Courses

  • COM FT 353: Production I
    An intensive course in all the fundamental aspects of motion picture production. Students learn to use cameras, sound recording equipment and editing software and then apply these skills to several short productions. The course emphasizes the language of visual storytelling and the creative interplay of sound and image.
  • COM FT 401: Romantic Comedies and Melodramas
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 360.
    This class will view and discuss romantic comedies and domestic melodramas made in Hollywood in the 1930's and 1940's. these films were some of the most popular and culturally significant of their time, involving many of the era's best screenwriters and directors and most prominent stars. The films set standards for dialogue writing, rich characterization, film performance and story structure.
  • COM FT 402: Production II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 353; With a B- or higher.
    Intermediate motion picture production with an emphasis on narrative storytelling, high definition cinematography, sync-sound location recording, and multi-track editing. Students develop, produce, direct, shoot, record and edit medium-length productions that are of film festival quality, and which can be incorporated into highlight and demo reels.
  • COM FT 404: Asian Cinema
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 360.
    Surveys important and influential films from India, Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and elsewhere in East Asia from the 1950s to the present, taking in the work of such directors as Satyajit Ray, Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Zhang Yimou, Tsai Ming-liang, and Wong Kar-wai. The course is designed to make students familiar with foundational styles of realism and fantasy in Asian film and with ways Asian films address changes and evolution in Asian culture and society. The course should help students understand certain traditions in Asian film, and prepare them to engage critically with the ever burgeoning, new, and compelling filmmaking that comes from this part of the world.
  • COM FT 411: Screenwriting II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 310; Grade of B+ or better in COM FT 310.
    Writing the feature-length narrative film; creation of characters, narrative outline; writing the first draft of an original screenplay.
  • COM FT 412: Screenwriting III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 411; Grade of B+ or better in COM FT 411.
    Writing an original (second) feature-length screenplay (a first draft and set of revisions required). Further study of dramatic structure: tone and rhythm.
  • COM FT 456: Acting for Directors and Writers
    Develops the director's knowledge and understanding of actors --the "human equipment" of filmmaking--through direct acting experience. Students learn the language and tools of the craft through sensory exercises, improvisation, text analysis, and scene study.
  • COM FT 457: American Masterworks
    Subjects vary with the instructor. Directors discussed include D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, King Vidor, Frank Borzage, Victor Fleming, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, John Huston, Elia Kazan, George Cukor, Orson Welles, Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, and Woody Allen.
  • COM FT 458: International Masterworks
    Subjects vary with the instructor. Directors discussed include Carl Dreyer, Satyajit Ray, Sergei Eisenstein, V. I. Pudovkin, Jean Renoir, Rene Clair, Andrzej Wajda, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Luis Buñuel.
  • COM FT 465: Hi-Def Production
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 402.
    This course allows students to write, shoot, edit and complete a short "film" entirely in the High Definition digital video format. Students use state-of-the-art High Definition cameras and complete the post-production process in the new Ezratti HD Lab created for High Definition editing and screening. The "films" are produced using professional actors and are targeted for film festival entry. A previous project from this class won the First Place prize at the 2009 Redstone Film Festival. 2nd Sem
  • COM FT 466: Special Topics
  • COM FT 468: Production III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 402 and COM FT 403.
    This is an honors thesis class for undergraduates who have taken Production II as well as other high-level production classes, such as Directing, Cinematography, Sound Design, Motion Picture Editing, etc. Students apply to the class as either as producers, directors, cinematographers, editors, sound designers and production designers. Directors submit scripts for consideration. The production faculty then selects eight directors, based on the scripts and each candidate's previous work. Faculty then selects the producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, and production designers based on their previous production work and their ability to work as members of a team. The class forms production teams to make eight thesis- quality films that can compete with the best student films in America. Maximum running time for each film is fifteen minutes.
  • COM FT 491: Directed Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of supervising faculty and chairman of the department
    Individual projects; opportunity for advanced students who have completed a major portion of their degree requirements to engage in-depth tutorial study with specific faculty in an area not normally covered by regular curriculum offerings.
  • COM FT 492: Directed Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of supervising faculty and chairman of the department
    Individual projects; opportunity for advanced students who have completed a major portion of their degree requirements to engage in-depth tutorial study with specific faculty in an area not normally covered by regular curriculum offerings.
  • COM FT 493: Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: At least junior standing, a 3.0 or higher in COM, and completion of FT310 and one of FT303, FT353, or FT360.
    Opportunity for students to gain professional experience at television and radio stations, film and video production houses, and other media institutions. Responsibilities vary. Availability depends on market needs.
  • COM FT 494: Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: At least junior standing, a 3.0 or higher in COM, and completion of FT310 and one of FT303, FT353, or FT360.
    Opportunity for students to gain professional experience at television and radio stations, film and video production houses, and other media institutions. Responsibilities vary. Availability depends on market needs.
  • COM FT 502: Sound Design for Film and Television
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 353.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 849 or COM FT 707.
    A comprehensive technical examination of the role of sound as an emotional motivator and major storytelling component in both fiction and nonfiction films. Covers location sound recording, acoustic theory, track building, foley and dialog replacement, and mix preparation, as well as music editing and composition. Introduces a variety of postproduction pathways and technologies, including current digital innovations in the field and in audio postproduction, and provides an ongoing workshop for solving editing and track building problems.
  • COM FT 503: Tv to Tablets
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • COM FT 504: Post production FX Editing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 353.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 707.
    This course teaches all aspects of video post production including window dubbing, rough cuts, A/B editing, non-linear editing, digital graphics, digital sound, and the integration of all of these processes and technologies that apply to the postproduction completion of video projects. Familiarity with Macintosh computers is desirable. Experience with video timecode editing is a necessity.
  • COM FT 505: Television Production Hothouse
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 325 and COM FT 353; a 3.0 COM GPA
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 707 and COM FT 727; a 3.2 COM GPA
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 325 and COM FT 353; a 3.0 COM GPA Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 707 and COM FT 727; a 3.2 COM GPA This is a class that operates as a student-run, client-driven production company. Projects include PSA's and web videos for local, national, and international non- profits. GPA of 3.0 or higher. 4 credits only.