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Spring 2022 Classes


CMA 1500 01
Fundamentals of Film and Video Production
Technologies and techniques of filmmaking. Digital video cameras, staging and lighting, sound recording, post-production sound, and image editing.
W 4:15-7pm
Taught by Carmine Grimaldi


CMA 1500 02
Fundamentals of Film and Video Production
Technologies and techniques of filmmaking. Digital video cameras, staging and lighting, sound recording, post-production sound, and image editing.
T 4:15-7pm
Taught by John Warren


CMA 1600 01
Introduction to Film and Media Studies
Stylistic tendencies and narrative strategies, genres, and theoretical approaches. Live-action cinema, animation, experimental cinema, television, and computer-generated moving images.
MW 12:20-1:35pm
M 5:30pm screening in Buttrick 103
Taught by Iggy Cortez


CMA 2260 01
Digital Production Workshop
Digital cinematography, sound design, and editing. Individual and group projects. 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.
TR 9:15-10:45am
Taught by Jonathan Rattner


CMA 2300 01
Film and Media Theory
This course confronts the strangeness of film. Are movies art? Entertainment? Instruction?  What is the relationship between film and photography, painting, and the “real” world that a film may capture? How do movies make meaning? Who is the author of a movie? What responsibilities do movies have toward their audiences? Ever since the movie camera was invented, these questions have been discussed. Our course will consider the history of these discussions, from early questions about the status of the moving image through late twentieth century reflections on the cinematic apparatus to more recent attempts to understand cinema as a mode of imagistic thinking. Our exploration will be guided by two central concepts: the auteur, or the intentional cause of a film, and the index, or the material cause of a film. We will trace these ideas with respect to fourteen exemplary films, as well as several theoretical texts. This is a reading-intensive class and the material is challenging. But it is very worth the investment!
MW 2:30-3:45pm
T 5:30pm screening in Buttrick 103
Taught by Jim McFarland


CMA 3891 01
Special Topics – The Art of Editing
Theory, practice, and art of video post-production with emphasis on video editing.
R 4:15-7pm
Taught by Carmine Grimaldi


CMA 3891 02
Special Topics – Documentary Production
This course explores the history, theory, ethics, and practice of nonfiction filmmaking and the many different stylistic modes that encompass it. Weekly readings, film screenings, discussion, and a variety of digital production exercises and assignments exploring these documentary modes as creative storytelling methods.
TR 2:45-4:15pm
Taught by Jonathan Waters


CMA 3892 01
Special Topics – Native Lens: Indigeneity
In this seminar, we engage with films by and about Native Americans, Inuit, Sami, Aboriginal Australians, Maori, and Pacific Islanders in order to explore different figurations of indigenous life on screen and the place of indigenous filmmaking within the larger history of popular and art cinema. Special attention will be given to the work of indigenous filmmakers and artists that actively challenge the tropes, genres, and narratives mainstream cinema has developed for the representation of indigenous people. We will also read a number of relevant texts drawn from indigenous (media) studies to discuss past and present efforts to decolonize cinema and transform dominant circuits of cinematic distribution, exhibition, and spectatorship.
R 4:15-6:45pm
Taught by Lutz Koepnick


CMA 4962 01
Senior Seminar
Advanced independent filmmaking, portfolio assembly, and professionalism.
MW 9:10-10:50am
Taught by Jonathan Rattner



CMA 1002W 01
Moving Images and Analytical Thinking – Musical Film

This course will examine the Musical Film genre relative to its multimedia engagements with art and technology, and how these forms shape and are shaped by each other. With a focus on critical analysis, research, writing, and argumentation skills, students will write response papers, essays, and produce multimedia projects.
TR 11-12:15pm
W 5:30pm screening in Buttrick 103
Taught by Megan Minarich


CMA 2600W 01
Advanced Screenwriting

Story structure, character development, and dialogue.
M 4:15-7:00pm
Taught by Krista Knight


JS 2530W 01
Modern Israeli Culture
Social and cultural history of modern Israel from the establishment of the State in 1948 to the present. Representations of national identity, collective belonging, and historical memory in public culture.
MW 2:30-3:45pm
Taught by Mazalit Haim
Satisfies CMA 3893 elective credit


ENG 3692 01
Past as Prologue: The Literature and Cinema of the 1970s

What might the America of the 1970s teach us about contemporary life?  Consider the frequent analogies: the recent withdrawal of troops from Kabul is compared to the 1975 fall of Saigon.  Trump’s pre-election celebrity resembled Reagan’s, his impeachment is compared with Nixon’s.  QAnon’s cultish conspiratorial worldview reminds one of an earlier decade of paranoia and cratered idealism.  Yet despite the profound sense of social fragmentation, the 70s produced a renaissance in American cinema with the ‘New Hollywood’ (e.g. The GodfatherDog Day AfternoonSaturday Night FeverDawn of the Dead), the birth of the summer blockbuster (Jaws, Star Wars), and transcendent new literary voices like Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, even Stephen King.  This course explores the possibility of making art and entertainment out of cultural malaise, by revisiting the decade that gave us disco, reality tv, video games, earth art and modern environmentalism, personal computers, gonzo journalism, and more.
TR 11-12:15pm
Taught by Scott Juengel
Satisfies CMA 3893 elective credit


ITA 3640 01
Classic Italian Cinema
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.
MWF 2:30-3:20pm
Taught by Andrea Mirabile
Satisfies CMA 3893 elective credit