Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2015

  • The Avant-Garde Film

    129 | CCN: 31708

    Instructor: Jeffrey Skoller

    “Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all!”–Andre Breton Avant-garde film is a cinema of subversion, filled with challenging, unruly images and ideas that are often messy, sublime and like life itself, complicated! Avant-garde film is... More
  • Contemporary Chinese Film Auteurs

    151 | CCN: 31755

    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
  • Film and Media Cultures

    20 | CCN: 31641

    Instructor: Damon 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 “specificity,” i.e.... More
  • The History of Film (Silent Era)

    25A | CCN: 31642

    Instructor: Anne Nesbet

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  • The History of Film (Sound Era)

    25B | CCN: 31648

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    In this introductory survey course we will examine the history of cinema from the early sound film era circa 1935 through the international development of film as a transformative technology, art form, and commercial medium up to... More
  • Moving Image Media

    26 | CCN: 31654

    Instructor: Greg Niemeyer

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  • Special Topics in Film: Romantic Comedy

    108 | CCN: 31696

    Instructor: Emily West

    This class will investigate what makes romance — or cinema’s approximation thereof — funny: how and why comedy is one of the most popular genres or modes through which audiences consume romance narratives. This undertaking consists of... More
  • Special Topics in Film: Color Theory

    140 - 001 | CCN: 31732

    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 experience and technology... More
  • Special Topics in Film: Outside the Box: Television and American Culture

    140 - 002 | CCN: 31735

    Instructor: Emily West

    This course offers an introduction to the history and criticism of television, from its emergence as a medium to its convergence with other programming platforms in the contemporary media landscape. Course materials will examine television’s role in... More
  • Special Topics in Film: Italian Cinema

    140 - 004 | CCN: 31744

    Instructor: Sole Anatrone

    Cowboys and mobsters, divas and immigrants, Hollywood and Cinecittà. Italy and the USA share a rich and complicated history that has frequently been the subject of both Italian and American cinema. Hollywood’s fascination with Italian mobsters and large... More
  • Auteur Theory: Coen Brothers

    151 | CCN: 31750

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    In this course we will examine the films of writer-director-producer team Joel and Ethan Coen in terms of the ways in which these films confirm, challenge, and provide insight into existing theories of film authorship. The Coens... More
  • National Cinema: Japanese Cinema

    160 | CCN: 31762

    Instructor: Miryam Sas

    How does cinema convey meaning? How do the images and sounds of cinema shape the way we think about gender, about our place in the world, about who we are and where we came from, about what... More
  • Beginning Screenwriting

    180 | CCN: 31767

    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... More
  • Advanced Screenwriting

    180B | CCN: 31771

    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 topics... More
  • Digital Video

    185 | CCN: 31773

    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
  • The Craft of Writing

    R1A - 003 | CCN: 31612

    Instructor: Robert Alford and Chi Li

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  • The Craft of Writing

    R1B - 001 | CCN: 31624

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro

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  • The Craft of Writing: Seeing Photographically

    R1B - 002 | CCN: 31627

    Instructor: Hannah Airriess and Jennifer Pranolo

    The technological “triumph” of photography, wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1859, lies in the feat of “making a sheet of paper reflect images like a mirror and hold them as a picture.” But as the medium moves... More
  • The Craft of Writing: Genres, Major and Minor

    R1B - 003 | CCN: 31630

    Instructor: Patrick Ellis and Eliot Bessette

    Any system we use for organizing things tells us much about ourselves and our things. Genres are one useful way of organizing films. Like any organizational system, genres can group items by shared features, help... More