UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

198-001 | CCN: 21451

Directed Group Study: Advanced Film Writing

Eileen Jones,

4 Units

This 4-credit course will serve to instruct undergraduate film majors in advanced film studies analysis, research, and writing. A variety of forms of writing will be undertaken, including film analysis, research scholarship, essay argumentation, film criticism, and film festival programming notes.

Interested students should be pursuing ONE OR MORE of the following goals:

  • writing a film studies honors thesis in Spring Semester 2019
  • seeking a challenging “capstone” experience that involves honing the skills already learned doing coursework in the film studies major
  • attending graduate school in media studies
  • considering professional opportunities that require advanced writing skills

Because of the extensive writing requirements of this course and the necessity of significant instructor feedback, enrollment numbers will be held to a maximum of 15 students.

This course will cover a variety of 16mm filmmaking techniques, including hand-painted film, cinematography, and digital transfer with an emphasis on the avant-garde. Through readings, hands-on workshops, and individual projects, students will learn about exposure, the photochemical process, various film stocks, and digital editing. This course is intended to provide an historical perspective of film technology before the invention of video, a foundational understanding of cinematography as it is still used in video today, and an introduction to motion picture film as a professional medium of choice for contemporary filmmakers. Students will shoot and edit traditional 16mm film as well as digital transfers of film to video. This is a studio-based film production course that will utilize a range of equipment including: 16mm film cameras, video cameras and software, and audio and lighting instruments. The work created in class will culminate in a final screening/performance of individual and group assignments.