film (Seeking Admission) (667P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

FILM 201    Introduction to the Cinema    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A study of the basic elements and techniques of the film medium, designed to increase the students' understanding and appreciation of the motion picture both as a communication medium and as an art form. A number of film masterpieces will be viewed and analyzed. Lecture and lab. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 202    Basic Film Production    3 Hours

Introduction to film production equipment and on-set crew positions. Practical, hands-on experience rotating through crew positions in a workshop setting.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 100 and FILM 201

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

FILM 250    Screenwriting I    3 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of screenwritng for narrative film; conflict, character, structure, plot, dialogue, and subtext. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short screenplays.

Prerequisite(s): (FILM 201 with a minimum grade of C or BCOM 325 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

FILM 251    Film Directing I    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of directing for narrative film: script analysis, working with actors, rehearsal process, blacking camera, staging actors. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 252    Film Producing    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of producing for film: developing ideas, script evaluation, fundraising, budgeting, scheduling, and production management. Emphasis on creative and managerial skills through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 253    Cinematography I    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of cinematography: capture/presentation formats, lighting, camera, exposure, and composition. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 254    Production Design I    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of production design for narrative film: color and shape, form, wardrobe, hair/make up, and set design/decoration. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 256    Film Editing I    3 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of editing for narrative film: evaluating footage, technical editing, continuity editing, audio editing, basic mixing, collaboration. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2022

FILM 282    Film Production Workshop I    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Intensive, hands-on workshop in the production of short-form cinema. Specific focus of study to be determined in consultation with instructor. Emphasis on techniques and strategies relevant to producing independent film and video.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 101 with a minimum grade of C or FILM 202 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $65

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2022

FILM 290    Practicum: Pre-Production I    2 Hours

Foundational, practical, project-based experience in pre-production strategies for narrative (fiction) filmmaking. Emphasis on the practical application of pre-production skills, strategies, and best practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 291    Practicum: Below-the-Line I    3 Hours

Foundational, practical, hands-on experience in film production as below-the-line crew. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 292    Practicum: Above-the-Line I    3 Hours

Foundational, practical, project-based experience in film production as the above-the-line creative team. Emphasis on the practical application of the above-the-line production skills, strategies, and practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 350    Screenwriting II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the principles of screenwriting for narrative film: conflict, character, structure, plot, dialogue, and subtext. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short screenplays.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 250

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 351    Film Directing II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the principles of directing for narrative film: visual story analysis, director's manifesto development, master-filmmaker style-critique. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 251

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 353    Cinematography II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the principles of cinematography: capture/presentation formats, lighting, camera, exposure, and composition. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 253

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 354    Production Design II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the fundamentals of production design for narrative film: professional practices, set construction, design for visual and special effects, and character design. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 254

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 355    Film Sound    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of production and post-production sound for narrative film: dialogue editing and audio restoration, sound design, ADR and foley, pre-dubbing, final mix/re-recording. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530) or Film (Officially Admitted) (667)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FILM 356    Film Editing II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the principles of editing for narrative film: complex continuity editing, dialogue editing, cutting action and suspense, scene transitions, visual effects. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 256

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 359    Topics in Scriptwriting    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Focuses on topics in scriptwriting including, but not limited to, writing for television (narrative), writing the genre feature, and writing for the stage. Emphasizes the practices of contemporary scriptwriters in various genres.

Prerequisite(s): (FILM 250 or ENG 203)

Equivalent(s): ENG 359

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FILM 366    History of Narrative Film    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Examines the history and development of narrative film from the silent era to the present. Emphasis on specific narrative conventions of Hollywood cinema.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 201

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2021

FILM 367    Introduction to Film Genres    2 Hours

A survey course covering the historical development, thematic and stylistic conventions, and cultural significance of critical film genres. Surveys representative films from several genres, i.e. film noir, westerns, crime & gangster, thriller, horror, science fictions, romantic comedy, etc.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 201

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 369    Introduction to World Cinema    3 Hours

Examines cinema in several regions including China, India, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Viewing of representative films accompanied by background readings on history/culture. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 201 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

FILM 376    Cinematography    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of cinematography: capture/presentaton formats, lighting, camera, exposure, composition, and color grading. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) , Broadcasting (726) or Photojournalism (750)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

FILM 377    Film Sound    3 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of audio for narrative film: properties of sound, field and studio recording, mixing, and audio post-production. Emphasis on audio/visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

FILM 378    Film Directing    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of directing for narrative film: script analysis, casting, staging, working with actors, camerawork, editing. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 250 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C and PERF 101 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

FILM 379    Film Producing    3 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of producing for film: developing ideas, script evaluation, fundraising, budgeting, scheduling, and production management. Emphasis on creative and managerial skills through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 250 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Broadcasting (726)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FILM 382    Film Production Workshop II    2 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A continuation of the intensive, hands-on workshop experience begun in FILM 282. Specific focus of study to be determined in consultation with instructor. Emphasis on techniques and strategies relevant to producing independent short-form cinema.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $65

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

FILM 390    Practicum: Pre-Production II    3 Hours

Intermediate, practical, project-based experience in pre-production strategies for narrative (fiction) filmmaking. Emphasis on the practical application of pre-production skills, strategies, and best practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 290

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; spring 2022

FILM 391    Practicum: Below-the-Line II    3 Hours

Intermediate, practical, hands-on experience in film production as below-the-line crew. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 291

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 392    Practicum: Above-the-Line II    3 Hours

Intermediate, practical, project-based experience in film production as the above-the-line creative team. Emphasis on the practical application of above-the-line production skills, strategies, and practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 292

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; spring 2022

FILM 393    Practicum: Post-Production I    3 Hours

Practical, hands-on experience in post-production, designed to facilitate the production of a 6- to 8-minute film during the student's junior year. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous Editing and Sound courses, related to visual and audio post-production. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 356

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; spring 2022

FILM 394    Film Animation    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Students learn the basics of producing animated motion pictures by experimenting with a variety of techniques and methods. Also included is a history of the animated film as an art form.

Equivalent(s): BCOM 394

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2022

FILM 399    Special Topics in Film    3 Hours (repeatable max of 15 hrs)

A detailed study of special topics in film. May be repeated with change of content.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2021

FILM 450    Feature Screenwriting    3 Hours

An advanced, intensive study of the techniques of screenwriting for feature films: outlines, treatments, character, act structure, subplots. Emphasis on visual storytelling through completion of a feature screenplay.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 250 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 465    Film Genres    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Study of the historical development, thematic and stylistic conventions, and cultural significance of film genre(s). Surveys representative films from one or two genres, e.g., film noir and the Western; romantic comedy and family melodrama; horror and science fiction; the musical; the war film; the epic. May be taken twice as long as genres differ. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): (ENG 365 or FILM 201) and (Foundations Literary Studies or ENG 200 or MLNG 200 or RELS 200 or ENG FAH-L or ENG B1-L)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

FILM 466    Film Theory    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Study of major theories of narrative film and related media; specific theories examined will include formalist, auteurist, historical, structuralist, psychoanalytical, and political. Will include viewing of selected films.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 369

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2022

FILM 469    Topics in World Cinema    3 Hours

An advanced, in-depth study of world cinema. Subjects might include national cinemas, directors, or select genres, movements or periods. Viewings of representative films will be accompanied by readings on history/culture.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 369 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FILM 482    Film Production Workshop III    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Senior-level production practicum. Specific focus of study to be determined in consultation with instructor. Emphasis on film and video techniques and strategies learned across the entire program of study of the Film major.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 376 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 377 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 379 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 378 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021

FILM 486    Film Capstone    3 Hours

A senior capstone experience synthesizing and assessing the complete field of study for film majors. Includes an exploration of career and graduate study opportunities.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530) or Film (Officially Admitted) (667)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 489    Thesis Development    3 Hours

Collaborative development experience, designed to facilitate the production of a 10- to 12-minute film during the student's senior year. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous Screenwriting and Producing courses, related to screenplay and project development. Specific focus in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 252 and FILM 350

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 490    Practicum: Pre-Production III    3 Hours

Advanced, practical, project-based experience in pre-production strategies for narrative (fiction) filmmaking. Emphasis on the practical application of pre-production skills, strategies, and best practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 390

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 491    Practicum: Below-the-Line III    3 Hours

Advanced, practical, hands-on experience in film production as below-the-line crew. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 391

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; spring 2022

FILM 492    Practicum: Above-the-Line III    3 Hours

Advanced, practical, project-based experience in film production as the above-the-line creative team. Emphasis on the practical application of above-the-line production skills, strategies, and practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 392

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021; fall 2022

FILM 493    Practicum: Post-Production II    3 Hours

Advanced hands-on experience in post-production, designed to facilitate the production of a 10- to 12-minute film during the student's senior year. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous Editing and Sound courses, related to visual and audio post-production. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 393

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2022

FILM 499    Directed Study in Film    1-4 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

A study of a specific area of focus or topic regarding film production directed by a faculty member.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2022