Film Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

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 3 requirement(s):

    1. Complete the following 1 course:

      ENFL 208 Introduction to the Film (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following:

      FILM 200 Film Making I (2 hours lecture, 3.73 hours lab) 4
      FILM 201 Digital Filmmaking I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
    3. Complete 2 courses from the following:

      ENFL 255 Major Film Movements (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 260 Major Film Genres (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 265 Major Film Directors (3 hours lecture) 3
      FILM 260 Film Making II (2 hours lecture, 3.73 hours lab) 4
  2. Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

    1.  

      ENFL 251 Special Topics in Film Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 294 World Film Before 1945 (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 295 World Film After 1945 (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 356 The Contemporary Film (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 357 American Film to 1945 (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 358 American Film 1945 to the Present (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 365 Gender and Sexuality in Film (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 370 Class, Race and Ethnicity in Film (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENFL 496 Seminar in Film (3 hours seminar) 3
      FILM 222 Production Design I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 230 Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 265 Principles of Cinematography (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 277 Audio Production for Film/Digital Media (3 hours lecture) 3
      FILM 300 Documentary Workshop (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 360 Film Editing (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 430 Film III: Directing Workshop (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 463 Advanced Film Workshop: Advanced film Workshop (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      GNHU 277 Italy on the Silver Screen: Topics in Italian Cinema (3 hours lecture) 3
      GNHU 286 French Film (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. 1 course from the following may be taken:

      ENFL 310 Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 310 Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
    3. 1 course from the following may be taken:

      ENFL 410 Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 410 Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3

Course Descriptions:

ENFL208: Introduction to the Film (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

ENFL251: Special Topics in Film Studies (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course ENFL 490 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENFL255: Major Film Movements (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on films from a specific historical, industrial or cultural context or with shared aesthetic concerns and representational objectives. Within that framework, films will be selected from a variety of film-producing countries including France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Nigeria and the United States. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENFL260: Major Film Genres (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

ENFL265: Major Film Directors (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course ENFL 250 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENFL294: World Film Before 1945 (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the major styles, movements and analytical frameworks associated with non-American cinema made before 1945. Course content will reflect the variety of early cinemas around the world, emphasizing their most significant differences and similarities with American silent cinema and classical Hollywood cinema. The course will engage with the work of non-American film inventors and pioneers, silent film styles such as French impressionism, German expressionism and Soviet montage, and important early sound cinemas in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Previous course ENFL 354 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 or ENFL 255 or ENFL 260 or ENFL 265.

ENFL295: World Film After 1945 (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the major styles, movements and analytical frameworks associated with non-American cinema made after 1945. Course content will reflect the variety of world film production after World War II, emphasizing its most significant differences and similarities with American postwar cinema. The course will engage with important non-American film movements such as the French New Wave, New German Cinema and Brazilian Cinema Novo, national film industries with global reach such as Bollywood and Nollywood, and transnational/subnational fllmmaking traditions such as diasporic cinema. Previous course ENFL 355 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 or ENFL 255 or ENFL 260 or ENFL 265.

ENFL310: Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and FILM 230.

ENFL356: The Contemporary Film (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL357: American Film to 1945 (3 hours lecture)

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

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL358: American Film 1945 to the Present (3 hours lecture)

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

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

ENFL365: Gender and Sexuality in Film (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the ways in which gender and sexuality have been represented in one or more of the following modes of filmmaking: silent cinema, Hollywood cinema, independent and experimental cinema, documentary cinema, world cinema. Students will study the formal language of films - genre conventions, narrative treatments, and cinematic elements - in relation to gendered and sexual identities and feminist and queer civil rights struggles. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 or ENFL 255 or ENFL 260 or ENFL 265.

ENFL370: Class, Race and Ethnicity in Film (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the ways in which issues of class, race and ethnicity have been represented in one or more of the following modes of filmmaking: silent cinema, Hollywood cinema, independent and experimental cinema, documentary cinema, world cinema. Students will study the formal language of films- genre conventions, narrative treatments and cinematic elements-in relation to socio-economic themes, ethnic identities and struggles over civil and human rights. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 or ENFL 255 or ENFL 260 or ENFL 265.

ENFL410: Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 310 or ENFL 310.

ENFL496: Seminar in Film (3 hours seminar)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

FILM200: Film Making I (2 hours lecture, 3.73 hours lab)

This course is an introduction to the basic elements of short digital film production, wherein students immediately begin creating their own narrative films. Students will be provided with numerous opportunities to develop and express their own cinematic syntax while obtaining the necessary technical knowledge with cameras, lighting, sound, and editing concepts. Previous course ARFM 200 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110 or ENFL 208 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

FILM201: Digital Filmmaking I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

Basic elements of digital film production will be explored from script, camera, lighting, sound, and post -production. Students will work in groups and individually on narrative and experimental filmed exercises in order to explore the power of-the visual moving picture. Previous course ARFV 220 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FILM222: Production Design I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This course will introduce students to the function, artistry and craft of film production design. Students will initially explore the emotional and psychological effect that the visual environment can convey, in purely sculptural terms (form, texture and color). They will then apply this to the craft of cinematic storytelling. Previous course ARPF 220 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208, FILM 200 or FILM 201.

FILM230: Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

An introduction to the art of screenwriting through short writing exercises; analysis of produced screenplays and films along with the completion of a short screenplay. Students will be expected to develop creative as well as technical aspects of the craft. Previous course ARFM 230 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

FILM260: Film Making II (2 hours lecture, 3.73 hours lab)

This course will concentrate on skills of camera and sound work. The emphasis of this class will be on mastering solid technical skills with the equipment while working with a crew, so that the students can discover their own creative identity in making short films. Previous course ARFM 210 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 200 and FILM 230.

FILM265: Principles of Cinematography (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

Exercises in the use of camera equipment and practice in composition, perspective, interpretive lighting and camera movement. Previous course FILM 366 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 200 or FILM 201.

FILM277: Audio Production for Film/Digital Media (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the art of Sound Recording and Design through demonstration and lectures on theory and practice as well as exercises recording sound, mixing, and designing soundscapes for film. Students will be expected to develop creatively as well as learn the technical aspects of the craft. Previous course FILM 362 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 200 or FILM 201.

FILM300: Documentary Workshop (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

Students will study the forms, styles and techniques of documentary filmmaking (Cinema Verite, Reality TV, Essay Form) and apply this knowledge through the creation of small exercises and a short documentary film. Previous course FILM 220 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and; FILM 200 or FILM 201. School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

FILM310: Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

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 English, ENFL 310. Previous course ARFM 310 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and FILM 230.

FILM360: Film Editing (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

Principles and techniques of film editing: artistic and esthetic concepts; practice with standard editing equipment. Previous course ARFM 360 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 200 or FILM 201.

FILM410: Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This is a more advanced course in which students will work on a major screen writing project of their choosing. Students will have the option to develop and write a senior thesis film, serialized narratives or longer dramas. Particular attention will be paid to honing dramatic structure, visual language and character development. Cross listed with Art and Design, ENFL 410. Previous course ARFM 410 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 310 or ENFL 310.

FILM430: Film III: Directing Workshop (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This course will allow students to focus on the process of directing actors. A special emphasis will be placed on communicating with actors to extract dynamic performances while also focusing on planning coverage, blocking, the importance of sets, props and costumes, camera movement, visualizing subtext, and editorial choices. Previous course FILM 330 effective through Fall 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 230 and FILM 260 and ENFL 208; and FILM 310 or ENFL 310; Majors only.

FILM463: Advanced Film Workshop: Advanced film Workshop (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

A topical class that provides students unique opportunities to produce individual and/or group work thematically related to a theme or topic chosen by the Instructor. This studio course is completely project based giving students real world experience. Topics and themes will change. Can be repeated up to 12 Credits, and taken independently as a mentorship. Previous course ARFM 400 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 310 or ENFL 310.

GNHU277: Italy on the Silver Screen: Topics in Italian Cinema (3 hours lecture)

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. Starting Winter 2016: 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 277. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 or ENWR 106 or HONP 101 or GNHU 115 or GNHU 151 or departmental approval.

GNHU286: French Film (3 hours lecture)

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

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: GNHU 115 or GNHU 151 or FRIN 145 or FREN 132 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.