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Film Studies Courses (FILM) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
FILM 1171 Filmmaking I Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

How observations and visions are turned into images. How images are connected to form ideas. Projects in silent filmmaking, shooting, lighting, and editing are included. The course is also about film as a form or expression and communication. A class for beginners. Equipment is provided.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 1501 Social Problems on the Silver Screen Spring 6
Course Description

Film, as a socio-political witness to a specific historical era, documents the past but also speaks poignantly to the present. In this course we will use film to explore central social problems of the modern era--war, hate, and injustice--putting the movies both in historical and aesthetic contexts. Students will not only understand the artistic and historical import of the films in this class, but also will grapple with the difficult ethical questions these films will raise. This course will also promote visual literacy in an increasingly visual world.


Instructor(s): Cynthia Lyerly and John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST1507

Comments: Core Renewal Course:Complex Problems

FILM 1502 Social Problems on the Silver Screen Lab Spring 3
Course Description

Film, as a socio-political witness to a specific historical era, documents the past but also speaks poignantly to the present. In this course we will use film to explore central social problems of the modern era—war, hate, and injustice—putting the movies both in historical and aesthetic contexts. Students will not only understand the artistic and historical import of the films in this class, but also will grapple with the difficult ethical questions these films will raise. This course will also promote visual literacy in an increasingly visual world.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2160 Russian and Soviet Cinema: History, Theory, Practice Spring 3
Course Description

An overview of the main trends, films, and directors of Russian and Soviet cinema from the early 1900s to the early 1990s, with particular attention to structure, ideology and historical context as well as connections between film and literary texts. Works by Eisenstein, Kalatozov, Muratova, Protazanov, Pudovkin, Tarkovsky, Vertov and others along with a consideration of Soviet contributions to film theory. All lectures, discussions, readings, and papers in English.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SLAV2160

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FILM 2202 Introduction to Film Art Fall 3
Course Description

The basic course introduces essential concepts of film techniques, history, and criticism and supplies the background for more advanced work in film studies. It provides some familiarity with the artistic, economic, technological, and social factors that exerted an influence on the development of the medium and the industry to its present influential role in cultures today. Critical reading and historical research lead to active viewing and to precise written and oral evaluations of individual films.


Instructor(s): Richard Blake, S.J. and Gautam Chopra

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2220 Holocaust and the Arts Spring 3
Course Description

To express the inexpressible tragedy of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945 remains a challenge. The Arts nonetheless attempt to get at the intrinsic experience of this 20th century genocide through poetry, film, music and literature. These symbolic, realist and at times surrealist expressions help us in a human way to understand the historical and personal events of the Holocaust.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2230 Introduction to Video Art Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces video as a medium for artistic expression and conceptual inquiry. Hands-on instruction in camera composition, lighting, sound, and editing allows students to produce individual projects which explore a range of approaches and strategies including experimental, animation, and installation. Recent and historical trends in the medium are covered through the viewing of work by media artists since 1965.


Instructor(s): Sheila Gallagher and Jennifer Friedman

Prerequisites: Students should have taken at least one studio or film class.

Cross listed with: ARTS2230

Comments: Lab fee required.

FILM 2244 Biography & Autobiography Summer 3
Course Description

The course will be structured around the genres of biography and autobiography and the ways in which the written genre is transformed and reinterpreted through film. Through analysis and close reading of texts, students will have opportunities to reflect upon the effectiveness of understanding personal narratives and connecting the individual experience to a larger cultural/historical context. As society moves to a more visual approach for understanding the challenges in life, studying adaptation from the written word to the visual expression can be useful in increasing awareness of the human condition and learning about the self. In addition to assigned readings and films, students will be provided with an extensive filmography of adaptions as resources for their research papers. The course will cover a selection of classic and contemporary works of literature/film, with a focus on analysis of the genre of autobiography and biography through modern interpretations.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk and Susan Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2273 Filmmaking II Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course is designed for students who want to make movies. Using state-of-art sound film cameras, students develop topics, shoot, and edit their own films. Emphasis is on demystifying the filmmaking process. Equipment is provided.


Instructor(s): John Hoover

Prerequisites: Filmmaking I or permission of the instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Lab fee required.

FILM 2274 Digital Non-Linear Editing Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course will provide the fundamental skills required for editing moving pictures as well as hands-on experience on the Avid nonlinear edit system. The Avid Media Composer is currently considered a standard tool in the video, television, and film industry. Using the system, students will learn the basics of pacing, continuity, and electronic storytelling by producing and editing their own material. They will also master the latest techniques in digitizing, organizing bins and clips, building a timeline, saving sequences, and output to tape.


Instructor(s): Adam Bush

Prerequisites: Departmental permission

Cross listed with:

Comments: Limited to 10 students, lab fee required.

FILM 2275 Final Cut Pro Editing Fall 3
Course Description

This course is an introduction to digital video editing using the Final Cut Pro software environment. Students will learn the basics of digital video editing ranging from digitizing video to timelines to multiple tracks and mixing to transitions and more.


Instructor(s): Kristoffer Brewer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Some equipment required Restricted to majors

FILM 2277 Russian Cinema Spring 3
Course Description

An overview of the main trends, films, and directors of Russian and Soviet cinema with particular attention to structure, ideology, and intent as well as to connections between filmic and literary texts. The course examines works by leading directors along with a consideration of Russian contributions to film theory.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Epstein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SLAV2164 HONR4464

Comments: Conducted entirely in English. All films with English subtitles

FILM 2278 Film, Literature and Law Summer 3
Course Description

Interest in the rapport between film and literature as it relates to the law intrigues us as much today as ever. Literature captures the drama of a legal trial or an investigation into a brutal, racial murder. Film then takes this rich material and shapes it into a compelling form with dynamic visuals and other narrative techniques. The course explores the power of story-telling and the impact of film to embody and inhabit law and its relationship to ideas about inferiority, liberty, citizenry, race, justice, crime, punishment, and social order. Film adaptations from short stories, plays, and novellas will comprise the body of the curriculum.


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Prerequisites: None

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Comments: No Class Monday May 11; Meets on Friday May 15 No Class Memorial Day; Meets on Friday May 29

FILM 2279 Social Issues in Literature & Film Summer 3
Course Description

This course will examine the effective use of the visual image to portray social issues of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Topics such as the inequalities of race, gender, and religion will be the focus. Written accounts (short stories and newspaper articles) will offer further interpretations of these subjects.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Michalczyk and Susan Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2280 American Film History: Early Years Fall 3
Course Description

A survey of the social, artistic, cultural, technological and economic foundations of the American motion picture industry serves as the background for the study of several of the most important directors of the silent era, like Chaplin, Griffith, Keaton and Flaherty, their audiences and the social impact of their work. The introduction of sound will include some early films of Frank Capra.


Instructor(s): Richard Blake, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2281 American Film History: Studio Years Spring 3
Course Description

Looking at several of the key films and directors emerging from the studio system of the 1930s and 1940s, students will gain greater awareness of the development not only of film technique but also of the social and cultural changes brought about in audiences by the Depression and World War II. The films of Lubitsch, Sturges, and others will be considered as products of the commercial, artistic, and social forces exerted on their creators.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Richard Blake, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2282 Political Fiction Film Spring 3
Course Description

Political fiction film has often served as a dramatic means to deliver an ideological message. Its roots go back to Griffith's Civil War epic Birth of a Nation (1915). During World War II with such popular films as Casablanca, Hollywood directors offered patriotic messages to an American audience with its recent history of isolationism. More recently, Costa-Gavras' Z (1969) combined thriller elements with a non-conventional political perspective. Through readings, screenings, and discussion of these and other works, we are able to analyze the dual components of drama and politics in a chronological manner.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2283 History of European Cinema Fall 3
Course Description

Using a survey approach, the course examines the principal movements of Expressionism in Germany, Neo-realism in Italy, and the New Wave in France with an occasional maverick film that becomes monumental in the history of cinema.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2285 Adobe Premiere Editing Fall 3
Course Description

This course is an introduction to digital video editing using the Adobe video suite of software including Premiere Pro, Media Encoder, Photoshop, and more. Students will learn the basics of digital video editing ranging from digitizing video to timelines to multiple tracks and mixing Media Encoder, Photoshop, and more.


Instructor(s): Kristoffer Brewer

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Some equipment required.
Restricted to film majors and minors

FILM 2286 Costa-Gavras: Political Thriller Film Fall 3
Course Description


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2287 Creative Webdesign Spring 3
Course Description

​This introductory course will provide art students the basic skills to extend their art to the internet allowing them to create an online portfolio and artistic presence, learn how to promote and market their art, and more. Digital design, how to take physical art and make it digital, an introduction to open source (community based and free) Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Drupal, along with design coding skills (Cascading Style Sheets - CSS), and more will be taught. No prior experience or prerequisites required.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kris Brewer

Prerequisites: Must successfully complete one of the following: ARTS2230, ARTS3313 FILM3313, ARTS2276, ARTS2250 or FILM1171

Cross listed with: ARTS2287

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FILM 2290 American Film History: Pre-War Period Fall 3
Course Description

TBD


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Prerequisites: None

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FILM 2293 Animation & Experimental Filmmaking Fall 3
Course Description


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3301 Screenwriter Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course will explore the role of the screenwriter in the film making process, from original idea to the finished screenplay and film. Students will also learn how the screenwriter adapts source material such as plays, novels, and real life events. Along the way, students will learn about each of the elements of screenwriting including: structure, character, dialogue, theme, genre and breaking rules. Both individually and as a classroom project, students will read screenplays and analyze the resulting films to gain a better understanding of how those elements work in combination and contribute to the finished product.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3302 Adaptation: Fiction Into Film Fall 3
Course Description

This course explores the interplay between film and literature, in particular, the transposition of different forms of fiction to the movie screen. Using short stories, novellas and plays, students will study and analyze how the screenwriter and director adapt source material to make the film version of that same story. Students will read the original works before watching all or part of the resulting film and discussing the differences and the reasons therefore.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3303 Advanced Screenwriting Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course is for students interested in writing for film, applying the knowledge gained in FILM3301 toward their efforts at writing their own screenplays. In the early part of the class, students will select an idea for a film and transform that idea into a story suitable for the screen. From there, in a round-table setting, students will complete a series of exercises to help them focus their stories, eventually moving on to writing a finished first act (28-30 pages) by the semester's end.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: FILM3301

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Comments: Limited to 15 students

FILM 3310 The Working Cinematographer: On the Set Spring 3
Course Description

An advanced course in cinematography. Students rotate crew assignments in the camera, lighting and grip departments while completing video assignments varying documentary/dramatic, daylight, exterior/interior shooting skills. Visits by local freelancers underscore the collaborative nature of the role of the director of photography. Ideal for future filmmakers or aspiring film/video professionals.


Instructor(s): John Hoover

Prerequisites: Filmmaking I or equivalent or consent of the instructor

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FILM 3312 World Cinema Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for students to explore films from regions other than Europe and North America. Films of Asia, Africa or the Middle East will serve as a focus for the course. Special attention is given to the social, economic, cultural, and political contexts from which these films arise, both in the country of origin and in the West.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3313 Animation & Experimental Filmmaking Fall 3
Course Description

Students in this course will gain experiential knowledge of animation and the history of experimental film. Through lectures and screenings, visiting artists and workshops, the course is designed to encourage a dialogue between hands on production and critical discourse. Working with a range of digital, analog, and live processes (e.g. Aftereffects, DragonFrame, MadMapper) , students will explore the creative potential of these technologies to best animate an idea, inspiration or question. Students are expected to have basic digital media production skills. Drawing experience is encourage.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kevin Sweet

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: At least one of the following: ARTS 2230 / FILM 2230 Introduction to Video Art ARTS 2276 Art and Digital Technology ARTS 2250 Introduction to Digital Design FILM 1171 Filmmaking 1 or permission of the Instructor. Preference will be given to majors in Studio Art or Film.

FILM 3314 Cinema of the Greater Middle East Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Cinema shapes the way we view a culture, but in order for a film to reveal that culture, we must view the film with an understanding of the context in which it was created. In this course we will look at several films from the Greater Middle East and study their artistic aspects as well as the cultures within which they were shot. We will also explore the various points of view of the filmmakers and look into how the scripts and the shooting styles serve to accomplish their goals.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Pamela Berger

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3315 Film Noir Spring 3
Course Description

We will explore the history of the enigmatic Hollywood style from its origins in German Expressionism and Hard Boiled Fiction through its classic era, and finally into its rebirth as revisionist neo-noir in the 1970s. The course will examine how American social and political history factored into noir's sudden appearances, and study theoretical concepts of genre, space, gender, and self-perception. Directors include Wilder, Tourneur, Aldrich, Altman, Polanski, and Lynch.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3320 Korean Cinema Fall 3
Course Description

South Korea today is home to one of the most vibrant film industries in the world. It is also a cinema largely unknown to Americans. The course will introduce students to a broad range of Korean films, from melodramas made during the Japanese colonial era to contemporary horror films. Along the way we will explore Korean political history, the relationship to Hollywood and European cinematic conventions, questions of genre, and auteurism. Films to be screened may include: Madame Freedom, Old Boy, and Welcome to Dongmakgol.


Instructor(s): Christina Klein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL4373

Comments: Requires one film screening per week outside of class time and weekly reading

FILM 3325 The Comic Film Fall 3
Course Description

Laughter is a universal phenomenon seen widely in films from the birth of cinema in Lumiere Brothers pranks on screen in 1895 to the current spoofs and mockumentaries. This class will trace the evolution of comedy in film from the early silent films (Chaplin), through intellectual comedy (Woody Allen), to the most recent comedies on screen today. The survey will analyze the psychological and sociological essence of comedy in its various forms from slapstick and situational comedy to word-plays and clever one-liners.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3331 Independent American Film Spring 3
Course Description

How might contemporary independent cinema be seen as both an alternative and a response to mainstream Hollywood fare? How has the acquisition of indie studios, such as Miramax and New Line Cinema, transformed the industry? Has the affordability of technology and accessibility of audiences truly created a democratization of film? This course emphasizes critical examination of contemporary American Independent film from the 1980s films of John Cassavetes, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee through the 1990s and 2000s with features from Kevin Smith, Allison Anders, Richard Linklater, Quentin Tarantino; shorts from Wes Anderson and Jane Campion; and current festival hits.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3332 Maverick Hollywood Directors Fall 3
Course Description

Beginning with Orson Welles in the 1940s, students will study the unconventional formal and narrative devices of directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Hal Ashby, David Lynch, and PT Anderson, who were able to explore unusual, challenging, and provocative themes within the rigid confines of the economically-minded Hollywood film industry.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3333 War Is Hell:The Combat Film Fall 3
Course Description

The most common image of combat film is one of "guts and glory." Behind this image, lies a harsh reality of the impact of war on the body and soul of the soldier and civilian. This course will study chronological evolution of war film from racist interpretation of the Civil War in Griffith's Birth of a Nation, through World War I and II with Milestone's acifist All Quiet on the West Front, Spielberg's hyper-realistic Saving Private Ryan to more recent times,Vietnam War films, Coppola's surrealistic Apocalypse Now, the war in Iraq with In the Valley of Elah and Control Room.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3336 Cold War Revisited on Screen Fall 3
Course Description

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Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3343 Genocide and Film Fall 3
Course Description

An historical overview of the twentieth century tragedy of genocide and ethnic cleansing as depicted in feature films as well as documentaries. Through analysis of a series of poignant films the plight of Native Americans, the controversial Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust and its legacy, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the Hutu-sponsored massacres in Rwanda will help grasp the driving mechanism of genocide and ethnic cleansing.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Michalczyk and Ray Helmick, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: TMST7100 THEO3343

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FILM 3355 The Cinema of Revolution&Revolt Fall 3
Course Description

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Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Pamela Berger

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3380 Latin American Cinema Spring 3
Course Description

The course serves as introduction to Latin American Studies in general and Latin American film in particular. We will look at the historical and aesthetic changes of Latin American film through history. How were those films defined by their political circumstances? What is the relation between form and content in films that are consistenly concerned with national identity? And what do they tell us about Latin America’s search for a film poetics of its own? We will see films and read texts by Tomás Gutierrez Alea, Albertina Carri, Carlos Reygadas, Glauber Rocha, Fernando Solanas, and Susan Sontag among others. This class requires that in addition to critical readings students watch movies outside class time.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with: SPAN6610

Comments: Class and readings in English. Elective for the Hispanic Studies major or minor when taken as first course in language sequence. Fulfills post-1900 Latin American requirement for major.

FILM 3381 Propaganda Film Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces the student to various forms of propaganda usage during the twentieth century, primarily during wartime. Using lectures, film, slides, and outside screenings, it will present in a modified chronological order, the mind set and values of governments in crises periods. On a personal level, the course will offer the student the occasion to see several sides of an issue and help in determining his/her own perspective on the situation.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3382 Documentary Film Spring 3
Course Description


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Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3383 Film Criticism and Theory Spring 3
Course Description

In essence, we become film critics when we explore our opinions about a film in light of the plot, characterization, dramatic tension, etc. As an art form, film criticism emerged on a large scale following release of the controversial film Birth of a Nation (1915). Today film critiques are found in our daily newspapers and weekly journals. This course will continue the process through the screening and discussion of primarily independent films. Students will read extensive critiques and theory, while developing sharp critical and writing skills.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3385 French Cinema Spring 3
Course Description

This course will explore French history as it is depicted in selected French films. We will focus on dramatic narrative films set in different historical epochs from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. We will discuss the differing styles and aesthetics presented by the filmmakers, as well as the cultural/historical background of each film.


Instructor(s): Pamela Berger

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3386 Conflict Resolution Film Fall 3
Course Description

The two professors have over the years brought together their experiences, Michalczyk in making documentary films, Helmick in mediation in several major conflicts, cooperating to produce a series of films on the making of peace, in Northern Ireland, in the Balkan countries, in South Africa, in the Middle East, in Mafia-ridden Sicily, in post-Soviet Russia. These have since been used in those and other conflict areas as tools of peace-making and of understanding the processes of reconciliation.


Instructor(s): Raymond Helmick

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO5592

Comments: The films will be screened during the course, and discussed as documentary cinema and as illustration of peace-making methods and as instruments of peace.

FILM 3388 Asian American Film Fall 3
Course Description

Focuses on films made by and about Asian Americans, exploring them as an art form and a medium for exploring Asian American experiences and identities. Topics include racial and gender stereotypes, the role of cinema in the Asian American movement, whitewashing, and sexual identity. We will watch Hollywood films, independent films, and documentaries. Films may include: Seeking Asian Female, The Motel, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, The Namesake, and Mysterious Skin. Notes: Requires one film screening per week outside of class time and weekly reading.


Instructor(s): Christina Klein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL3383

Comments: This course satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.

FILM 3389 American Directors Series Spring 3
Course Description

This series will concentrate on several directors who have chosen to work on the East Coast rather than in the Hollywood mainstream, such as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sidney Lumet, Elia Kazan and Woody Allen. Many have roots in New York and use the City not only as a setting for their narratives but as a metaphor for the human condition they explore. This school of Urban Realism has enriched American film with a gritty documentary strain that stands in strong contrast to the polished Hollywood style.


Instructor(s): Richard A. Blake, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3390 Sound Design Fall 3
Course Description

This course teaches the basic principles of sound and audio. This will include basic acoustics and how it impacts sound capture, proper gain setup and signal flow from sound to mic to recorder to playback for the cleanest and clearest sound capture and mix, the difference between analog and digital audio, the decibel and what each decibel type means, proper metering and understanding meter ballistics. It will also include field sound and post sound. The sound mix will be the final stage of the course. Adobe Premiere and Audition will be used in the course.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jon Sage

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3391 American Film Genres Fall 3
Course Description

This course will provide a critical method of analyzing the film genres that were characteristic of the American film from the introduction of sound in the 1920s. It will include such topics as the Screwball Comedy, the Western, the Musical, the Gangster Film, the Film Noir, and the Horror Film.


Instructor(s): Richard Blake, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3392 American Film History III: Post-Classical Period Spring 3
Course Description

After the court-mandated demise of the old studio system beginning in 1948, the industry entered a period of independent production, media conglomerates and television production. A survey of historiographical methods addresses the problems of creating a film history that accounts for these on-going changes in the industry. The films of Scorsese, Coppola, Allen, Altman and Kazan illustrate the response of the post-studio generation to the new realities of Hollywood and its audience.


Instructor(s): Richard Blake, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3393 American Classic Auteurs Fall 3
Course Description

Based on an updated form of auteur criticism, which concentrates on the director as author of the film, this course will treat films several of the great American film makers of the classic Hollywood period, like John Ford, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, Frank Capra and John Huston. In addition to class screenings, students will privately view other films of these directors and research the social contexts that influenced their artistic development and reception by the public.


Instructor(s): Richard Blake, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3394 Documentary Film Production Spring 3
Course Description

This advanced, hands-on course focuses on student production of documentary films and will fulfill the senior production requirement. The prerequisite is either Filmmaking II or Cinematography. After learning the components of contemporary documentaries, students will produce their own original 20-minute film based on a polished script, technical filming, and skilled artistic editing.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3395 Teaching Assistantship Fall 3
Course Description

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Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 3396 Advanced Screenwriting II Spring 3
Course Description

In a round-table setting, students will continue to work on the script they began in Advanced Screenwriting. The course will feature more exercises and outlining, leading to the writing of the remainder of their script. As in Advanced Screenwriting, students will critically examine each other's exercises and writing under the guidance of the professor. It is anticipated that students will complete a finished first draft of a full length feature film (100-120 pages) by the semester's end.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: FILM3303

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Comments: Department permission required. Limited to 12 students.

FILM 4440 Independent Study Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

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Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 4461 Filmaking III Spring 3
Course Description

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Instructor(s): Gautum Chopra

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 4471 Introduction to Hispanic Film Fall 3
Course Description

It's easy to watch a movie, but can you see it? This course uses films of several genres from Spain and Latin America to teach students to view visual culture intelligently. Principles of mise en scne, sound, narrative games, and techniques of propaganda and horror are among the components studied. Students build on the skills acquired in Contextos (RL395), learning to apply them to visual media. Films include Fresas y Chocolate, Todo Sobre Mi Madre, Como Agua Para Chocolate, and others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: SPAN3395 Contextos, or permission of instructor.

Cross listed with: SPAN6671

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

FILM 4495 Asian Cinema Fall 3
Course Description

This class explores recent films from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and India. Films will be approached through a variety of critical perspectives, including formalism, auteurism, and historicism. We will watch art films, commercial films, and films that fall between these two categories. We will ask how Asian film industries have been affected by globalization and how national cinemas are becoming increasing transnational. Note: Required weekly film screening Wednesdays 7 – 9 PM.


Instructor(s): Christina Klein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL4495

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FILM 4499 Advanced Independent Research Fall/Spring 6
Course Description

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Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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FILM 5598 Teaching Assistantship Spring 3
Course Description

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Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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