This course is an introduction to both 16mm and digital camera systems and how these tools are used to tell a story visually. Students learn basic lighting, editing and field sound recording while developing an expressive use of the medium.
FILM 101 Introduction to Video Production
This course introduces students to basic video production techniques and provides an overview of film and television theory and criticism. By combining theory and hands-on exercises, students are expected to develop the technical, analytical and critical foundations necessary in the video preproduction, production and postproduction phases. Students may acquire the conceptual abilities needed to plan and execute a variety of video projects.
FILM 105 Preproduction
This course explores all aspects of preproduction planning for both film and television. Students assume the role of producer, developing production companies to take the concept from inception to completion through the development phase of the video and filmmaking process. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 123, and FILM 100 or MPRA 103.
FILM 106 Introduction to Screenwriting
In every facet of filmmaking, storytelling skills are critical. This course explores the elements essential to developing those skills, from concept development to story structure and character development. Special emphasis is placed on the use of visual imagery in the storytelling process. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 123.
FILM 132 Lighting and Field Production Techniques
This course examines the theoretical and practical application of the production process. Students gain field production experience in lighting, filming and audio recording and also assume various roles on the production team. Field trips are conducted to a variety of locations, encompassing as many different environments as possible. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 250 or FILM 105 or ITGM 240 or VSFX 210, FILM 100.
FILM 205 Language of Cinema
In this course, students study films in order to comprehend the language of image and montage, the relationship between form and content, text and subtext. Students participate in screenings and discussion of the work of master filmmakers and innovators like D.W. Griffith, Jean Renoir, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, von Trier and many others, including less well-known filmmakers. Screenings and discussion of scenes from seminal documentaries and work that were created from a fusion of cinematic techniques and/or a mix of genres foster an examination of contrasting styles through a range of analytical approaches and cultural influences.
FILM 210 Postproduction Techniques
This course emphasizes both the technical and theoretical aspects of videotape editing. Students are provided with hands-on training and are required to produce various editing exercises, exploring many editing techniques in both narrative and nonlinear narrative contexts. Prerequisite(s): FILM 105, FILM 132.
FILM 215 Screenwriting
Students in this course are exposed to the core elements in screenwriting such as dramatic structure, film language, story and character development and techniques for writing effective dialogue for the screen. Additionally students analyze and discuss successful screenplay mechanics as well as write their own series of short screenplays. Prerequisite(s): DWRI 101 or FILM 106.
FILM 224 Survey of Film
A survey of classic cinematic offerings demonstrate how aesthetic choices (narrative structure, editing, acting performances, lighting, set design, etc.) give films meaning. This course not only examines how these classic films were made, but why and to what effect. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110.
FILM 302 Production Practicum
This hands-on studio workshop is designed to expose students to the daily preproduction operation and expectations of the producer for a small scale film and television project from its inception to its completion. The Production Practicum course functions as a tangible production office where each student has the opportunity to take on the role as producer for senior level student projects. Prerequisite(s): FILM 105.
FILM 304 Commercial Production
This course is designed to help students understand the art of advertising and the television commercial production process. Students are introduced to writing, producing and directing both local and national television spots. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 201, FILM 210.
FILM 310 Television Comedy Writing
An analysis of historic and current trends in network and cable television comedy serves as a foundation for students to create original material, either in the comedy sketch format, the hour or the half-hour situation comedy format. Prerequisite(s): FILM 215.
FILM 311 Television Drama Writing
Students analyze current trends in the television drama and then apply that knowledge to create a spec script for a current television drama. Prerequisite(s): FILM 215.
FILM 312 Panther Dolly Seminar
This course experiments with basic camera moves inherent in the Panther Dolly system and introduces students to how the choreography of the camera and actors can be integrated. The ultimate goal is to encourage and facilitate a varied use of space, camera angles and composition, thereby stretching the limits of the film and television frame. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.
FILM 313 Advanced Lighting
This course advances and expands on basic video and film lighting techniques and establishes a correlation between lighting for film and television. Also covered are the technical considerations and aesthetics of lighting in both media. Students are introduced to the collaborative role of the director of photography through analytical and hands-on applications of lighting and film/electronic cinematography. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.
FILM 315 Advanced Screenwriting
This course explores longer narrative forms, the documentary and experimental story structure. Emphasis is placed on understanding commercial viability, character development, alternative concepts and treatments for narrative, shooting and revision of scripts, shot analysis and molding an artistic vision for feature film and television productions. Prerequisite(s): FILM 215.
FILM 316 Stereoscopic Filmmaking
Students are introduced to the conceptual, theoretical and technical elements of stereoscopic filmmaking. Issues addressed include how this technology is used to successfully enrich the filmic experience, rigs, camera set-ups, technical, aesthetic and conceptual parameters and the principle methods of achieving the stereoscopic image. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.
FILM 320 Directing the Narrative
This course combines hands-on exercises, screenings and demonstrations of the fundamental directing skills required for visual storytelling. Students are introduced to plot development, scene continuity, dramatic motivation of talent, the main narrative models and the language of various narrative structures. Prerequisite(s): FILM 106, FILM 210, MPRA 314, SNDS 201.
FILM 322 Advanced Postproduction
This course explores current postproduction techniques, analyzing various editing styles and examining current video technology. The philosophy of edit decisions and the management of edit decision lists are developed through exercises and assignments. Specific issues relating to the aesthetics of editing, such as editing dialogue, parallel editing and Brechtian distanciation and reflexivity, are also discussed. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210, SNDS 201.
FILM 323 Art Video
The technological and conceptual concerns of video art reflect, and are incorporated into, contemporary culture. This course introduces students to a vast range of video artists and explores the theoretical and/or political underpinnings of their work. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210, SNDS 201.
FILM 326 Creating the Television Pilot
Using the latest trends in television programming, students create and write the pilot and series bible for a new television series. Prerequisite(s): FILM 215.
FILM 330 Aesthetics of Film Editing
This course addresses the discipline as an art that requires a historical perspective, a knowledge of contemporary aesthetic trends and practical experience. It also covers the technical aspects of industry standard hardware and software. This course addresses these issues in a studio setting where students screen and analyze scenes from seminal work as well as scenes of their own choosing. Scenes from an Oscar-winning film are supplied for the editing projects. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.
FILM 337 Directing the Documentary
Through critical analysis and hands-on experience, students are expected to grapple with the art of documentary production. The course examines the techniques and conceptualizations of established and self-made directors. Production assignments explore documentary techniques so that students develop an understanding of nonfiction objectivity with a critical eye for, and appreciation of, a genre’s implicit subjectivity. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210, SNDS 201.
FILM 361 Theory and Application in Film
The course provides an overview of the major theoretical and critical approaches involved in the production of time-based media and the relationship of these movements to the students’ own work. Students are introduced to rudimentary critical theory and asked to apply it to their own artistic interests through a series of video “sketches.” This course is designed for undergraduate students to develop an understanding of the content of their work through practical studio application of the themes addressed. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.
FILM 365 Experimental Film and Installation
The course is an investigation of alternative processes in the conceptualization, production and exhibition of time-based media. By experimenting with both traditional and innovative methods, students approach working with the moving image as a means of artistic expression. Conceptual and theoretical issues, aesthetics and installation-based venues of presentation are realized through the production of student work. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.
FILM 366 Production for Alternative Distribution
Students in this course create original work for methods of distribution other than those traditionally used by cinema and television. Special attention is given to analyzing new trends in time-based media distribution via the Internet, mobile handheld devices such as cell phones and the iPod, and other emerging technologies. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.
FILM 367 Directing and Producing the Music Video
Using industry-standard music video production equipment, as well as preproduction, production and postproduction techniques, this course is an exploration of music video production techniques and an overview of music video theory and criticism. By combining theory and hands-on exercises, students are expected to develop the technical, analytical and critical foundations necessary for all music video preproduction, production and postproduction phases. Students acquire the conceptual abilities needed to plan and execute a professional music video. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.
FILM 393 Digital Cinematography
Through various exercises, students learn how digital cinematography techniques are utilized in current film and television productions. Students explore and evaluate digital image capture as executed by digital cinematographers, and develop necessary digital moving image techniques essential for digital image capture. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.
FILM 401 Directing Actors
This course explores the theoretical and practical considerations of the director in relationship to the multiple facets of directing actors. The course is an in-depth workshop involving casting, mounting and realization of a sequence from a screenplay emphasizing characterization and shot design. Students are introduced to basic techniques in film, television and theater acting; script and character analysis (text vs. subtext); the director’s breakdown; casting actors; special skills in rehearsals; improvisation; pacing the actor’s performance; and navigating multiple film performances from the ensemble perspective. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132 or MPRA 204.
FILM 403 Cinematography
This course builds on students’ knowledge of video production and applies their skills to film. Students are expected to learn to load film magazines, operate film cameras and light for film. Topics of discussion include careers in film and television and the aesthetic of working with film. Students develop expertise in film processing and printing the film to tape transfer, film stocks and double system sound recording. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.
FILM 408 Steadicam
This advanced production course focuses on the Steadicam, a stabilizing system designed to have the mobility and flexibility of a hand-held camera while dramatically increasing image stability. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.
FILM 412 Shot Design
Students learn to communicate more effectively and aesthetically through shot design by deconstructing and evaluating scenes from films. Students have the opportunity to critically explore the planning, composition and execution of a scene in order to better understand the artistic role of the director. Emphasis is placed on how decisions regarding camera, color, light and location affect the storytelling of a scene. Prerequisite(s): FILM 320.
FILM 413 Special Topics in Film and Television
The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of film and television and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
FILM 420 The Distribution Revolution
Special attention is given to analyzing the new trends in film distribution via the Internet and mobile hand held devices. This course examines from a practical application and contemporary perspective the rapidly changing landscape of content distribution in the global marketplace. Topics include theatrical distribution, cable and television sales, simultaneous global distribution, the impact of the Internet on the production, marketing and distribution of film and the future of content distribution in all media. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.
FILM 421 Environmental Filmmaking
This course explores the unique challenges of the environmental filmmaker, including natural history storytelling, capturing wildlife behaviors on camera and filming in outdoor locations such as marine environments. Students gain valuable hands-on experience through the creation of environmental films while learning how to achieve professional success in a rapidly growing field. Prerequisite(s): FILM 337.
FILM 425 Advanced Production Practicum
This course is a hands-on studio experience designed to build upon previously learned preproduction and production skills in order to expose students to the advanced aspects of small to mid-scale film and television production from inception to completion. Advanced Production Practicum is offered when specific projects are in need of what the course can offer a client, and functions as a tangible production office where each student has the opportunity to take on the role as Producer or Department Head. Prerequisite(s): FILM 305.
FILM 431 Film and Television Senior Project I
Students define the preproduction, production and postproduction stages of their senior projects. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the script, preparing a budget, determining a schedule, casting, identifying the target audience and deciding on a method of distribution. Students are expected to focus on very specific career goals, setting expectations and creating strategies. Prerequisite(s): FILM 320 or FILM 337.
FILM 432 Film and Television Senior Project II
In this course, students concentrate on the physical production of their senior project, applying their acquired knowledge of the filmmaking process and focusing on the completion of the filming component in advance of postproduction work. Experience in preproduction, scriptwriting and research, lighting, camera techniques, audio, directing, computer graphics and postproduction are utilized. Prerequisite(s): FILM 431.
FILM 433 Film and Television Senior Project III
This course represents the third phase of the senior project. Students focus principally on the postproduction of the final project, as well as on preparing their sample reels, solidifying career goals and determining strategies to reach them. Prerequisite(s): FILM 432.
FILM 450 Off-campus: Los Angeles
With a faculty member of the film and television department, students travels to Los Angeles and meet with a variety of industry professionals. Before the trip, studenst write a résumé, create a business card and develop a portfolio that highlights their strengths as filmmakers. Upon the student's return, he/she formulates a specific follow-up strategy with the industry contacts that is designed to maximize his/her relationships with them and facilitate the student’s entry into the job market. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.
FILM 453 International Video Seminar
This course allows students to produce a video, utilizing the architectural backdrops of Provence as a stimulus for creating unmatched footage for a sample reel. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chair.
Students are introduced to the technical components necessary for film and television production. Students learn basic skills (appropriate to a graduate level) in lighting, professional video, field audio recording and post production while developing an expressive use of digital video for creative storytelling.
FILM 502 Conceptual Elements of Film Production
This course is an exploration of the conceptual elements of filmmaking. Students learn the importance of story structure, film text and form, the essential elements of an effective screenplay and the necessary procedures to film a narrative script.
FILM 503 Practical Elements of Film Production
In their roles as directors and producers, students learn how to bring a screenplay from development to the screen through scheduling, budgeting, casting and location scouting. Students learn how to direct by creatively transforming a screenplay into a film through previsualization, shot design and directing actors.
FILM 704 Producing for Film and Television
This course examines the creative, organizational and managerial roles of the producer in narrative and non-narrative genres. Special attention is given to the challenges that face producers, directors, writers and production managers. Topics include feature filmmaking, independent production, television programming, financing and distribution and the collaborative process. Students are expected to break down, schedule and budget a feature film.
FILM 706 Screenwriting: The Short Form
Students explore the process of writing a short screenplay or screenplays suitable for production as a graduate thesis film. Lectures and writing exercises introduce students to basic script format and the principles of story creation, character evolution, dialogue and plot construction. Students apply these principles as they pitch, develop and write a short script.
FILM 707 Screenwriting
This course is a study of the traditional feature-length narrative screenplay. Students explore the principles of story creation, character development, plot construction, dialog and visual storytelling as it applies to the three-act structure of feature films. Students pitch, develop their stories with a detailed beat outline, and then adapt that outline to a screenplay.
FILM 708 Designing Shots
Students learn to master the creation of visually compelling and emotionally powerful images in a studio setting, where they choreograph the camera with the actor. Effective and eloquent shot listing is developed to correspond with blocking a scene for performance. Emphasis is placed on the aesthetics of cinematic design.
FILM 710 Film and Digital Media Production Technology
Students in this course acquire an understanding of the role of picture capture in regard to the entire filmmaking process, and experience the full collaborative process of making movies, including film and digital cameras, lighting for film and video and recording location sound. In addition, focus is placed on the aesthetics of the image.
FILM 717 Postproduction
This course explores current postproduction techniques, combining analysis of editing styles with an examination of editing technology. The philosophy of edit decisions and the management of edit decision lists are developed through a series of exercises and assignments. Emphasis is placed on editing for maximum time and budget efficiency.
FILM 726 The Screenplay Adaptation
The adaptation of source material for the narrative feature is a staple of both mainstream Hollywood and independent films. Source material is identified, analyzed and restructured for the needs of a three-act feature screenplay. Students write a treatment and the first act of a feature film. Material to be adapted must be discussed with the professor prior to the quarter in which the course is taken. Prerequisite(s): FILM 707.
FILM 727 Cinematography
This course introduces students to the art and craft of motion picture photography, making distinctions between cinematography and videography, including their unique preproduction and postproduction concerns. Students are expected to build on their knowledge of videography and apply their skills to cinematography. Students are introduced to the practical operations of a variety of 16mm and 35mm film cameras. The technical concerns of various media, such as lighting for film, emulsion sensitometry and on-set procedures, are emphasized. A strong focus is placed on the aesthetics of film as a means of visual expression.
FILM 728 Theory of Motion Picture Editing
The theory of motion picture editing is analyzed through both historic and contemporary films. Students screen and analyze scenes from this seminal work and apply that knowledge by editing the dailies from an award-winning film. This course is an in-depth investigation of the theory of editing and is designed to impart a greater understanding of the art of the motion picture editor. Prerequisite(s): FILM 717.
FILM 729 Directing for Film and Television
This course focuses on the theoretical and aesthetic challenges faced by the director. Students screen and discuss selected films, analyzing specific issues related to framing, screen direction and camera placement. Strategies for preparing actors, character development and casting are addressed through a survey of various schools of acting theory. Workshops provide students with practical experience in staging dramatic narrative scenes. This hands-on experience emphasizes dialogue analysis, dramatic script content and shot design. The course is conducted in a collaborative environment to reflect the director-actor working relationship. Prerequisite(s): FILM 710, FILM 717.
FILM 732 Field Production
An in-depth examination of field production techniques, this course combines hands-on shooting experience with analysis of in-class screenings. Students are expected to solve creatively and effectively the common problems of scheduling, budgeting and managing personnel in a variety of field production situations. Emphasis is placed on developing a personal directing style.
FILM 747 Graduate Seminar in Film and Television
This special topics course examines issues critical to the film and television profession. The focus of the course varies each term.
FILM 748 Film and Television M.A. Final Project
All M.A. students in film and television are required to develop and complete a final, comprehensive project. The project represents the culmination of the student’s progress throughout the program and must constitute a mature and professional body of work. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.
FILM 750 Off-campus: Los Angeles
Graduate students travel to Los Angeles under the supervision of a faculty member to meet with a variety of industry professionals. Students develop a portfolio that highlights their strengths as filmmakers and formulate a strategy that uses that work to follow up with the industry contacts to facilitate an entry into the job market. Prerequisite(s): FILM 717 and completion of the review for candidacy.
FILM 753 International Video Seminar
In this course, students are directed to produce a video using the architectural and natural backdrops of foreign locations. Students are expected to use the footage to produce a sample reel.
FILM 757 Advanced Postproduction
Students focus on advanced postproduction techniques and theories with a unique chance to use Avid Symphony and Avid Unity Media Network nonlinear editing systems. The students understand the workflow of a high-end postproduction facility and learn to use their advanced editing skills for creative, dramatic and artistic purposes. Prerequisite(s): FILM 717, SNDS 701.
FILM 759 Advanced Production Technologies
This advanced production course focuses on different areas of production technology, such as using a Steadicam and dolly. Prerequisite(s): FILM 710, FILM 717, SNDS 701.
FILM 762 Writing for Television
This in-depth analysis of writing for television is designed to increase competence in media literacy through the analysis of television writing styles and practice in the script writing process.
FILM 763 Writing for Television: Comedy
Students examine current comedy trends on network and cable television and apply that knowledge to create spec comedy material, including sketch comedy and a script for an established television series. Prerequisite(s): FILM 707.
FILM 767 Graduate Digital Cinematography
This course enhances the collaboration between the director and digital cinematographer. Particular topics of emphasis are lighting and composition of the digital moving image, visual storytelling and unification of the film and digital video. Prerequisite(s): FILM 727.
FILM 768 Directing Actors
This course emphasizes a variety of topics relating to facets of the art and craft of directing actors. Through individual projects, academic research and screenings of renowned screen, stage and television directors’ work, this in-depth practicum allows students to accomplish the casting, mounting and realization of a sequence from a feature screenplay focusing on character, sequence and their relationship to the camera composition. Prerequisite(s): FILM 729.
FILM 769 The Television Pilot
In this course, students are introduced to the design and creation of the television pilot. They study the latest trends in TV programming, both network and cable, and survey the history of network and cable television. Drama, comedy and reality genres are analyzed. As the culmination of the course, students create and write a television pilot. Prerequisite(s): FILM 707.
FILM 770 Film and Television Professional Development
This course provides the opportunity for film and television students to develop and design publicity materials, including program descriptions, publicity stills and news releases to publicize various accomplishments. Students develop an understanding of distribution practices, various computer networks and service providers and publicity and professional advancement opportunities. Prerequisite(s): FILM 717, FILM 732, SNDS 701.
FILM 779F Graduate Field Internship
Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
FILM 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
FILM 780 Special Topics in Film and Television
This elective course provides an opportunity for students to focus on particular issues in the field of film and television or to study advanced techniques and processes. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course may include lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the nature of the topic.
FILM 781 Directed Teaching
Candidates serve as faculty of record for film or cinema studies, and assume full teaching duties in an undergraduate FILM or CINE course at the 100- or 200-level under the guidance of senior faculty. Candidates deliver the course based on an approved syllabus and report to the department chair. Prerequisite(s): CINE 788, FILM 779T.
FILM 787 Film and Television M.F.A. Thesis Preproduction
This course focuses on the preparation phase of film and television thesis work; it is designed to guide graduate students through the stages of preproduction, including concept pitching, story development, scriptwriting, budgeting, scheduling, storyboarding, photo-scripting, crewing, casting and advanced production planning.
FILM 790 Film and Television M.F.A. Thesis
As the culmination of the M.F.A. experience in the film and television department, the thesis is designed to demonstrate a mastery of the skills required to produce professional film and television programming. The visual component of the thesis consists of a completed film and television program, accompanied by appropriate supporting material as outlined in a written contractual agreement between the student and the thesis adviser. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.