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: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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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: $2480

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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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: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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Creative TV Producing

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. May be taken sophomore year. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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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: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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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: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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Television Management

COM FT 517

Examines television management from both the national and local perspectives. Explores television from a multi-platform view with the understanding that television incorporates many forms of distribution channels from broadcast to online, to mobile, to connected devices and offline brand extensions. By studying how each piece of the new business of television works together, you will gain an understanding of the core skills that are needed to work successfully within this competitive and constantly evolving industry. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

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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: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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Special Topics

COM FT 553

Topic for Summer 2015: Gangster Films. This course studies the rise of the gangster film in America and its growth as a genre. We examine the conventions of the genre, drawing on early classic gangster films, and then discuss how later gangster films complicated those conventions. The course looks at gangster films in pairs, to see how similar material and themes have been handled at different points in film history. For example, we look at both versions of Scarface (1932 and 1983) to see how the Al Capone figure in each film reflected the social and political context of each film's era as well as the stylistic inclinations of the directors, Howard Hawks and Brian DePalma. As a film studies elective, this course emphasizes gangster films' historical, sociological, and stylistic importance. We look at the role of particular directors, actors, writers and producers (and real gangsters) in the genre's rich history. While not required, a background in film analysis, as taught in Understanding Film (FT 250) and in other film studies-oriented courses, is helpful. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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