Film and Television

College of Communication

History of Television

COM FT 303

Examines the ways in which industrial factors and communication policies have shaped the medium that sits in 99% of U.S. homes. We begin by examining television's roots in radio. The remainder of the course is broken down into three stages of television history advanced by Rogers, Epstein and Reeves (2002). The first category is TVI- the period of three-network dominance. The next stage, TVII, is characterized by the rise of cable television and the decentering of the three networks. We conclude the course by considering the current stage of television- TV III- in which the era of "on demand" has further destabilized traditional notions of content, audiences, producers, scheduling, and technologies. In addition to tracing this development historically and thematically, we confront it critically, analyzing the connections between power and money in the medium of television. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

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Storytelling for Film and Television

COM FT 310

Required of all undergraduate students in Film & Television. Introduction to the art and craft of storytelling through the moving image. Particular emphasis is given to writing short scripts. Topics covered include character development and narrative structure as it applies to shorts, features, and episodic television. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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Creative Producing I

COM FT 325

Required of all students in the Television Program. Introductory course that takes the student through the various stages of production, beginning with concept and ending with full-fledged, camera-ready proposals. Students are introduced to issues of finance, scheduling, and organization; they learn to keep budget and concept on track. May be taken sophomore year. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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Production I

COM FT 353

Required of all Film & Television majors. 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. Emphasizes the language of visual storytelling and the creative interplay of sound and image. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Understanding Film

COM FT 360

Required of all students in the Film Program. An introduction to the art of film. How do films make meaning? How do audiences understand them? Explores some of the ways in which movies teach us new ways of knowing. Students also study a variety of historical examples of different styles that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Writing the TV Pilot

COM FT 514

Explores the development and creation of the television series pilot. Each student pitches a concept and writes a treatment and a finished pilot script for an original series, either comedy or drama. Emphasis on premise, story structure, characterization and originality. Lectures, screenings, script readings, written assignments, and critiques. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Writing the Situation Comedy

COM FT 522

Intense writing workshop learning how to write professional sitcom scripts. Elements of character, dramatic story structure, how comedy is created, how scenes build and progress a story, formal story outlines, dialogue, the business of sitcom writing, pitching, arc, and comedic premise are analyzed. The class becomes a sitcom writing team for a current hit series and writes an original class spec script to understand the process of group writing employed on most sitcoms. Also, students write their own personal spec scripts with individual conferences with the professor. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Special Topics

COM FT 554

Topic for Summer 2014: The Hollywood Blockbuster. Focuses on the modern blockbuster as an economic, socio-cultural, and film-historical phenomenon. We briefly consider precursors to and pioneers of the modern blockbuster, such as the disaster film, the adventure film, and the rebirth of the space opera. We then investigate key principles of the modern blockbuster, including the evolution of film genre, the relation between spectacle and story telling, the twin concepts of franchising and branding, the evolution of special effects technology, and the renaissance of animation. Screenings include classics such as Jaws and Terminator 2, as well as key examples from the recent past (The Great Gatsby, The Dark Knight, Ice Age). To keep the course contemporary, part of the film selection is tied in with the current summer release season. We will screen examples from ongoing action, comedy, and superhero franchises, such as The Avengers, Superman, Spiderman, The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, and Star Trek. The course is of interest to everyone studying film, Anglo-American culture, advertising and PR, and business and international relations. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

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