Film and Television

College of Communication

Understanding Film

COM FT 250

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: $2560

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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Understanding 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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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Creative Producing I

COM FT 325

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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Production I

COM FT 353

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. Emphasizes the language of visual storytelling and the creative interplay of sound and image. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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Writing the Fiction to Film Adaptation

COM FT 420

Prereq: COM FT411 or completion of feature film screenplay. Explores the fundamentals of adapting prose fiction into narrative feature films through analysis of contemporary American film adaptations. Following the analysis component of the course, students design their own adaptation--treatment and set of pages-- based on a short story. Lecture/discussions, screenings, student presentations and workshops. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Writing the Television 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: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Promoting Creative Ideas Online

COM FT 521

Teaches students how to market their creative works online. Students learn to identify targeted marketing and distribution platforms for new websites, video channels, series, and blogs, etc., and how to use social media to find an audience, generate buzz and identify potential funding sources. Students also learn practical entrepreneurial tools needed to organize their creative work as a business venture. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Writing 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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Special Topics

COM FT 554

Topic for Summer 2016: The Coen Brothers. The output of Joel and Ethan Coen can best be understood by surrounding it with its multiple influences. This course examines the Coens’ work as well as the films they’ve borrowed from, beginning with their rise as the face of Independent American cinema in 1984 with Blood Simple, to their recent films No Country for Old Men, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Hail Ceasar! The course examines the texts—books, films, and otherwise—which help these brothers create their distinctive style. Films examined also include Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Man Who Wasn’t There and others. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Thesis Project

COM FT 852

Devoted to completion of thesis projects in film production and film studies. Variable cr. Tuition: $1482 per credit

Twelve-week course (May 23-August 12)

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