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The Film Program: Courses

Note: In the two-semester course sequences offered every year, successful completion of the fall course is a prerequisite for the spring course. For example, Exercises in Storytelling (part one, fall) is a prerequisite for Exercises in Storytelling (part two, spring).

Exercises in Storytelling
FLM 1090
and 1100 / 3 credits (per semester) / Every year
A series of weekly exercises to develop the student’s ability to write scenes in screenplay format. The problems of exposition, characterization, conflict, and action are discussed and studied. Limited to freshman film majors.

Film Workshop
FLM 1160
and 1170 / 5 credits (per semester) / Every year
Introduces the possibilities of film technique. Short projects in motion picture cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and continuity editing, augmented by lectures, demonstrations, film analysis, and readings. In the spring, systems of cinematic structure and form are emphasized.

Filmmakers Acting Workshop
FLM 1250
/ 2 credits / Spring
An introduction to the role of the actor in filmmaking situations. Freshman film students engage in actual acting training to learn how actors and filmmakers can best interact and to experience how best to understand the acting process.

Introduction to Documentary: Nonfiction Film
FLM 2000
and 2050 / 5 credits (per semester) / Every year
Practical aspects of documentary filmmaking. Students produce four to five short films each term (including describing a process, a place, an interview, and a film portrait). Production is complemented by screenings, class discussions, and demonstrations.

Film Editing I and II
FLM 2010
and 2020 / 3 credits (per semester)
I: Spring; II: Fall
Students learn the fundamentals of film language through editing and are provided with professionally produced picture and sound rushes that they sync-up, structure, and edit into a complete film. Additional individual and group projects are assigned.

Cinematography I
FLM 2090
/ 2 credits / Fall
Basics of photography, camera operation, crew organization, picture composition, and lighting.

Cinematography II
FLM 2100
/ 2 credits / Fall
Camera movement, angles and blocking, studio lighting procedures, and introduction to gaffing and electrics.
Prerequisite: FLM 2090

Directors’ Scene Workshop
FLM 2310
and 2320 / 3 credits (per semester) / Every year
In this introduction to directing narrative film, students produce scenes from their own original and previously produced scripts. They chose materials and cast, direct, and edit four to five short narrative films each term.

Writing for Film I
FLM 2810
/ 2 credits / Spring
The techniques of writing for the screen in both the narrative and documentary forms. Emphasis on the construction of dramatic material without the use of spoken dialogue leads to a better understanding of the power and importance of visual imagery as a prime component in storytelling, and to a heightened awareness of the camera’s role in the writing process.

Cross-Cultural Video Production
NME 3010
Refer to New Media Courses for description.

Cinematography III
FLM 3090
/ 2 credits / Fall
Individual projects in advanced cinematography.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Cinematography IV
FLM 3110
/ 3 credits / Spring
Advanced techniques in cinematography and lighting, with group and individual projects.
Prerequisite: FLM 3090

Film Directors’ Workshop
FLM 3200
and 3210 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every year
An advanced two-semester course designed to explore the technique, practice, and theory of motion picture directing. Exercises in mise-en-scène, screenwriting, and fiction filmmaking. Students must write, cast, and direct a complete narrative short film for presentation at the end of the spring term.

Directing the Actor
FLM 3250
/ 2 credits / Fall
Examines the role of the director in casting the right actor, and aiding actors in creating character and performances through rehearsal, discussion, improvisation, and on-set techniques. Students study directing, learning techniques of acting and what actors need from the director in terms of preparation and performance.

FLM 3320
/ 3 credits / Spring
A practical course in the writing of screenplays. A preliminary screenplay for the senior thesis film must be completed by the end of the semester.

Documentary Workshop I and II
FLM 3460
and 3470 / 4 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
An intermediate-level course in the practice of documentary filmmaking. A series of exercises in 16mm and video documentary production are complemented by screenings, class discussions, group projects, and demonstrations. Students research, design, and complete a documentary film.

Experimental Workshop
FLM 3610
and 3620 / 3 credits (per semester) / Every year
Students conceptualize and produce experimental media projects using techniques and concepts of avant-garde filmmaking, video art, and performance art. Nontraditional and personal forms are emphasized in a course that pairs production with screenings, group critique, and discussion. Several short-form production assignments prepare students for a significant final production due at the end of the semester. Off-campus excursions are also required. Both FLM 3610 (fall) and 3620 (spring) are required for film students planning an experimental thesis project for junior review.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Advanced Editing: Sound on Film
FLM 3650
/ 3 credits / Fall
Committed to using sound tracks as fully as the image track, this course implements theory by teaching choice and placement of microphones, dialogue track prep, music editing, use of sound FX and tone, and prepping for a professional sound mix. Students visit with a professional sound editor and attend foley, dubbing, and mix studio demonstrations.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Advanced Picture Editing
FLM 3655
/ 3 credits / Spring
Strategies for the structuring and pacing of films, taught through the editing of specific film projects.

The Business of Film
FLM 3725
/ 2 credits / Spring
Prepares students for entry into the film industry. Covers basic techniques used to raise money for, produce, and distribute films.

Writing for Film II
FLM 3810
/ 2 credits / Fall
Construction and writing of screenplays, with exercises in characterization, plotting, etc. Story treatments for both fiction and documentary films are stressed.

Film Industry Internship and Seminar
FLM 3970
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students’ leadership and production skills are developed through the production, promotion, and administrative support of film events hosted on and off campus. In addition to the hours required for the internship, students attend monthly seminars exploring innovative solutions to common challenges facing today’s film programmers and producers.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Senior Production: Filmmaking
FLM 4180
and 4190 / 8 credits (per semester) / Every year
An intensive, two-semester workshop course in which students prepare and produce their thesis film. Production can proceed only after faculty approval of the screenplay, casting, and production schedules.

Advanced Screenwriting
FLM 4310
/ 2 credits / Fall
Completion of senior thesis screenplay.

Advanced Projects in Documentary
FLM 4460
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students work under faculty supervision in the field on student-generated documentary productions.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; at least four FLM production courses or equivalent, as determined by the film program coordinator and/or instructor; and permission of instructor

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