Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2014

  • Film R1A Section 001 | CCN: 31603

    The Craft of Writing: Cinema, Constrained

    Instructor: P. G. Ellis

    MW 4-530P, 215 DWINELLE

    “Rules themselves create fictions.” —Roger Caillois Characterized as a “stunt” by the director, Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) used long takes and obscured cuts to produce what appeared to many contemporaneous … More

  • Film R1A Section 003 | CCN: 31615

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: The Staff

    TuTh 330-5P, 229 DWINELLE


  • Film R1A Section 004 | CCN: 31621

    The Craft of Writing: When Reality is Pushed Up to 11: The Mockumentary and the Documentary Problem

    Instructor: Fareed Ben-Youssef and Jennifer Blaylock

    MW 4-530P, 209 DWINELLE

    How are arguments formed and what is rhetoric's role in lending them credence? This is a crucial question for first-time college writers and for the study of documentary film. However, our course approaches this question by focusing on … More

  • Film R1B Section 001 | CCN: 31627

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: The Staff

    TuTh 2-330P, 279 DWINELLE (effective 09/09/14)


  • Film R1B Section 002 | CCN: 31630

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro

    MWF 1-2P, 247 DWINELLE

    This course fulfills the second part of the Reading and Composition requirement. We will continue to work on writing analytical, argumentative papers but with an added emphasis on research. This means both doing research – from generating … More

  • Film R1B Section 003 | CCN: 31633

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: The Staff

    MW 4-530P, 285 CORY


  • Film 25A | CCN: 31651

    The History of Film (Part 1)

    Instructor: Mark Sandberg

    TuTh 930-11A, 142 DWINELLE

    This course provides an analytic overview of the narrative cinema as an emergent art form and social phenomenon from its late nineteenth-century origins to its mid-twentieth century consolidation and cultural dominance. We will focus on the rise … More

  • Film 26 | CCN: 31657

    Moving Image Media Production

    Instructor: Jeffrey Skoller

    W 11-2P, 142 DWINELLE

    The objective of this class is to provide the basic technical foundation necessary for creative digital film production while emphasizing the techniques and languages of creative moving image media. The course is designed to give a basic … More

  • Film 100 | CCN: 31675

    History of Film and Media Theory

    Instructor: Miryam Sas

    MW 330-5P, 142 DWINELLE

    What makes cinema compelling? What kinds of work are involved in watching films, and what kinds of pleasure? How does the experience of cinema shape perceptions about gender, sexuality, race, and the social world? What has changed with the … More

  • Film 108 Section 001 | CCN: 31702

    Gothic Horror Film

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    MW 11-1230P, 188 DWINELLE

    Because it is notoriously difficult even to define the term “Gothic,” or to describe its complex history as an aesthetic form involving architecture, “high” literature and popular fiction, painting, opera, theater, cinema, … More

  • Film 108 Section 002 | CCN: 31708

    East Asian Horror Cinema

    Instructor: Daniel O'Neill

    TuTh 2-330P, 188 DWINELLE

    We will explore the cinematic style of East Asian horror cinema from a transnational perspective, its power to provoke and disturb, in light of issues such as spectatorship, the fantastic and the uncanny, and the trauma of gender and sexuality. … More

  • Film 129 | CCN: 31720

    History of Avant-Garde Film

    Instructor: Mary Ann Doane

    TuTh 230-4P, 142 DWINELLE


  • Film 140 Section 001 | CCN: 31732

    Stardom and Cinema

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    F 10-1P, 142 DWINELLE

    In her introduction to the book-length collection of essays entitled Stardom: Industry of Desire, Christine Gledhill describes the complex role of media stars “in the production, circulation, and negotiation of meanings, identities, desires … More

  • Film 140 Section 002 | CCN: 31735

    Feminist Film Theory

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    TuTh 930-11A, 188 DWINELLE

    This course provides a survey of feminist film theory. Moving from psychoanalytic criticism through interventions from cultural studies and queer theory, we will cover feminist media scholars’ analyses of authorship, genre, spectatorship, … More

  • Film 151 Section 001 | CCN: 31741

    Disney and Pixar

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    MW 2-330P, 142 DWINELLE

    As Paul Wells notes in Animation: Genre and Authorship, Walt Disney is the “key pioneering figure in the creation of the art, commerce and industry of animation.” Part of Disney’s pioneering includes his challenge to the … More

  • Film 151 Section 002 | CCN: 31747

    The Auteurity of Italian Cinema

    Instructor: The Staff



  • Film 151 Section 003 | CCN: 31753

    Contemporary Chinese Film Auteurs

    Instructor: Weihong Bao

    MW 930-11A, 188 DWINELLE

    This course introduces Chinese film auteurs since the late 1970s across the geopolitical divides between Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. We will focus on individual film auteurs (Jia Zhangke, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wong Kar Wai, etc.) situated in … More

  • Film 151 Section 004 | CCN: 31759

    Geek Auteurs: Abrams, Whedon

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    MW 930-11A, 142 DWINELLE

     This course examines the auteur status of two writer-producer-directors whose careers span the late 20th and early 21st centuries, blend and revise generic categories, and jump across media platforms. J. J. Abrams and Joss Whedon function … More

  • Film 160 | CCN: 31764

    National Cinema, Narrative and Performance: Imposter Tales (in German Literature and Film)

    Instructor: Deniz Göktürk

    TuTh 330-5P, 2030 VALLEY LSB

    This course will focus on imposter tales in literature and cinema, analyzing staging and performance of social roles and national identities across multiple media and genres. Based on classic tales of “clothes make the man” from … More

  • Film 180A | CCN: 31765

    Beginning Screenwriting

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    M 9-12P, 226 DWINELLE

    Explores the art and craft of writing a feature length, narrative screenplay. Each student pitches three story ideas, chooses on concept to develop into an outline and then completes the first act of the script. The class is part lecture, part … More

  • Film 180B | CCN: 31768

    Advanced Screenwriting

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    M 1-4P, 226 DWINELLE

    In a workshop setting students explores the art and craft of writing a feature length narrative screenplay. Writers workshop detailed script outlines and then develop that material into a screenplay. New work is presented weekly. Discussion … More

  • Film C185 | CCN: 31771

    Focus on the Narrative Short

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    TuTh 9-12P, 30 DWINELLE

    This hands on course explores the process of making narrative shorts using digital video production. Students will write, pre-visualize, direct and edit three short films and crew on an additional six class projects. Scripts and cuts are … More

  • Film 197A | CCN: 31798

    Field Study at the Pacific Film Archive

    Instructor: Jeffrey Skoller

    Tu 10-11A, BERK ART MUS

    Students will learn about film bibliography and research materials. Interns will get a thorough orientation to the Pacific Film Archive library through introductory lectures and training sessions. Then, for three hours per week, they will help … More

  • Film 197B | CCN: TBD

    Field Studies for Majors

    Instructor: Jeffrey Skoller

    Film Majors in good standing who have a 3.0 GPA, and have completed 60 units of credit can create an external professional internship that relates to their film and media studies for course credit. Internships must be approved by the department … More