Cinema Studies - Fall 2014
ART 241A - Introduction to Photography
4 credit hours
Staff - Koch Hall
This course introduces students to traditional black and white and digital photographic techniques. Instruction covers the understanding and use of traditional and digital cameras and their functions, the process of developing black and white negatives and creating black and white 8x10 prints. Some areas of photographic capture covered: depth of field control, motion control, portraiture and experimental approaches. Basic digital image editing will also be explored.
This course is intended to be the introductory course to the photography concentration for the Department of Art. It is also a course designed for students who want an introduction to the medium as part of a broad liberal arts experience. A $250.00 chemistry/supplies fee and a $50.00 camera/tripod rental fee are required for the course.
TEXT: London/Stone , A Short Course in Photography, 8th edition
CINE 490 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Declaration of Cinema Studies Minor and permission of instructor.
CINE 492 Internship
Prerequisite: Declaration of Cinemas Studies Minor and permission of instructor.
ENGL 180A – Film Noir
4 semester hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 101E
Film noir, or “black film,” has been variously labeled as a period in film history, a style of film, and as a separate film genre with its own themes and conventions. No matter how you define it, films labeled as film noir are “deeply unromantic” films that “take a sneaking delight in their displays of passion gone wrong and of murderous calculation confounded.” This course will examine the distinctive “noir” visual style and the characteristic “noir” thematics of lives ruled by an unkind fate. We will also trace the history of film noir from its origins in German expressionism and postwar nihilism, to its golden period in the 1940's and 1950's, and to its persistence through the rest of the 20th century in neo-noir and retro-noir. We will also look at the debt that these films owe to what the French called “serie noir,” the searing crime and detective fiction of the 1930's, 40's, and 50's. We will examine particularly closely the cultural work of these films and the questions film noir raises about the nature of masculinity, femininity, and homosexuality and their representations in film noir. Writing intensive. Cross-listed with Women’s Studies.
ENGL 180A – Jane Goes to the Movies
4 semester hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 101E
Jane Austen would probably be bemused (and amused) were she alive today to see the veritable entertainment empire that has sprung from her novels, which she self-deprecatingly described as “little bit[s] (two Inches wide) of Ivory on which I work with so fine a Brush, [producing] little effect after much labour." In her metaphor she is a miniaturist, producing tiny portraits—but for over sixty years, her work has filled the big screen, with no signs of stopping any time soon.
In this course we will read the major novels of Jane Austen and view representative film and television adaptations of them. Not only will we learn basic critical skills for reading fiction and viewing film, but we will find that our discussion of the novels will be illuminated by the choices made (and not made) by filmmakers. We will also explore the continuing popularity of Jane Austen and her novels: what does the current boom in Austen adaptations, sequels, prequels, etc. suggest about our own society’s values, desires, and anxieties? We will also examine Austen’s life in various versions, as well as considering other fictions and films related to her work. The graded work of the course will include several analytical papers, a final exam, quizzes, and a creative/analytical project. Writing Intensive. Cross-listed with Cinema Studies and Women’s Studies.
Spanish 263F/1.2: El cine y el cambio social (Film and Social Change)
(2 semester hours)
Prerequisite: Spanish 112, 150 or 200 level placement
This course introduces students to film from Spain and Latin America that intersect with social and historical transitions. Students will explore the cultural context of each film, analyze major themes, and discuss the role of film as a reflection of and catalyst for social change. The course will focus on aiding students in developing language skills for description and reporting. Along with the practice/development of their language skills, students will learn basic principles of cinematic analysis and language.