Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2015

  • The History of Film (Sound Era)

    25B | CCN: 31651

    Instructor: Mary Ann Doane

     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... More
  • Special Topics in Film: Sound

    140 - 001 | CCN: 31717

    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... More
  • The History of Film (Silent Era)

    25A | CCN: 31645

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    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... More
  • Auteur Theory: Val Lewton

    151 - 002 | CCN: 31735

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    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... More
  • Special Topics in Film: Jane Austen Adaptations

    140 - 003 | CCN: 31726

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    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... More
  • Berlin/Hollywood: German Expressionism and Popular Cinema

    160 - 002 | CCN: 31749

    Instructor: Anton Kaes

    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... More
  • Beginning Screenwriting

    180A | CCN: 31753

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    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 script. Lecture topics... More
  • Advanced Digital Video

    187A | CCN: 31756

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    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. The class... More
  • Soviet Film Style, from Silence to Sound

    160 - 001 | CCN: 31747

    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.... More
  • Documentary Film

    128 | CCN: 31708

    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... More
  • Special Topics in Film: The Cinema of Intimacy

    140 | CCN: 31720

    Instructor: Emily West

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

    108 | CCN: 31693

    Instructor: Emily West

     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
  • Special Topics in Film Genre: Animation

    108 | CCN: 31669

    Instructor: Russell Merritt

    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 course revisits... More
  • Auteur Theory: Taiwan Film Auteurs

    151 | CCN: 31729

    Instructor: Weihong Bao

    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 works in... More
  • Special Topics in Film: The Cinema of Italian Migration

    140 | CCN: 31728

    Instructor: Laura Ruberto

     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... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Dream Plays

    R1B - 001 | CCN: 31603

    Instructor: Jonathan Haynes

    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... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Dream Plays

    R1B - 002 | CCN: 31609

    Instructor: Jonathan Haynes

    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... More
  • Digital Video: Architecture of Time

    185A | CCN: 31754

    Instructor: Mark Berger

    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, value... More
  • Special Topics in Moving-Image Production

    186 | CCN: 31754

    Instructor: Silvia Turchin

    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 the basics of moving-image... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Genre and Technology

    R1B - 004 | CCN: 31621

    Instructor: Justin Vaccaro and Robert Alford

    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 topics... More
  • The Craft of Writing – “You Must Remember This”: Memory and Media

    R1B - 005 | CCN: 31627

    Instructor: Lisa Jacobson and Renee Pastel

    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 an individual and collective level? What claims does... More
  • The Craft of Writing – “Like a Video Game”: War, Participation and Detachment

    R1B - 007 | CCN: 31639

    Instructor: Chris Goetz and Fareed Ben-Youssef

    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 relationship between mediations of war and the dialectic between participation and... More
  • Craft of Writing — Film Focus

    R1B - 003 | CCN: 31615

    Instructor: Katherine Guerra and Hannah Airriess

    Description forthcoming!  ... More
  • Craft of Writing — Film Focus

    R1B - 006 | CCN: 31633

    Instructor: Linda Witkowski and Alina Predescu

    Description forthcoming!  ... More