Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2018

  • Film Genre: Western Noir

    108-002 | CCN: 24293

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    In this course we will examine the hybridization of two American genres, the Western and film noir. We'll examine how the combined traits of the two genres complicate the social conflicts they depict and defamiliarize their defining... More
  • Film Genre – Weird Science: Technology and the Body in Science Fiction Cinema

    108-003 | CCN: 32582

    Instructor: Emily West

    This course investigates how contemporary science fiction cinema redraws boundaries between human and non-human flesh, natural and artificial intelligence, living and non-living matter. Beginning with the body-horror science fiction of the late 1970s and early 1980s, we... More
  • Documentary Film

    128 | CCN: 24296

    Instructor: Natalia Brizuela

    This course surveys the history, theory and practice of documentary film and video. We will explore the term and the way it has changed, as a term and as a practice, since the beginning of cinema. We... More
  • Special Topics in Film – The Close-Up and Scale in the Cinema

    140-001 | CCN: 24298

    Instructor: Mary Ann Doane

    In this course, we will examine the use of the close-up and the concept of scale in the cinema and in film theory, from the early “cinema of attractions” to widescreen cinema of the 1950s to IMAX. ... More
  • Special Topics in Film: After the Digital

    140-003 | CCN: 32628

    Instructor: Jacob Gaboury

    This course will examine the influence of digital technology on contemporary film and visual media. Drawing on art history, cinema studies, architecture, and media studies we will historicize the radical shift brought about by digital technology while... More
  • Auteur Theory: The Films of the Coen Brothers

    151-001 | CCN: 24300

    Instructor: Eileen Jones

    In this course we will examine the films of the 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... More
  • Auteur Theory: Sergei Eisenstein

    151-002 | CCN: 39090

    Instructor: Anne Nesbet

    In this class, presented in coordination with the Pacific Film Archive, we will study the life and works of Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein (1898-1948), one of the most famous and creative filmmakers of the early twentieth century. From Strike to Ivan... More
  • Beginning Screenwriting

    180 | CCN: 24304

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    Students explore the art and craft of writing a feature length, narrative screenplay. Each writer pitches three story ideas, chooses one concept to develop into an outline/treatment and then completes the first act of the script (approximately... More
  • Documentary and Nonfiction Film Production

    184 | CCN: 41549

    Instructor: Ellen Rae Spiro

    This class focuses on practices and techniques of non-fiction digital filmmaking. The class examines important techniques of non-fiction film, such as research and writing for non-fiction, the observational camera, filming in public, the interview, voiceover, working with... More
  • Advanced Digital Production: The Narrative Short

    187 | CCN: 24305

    Instructor: J. Mira Kopell

    This hands-on workshop explores the collaborative process of making a narrative short.   Over the semester, students will write, rewrite, pre-visualize, direct and edit one digital video project, approximately 10 – 12 minutes in length.  Each student will... More
  • Film and Media Cultures

    20 | CCN: 31874

    Instructor: Emily West

    This course introduces students to ways of thinking about “film” and “media” – including print media, photography, television, video, and digital media – as cultural objects that not only carry meaning, but that help create the world in which... More
  • History of Film: Silent-WWII

    25A | CCN: 31876

    Instructor: Emily West

    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 developments, they will... More
  • History of Film (1935 – 2018)

    25B | CCN: 24290

    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... More
  • The Craft of Writing

    R1A - 001 | CCN: 24278

    Instructor: Katherine Guerra

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  • The Craft of Writing: The Myth of Romantic Love in Hollywood and World Cinema

    R1B - 001 | CCN: 24280

    Instructor: Dolores McElroy & Tyleen Kelly

    The focus of this course is to advance students' analytical writing skills, and to give them the tools to incorporate original research into their writing. As a springboard for the completion of these goals, we will be... More
  • The Craft of Writing: The Quotidian

    R1B - 002 | CCN: 24281

    Instructor: Chi Li & Simona Schneider

    Images of everyday life have been a popular attraction since the birth of cinema. Throughout the twentieth century, the quotidian has played a starring role in multiple important aesthetic movements such as Italian Neorealism, French New Wave, the... More
  • The Craft of Writing: Boxing Films

    R1B - 003 | CCN: 24282

    Instructor: Eliot Bessette

    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... More
  • The Craft of Writing: Colonialism and the Image

    R1B - 004 | CCN: 24283

    Instructor: Jennifer Alpert & Diana Ruiz

    In this course, we will challenge the notion that colonialism is a relic of the past by focusing on colonialism’s role in cinema. More than simply the annexation of land by another national power, colonialism exists in... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Seeing Double: Reality and Representation

    R1B - 005 | CCN: 24284

    Instructor: Renée Pastel & Lida Zeitlin Wu

    Though the origins of the doppelgänger figure can be traced to early movements such as Romantic and Gothic literature well predating cinema, double and doubled images have been portrayed on screen since film’s inception. In this course... More