Film Minor - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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Film Minor Coordinator: Janet Cutler
Film Production Coordinator: Anthony Pemberton

An interdisciplinary program, designed for students in both the humanities and the fine arts, the Film Minor offers experience in filmmaking, as well as criticism, history, theory, and aesthetics.

FILM MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete 1 course from the following:

      ENFL 208 Introduction to the Film 3
    2. Complete the following 1 course:

      ARFM 200 Film Making, Beginning I 3
  2. Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

      ARFM 210 Film Making, Beginning II 3
      ENFL 250 Major Film Directors 3
      ENFL 255 World Film 3
      ENFL 260 Major Film Genres 3
    2. Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

      ARFM 280 Film as Art: Historical and Contemporary 3
      ARFM 300 Film Making, Intermediate 4
      ARFM 400 Film Making, Advanced 4
      ARFV 220 Video with Computer Multi-media, Introduction A 3
      ENFL 310 Screenwriting I 3
      ENFL 350 Three Directors 3
      ENFL 356 The Contemporary Film 3
      ENFL 357 American Film to 1945 3
      ENFL 358 American Film 1945 to the Present 3
      ENFL 360 Film Comedy 3
      ENFL 410 Screenwriting II 3
      ENFL 490 Special Topics in Film Studies 3
      ENFL 496 Seminar in Film 3
      GNHU 277 Italy on the Silver Screen: Topics in Italian Cinema 3
      GNHU 286 French Film 3

Course Descriptions:

ARFM200: Film Making, Beginning I

Basic elements of super 8 film production: script, camera, lighting, sound, editing, animation. Offered as ARFM 200 through Spring 2012. To become FILM 200 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio.) 3 sh.

ARFM210: Film Making, Beginning II

Basic elements of 16 mm film production. Script, camera, lighting, sound, editing, animation. Offered as ARFM 210 through Spring 2012. To become FILM 260 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 200.

ARFM280: Film as Art: Historical and Contemporary

The development of the motion picture as an art form from its earliest stages to the present; the technical, social, economic, cultural and esthetic factors. Offered as ARFM 280 through Spring 2012. To become FILM 280 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ARFM300: Film Making, Intermediate

Intensive focus on narrative scene direction: techniques of cinematography, sound recording and cinematic language are explored in the creation of short scenes and exercises shot both in Film and Video. Offered as ARFM 300 through Spring 2012. To become FILM 330 effective Summer 2012. (4 hours lecture, 4 hours studio.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 210.

ARFM400: Film Making, Advanced

Intensive focus on the cinematic sequence. Building on the techniques of narrative scene construction, the progression of scenes in a sequence is explored. Advanced techniques in Sound Design, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Direction of actors will also be explored. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Offered as ARFM 400 through Spring 2012. To become FILM 463 effective Summer 2012. (4 hours lecture, 4 hours studio.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFM 300.

ARFV220: Video with Computer Multi-media, Introduction A

Students are introduced to criteria for aesthetic decision-making by producing video projects that record the real world, persuade or move viewers to action, express the student's personal visions and illustrate aesthetic values. Students are given skills of video production and its relationship to visual aesthetics. Offered as ARFV 220 through Spring 2012. To become FILM 201 effective Summer 2012. (4 hours studio.) 3 sh.

ENFL208: Introduction to the Film

The history and aesthetics of film from its beginning to the present, with special attention to the evolution of technique, influential art movements and national cinemas, pivotal directors and films. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENFL250: Major Film Directors

Focusing on the life and work of influential filmmakers, the course addresses such issues as auteur criticism, the nature of successful collaborations (scriptwriting teams, director/cinematographer) and performance theory. Offered as ENFL 250 through Spring 2012. To become ENFL 265 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENFL255: World Film

Films from the major film producing countries including the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia, England, India and Japan. Within that framework, special topics will be defined: a specific period, a particular theme or problem, comparison/contrast of several national cinemas. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENFL260: Major Film Genres

Examples from the major film genres, such as the Western, the crime film, the musical, the horror film, and film noir, with special emphasis on American film and principles of genre criticism. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENFL310: Screenwriting I

The art and craft of writing for the screen will be both studied and practiced. After studying the fundamentals of effective cinematic story construction and dialogue writing, students will be required to write a half hour film script. Cross listed with Art and Design, ARFM 310. Starting Summer 2012: The art and craft of writing for the screen will be both studied and practiced. After studying the fundamentals of effective cinematic story construction and dialogue writing, students will be required to write a half hour film script. Cross listed with Art and Design, FILM 310. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and ARFM 200.

ENFL350: Three Directors

A comparative study of three major film directors. The focus - using an auteurist derived methodology - will be to investigate a common problem or challenge confronted by each of the three directors. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL356: The Contemporary Film

Beginning with American film noir and European films which emerged after World War II, the course traces the major films, directors, critical theories and other influences which make up the contemporary film and define a specifically modernist sensibility. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL357: American Film to 1945

An investigation of the foundations and development of the classical Hollywood style focusing on genres and directors of significance. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL358: American Film 1945 to the Present

An investigation of filmmaking in the United States following World War II, focusing on the genres, directors and aesthetic movements of significance. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL360: Film Comedy

Film comedies from all periods in relation to comic theory and its application with particular emphasis on American films of the 20's and 30's. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL410: Screenwriting II

This course is a continuation of Screenwriting I in which each student will work on a major screenwriting project: two one-half hour episodes, an hour long script or a first draft of a feature film. In developing the project, the individual needs of the student will be addressed. Cross listed with Art and Design, ARFM 410. Starting Summer 2012: This course is a continuation of Screenwriting I in which each student will work on a major screenwriting project: two one-half hour episodes, an hour long script or a first draft of a feature film. In developing the project, the individual needs of the student will be addressed. Cross listed with Art and Design, FILM 410. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ENFL490: Special Topics in Film Studies

A non-survey course to address specific issues in film studies. The course may be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. Offered as ENFL 490 through Spring 2012. To become ENFL 251 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ENFL496: Seminar in Film

An advanced course devoted to the intensive study of a specialized topic in cinema studies. Topics will vary. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

GNHU277: Italy on the Silver Screen: Topics in Italian Cinema

A course focusing on the major exponents of and themes in Italian cinema from Neo-Realism to the present. The selected films, illustrating a variety of styles and ideological underpinnings, explore crucial moments in the development of modern Italian society. Topics for a given semester will be selected from the following: film aesthetics and film theory, the development of the Italian cinema industry, history in cinema, national identity, immigration and ethnicity, representations of masculinity and femininity, the class struggle, and cinematic adaptations of literary works. Taught in English. Cross listed with Spanish and Italian ITAL 276. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

GNHU286: French Film

Development of film art with special emphasis on the contemporary period. Cross listed with Modern Languages and Literatures, FREN 286 and FRIN 286. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.