Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2020

  • Special Topics: The Essay Film

    187 | CCN: 32175

    Andrea Bussman

    4 Units

    *This course will be taught via Remote-Synchronous instruction

    Lecture: M 9am-12pm; Lab: M 12pm-3pm

    This film production course will encourage students to visually express themselves by delving into a range of films and formal strategies that are expressed under the broad rubric of the essay film.  The essayistic mode in cinema is often an exploration and interrogation of images, language, place, society, politics, history, and their entangled narratives. Students will be encouraged to draw unexpected connections and use eclectic approaches in their aesthetic pursuits. The class is composed of one six-hour long session weekly.  Class time will be used for a variety of purposes, including watching and examining seminal works, technical workshops, in class assignments-including recording and editing images, and assisting other students with their projects through constructive feedback sessions.   In addition to scheduled class time, students will be assigned a series of production assignments to be completed outside of class.  Prerequisites: No production experience needed.  The class is open to juniors and seniors. Preference is given to Film & Media majors. Interested students should be prepared to attend the first class and answer a series of questions emailed out prior to it.