FILM 109 An Introduction to the History and Aesthetics of Film

Professor: McElhatten

CRN: 11559

Distribution: C/F

Time: F 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PRE
Screening: Th 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PRE FILM

A one-semester survey course comprising weekly screenings and lectures designed for first-year students, especially those who are considering film as a focus of their undergraduate studies. Films by Griffith, Chaplin, Keaton, Renoir, Rossellini, Hitchcock, Deren, and others are studied. Readings of theoretical works by authors including Vertov, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Munsterberg, Bazin, and Arnheim.


FILM 202 A Intro to Film Making II

Professor: P. Ahwesh

CRN: 11562

Distribution: F

Time: W 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PRE

Continuation of the study of basic problems (technical and aesthetical) related to the film medium. Prerequisite: Introduction to Film Making I.


FILM 202 B Intro to Film Making II

Professor: P. Hutton

CRN: 11563

Distribution: F

Time: Th 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PRE

Continuation of the study of basic problems (technical and aesthetical) related to the film medium. Prerequisite: Introduction to Film Making I.


FILM 212 Scriptwriting Workshop

Professor: A. Mekas

CRN: 11561

Distribution: B/F

Time: W 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm PRE

From an idea to plot; from an outline to script. Character development, dramatic/cinematic structure. Continuous analysis of students' work. Students who wish to take the course shoudl have a demonstrable background in film or writing and be willing to share their work with others. Admission by permission of the professor; samples of work (finished or in progress) must be submitted prior to registration.


FILM 236 Graphic Cinema

Professor: P. Hutton

CRN: 11560

Distribution: F

Time: W 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PRE

This class will explore the materials and processes available for the production of graphic film or graphic film sequences. The course consists of ongoing instruction in animation, rephotography, rotoscoping, and drawing on film and of viewing and discussing a number of films that are primarily concerned with the visual.


FILM 247 Video Strategies

Professor: L. Gilliam

CRN: 11557

Distribution: F

Time: Tu 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PRE

As the digital revolution affects both the tools and techniques of motion picture production, students need a practical and conceptual understanding of the relationship between analog and digital processing. This class will provide Film and Electronic Arts students with an overview of the techincal concerns and theoretical concepts raised by production and post-production in video. Approaching image-making as a syntagmatic process, course work will focus on developing visual strategies, narrative devices, and formal languages as a way to formulate ideas and realize personal vision. Through techincal workshops and creative projects students will become proficient in working across different software apoplications, video formats and computer platforms. Through directed readings and class discussions students will problematize the analog-digital juncture, broaching a range of topics of interest to the emerging media producer. This course is open to students with some experience in film and video.


FILM 267 History of Video Art

Professor: L. Gilliam

CRN: 11564

Distribution: C/F

Time: Th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PRE
Screening: W 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PRE FILM

This course is designed to provide an overview and critique of the development of video as an art form, with examples from its diverse history of documentary, abstract, performance-based and narrative practices. Video art is placed in context in relation to other art forms and broadcast television. Alternative television, community-based media projects and new technologies are also considered. Class time is divided among screenings, discussions and student presentations.


FILM 300 Non-Linear Editing

Professor: L. Gilliam

CRN: 11711

Distribution: F

Time: M 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PRE

A class designed to introduce Seniors concentrating in Film and Video production to the Avid Non-Linear Editing System. This class will combine traditional post production editing strategies and theory in conjunction with computer based non-linear techniques. Students will be required to create short 10 minute videos based on film or video material.


FILM 302 MC-Media and Landscape

Professor: P. Hutton

CRN: 11565

Distribution: F

Time: F 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PRE

A class designed for Junior level film and video majore. The class will study and compare representations of the American landscape through the history of film and painting vs. The depiction of landscape and environmental issues manifest through television and video. Students will be required to complete a short film or video referencing these issues. Required reading: B. McKibbon's The Age of Missing Information.


FILM 316 Post-Production

Professor: A. Mekas

CRN: 11555

Distribution: F

Time: M 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PRE

A workshop in sync sound editing, laying of effect tracks, scoring, track separation, A&B cutting, preparation for sound mixing and for an answer print. This course is designed for Juniors and Seniors.


FILM 319 Film Aesthetics Cinema: Film and Fiction in Post World War II Italy

Professor: J. Pruitt/W. Weaver

CRN: 11751

Distribution: A/D

Time: Tu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PRE
Screening: M 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PRE FILM

cross-listed: Integrated Arts, Italian Studies, Literature
An investigation of the innovative Italian filmmakers and writers whoe sorks often grouped under the banner of "Neo-Realism" were to exert world-wide influence in the decade following the end of the Second World War. We will not only do a careful analysis of several key works which seem to define the movement (e.g. Rossellini's film Paisan and Calvino's novel Nest of Spiders, but also trace the roots of Italian realism in the great 19th century novelist Giovanni Verga, and explore those artists whose works reflect back on the post war era and in effect critique it, a position perhaps exemplified by the filmmaker/writer Pier Paolo Pasolini. Films by DeSica, Visconti, Fellini, Bertolucci; fiction by Morante, Moravia among others. Upper College only. Required essays and a term paper.


FILM 362 Electronic Networks

Professor: P. Ahwesh

CRN: 11558

Distribution: C/F

Time: Tu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PRE

This course wll examine the electronic networks of the internet, by exploring a variety of information systems, virtual communities and on-line art projects. These various world, each as distinct interactive models, will be examined and critiqued through selected readings culled from critical theory, policy, history, and aesthetics. Each student will be expected to spend quality time on-line, to tackle several technologies as they apply to activities on the net and to design and mount an on-line project.