Courses

Special Topics

COM FT 552 (4 credits)

See the Department of Film and Televison for specifics.

2017FALLCOMFT552 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm COM 303
2017FALLCOMFT552 D1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm COM 301A
2018SPRGCOMFT552 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm CGS 117A
2018SPRGCOMFT552 B1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 10:10 am 2:05 pm BAB 121A
2018SPRGCOMFT552 C1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:15 pm COM B25
2018SPRGCOMFT552 D1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm COM B29
2018SPRGCOMFT552 E1, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:30 pm 6:15 pm BAB 121
2018SPRGCOMFT552 F1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 9:15 pm COM 310

Special Topics

COM FT 553 (4 credits)

Topics and instructors vary each semester. Details are available from the Department of Film and Television. Recent offerings have included Writing Episodic Drama.

Special Topics

COM FT 554 (4 credits)

Details are available from the department of Film and Television. Topics and instructor vary each semester. Recent topics have included the films of John Cassavetes, Mike Leigh, and Rainer Fassbinder; the Blacklist; Low Brow Comedy.

2017FALLCOMFT554 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B25
2017FALLCOMFT554 B1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 5:00 pm 6:15 pm COM B29
2017FALLCOMFT554 C1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:20 pm 4:15 pm COM B05
2018SPRGCOMFT554 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:15 pm COM B05
2018SPRGCOMFT554 B1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B29
2018SPRGCOMFT554 C1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B05
2018SPRGCOMFT554 D1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:15 pm COM B31
2018SPRGCOMFT554 E1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM 212
2018SPRGCOMFT554 F1, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 12:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 317

The Narrative Documentary Practicum

COM FT 555 (4 credits)

This practicum, designed for advanced film and television production students, focuses on the highly specialized filmmaking techniques used for the narrative documentary; that is, character-driven films about real people. The course also explores this tradition's rich legacy: from the Russians of the 1920s, through the CV movement of the 1960s, and on to the present day host of new films spawned by digital filmmaking technology.Course Prerequisites: FT 402 B+ or Better. Or by permission of Instructor.

2017FALLCOMFT555 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm COM B29

The Documentary

COM FT 560 (4 credits)

Surveys the history of the documentary and the changes brought about by the advent of television. Examines the outlook for the documentary idea in national and international markets. Periodic highlighting of special areas such as the portrayal of war, historical events, drama-documentary, and propaganda. Students develop critical and professional skills. Lectures, screenings, discussions.

Television Drama

COM FT 561 (4 credits)

Surveys the history of television drama from its "live" beginnings in the 1950s to contemporary taped and filmed series, mini-series, and specials. The critical evaluation of such forms as sitcoms, soap operas, and regularly scheduled dramatic series from the perspective of the producer, writer, and director. Lectures, screenings, writing reviews, and discussions.

French New Wave

COM FT 563 (4 credits)

Studies the great 1960s movement in filmmaking that has stayed forever fresh and challenging and has influenced all filmmaking since. The class will view and discuss films of Resnais, Malle, Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Varda, and others. We will consider the directors' innovative production practices and film styles, their attitude to their times and to life in general, and what their films finally achieve as works of art. We will talk about this movement's influence and what has developed out of it. Readings will include writings by the filmmakers, many of whom were prolific as film critics and theorists.

2017FALLCOMFT563 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B05

Motion Picture Editing

COM FT 565 (4 credits)

Given its central role in the filmmaking process, examining the way films are edited can reveal a lot about the inner workings of film and help students understand the art of filmmaking. Editing scenes from films, television shows, and other material in a classroom setting and then examining different versions of those scenes can help students become better editors and will help them evaluate/critique their future film and television work. The course is designed for students who have edited a number of exercises and films in previous classes. It provides an opportunity for students to develop advanced editing skills, while learning advanced digital editing techniques on the Avid Media Composer. This is an advanced editing class, and not a course on how to use the Avid. By editing scenes from episodic television shows, and other professionally shot footage, students will learn how to select (and reject) material, where and when to cut, how to create pace, how to control what the audience sees and does not see, how to add music and effects to increase the emotional content, and how to use visual effects to enhance the impact of the material.

2017FALLCOMFT565 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 12:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 301A
2018SPRGCOMFT565 A1, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:30 pm 9:15 pm COM 310

Film Styles

COM FT 567 (4 credits)

"Style" is a term that crops up routinely in discussions of film, but does it really mean anything? Through the careful study of a broad variety of films, we will compile a catalog of stylistic components which critic and filmmaker alike can use to think more clearly about this slippery concept. How does one create a style? How does style influence narrative? What tools does a director use to create a distinctive style? Using feature films and film clips, this course will answer these and other questions about film style.

Holocaust on Film

COM FT 569 (4 credits)

Holocaust on Film examines the aesthetics of filmic texts which place the experience of the Holocaust at the center of their investigation.

Uncensored TV: The rise of Original Scripted Series on Cable TV

COM FT 570 (4 credits)

Using series like The Sopranos, Weeds, and Breaking Bad as case studies, this course will examine the current state of cable TV with regard to industry, "quality," genres, auteurs, and the so-called "post-network" era. Students will approach these cable series with a critical eye as they work to connect industry, political economy, and government regulation to issues of social class, television hierarchies, and artistry. Students will also emerge from the course with a thorough understanding of how to perform television-focused research and analysis.

2018SPRGCOMFT570 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM B31

BUTV

COM FT 573 (2 credits)

BUTV1 is a credit-earning opportunity for members of BUTV10 & BUTV10.com, BU's student campus channel and website. Students work with at least one of the organization's productions or administrative departments. For undergraduates, one previous, not for credit, a semester in the organization is required, except with Faculty Advisor consent. This requirement does not apply to graduate students. All students must coordinate participation and be approved by the faculty advisor. 2 credits pass/fail, either semester.

2017FALLCOMFT573 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGCOMFT573 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
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ARR TBD TBD

BUTV2

COM FT 574 (2 credits)

BUTV2 is a credit-earning opportunity for contributing members of BUTV10 & BUTV10.com, who have previously earned credit by successfully completing FT573: BUTV1. Students work with one of the organization's productions or administrative departments. All students must coordinate participation and be approved by the faculty advisor. 2 credits pass/fail, either semester.

2017FALLCOMFT574 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGCOMFT574 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
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ARR TBD TBD

Renoir&Beunel

COM FT 575 (4 credits)

Globalnewwaves

COM FT 576 (4 credits)

Godard

COM FT 577 (4 credits)

3MASTERDIRECTRS

COM FT 578 (4 credits)

Eurodirectors

COM FT 579 (4 credits)

Subversvecine

COM FT 580 (4 credits)

Thrdwrlddirctrs

COM FT 581 (4 credits)