Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2014

  • The Auteurity of Italian Cinema

    Film 151 Section 002 | CCN: 31747

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  • Contemporary Chinese Film Auteurs

    Film 151 Section 003 | CCN: 31753

    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... More
  • Geek Auteurs: Abrams, Whedon

    Film 151 Section 004 | CCN: 31759

    Instructor: Emily West

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

    Film 160 | CCN: 31764

    Instructor: Deniz Göktürk

    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 Andersen... More
  • Beginning Screenwriting

    Film 180A | CCN: 31765

    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. ... More
  • Advanced Screenwriting

    Film 180B | CCN: 31768

    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.... More
  • Focus on the Narrative Short

    Film C185 | CCN: 31771

    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... More
  • Disney and Pixar

    Film 151 Section 001 | CCN: 31735

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    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 standard... More
  • Stardom and Cinema

    Film 140 Section 001 | CCN: 31732

    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 and ideologies” that we... More
  • The Craft of Writing: Cinema, Constrained

    Film R1A Section 001 | CCN: 31603

    Instructor: P. G. Ellis

    “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 writers to be a single, seamless shot. This experiment... More
  • The Craft of Writing

    Film R1B Section 001 | CCN: 31627

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  • The Craft of Writing

    Film R1B Section 003 | CCN: 31633

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  • The History of Film (Part 1)

    Film 25A | CCN: 31651

    Instructor: Mark Sandberg

    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
  • Moving Image Media Production

    Film 26 | CCN: 31657

    Instructor: Jeffrey Skoller

    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... More
  • History of Film and Media Theory

    Film 100 | CCN: 31675

    Instructor: Miryam Sas

    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? ... More
  • Gothic Horror Film

    Film 108 Section 001 | CCN: 31702

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    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, television, gaming, and fashion, we... More
  • East Asian Horror Cinema

    Film 108 Section 002 | CCN: 31708

    Instructor: Daniel O'Neill

    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... More
  • History of Avant-Garde Film

    Film 129 | CCN: 31720

    Instructor: Mary Ann Doane

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  • The Craft of Writing

    Film R1A Section 003 | CCN: 31615

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

    Film R1A Section 004 | CCN: 31621

    Instructor: Fareed Ben-Youssef and Jennifer Blaylock

    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... More
  • The Craft of Writing

    Film R1B Section 002 | CCN: 31630

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro

    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
  • Feminist Film Theory

    Film 140 Section 002 | CCN: 31735

    Instructor: Emily West

    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, and stardom in the cinema.... More
  • Field Study at the Pacific Film Archive

    Film 197A | CCN: 31798

    Instructor: Jeffrey Skoller

    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 organize... More
  • Field Studies for Majors

    Film 197B | CCN: 31798

    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... More