Check-out the Fall Term 2017 Cinema Studies Courses!

The complete Fall 2017 Course List is now available.  Spring term registration begins May 22nd

Take a look at a few of the Cinema Studies courses offered fall term:

NEW 2-Day Workshop!

CINE 408–Workshop: Editing Techniques (2 credits) Sundays, October 1 & 8, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Kevin May

In this two-day workshop, for both beginners and more experienced editors, we will explore non-linear editing with a focus on process and narrative storytelling. We will examine strategies for media organization, how to efficiently use the tools on the timeline, and methods to review and refine your work. We will also examine how both the technique and style of editing can affect your final edit. We will primarily be working in Final Cut Pro X, but we will also look at other NLEs such as Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere. By the end of the workshop, with either tutorial media or your own, you will have created and refined a short edit highlighting what you’ve learned in the class. Prerequisites apply. Note: Because this course has special meeting dates, regular academic deadlines do not apply. Please contact the academic department for more information. 

CINE 320–Beginning Screenwriting (4 credits) Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:50 p.m. / Masami Kawai

This course examines screenwriting for short films. In order to learn the craft of writing for film, we will explore visual storytelling, structure, characterization, dramatization, dialogue, and screenplay formatting. The class will combine analytical and practical approaches. Through the analysis of internationally acclaimed short films and published screenplays, we will identify the elements that make a successful script. Building upon these insights, students will develop their own screenplays through writing exercises and the process of generating multiple revisions that will be critiqued by peers. By the end of the course, students will complete a polished script for a short film, develop the skills to give and receive productive feedback, and acquire an understanding of the scriptwriting process. previously taught as Previously taught as CINE 399 Beginning Screenwriting and ENG 411 Dramatic Screenwriting; not repeatable. Prerequisites apply.

CINE 350–Gender & Sexuality Europe >1>IP (4 credits) Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:50 p.m. / Sergio Rigoletto

This course will explore some of the opportunities for thinking about sexuality, gender and identity that might emerge out of the open encounter between the concepts of 'Queer' and 'European Cinema'. These two concepts seem to be ideally aligned for comparative analysis. The Indo-European root of the word queer means 'across'; queer has been frequently taken to signify on-going movement, redefinition of boundaries and multiple criss-crossing of definitional lines. In a sense, Europe, with its undefined contours and its ever-changing (and often arbitrary) internal borders, could be considered as rather queer. Previously taught as CINE 410 Queer European Cinema; not repeatable.

CINE 360–Film Theory >1 (4 credits) Monday/Wednesday 12:00-1:50 p.m./ Allison McGuffie

What is so special about a movie? The way it captures reality? The way it creates a fantastic world? The way it seems to bring the dead back to life? What is film? An art form? A fascinating technology? A way to influence audiences? An economic industry? What exactly is cinema? These are the questions that film theory addresses – the questions any filmmaker or film scholar must confront. These are the questions we will tackle in this course. This course will introduce students to film scholars, from Vachel Lindsay to Christian Metz to Linda Williams and beyond. Students will gain an appreciation for the fun of reading and doing film theory and learn new, fascinating ways to view and discuss films. The knowledge and skills learned in this course will be valuable to anyone interested in making, studying, or just enjoying film. Previously taught as CINE 410 Classical Film Theory; not repeatable.