FILM: Film

FILM 1005  Frozen and Beyond: Analyzing Gender Race & Sexuality in Children's Animated Films  (4 Credits)  

This study engages students in a meaningful exploration of gender roles in animated films for young children. Through the perspectives of gender studies, child development studies, and film studies, students will analyze a range of popular films aimed at young audiences. They will learn techniques for analyzing films and for understanding how audiences make meaning from what they perceive on the screen. Students in this study will also question the relationship between film and culture, especially as they consider how and when films direct people toward certain beliefs and when current cultural values guide the content of such films.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 1010  Harry Potter & The Entertainment Industry: Introductory  (4 Credits)  

In this study, students will consider some of the Harry Potter books as literature. They will then consider how these specific books were adapted into films for international audiences. Students will also look at how Harry Potter has become a marketing sensation by investigating how Harry Potter souvenirs, parties, costumes and more have become common household items for so many people. Lastly, students will study the Harry Potter Theme Parks in Orlando and London. Throughout the term, students will consider the impact of Harry Potter on the literary and entertainment industries and on US culture as a whole.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 1015  Introduction to Video Production  (4 Credits)  

This study introduces the basics of video production utilizing a personal camcorder and video editing equipment. Students will study video technologies, basic equipment operation, video composition, basic lighting and audio production planning, and visual storytelling. Students will create video projects utilizing the fundamentals of postproduction and non-linear editing. The study will cover all aspects of digital video production from pre-production, production, and post-production. Technical concerns as well as creative approaches will be discussed. The study is intended for students who have a working knowledge of the basics of either a Windows (PC) or Apple (Mac) operating system. Students will be required to purchase the latest version of a video editing software such as Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro or Avid. Note that the Camera to be used for the study must be approved by the Instructor. Students are also required to provide their own equipment (camera, lights, microphone) and materials for the course.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 1020  The Film as a Social & Personal Document  (4 Credits)  

This is a study of the film as a social and personal document, examining the contributions of particular seminal filmmakers in both shaping and reflecting social attitudes and, in some cases, participating in the process of social change through the expressive medium of cinema

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 1025  Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking  (4 Credits)  

Documentary filmmaking is an effective tool for both social justice and any form of non-narrative storytelling and gives individuals the power to tell profound stories with little to no-budget. This introductory course will give students an overview of how to create a documentary film by experimenting with tools in production along with learning techniques from established filmmakers to implement in their work.

Attributes: Liberal

FILM 1998  Individualized Studies in Film (FILM)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Film (FILM). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

FILM 2005  America on Film: Race Class & Gender  (4 Credits)  

Students in this study will screen a series of films that reflect issues of American identity, culture and the cultural politics of representation. Subjects under discussion will include race, class, gender, sexuality, changing definitions of American citizenship, sacred cultural myths, cultural politics, historical memory and the mythologizing of the American political process. Films representing a wide range of genres, styles, points of view and moments in cinema history will be screened and discussed.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 2010  Cell-phone Cinematography  (4 Credits)  

Although many market and political forces would like to maintain cell phones, iPods, iPads and other new media technologies solely as devices of distraction and entertainment, we have the capabilities and ingenuity to restore their potential as tools of social transformation and education. Students in this study will learn framing, camera movement, sound recording, control of natural light and the basics of story telling for small digital formats. We will also study compression techniques, hosting videos, and discuss the best distribution options or delivery mechanism for your project.

Attributes: Liberal

FILM 2015  Documentary Film  (4 Credits)  

This study will provide students with an opportunity to study documentary film as a genre, with particular attention to the ways in which these films are both material products of the culture and catalysts for change within that culture.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 2020  El Surrealismo - Salvador Dali: Introductory  (4 Credits)  

This study presents a survey of the work of Salvador Dali expressed via film, a fascination that spanned his career -- his vision. Through the use of empirical evidence and theory, we will examine his successes, failures, the relationship of his art to film, the surrealist's vision of cinema as the intermediary state between life/dream, and the audience. A rich collection of film lends support to this study, one that produces a vivid filmic art history of a major 20th century surrealist.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 2998  Individualized Studies in Film (FILM)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Film (FILM). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

FILM 3005  Advanced Documentary Film Production  (4 Credits)  

Documentary filmmaking is an effective tool for both social justice and any form of non-narrative storytelling and gives individuals the power to tell profound stories with little to no-budget. This course will give students an overview of how to create a documentary film by experimenting with tools in production along with learning techniques from established filmmakers to implement in their work.

Attributes: Liberal

FILM 3010  Frozen and Beyond: Analyzing Gender Race & Sexuality in Children's Animated Films  (4 Credits)  

This study engages students in a meaningful exploration of gender roles in animated films for young children. Through the perspectives of gender studies, child development studies, and film studies, students will analyze a range of popular films aimed at young audiences. They will learn techniques for analyzing films and for understanding how audiences make meaning from what they perceive on the screen. Students in this study will also question the relationship between film and culture, especially as they consider how and when films direct people toward certain beliefs and when current cultural values guide the content of such films.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3015  Cuban Film Festival Residency  (4 Credits)  

In this dynamic, interactive study students will attend three residency meetings and then attend the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) in New York City in April. Students will have the opportunity to meet with filmmakers and see the most recent films coming out of Cuba. Through the lens of media production, students will examine how issues related to cultural identity and social change are reflected in Cuban cinema today.

Attributes: Other World Civilization Gn Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3020  El Surrealismo - Salvador Dali: Advanced  (4 Credits)  

This study presents a survey of the work of Salvador Dali expressed via film, a fascination that spanned his career -- his vision. Through the use of empirical evidence and theory, we will examine his successes, failures, the relationship of his art to film, the surrealist's vision of cinema as the intermediary state between life/dream, and the audience. A rich collection of film lends support to this study, one that produces a vivid filmic art history of a major 20th century surrealist.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3025  Gender & Power in American Film  (4 Credits)  

This tutorial will provide the student with an opportunity to examine the issues of gender and power in American film. It will consider film in its cultural context--examining the ways in which cinema is an expression of our culture and the ways in which our society is influenced and shaped by what we see on the screen. Important writings on the theory of film and its social consequences will provide a background for the discussion of the films.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3030  Harry Potter & The Entertainment Industry: Advanced  (4 Credits)  

In this advanced study, students will consider some of the Harry Potter books as literature. They will then consider how these specific books were adapted into films for international audiences. Students will also look at how Harry Potter has become a marketing sensation by investigating how Harry Potter souvenirs, parties, costumes and more have become common household items for so many people. Lastly, students will study the Harry Potter Theme Parks in Orlando and London. Throughout the term, students will consider the impact of Harry Potter on the literary and entertainment industries and on US culture as a whole.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3035  Interactive Documentary Film Production  (4 Credits)  

Interactive Documentary Production is an advanced level analysis of Interactive Documentary through the concepts of documentary filmmaking and contemporary media theory.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3040  Race & Representation in Cinema  (4 Credits)  

Students in this study will screen a series of films that are instructive for studying race and representation in American cinema. Films representing a wide range of genres, styles, points of view and moments in cinema history will be screened and discussed.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3045  The Films of Alfred Hitchcock  (4 Credits)  

The purpose of this study is to familiarize students with the historical importance, themes, characterizations, social and religious perspectives and formal/aesthetic innovations which are central to the work of Alfred Hitchcock.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3050  The Golden Age: Hollywood Movies of the 1930s & 40s  (4 Credits)  

The 1930s was one of the most trying and transformative decades in American history. Otherwise known as the Great Depression, this era had a profound and lasting impact on our economic, political, social, and cultural life. The Depression was a body blow to the American psyche, a fundamental challenge to cherished ideals and beliefs about our society. Yet this time of terrible hardship also produced a 'golden age' in American popular culture. From movies and music to dance and design, many of the era’s cultural achievements have stood the test of time. This course will provide an overview and exploration of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Along with introducing you to many of the most important films (and film genres) from the 1930s & 40s, the study will explore how movies served as a kind of ‘mirror’ to American society: reflecting, sometimes reinforcing, but also challenging the social mores and dreams of Depression and WWII era America. Thus, in the process of placing these films within their historical context, my hope is that you will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of this crucial period in American life, as well as of the enduring legacy of movies from those years on our culture.

Attributes: Liberal

FILM 3052  The American Cinema  (4 Credits)  

Study film as a cultural, social and artistic expression. Investigate American cinema's origin and development, the rise of the studio and star systems and the impact of television on film. Consider film genres and the American cinema's use of genre to reflect societal concerns. Investigate film techniques and develop a vocabulary for discussing the art of film. Study the origin and development of classical Hollywood style and investigate Hollywood as an institution. Practice active, critical viewing and complete research and critical writing about American film. Prerequisites: College Writing/Composition, ability to conduct scholarly research through the library. Recommended prior studies: At least one lower level humanities or arts criticism course. This course should be taken before Women, Girls, and the Media and/or Race, Sexuality, and Class in the Media. This course was previously COMM 3050 The American Cinema aka Film Studies Film Criticism Film Theory.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3055  The Pandemic in Film  (4 Credits)  

This study will consider the role of emerging infectious diseases/pathogens and their history as presented via film. The student will explore and understand the scientific issues surrounding a zoonotic disease, reservoir hosts, the development of a vaccine, etc., as well as the various issues posed via film - a critical response, scientific/historical accuracy, and post-apocalyptic themes. A collective behavior will also highlight this study with regard to mass hysteria and how fear and misinformation, at times, becomes more dangerous than the contagion itself.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 3998  Individualized Studies in Film (FILM)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Film (FILM). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

FILM 4005  Advanced Topics in Documentary Film  (4 Credits)  

Students in this advanced study will screen and respond to a series of documentary films and texts that engage with the ongoing conversation about representing reality on screen. Subjects under discussion will include ethics, propaganda, participant observation, reception, objectivity and framing. Films representing a wide range of styles, points of view and moments in documentary film history will be screened and discussed.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 4010  Advanced Video Production  (4 Credits)  

This study will focus on advanced production techniques as they may relate to documentary film/video preparation through narrative, character-driven stories. Using the raw material of real life, students will organize a conceptual process for a documentary film/video framing a logical sequence of events structured for dramatic effect. Focus will be placed on pre-production activities and principles that will lead to a treatment and approved script that is the foundation for an efficient shooting schedule. Students will then shoot the documentary, edit the acquired footage, and present the final documentary via DVD or Media file for possible public presentation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a related introductory study or relevant advanced level experience.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 4015  Dark Dreams: Studying the Horror Film  (4 Credits)  

Students will study the history and analysis of the horror film in this study. The study is organized around the gradual introduction of several key theories and approaches to studying horror film.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 4020  Experiments in Motion Media  (4 Credits)  

This course will delve into the world of experimental video and motion graphics. Students will choose from a variety of mediums (video, photos, cell phones, stopmotion animation, film, graphic design, etc.) to create experimental pieces of their own. We will begin the semester examining the historical development of motion media (with a specific emphasis on avant-garde cinema) and students will choose a specific artist and genre for in depth research. This artist and genre will serve as inspiration as students develop experimental works of their own and we explore the treatment of 'personal history' in artistic processes.

Attributes: Liberal

FILM 4025  Film Production Internship  (4 Credits)  

In this study, students will engage in a professional film production internship.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 4030  Leadership through Film  (4 Credits)  

This study teaches students the principles of leadership and helps them identify and analyze these principles through the medium of film. Students study topics related to leadership such as the traits and behaviors of successful leaders as well as how leaders use motivation and empowerment to build successful teams. Each topic about leadership will be explored through one or more films that demonstrate that topic in action. Students will read and respond to a leadership textbook throughout this term while also engaging in a close analysis of each of these films.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 4035  The Surreal & Uncanny Film  (4 Credits)  

This is a study of psychoanalytic theory and film. Students will screen and respond to a series of films and texts. The study is organized around Freud’s essays The Uncanny and On Dreams. Students will explore how these pivotal works have influenced academic film scholarship and genre studies and how the tools of psychoanalysis were applied to the film experience. Films by Kenneth Anger, Maya Deren, Luis Buñuel, James Whale, Buster Keaton, Jack Smith and Andrez Zulawski will be among those screened.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 4040  Transgender in American Film  (4 Credits)  

The purpose of this study is to provide the student with an opportunity to study the representation of transgender experience in film, and to consider these representations in terms of gender identity as a performative construct.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

FILM 4998  Individualized Studies in Film (FILM)  (1-12 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Film (FILM). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.