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Film Studies

Course Code
FILM 371  Credits
Title History of LGBT Representation in Film 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will be an in depth examination of the cinematic representation of and filmic production by Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender people. Films and videos from a wide spectrum of genres will be screened to substantiate both the differences and the commonalities surrounding this subject's cinematic treatment. This course will also cover certain historical and/or political events influencing queer culture, filmmakers, and their intersection. Key questions will be raised, including: How have non-dominant sexualities been portrayed in the history of cinema? Is there a "queer" way of viewing film? What role does authorship play? How, historically and in the present, have queer identities been censored and how have they eluded censorship? How have critical re-readings and camp been used to define non-dominant spectatorship? Is gayness situational, or advised by it's location in other identities such as race, class, age/era, culture? MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
FILM 372  Credits
Title Editing Techniques 
Prerequisite FILM 172 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will focus on the post-production phase of filmmaking with emphasis placed on editing theories and techniques. Projects will provide hands-on editing experience. The Apple Pro Certification process will be introduced. 



Course Code
FILM 375  Credits
Title Animation Techniques 
Prerequisite FILM 172 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course introduces students to traditional animation techniques such as pixilation, cut-out animation, object, line, as well as other techniques. Students will begin with the basics of frame manipulation in time-based media. Through hands-on experience, students will explore animation practices while making connections to film theory and aesthetics. 



Course Code
FILM 378  Credits
Title Techniques of Producing 
Prerequisite FILM 284 FILM 172 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will survey the craft areas of Producing, Production Management, and Production Coordination. Students will learn practical skills as well as larger concepts behind this key area of motion picture creation. 



Course Code
FILM 383  Credits
Title Adaptations to Film 
Prerequisite FILM 180 OR FILM 281S OR FILM 281 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an exploration of the complex intersection between film and a variety of other literary and media texts. Selected poems, novels, short stories, plays, video games, etc are analyzed in relation to film versions of the same works in order to gain an understanding of the possibilities - and problems - involved in the adaptation to film. 



Course Code
FILM 384  Credits
Title Techniques of Film Directing 
Prerequisite FILM 284 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Theory and practice of developing artistic and technical skills in directing motion pictures. Special emphasis given to the importance of the director/actor relationship. Major filmmaking projects include scene study work with crews and actors. 



Course Code
FILM 385  Credits
Title Survey of International Cinema 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A study of major world cinemas, including influential filmmakers, screen personalities, and motion pictures. The interrelationship of national film movements and how they impact world cinema. Representative work from European, Eastern, and Third World cinema will be presented. A screening/discussion portion of the course will focus on important films of the world cinema which will be discussed, and critically evaluated. Concurrent registration in FILM 385S is required. 



Course Code
FILM 385S  Credits
Title Studio in International Cinema 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Studio credit to accompany the International Cinema course. Concurrent registration in FILM 385 is required. 



Course Code
FILM 386  Credits
Title Genre Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Intensive study of a particular film genre. Analysis and discussion of specific generic conventions, historical shifts within the genre, and theoretical foundations. Potential course topics include: Science Fiction, American Screen Comedy, Film Noir, Horror Film, Westerns, Animation, etc. May be repeated when genre studied is different. 



Course Code
FILM 387  Credits
Title Director Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Study of the work of selected film directors. The course will analyze and evaluate a director's dominant themes, creative content, historical context and cinematic style. This course may stress the work of a single director or compare elements of two or more directors. Potential course topics include: Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, etc. May be repeated when the film director studied is different. 



Course Code
FILM 388  Credits
Title Research Methods in Film & Media Arts 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description In-depth study of specialized forms of film, historical periods, Hollywood studios and other topical areas of film study. Potential course topics include: Films of the 40's, American Silent Film, Exploring Films: Elements of Great Movies, Cult Films, Women in Film, etc. May be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
FILM 390  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Film 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is an upper division topical course and may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
FILM 400  Credits
Title Technical Training: Intermediate Filmmaking 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed to develop a thorough understanding of the technical equipment needed for the Intermediate level 16mm sync sound filmmaking course. This includes detailed training in the operation of 16mm film cameras including: Arriflex BL cameras and camera support equipment such as: tripods, dollies, jib arms etc., and the tools of film lighting and grip training. Extensive training in the use of double system sync sound recording methods will also occur. Individual sessions will focus on specific types of equipment and developing proficient use in the production of film projects. Concurrent registration in FILM 484 is required. 



Course Code
FILM 401  Credits
Title Technical Training: Advanced Filmmaking 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed to develop proficiency in the operation of film equipment needed to produce advanced level 16mm sync sound, color negative film projects. These include advanced 16mm film equipment, lighting and sound equipment. Concurrent registration in FILM 485 required. 



Course Code
FILM 416  Credits 1-3 
Title Special Projects in Film 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Advanced individualized creative or investigative work in a particular phase of film study. May be taken more than once if content is substantially different. 



Course Code
FILM 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A supervised, practical experience in film studies. A maximum of 12 internship credits may be applied to the degree. 



Course Code
FILM 470  Credits
Title Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students will serve as a teaching assistant for select Film Studies courses under the guidance of a faculty mentor. May be repeated up to three times for credit. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in major coursework is required. 



Course Code
FILM 472  Credits
Title Advanced Video Production 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Produce a series of programs to be aired. Includes all levels from writing and casting through taping and post-production. 



Course Code
FILM 480  Credits
Title Film Theory and Criticism 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Film Theory and Criticism prepares students to "read" films with a greater understanding of the major issues and debates in film criticism of the last 70 years. The course introduces students to classical and modern film theory. Heavy emphasis is placed on analytical writing about film. 



Course Code
FILM 484  Credits
Title Intermediate Filmmaking 
Prerequisite FILM 384 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an advanced production course that provides an introduction to and foundation in techniques of double system synchronous sound 16mm filmmaking. In addition to this technical training, the course emphasizes the development of sophisticated creative methods in the areas of visual style and storytelling. Through readings, lectures, screenings, demonstrations and individual and group film projects, students will gain a solid understanding of technical concepts unique to sync sound 16mm filmmaking and will continue to develop sophistication as filmmakers. This course will place special emphasis on the qualities of sync sound recording methods, black & white cinematography and lighting. Concurrent registration in FILM 400 required.