Film & Television

Screen Language: The Aesthetics, Grammar and Rhetoric of the Moving Image

COM FT 201 (4 credits)

This course is designed to help students communicate through audio, still images and moving pictures. We will study how films and photographs of various kinds communicate ideas, tell stories, and convey artistic expression. Students will then be given many opportunities to demonstrate their own grasp of fundaments of communication and storytelling through images, sounds and montage. The aim of this course is not simply to reinforce existing rules but rather to test the validity of those norms. Accordingly, students will be asked both to employ and to violate conventions.

2017FALLCOMFT201 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B31
2017FALLCOMFT201 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B29
2017FALLCOMFT201 C1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM B25
2017FALLCOMFT201 D1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 2:30 pm 4:15 pm COM B25
2017FALLCOMFT201 E1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 4:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B25
2017FALLCOMFT201 F1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM B29
2017FALLCOMFT201 G1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm CGS 323
2018SPRGCOMFT201 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM 323
2018SPRGCOMFT201 B1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 4:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B25
2018SPRGCOMFT201 C1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 323
2018SPRGCOMFT201 D1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
WF 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 323
2018SPRGCOMFT201 E1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 2:30 pm 4:15 pm COM B31
2018SPRGCOMFT201 F1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B31
2018SPRGCOMFT201 G1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm STH 319
2018SPRGCOMFT201 H1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM B25
2018SPRGCOMFT201 I1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 317
2018SPRGCOMFT201 J1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 323
2018SPRGCOMFT201 K1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 4:30 pm 6:15 pm COM 317

Understanding Film

COM FT 250 (4 credits)

Understanding Film will introduce students to key aesthetic aspects of film. Students will explore a range of styles and genres in film, including narrative and non-fiction forms, and dominant and alternative styles. Students will also study a variety of historical examples of theses different styles that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound. Finally, students will learn to analyze and write about these formal elements, viewing both complete films and individual sequences.

2017FALLCOMFT250 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm SAR 102
W 2:30 pm 4:15 pm COM 101
2017FALLCOMFT250 B1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:10 am 11:00 am COM 210
2017FALLCOMFT250 C1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:10 am 11:00 am SHA 202
2017FALLCOMFT250 D1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm CAS 212
2017FALLCOMFT250 E1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 9:05 am 9:55 am COM 212
2018SPRGCOMFT250 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B05
W 10:10 am 1:10 pm COM B05
2018SPRGCOMFT250 B1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:10 am 11:00 am COM 323
2018SPRGCOMFT250 C1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm COM 317

Understanding Television

COM FT 303 (4 credits)

Television as an industry, a technology, and a cultural object is currently experiencing a period of accelerated change. Despite the accelerated nature of this change and its amplification through social media discussions, understanding television's history will help us to understand television's present. This is a history course with American television as its subject. By exploring the history of television, we also must study the history of radio as television's precursor medium and television through the digital transition. Thus, the course covers the late 19th century through to the present. While the focus is on American television and its related media, the forms these media take occur in the context of other nations, particularly Great Britain, creating their own broadcasting structures. The nature of this particular history is heavily reliant on cultural, social, industrial, and political histories, so those will be the foci through which we will study the history of each "new" media--radio and television were once new media, too--as it emerged, stabilized, interacted with other media, was regulated and deregulated, and was shaped by and shaped the culture around it. Moreover, in light of current television practices, we will be exploring television's national mass-medium foundations and how the origins of broadcasting created an environment that eventually led to today's fragmented media environment.

2017FALLCOMFT303 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 2:30 pm 4:15 pm CAS 313
2017FALLCOMFT303 B1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 9:05 am 9:55 am COM 111
2017FALLCOMFT303 C1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:10 am 11:00 am SED 212
2017FALLCOMFT303 D1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm EPC 203
2017FALLCOMFT303 E1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm PSY B43
2018SPRGCOMFT303 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 2:30 pm 4:15 pm CAS 203
2018SPRGCOMFT303 B1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:10 am 11:00 am COM 317
2018SPRGCOMFT303 C1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm COM 323

Film Industry

COM FT 304 (4 credits)

A survey of current business trends in the motion picture industry. Focuses on script development; studio structure; agents, attorneys, and contracts; independent filmmaking; and distribution.

2017FALLCOMFT304 A1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 9:15 pm SOC B65
2018SPRGCOMFT304 A1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 9:15 pm COM B31

Storytelling for Film & Television

COM FT 310 (4 credits)

Required of all undergraduate students in Film & Television. An introduction to the art and craft of storytelling through the moving image. Particular emphasis will be given to writing short scripts. Topics covered include character development and narrative structure as it applies to shorts, features and episodic television.

2017FALLCOMFT310 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:30 pm 9:15 pm CAS B12
2017FALLCOMFT310 B1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 8:00 am 9:45 am SED 307
2017FALLCOMFT310 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 8:00 am 9:45 am COM B25
2017FALLCOMFT310 D1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:00 am 10:45 am SED 205
2017FALLCOMFT310 E1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 9:00 am 10:45 am SED 205
2017FALLCOMFT310 F1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 4:15 pm SED 307
2017FALLCOMFT310 G1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 4:15 pm SED 307
2017FALLCOMFT310 H1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:30 pm 4:15 pm CGS 117B
2017FALLCOMFT310 I1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM B25
2017FALLCOMFT310 J1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM B25
2018SPRGCOMFT310 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:30 pm 9:15 pm COM 101
2018SPRGCOMFT310 B1, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 1:30 pm 3:15 pm SED 210
2018SPRGCOMFT310 C1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 323
2018SPRGCOMFT310 D1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:00 am 10:45 am SED 205
2018SPRGCOMFT310 E1, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 9:00 am 10:45 am SED 205
2018SPRGCOMFT310 F1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 4:15 pm CGS 111B
2018SPRGCOMFT310 G1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 4:15 pm STH 317
2018SPRGCOMFT310 H1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:30 pm 4:15 pm COM 111
2018SPRGCOMFT310 I1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 4:30 pm 6:15 pm CGS 111B
2018SPRGCOMFT310 J1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 111

Producing I

COM FT 325 (4 credits)

This course takes students through the process of creating non-fiction TV programming. Think talk shows, reality programs, and documentaries. How to create a concept, write a proposal, cast a program, and develop a marketing reason to do the program. It's all part and parcel of being a creative producer.

2017FALLCOMFT325 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm COM B25

Production I

COM FT 353 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLCOMFT353 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM B31
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 217
2017FALLCOMFT353 B1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM 215
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 215
2017FALLCOMFT353 C1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 317
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm COM B25
2017FALLCOMFT353 D1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:15 pm COM 210
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 210
2017FALLCOMFT353 E1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 212
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 213
2018SPRGCOMFT353 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM B31
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B31
2018SPRGCOMFT353 B1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM 100
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 326B
2018SPRGCOMFT353 C1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 100
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM B31
2018SPRGCOMFT353 E1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:15 pm COM 100
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 100
2018SPRGCOMFT353 F1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 326B
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 100
2018SPRGCOMFT353 G1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM B25
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 212

Romantic Comedies and Melodramas

COM FT 401 (4 credits)

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.

Production II

COM FT 402 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLCOMFT402 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM B31
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 100
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B31
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 100
2017FALLCOMFT402 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 323
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 326B
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 323
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 326B
2017FALLCOMFT402 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 4:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B25
MW 4:30 pm 6:15 pm COM 326B
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 323
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 326B
2018SPRGCOMFT402 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 212
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 326B
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 100
2018SPRGCOMFT402 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 210
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B25
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 326B

Asian Cinema

COM FT 404 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLCOMFT404 A1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B05

Screenwriting II

COM FT 411 (4 credits)

Writing the feature-length narrative film; creation of characters, narrative outline; writing the first draft of an original screenplay.

2017FALLCOMFT411 A1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm COM B29
2017FALLCOMFT411 C1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:30 pm 6:15 pm CGS 111B
2017FALLCOMFT411 D1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 2:00 pm SED 205
2018SPRGCOMFT411 A1, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:30 pm 9:15 pm COM B31
2018SPRGCOMFT411 B1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 2:00 pm COM 303
2018SPRGCOMFT411 C1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:30 pm 5:15 pm COM 210
2018SPRGCOMFT411 D1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B29

Screenwriting III

COM FT 412 (4 credits)

Writing an original (second) feature-length screenplay (a first draft and set of revisions required). Further study of dramatic structure: tone and rhythm.

2017FALLCOMFT412 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:30 pm 9:15 pm SOC B65
2018SPRGCOMFT412 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm COM 303

Acting for Directors and Writers

COM FT 456 (4 credits)

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.

American Masterworks

COM FT 457 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLCOMFT457 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 12:30 pm 4:15 pm COM B05

International Masterworks

COM FT 458 (4 credits)

An eclectic and unsystematic survey of a small number of the supreme masterworks of international film created by some of the greatest artists of the past eighty years. The focus in on cinematic style. What does style do? Why are certain cinematic presentations highly stylized? What is the difference from realistic, representational work? We will consider the special ways of knowing, thinking, and feeling that highly stylized works of art create and devote all of our attention to the function of artistic style and form to create new experiences and ways of thinking and feeling.

2018SPRGCOMFT458 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM B05

Hi-Def Production

COM FT 465 (4 credits)

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

Production III

COM FT 468 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLCOMFT468 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 12:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 323
T 12:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 326B

Directed Studies

COM FT 491 (Var credits)

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.

Directed Studies

COM FT 492 (Var credits)

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.

Internship

COM FT 493 (Var credits)

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.

2017FALLCOMFT493EA1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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2017FALLCOMFT493EAK, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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2017FALLCOMFT493EDP, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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2017FALLCOMFT493EDR, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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2017FALLCOMFT493ELP, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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2017FALLCOMFT493EMP, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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2017FALLCOMFT493EPP, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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2017FALLCOMFT493ESD, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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2017FALLCOMFT493ESH, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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