UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate - Fall 2016

Fall 2016

  • The Craft of Writing - Self/Selfie: Self and Media

    R1A - 001 | CCN: 15500

    The Craft of Writing - Self/Selfie: Self and Media

    Instructor: Simona Schneider and Chi Li

    This class explores various locations of the self, such as the portrait, photo album, selfie, police file, poem, and diary. We will discuss representations of the self that complicate the dichotomy between the individual and collective, the … More

  • The Craft of Writing

    R1A - 002 | CCN: 15501

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Hannah Airriess and Alex Bush

    In 1968, with the publication of the Whole Earth Catalog, Stuart Brand widely distributed the first full-disk image of the earth as photographed from a satellite in orbit. This zoomed-out perspective on the world immediately became central to new … More

  • Digital Video: Focus on the Narrative Short

    185 | CCN: 15536

    Digital Video: Focus on the Narrative Short

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    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

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

    151 - 002 | CCN: 15590

    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

  • Beginning Screenwriting

    180 | CCN: 15642

    Beginning Screenwriting

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    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

  • History of Avant-Garde Film

    129 | CCN: 15675

    History of Avant-Garde Film

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    This course is a survey of the rich history and aesthetics of the international film Avant-Garde from the 1920s to the present. The course explores the development of a range of experimental film forms and practices, situating them in relation to … More

  • The Craft of Writing: 'I Saw the Devil': One Hundred Years of the Thriller in a Global Context

    R1B - 001 | CCN: 15683

    The Craft of Writing: 'I Saw the Devil': One Hundred Years of the Thriller in a Global Context

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro and Fareed Ben-Youssef

    Thrillers have long been a part of world cinema. From the silent era (Louis Feuillade's 1915 Les Vampires) to the present day (Denis Villeneuve's 2015 Sicario), filmmakers and audiences cannot get enough of the suspenseful form. Yet, fundamental … More

  • The Craft of Writing

    R1B - 002 | CCN: 15684

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Katherine Guerra and Jianqing Chen

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  • The Craft of Writing: The Illusive (Elusive) "Real"

    R1B - 003 | CCN: 15685

    The Craft of Writing: The Illusive (Elusive) "Real"

    Instructor: Renée Pastel and Alina Predescu

    This course examines the possibilities of representing and recreating reality in visual media. How does film’s basis in the indexical art of photography shape its relationship to the “real”? To what extent is what we perceive as … More

  • Film and Media Cultures

    20 | CCN: 15689

    Film and Media Cultures

    Instructor: Damon R. Young

    This course is designed to introduce undergraduates to the study of a range of media, including photography, film, television, video, and print and digital media. Throughout the semester, we will focus on questions of medium … More

  • History of Film: Silent Era

    25A | CCN: 15696

    History of Film: Silent Era

    Instructor: Anne Nesbet

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  • Special Topics in Film: Eco-Criticism

    140 - 002 | CCN: 15702

    Special Topics in Film: Eco-Criticism

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    Late 20th-century scholars struggled to articulate the scope and aims of "eco-criticism", a mode of critical inquiry that sought to account for the ways that cultural texts describe the natural world and the forces that inhabit and … More

  • Film Genre: The Zombie Film

    108 | CCN: 15720

    Film Genre: The Zombie Film

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    In this course we will examine the three main phases of the zombie film genre, which develops as a subcategory of the American horror film. We will consider the historical context of the genre, the theories and common critical analyses applied to … More

  • Auteur Theory: The Films of Dreyer and von Trier

    151 - 001 | CCN: 32958

    Auteur Theory: The Films of Dreyer and von Trier

    Instructor: Mark Sandberg

    L&S Breadth:  Arts & Literature Scandinavian major: Elective or Danish core course Film major: Auteur course   This course examines the notion of film authorship by juxtaposing the films of Carl Th. Dreyer, one of the … More

  • Special Topics in Film: Stardom and Cinema

    140 - 001 | CCN: 33318

    Special Topics in Film: Stardom and Cinema

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    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

  • Advanced Screenwriting

    181 | CCN: 33319

    Advanced Screenwriting

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    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