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Spring 2021 Classes

1500 – Fundamentals of Film and Video Production

Taught by John Warren or Alejandro Acierto.

Technologies and techniques of filmmaking. Digital video cameras, staging and lighting, sound recording, post-production sound, and image editing. Offered on a graded basis only.  

1600 – Introduction to Film and Media Studies

Taught by Iggy Cortez.

Stylistic tendencies and narrative strategies, genres, and theoretical approaches. Live-action cinema, animation, experimental cinema, television, and computer-generated moving images.  

2250 – 16mm Filmmaking

Taught by Jonathan Waters.

Camera operation, lighting, non-sync sound design, and film pre-production for 16mm celluloid film.  

2260 – Digital Production Workshop

Taught by Jonathan Rattner.

The Art and Practice of Short Film Production. In this intermediate production course you will make short films in different modes and genres (fiction, documentary, experimental), study and produce short form screenplays, watch film festival programs focused on the short form, meet and talk to filmmakers and film festival programmers as well as help produce an online film festival.

2300 – Film and Media Theory

Taught by Jim McFarland.

Historical overview of the major analytical and critical approaches to the study of film as an aesthetic and cultural form. Contemporary perspectives on cinema, video, and new media.  

2600W – Advanced Screenwriting 

Taught by Krista Knight.

Story structure, character development, and dialogue.  

3771 – Global Korean Cinema

Taught by We Jung Yi.

From the colonial period to the Korean Wave in the new millennium. Film criticism, transnational and national contexts of film production, aesthetics of auteurs and genres, and local and global receptions of Korean cinema.  

3891 – Special Topics in Film and Video Production: The Art of Editing

Taught by Jonathan Waters.

Theory, practice, and art of video post-production with emphasis on video editing.  

3891 – Special Topics in Film and Video Production: Digital Bodies and Virtual Environments 

Taught by Sahar Sajadieh.

This interdisciplinary course explores the intersections between digital media/performance art and theory, creative computation, and media activism. It offers a mix of theory and practice. It surveys the theories of technological embodiment, digital interactivity, and virtual environments, and simultaneously introduces the students to the application of various digital media toolkits for art practice, performance, story-telling, and social activism.  

3892 – Special Topics in the Study of Film: Global Queer Cinema and Media

Taught by Iggy Cortez.

This course surveys how queer subjectivity has shaped cinema and media practices from around the world. We will investigate queerness as an aesthetic mode and as a social structure for belonging and exclusion in both national and transnational contexts.  

3892 – Special Topics in the Study of Film: Cinema and Climate Change

Taught by Jen Fay.

The emergency of climate change is all around us and yet difficult to perceive. This class considers climate change and the proposed Anthropocene Epoch as it relates to the optics of cinema. On one hand, cinema can make our familiar world ecologically strange, and it can also turn unfamiliar images into the material of visual storytelling. Rather than focus on films only about the environment, the course will take a longer view connecting the history of film to the cultures, habits, arts, and designs that have led to our planetary crisis. We will consider the differential effects of climate change as a matter of social justice and look to global cinema (fiction and documentary) as means of lingering in different worlds on the same planet. How can cinema help us to see our predicament more clearly? How may film project scenarios of adjustment and justice so that we may work towards a non-catastrophic future?

4962 – Senior Seminar on Film Practice

Taught by Jonathan Rattner.

Capstone course for CMA seniors only  

ITA 3850

Taught by Andrea Mirable.

From the 1910s to the 1970s. Selected works from Neorealism to Art Film. Relationship between cinema and the other arts. Contrasting film styles, including abstraction and realism, and tradition and transgression. Knowledge of Italian is not required.