Film & Television

  • COM FT 554: Special Topics
    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.
  • COM FT 555: The Narrative Documentary Practicum
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: FT 402 B+ or Better. Or by permission of Instructor
    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.
  • COM FT 560: The Documentary
    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.
  • COM FT 561: Television Drama
    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.
  • COM FT 563: French New Wave
    A comprehensive survey of the most important directors and films of this vital movement, which arguably changed the course of world cinema. Directors include Godard, Charbol, Rohmer, Truffaut, Resnais, and Varda. In addition to class screenings, some outside viewing may be required.
  • COM FT 565: Motion Pic Edit
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 403; proficiency with Macintosh computers.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 850; proficiency with Macintosh computers.
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • COM FT 567: Film Styles
    "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.
  • COM FT 569: Holocaust on Film
    Holocaust on Film examines the aesthetics of filmic texts which place the experience of the Holocaust at the center of their investigation.
  • COM FT 573: Butv 1
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • COM FT 574: Butv 2
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • COM FT 575: Renoir&Beunel
  • COM FT 576: Globalnewwaves
  • COM FT 577: Godard
  • COM FT 579: Eurodirectors
  • COM FT 580: Subversvecine
  • COM FT 581: Thrdwrlddirctrs
  • COM FT 583: Filmtraumaloss
  • COM FT 593: Introduction to Cinematography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 353.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM FT 849.
    Based on a fundamental knowledge of technical and creative procedures of film production, this course pays deeper attention to important elements of cinematography such as composition, raw stock, sensitometry, lighting, movement, colors, and space. Emphasis is on a conscious usage of pictorial elements in the picture-building process.
  • COM FT 701: Media Evolution
    This course description is currently under construction.