UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate - Fall 2017

Fall 2017

  • The Craft of Writing

    R1A - 001 | CCN: 14670

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Eliot Bessette

    Horror, disgust, and fear, oh my! This course provides an introduction to horror films through the emotions. Horror films elicit a variety of emotional reactions that in ordinary life we experience as negative. Yet viewers come back for … More

  • The Craft of Writing

    R1A - 002 | CCN: 14671

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Jennifer Blaylock & Kaitlin Forcier

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  • History of Avant-Garde Film

    129 | CCN: 14775

    History of Avant-Garde Film

    Instructor: Jeffrey Skoller

    Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all! --Andre Breton Avant-garde film is a cinema of subversion, of sensual perversion, filled with constantly challenging, unruly images and ideas that are often messy, sublime and like life, … More

  • The Craft of Writing

    R1B - 001 | CCN: 14781

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Katherine Guerra & Chi Li

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  • The Craft of Writing

    R1B - 002 | CCN: 14782

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Jianqing Chen & Renée Pastel

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  • The Craft of Writing: Alternative Realities

    R1B - 003 | CCN: 14783

    The Craft of Writing: Alternative Realities

    Instructor: Harry Burson & Lisa Jacobson

    In our fractured current political climate, “alternative” versions of reality are a hotly debated topic, from Facebook newsfeed bubbles to talk radio and cable news. The exploration of alternative realities is hardly limited to news … More

  • Film and Media Cultures

    20 | CCN: 14784

    Film and Media Cultures

    Instructor: Mary Ann Doane

    This course introduces students to theories and methods in the scholarly study of audiovisual media, including photography, television, film, video, and digital media. Throughout the semester, we will focus on questions of medium … More

  • History of Film: Silent-WWII

    25A | CCN: 14786

    History of Film: Silent-WWII

    Instructor: Anne Nesbet

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  • Special Topics in Film: Performance in Film

    140 - 002 | CCN: 14788

    Special Topics in Film: Performance in Film

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    According to James Naremore in his seminal book Acting in the Cinema, ...[P]eople in film can be regarded in at least three different senses: as actors playing theatrical personages, as public figures playing themselves, and as documentary … More

  • Digital Video: Focus on the Narrative Short

    185 | CCN: 29553

    Digital Video: Focus on the Narrative Short

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

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

  • Beginning Screenwriting

    180 | CCN: 29617

    Beginning Screenwriting

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

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

  • Advanced Screenwriting

    181 | CCN: 42458

    Advanced Screenwriting

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    In a workshop setting students will explore the art and craft of writing a feature length narrative screenplay. Writers will workshop detailed script outlines and then develop that material into a portion of a feature screenplay. In addition to … More

  • History of Film: WWII-Present

    25B | CCN: 44694

    History of Film: WWII-Present

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    In this introductory survey course we will examine the history of cinema from the impact on national cinemas of the rise of Fascism in 1930s Europe through the international development of film as a transformative technology, art form, and … More

  • Senior Seminar: The Promises of Cinema

    105 | CCN: 44696

    Senior Seminar: The Promises of Cinema

    Instructor: Anton Kaes

    This undergraduate research seminar focuses on the promises and possibilities of early cinema as seen through the lens of contemporary media. Is cinema as we know it a thing of the past? The rise of new media has provoked no shortage of … More

  • Special Topics in Film: Seeing Red: 1975 in Italian and World Cinema

    140 - 003 | Italian 170 | CCN: 44720

    Special Topics in Film: Seeing Red: 1975 in Italian and World Cinema

    Instructor: Ramsey McGlazer

    In 1975, Italy was, in one journalist’s words, “deep in crisis.” The postwar economic boom known as the miracolo italiano had given way to the long “Years of Lead,” marked by stagnation and foreign debt … More

  • Special Topics in Film: The Film Essay - Cinema, the Minoritized Subject, and the Practice of Writing

    140 - 001 | CCN: 44724

    Special Topics in Film: The Film Essay - Cinema, the Minoritized Subject, and the Practice of Writing

    Instructor: Damon Young and Stephen Best

    Taking as a point of departure James Baldwin’s dazzling work of film criticism, The Devil Finds Work, this course introduces students to some of the best writing on film that describes the encounter with cinema—and with particular … More

  • Auteur Theory: The “New Wave” and Contemporary Chinese Film Auteurs

    151 - 001 | CCN: 44726

    Auteur Theory: The “New Wave” and Contemporary Chinese Film Auteurs

    Instructor: Weihong Bao

    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

  • Auteur Theory: Geek Auteurs: Abrams, Whedon

    151 - 002 | CCN: 44728

    Auteur Theory: Geek Auteurs: Abrams, Whedon

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    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 as case … More

  • National Cinema

    160 - 001 | CCN: 44730

    National Cinema

    Instructor: Natalia Brizuela

     This class will explore the idea of a committed cinema in Latin America, focusing on the 1960/1970’s and the present day. It will compare these two historical periods to the industrial and commercial film and media that these two … More

  • National Cinema: Contemporary Film and Television in the Global North

    160 - 002 | CCN: 44732

    National Cinema: Contemporary Film and Television in the Global North

    Instructor: Mark Sandberg

    Recent film and television production in the Nordic countries has reached a new global audience outside the art-film circuit that historically has been the more typical Nordic outlet to international markets. Successful branding of content as … More

  • Introduction to Digital Video Production

    26 | CCN: 46003

    Introduction to Digital Video Production

    Instructor: Jeffrey Skoller

    Film 26, Moving Image Media Production, is an introductory film production course that provides a basic foundation for digital video production with hands-on instruction in the use of digital cameras, sound recording for video, basic lighting … More

  • National Cinema: Transnational Cinemas: Imposter Tales

    160 - 003 | German 186 | CCN: 46746

    National Cinema: Transnational Cinemas: Imposter Tales

    Instructor: Deniz Göktürk

    In times of post-truth politics, this course focuses on imposter tales in literature and moving images, analyzing performances of social roles and national identities across multiple media and genres. Considering classic tales of “clothes … More

  • Documentary Film

    128 | CCN: 46884

    Documentary Film

    Instructor: Alina Predescu

    This class will provide a history of documentary film, and in so doing engage with the theory and practice of documentary filmmaking. We shall consider the auteurs, ethics, genres, and technologies of this film form, from its origins to today. … More

  • The Craft of Writing

    R1A - 003 | CCN: 66970

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Jennifer Alpert

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