Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2015


  • R1B - 001 | CCN: 31603

    The Craft of Writing -- Film Focus

    Instructor: Jonathan Haynes

    MWF 10-11A, 263 DWINELLE

    Film R1B: Dream Plays Jonathan E. Haynes Course description Spring 2015 Where do dreams come from? What purposes do they serve? Are we free in our dreams, or do they enslave us (or both)? Is there an art of dreaming? How is art-making, and … More

  • R1B - 002 | CCN: 31609

    Craft of Writing -- Film Focus

    Instructor: Jonathan Haynes

    MW 4-530P, 106 DWINELLE

    Where do dreams come from? What purposes do they serve? Are we free in our dreams, or do they enslave us (or both)? Is there an art of dreaming? How is art-making, and the enjoyment of art, like dreaming? Are we dreaming or dreamt (at the movies, … More

  • R1B - 003 | CCN: 31615

    Craft of Writing -- Film Focus

    Instructor: Katherine Guerra and Hannah Airriess

    TuTh 330-5P, 109 DWINELLE

    Description forthcoming!  More

  • R1B - 004 | CCN: 31621

    Craft of Writing -- Film Focus

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro and Robert Alford

    MW 4-530P, 215 DWINELLE

    Genre and Technology 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, both doing research – from … More

  • R1B - 005 | CCN: 31627

    Craft of Writing -- Film Focus

    Instructor: Lisa Jacobson

    MWF 11-12P, 215 DWINELLE

    Title: "You Must Remember This": Memory and Media Description: This course focuses on the relationship between memory and moving images. How can film capture and reproduce a memory? What role can film play in shaping memory, both on … More

  • R1B - 006 | CCN: 31633

    Craft of Writing -- Film Focus

    Instructor: Linda Witkowski and Alina Predescu

    TuTh 2-330P, 215 DWINELLE

    Description forthcoming!  More

  • R1B - 007 | CCN: 31639

    Craft of Writing -- Film Focus

    Instructor: Chris Goetz and Fareed Ben-Youssef

    MWF 1-2P, 109 DWINELLE

    Like a Video Game’: War, Participation, and Detachment Cinema has held a fascination with war since before the “transition” to narrative--an interest which has both developed and changed over time. This course explores the … More

  • 25A | CCN: 31645

    The History of Film (Silent Era)

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    MW 930-11A, 142 DWINELLE

    In this introductory survey course we will examine the history of cinema from the silent-to-sound revolution of the late 1920s through the international development of film as a transformative technology, art form, and commercial medium up to the … More

  • 25B | CCN: 31651

    The History of Film (Sound Era)

    Instructor: Mary Ann Doane

    TuTh 11-1230P, 142 DWINELLE

     In this introductory survey course we will examine the history of cinema from the mid-1930s through the international development of film as a transformative technology, art form, and commercial medium up to the present time. In addition to … More

  • 108 | CCN: 31669

    Special Topics in Film Genre: Animation

    Instructor: Russell Merritt

    F 130-3P, 188 DWINELLE

    We will study the major currents in international animation from the silent pioneering work of Emile Cohl, Winsor McCay, and Otto Messmer through animé, independent avant-garde work, and major currents in international 3D animation. The … More

  • 108 | CCN: 31693

    Special Topics in Film Genre: Eco-criticism and the Genres of Nature

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    TuTh 930-11A, 188 DWINELLE

     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 … More

  • 128 | CCN: 31708

    Documentary Film

    Instructor: Linda Williams

    TuTh 2-330P, 142 DWINELLE

    This course surveys the history, theory and practice of the documentary, aka “non-fiction,” film and video. We will explore the term and examine the ways its forms and ethics have changed since the beginning of cinema. We will begin … More

  • 140 - 001 | CCN: 31717

    Special Topics in Film: Sound

    Instructor: Mark Berger

    TuTh 730-9P, 142 DWINELLE

    This course will explore the nature, evolution, use, and abuse of sound in cinema. From the first silent films, which weren’t presented in silence at all, to current “ride” films, the relation between sound and image will be … More

  • 140 | CCN: 31720

    Special Topics in Film: The Cinema of Intimacy

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    F 1-4P, 188 DWINELLE

     What do we mean when we talk about intimacy in, or with, the cinema? What are the cinema’s discourses about friendship, love, birth, and death? Perhaps more troublingly, how is the cinema, as an art form and an industry, intimately … More

  • 140 - 003 | CCN: 31726

    Special Topics in Film: Jane Austen Adaptations

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    F 10-1P, 142 DWINELLE

    Because of the vividness of her characters and storylines, which can be readily abstracted from her novels and molded to fit the romantic comedy genre, Jane Austen’s six completed novels have been repeatedly adapted for British and American … More

  • 140 | CCN: 31728

    Special Topics in Film: The Cinema of Italian Migration

    Instructor: Laura Ruberto

    TuTh 1-230P, 188 DWINELLE

     This course begins with the idea that modern Italy is a nation of emigrants, a premise well-illustrated by film and other forms of popular culture. Given the high numbers of Italians who have immigrated to the United States, this course … More

  • 151 | CCN: 31729

    Auteur Theory: Taiwan Film Auteurs

    Instructor: Weihong Bao

    MW 930-11A, 188 DWINELLE

    This class introduces cinema from Taiwan through the lenses of its major film auteurs. We will focus on internationally celebrated auteurs of the New Taiwan Cinema—Hou Hsiao Hsien, Edward Yang, and Tsai Mingliang—by situating their … More

  • 151 - 002 | CCN: 31735

    Auteur Theory: Val Lewton

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    MW 1-230P, 142 DWINELLE

    Producer Val Lewton oversaw the making of nine legendary horror films for RKO Studios in the 1940s. These films—Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, The Leopard Man, The Seventh Victim, The Ghost Ship, Curse of the Cat People, The Body … More

  • 160 - 001 | CCN: 31747

    Soviet Film Style, from Silence to Sound

    Instructor: Anne Nesbet

    MW 2-330P, 188 DWINELLE

    This semester we will focus on a number of great Soviet silent filmmakers – Eisenstein, Kozintsev and Trauberg, Kuleshov, and Vertov – and follow the evolution of their film style as they made the transition into sound. Readings will … More

  • 160 - 002 | CCN: 31749

    Berlin/Hollywood: German Expressionism and Popular Cinema

    Instructor: Anton Kaes

    W 11-2P, 188 DWINELLE

    German expressionist cinema of the 1920s was a laboratory in which a modernist film language was invented. The aim of this course is to investigate how the expressionist visual style came to be identified with German art cinema and how Hollywood … More

  • 180A | CCN: 31753

    Beginning Screenwriting

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    Tu 9-12P, 226 DWINELLE

    This writing workshop explores the art and craft of writing a feature length, narrative screenplay. Each student pitches three story ideas, chooses one concept to develop into an outline and then completes the first act of the … More

  • 185A | CCN: 31754

    Digital Video: Architecture of Time

    Instructor: The Staff

    MWF 9-12P, 30 DWINELLE

    This hands-on studio course is designed to present students with a foundation-level introduction to the skills, theories, and concepts used in digital video production. As digital technologies continue to expand our notion of time and space, … More

  • 187A | CCN: 31756

    Advanced Digital Video

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    TuTh 1-4P, 135 DWINELLE

    This hands-on course explores the process of making a narrative short using digital video production. Over the semester, students will write, rewrite, pre-visualize, shoot, direct and edit one project, approximately 12-15 minutes in length. … More

  • 186 | CCN: 31792

    Special Topics in Moving-Image Production

    Instructor: The Staff

    This course investigates special topics in, and special technologies of, moving-image production: e.g., experimental film, documentary film, digital special effects, etc. This is a hands-on studio course designed for students who have mastered … More