UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate - 2017

2017

  • Film and Media Cultures

    20 | Session A | CCN: 11602

    Film and Media Cultures

    Instructor: Alex Bush

    What is the role of media in our everyday lives, and how can looking closely at media help us better to understand our culture? This course introduces students to theories and methods in the scholarly study of media, including print, … More

  • Film for Nonmajors

    50 | Session D | CCN: 11605

    Film for Nonmajors

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    This course offers casual movie-goers and seasoned cinephiles alike an occasion to (re)discover the pleasures of the film medium. Open to students from any department, with any level of experience watching films critically, this course provides … More

  • Film Genre: Game of Thrones

    108 - 001 | Session D | CCN: 11606

    Film Genre: Game of Thrones

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro

    Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon. Derived from a series of bestselling novels, it is one of the most popular shows on television, the most pirated show on the web, and a critical darling, courting both a wide demographic of fans and more … More

  • History of Avant-Garde Film

    129 | Session D | CCN: 11610

    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

  • Special Topics in Film Genre: Animation

    108-001 | D | CCN: 13483

    Special Topics in Film Genre: Animation

    Instructor: Russell Merritt

    T/W/Th 2:30-5:00pm, Dwinelle 188; T/W 6:00-8:00pm, Dwinelle 188 More

  • Special Topics in Film Production: Intro to 16mm

    187 | Session A | CCN: 14269

    Special Topics in Film Production: Intro to 16mm

    Instructor: Colin Brant & David Borengasser

    T/W/Th 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:30, Dwinelle 135 & Dwinelle 30 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 … More

  • The Craft of Writing - The Emotional Life of Horror Films

    R1A - 001 | CCN: 14670

    The Craft of Writing - The Emotional Life of Horror Films

    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 - Makin’ Copies: Replication and Repetition in Global Visual Culture

    R1A - 002 | CCN: 14671

    The Craft of Writing - Makin’ Copies: Replication and Repetition in Global Visual Culture

    Instructor: Jennifer Blaylock & Kaitlin Forcier

    The central goal of this class will be to explore the themes of copying and repetition in visual culture as a means to develop and practice the skills of effective writing. The ease of making copies today (copying is just two clicks away) seems … More

  • Film Proseminar

    203 | CCN: 14764

    Film Proseminar

    Instructor: Mary Ann Doane

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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 - Silence and Excess: Giving Absence Form and Voice

    R1B - 001 | CCN: 14781

    The Craft of Writing - Silence and Excess: Giving Absence Form and Voice

    Instructor: Katherine Guerra & Chi Li

    We’ve culled together films which have critical reputations marking them as either bombastic and fast-paced, or restrained with very little dialogue. We are interested in the ways in which films from many different national traditions can … More

  • The Craft of Writing - “We Have the Technology”: Anxieties about New Media

    R1B - 002 | CCN: 14782

    The Craft of Writing - “We Have the Technology”: Anxieties about New Media

    Instructor: Jianqing Chen & Renée Pastel

      This course asks students to consider “new media” in a critical way. As a class, we will question what is “new” about new media, and how discourse around new technologies today fits into a longer legacy of such … More

  • 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

    This class will serve as an introduction to narrative cinema, from its nineteenth-century prehistory to its hugely popular role in the 1930s. Topics considered will include the rise of early film, the gradual development of cinematic narrative, … More

  • 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

  • The Craft of Writing: Recording the Un-recorded: Folklore, Movie Monstrosities, and Global Community

    R1A - 001 | Session A | CCN: 15001

    The Craft of Writing: Recording the Un-recorded: Folklore, Movie Monstrosities, and Global Community

    Instructor: Katherine Guerra

    Humans have been sharing stories and passing down oral and written legends and tales since they began coming together in societies. Legends, folk tales, and monster stories all predate the written word. Our goal is to interrogate why almost … More

  • History of Film: Silent Era

    25A | Session A | CCN: 15002

    History of Film: Silent Era

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    This course walks students through the history of cinema from an examination of the earliest proto-cinematic optical devices to the first experiments with sound film. As students learn the history of these technological, aesthetic, and narrative … More

  • Pitch to Production

    176 | A | CCN: 15062

    Pitch to Production

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    T/W/Th 9:00am-12:00pm, Dwinelle 142 This six-week, three-unit course provides an overview of the producing process for students interested in developing their own creative film/media projects. Since there is no one path forward when developing … More

  • Entertainment Law

    177 | D | CCN: 15063

    Entertainment Law

    Instructor: Felipe Gutterriez

    T/W/Th 9:00am-12:00pm, Dwinelle 142 The practice of entertainment law in the United States lies at the intersection of a number of legal disciplines, among them Constitutional law, tort law, copyright law, and trademark … More

  • Film & Media Professions

    178 | D | CCN: 15064

    Film & Media Professions

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    T/W/Th 12:00-2:30pm, Dwinelle 142 This six-week course is designed to acquaint students with a variety of professions in and around the Bay Area that are open to those wishing to pursue careers in film and media. A series … More

  • The Craft of Writing

    R1B - 001 | A | CCN: 15067

    The Craft of Writing

    Instructor: Katherine Guerra

    T/W/Th 9:00am-1:00pm, Dwinelle 226 More

  • Special Topics in Film Genre: Game of Thrones

    108-001 | A | CCN: 15087

    Special Topics in Film Genre: Game of Thrones

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro

    M/W/F 3:00-5:30pm, Dwinelle 188; M/W 6:00-8:00pm, Dwinelle 142 More

  • Special Topics in Film: The Racialized Body in Science Fiction

    140 | D | CCN: 15091

    Special Topics in Film: The Racialized Body in Science Fiction

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    M/W/F 10:00am-2:00pm, Dwinelle 188 Science fiction is a seemingly de-politicized but highly political genre, historically rooted in Western colonial expansion and directly expressive of imperialist desire and anxiety. This course aims to … More

  • Film Sound

    179 | C | CCN: 15093

    Film Sound

    Instructor: Mark Berger

    M/W/F 3:00-5:30pm, Dwinelle 142 We explore the use and abuse of sound and its relation to image in cinema. With emphasis on how sound influences our emotional reactions, we analyze dialogue, music and effects from the perspectives of the … More

  • The Craft of Writing - Mediaphilia/Mediaphobia Today

    R1A - 001 | CCN: 15139

    The Craft of Writing - Mediaphilia/Mediaphobia Today

    Instructor: Renée Pastel and Chi Li

    Do new media technologies bring us together or isolate us from one another? This course attempts to address this question from a variety of standpoints, including economic, cultural, and political. How can such media be seen as symptoms of a … More

  • The Craft of Writing - Stardom and Spectatorship

    R1B - 001 | CCN: 15147

    The Craft of Writing - Stardom and Spectatorship

    Instructor: Dolores McElroy and Kelly Norris

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  • The Craft of Writing - Classic Trash: Media Refuse from Celluloid to VCDs

    R1B - 002 | CCN: 15148

    The Craft of Writing - Classic Trash: Media Refuse from Celluloid to VCDs

    Instructor: Jennifer Blaylock and Julia Keblinska

    Introduction to cinema courses often draw from a well-established canon to cover a handful of art-house classics. Conversely, this course offers an introduction to global media culture through an exploration of the classic popular and … More

  • The Craft of Writing - Mediating History: The Stories Archives (Don't) Tell

    R1B - 003 | CCN: 15149

    The Craft of Writing - Mediating History: The Stories Archives (Don't) Tell

    Instructor: Alex Bush and Diana Ruiz

    This course will examine the relationship between film, history, and archive. Starting with early cinema and the formation of film archives that accompanied it, we will proceed to investigate such sites of historical collection as museums, … More

  • The Craft of Writing - Boxing Films

    R1B - 004 | CCN: 15150

    The Craft of Writing - Boxing Films

    Instructor: Eliot Bessette and Fareed Ben-Youssef

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Robert De Niro's weight gain, "Eye of the Tiger": boxing films have a knack for culturally enshrining and transforming their content. The artists drawn to boxing films read like a Who’s Who of … More

  • The Craft of Writing - A History of Shadows: From Noir to Neo-Noir

    R1B - 005 | CCN: 15151

    The Craft of Writing - A History of Shadows: From Noir to Neo-Noir

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro and KC Forcier

    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 generating research … More

  • History of Film: WWII-Present

    25B | CCN: 15161

    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

  • Film Genre: Film Noir

    108 - 001 | German 182 - 001 | CCN: 15167

    Film Genre: Film Noir

    Instructor: Anton Kaes

    This course deals with American crime films of the 1940s made by German filmmakers in Hollywood who were refugees from Nazi persecution. Their “dark” films about urban corruption and moral ambiguity introduced a creative … More

  • Film Genre: Gothic Horror

    108 - 002 | Rhetoric 131T | CCN: 15168

    Film Genre: Gothic Horror

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    Because it is notoriously difficult 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

  • Documentary Film

    128 | CCN: 15173

    Documentary Film

    Instructor: Linda Williams

    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

  • Special Topics in Film: Sound

    140 - 001 | CCN: 15175

    Special Topics in Film: Sound

    Instructor: Mark Berger

     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 … More

  • Special Topics in Film: Color Theory

    140 - 002 | Rhetoric 135T | CCN: 15176

    Special Topics in Film: Color Theory

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

     In the introduction to Color: The Film Reader, Brian Price argues that until recently film studies scholars have suffered from “chromophobia,” neglecting to address in any comprehensive way “the centrality of color to the … More

  • Auteur Theory: Silent Film Comedy - Chaplin and Keaton

    151 - 001 | CCN: 15179

    Auteur Theory: Silent Film Comedy - Chaplin and Keaton

    Instructor: Emily Carpenter

    This course seeks to interrogate and re-invigorate the discourse of film authorship by closely examining the work of two artists whose most beloved films preceded the concept of the auteur: Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton. As we move … More

  • National Cinema: Soviet Film Style, from Silence to Sound

    160 - 001 | Slavic 138 | CCN: 15183

    National Cinema: Soviet Film Style, from Silence to Sound

    Instructor: Anne Nesbet

    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

  • National Cinema: Anime

    160 - 002 | CCN: 15184

    National Cinema: Anime

    Instructor: Miryam Sas, Daniel O'Neill

    How does anime create meaning? How has it become a key mode of expression in many cultures today? How does it reveal changes in culture and create new forms for processing powerful feelings? How does the anime industry work, and what does it show … More

  • Beginning Screenwriting

    180 | CCN: 15186

    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 one concept to develop into an outline and then completes the first act of the script. The class is part lecture, part … More

  • Advanced Digital Production: The Narrative Short

    187 | CCN: 15188

    Advanced Digital Production: The Narrative Short

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    This hands-on workshop explores the collaborative 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 – … More

  • Film Historiography

    201 | CCN: 15219

    Film Historiography

    Instructor: Kristen Whissel

    This course investigates a range of methodologies and approaches for writing film and media history from the perspective of technological and historical change. Each week we will focus on recent examples of historiography that engage with, … More

  • Graduate Topics in Film: Cinephilia/Telephilia

    240 - 001 | CCN: 15221

    Graduate Topics in Film: Cinephilia/Telephilia

    Instructor: Mark Sandberg

    This seminar compares the dynamics of unusual forms of attachment to film and television. While “cinephilia” has a long intellectual history that will be explored in detail, while “telephilia” has historically failed to … More

  • 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: The World in Pictures - Writing as Perspective

    R1A - 002 | CCN: 15501

    The Craft of Writing: The World in Pictures - Writing as Perspective

    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

  • Graduate Topics in Film: Frankfurt School and Media Theory

    240 - 002 | CCN: 15617

    Graduate Topics in Film: Frankfurt School and Media Theory

    Instructor: Anton Kaes

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  • 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