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Cinema Course Offerings

A listing of offered courses follows with prerequisites.  Please note that some courses do have additional fees associated with them.  The credit value of each course is represented by the number in brackets.

CIN 150/CMM 150 Introduction to Film [3]

Study of cinema as a cultural and artistic form. Emphasis on techniques (camera, editing, color, sound, composition) and styles (realism, expressionism, abstraction). Film fee.

CIN 220 Film and Video Lighting [3]

This course exposes students to many concepts and techniques in lighting for video and film, from theoretical aspects—such as brightness range manipulation and the measuring and evaluation of light—to the practical considerations of instrumentation and gelatin use. Students gain both the recognition of subjective effects of light in nature and the necessary skills to reproduce them using objective principles and applications. Film fee.

CIN 225 Storytelling for the Screen [3]

A writing workshop focusing on conceptualization, planning, and scripting of various film and video projects. Students write screenplays for a short film and segments of a full-length feature or documentary project. Focus is on the skill of drafting and the specific uses of language for the screen, and on refinement and presentation of ideas into treatment or proposal form.

CIN 230 Introduction to Filmmaking [3]

Introduction to basic principles, techniques, and aesthetics of motion picture production. The course emphasizes practice with a series of several short-term assignments in the first two-thirds of the semester, and the development of a focused production project in the last third of the semester. Working in small production crews and with the medium of digital video, students gain a practical and theoretical understanding of the basic principles of camera and editing for motion picture production. Prerequisite: CIN/CMM 150. Film fee.

CIN 250/ML 251 World Cinema [3]

An introductory survey of international cinema, selecting classic films of the major national cinemas (France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan) along with important works from other cinemas (e.g., Yugoslavia, India, Brazil, Senegal). Weekly screenings. Prerequisite: CIN/CMM 150. Film fee.

CIN 251W Film History [3]

From 1895 to the present, a survey of the defining developments in technology (sound, color, wide-screen) and national styles (primitive cinema, silent cinema, German expressionism, Soviet montage, French poetic realism, classical Hollywood cinema, Italian neorealism, French New Wave, American experimental cinema, the new Hollywood). Weekly screenings. Pre- or corequisite: CIN/CMM 150. (Writing-intensive course) Film fee.

CIN 252W Film Analysis [3]

Close study of the formalism of Eisenstein, the realism of Bazin, the auteur theory, and semiotics. Film analysis asks whether a movie is more like a painting, a window on the world, or a mirror for the desires of the audience; it asks whether there is a language of film, whether seeing a film is like dreaming, and what makes for the impression of reality in the cinema. Weekly screenings. Pre- or corequisite: CIN/CMM 150. (Writing-intensive course) Film fee.

CIN 253/ENG 253 Shakespeare on Film: Plays to 1600 [3]

A close study of the transformation into film of dramas of Shakespeare written chiefly before 1600 (first semester), including The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Henry V. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or DRA 160. Film fee.

CIN 254/ENG 254 Shakespeare on Film: Plays after 1600 [3]

A close study of the transformation into film of dramas of Shakespeare written chiefly after 1600 (second semester), including Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Anthony and Cleopatra. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or DRA 160. Film fee.

CIN 311 Film Directors [3]

Extended close study of one or more of the major individual figures in cinema (e.g., Eisenstein, Chaplin, Welles, Hitchcock, Godard). Specific director varies by the semester; thus, the course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CIN/CMM 150. Film fee.

CIN 312/ML 351 National Cinemas [3]

Thorough survey of one or more of the major national cinemas (American, British, French, German, Italian, Japanese). Specific national cinema varies by the semester; thus, the course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CIN/CMM 150. Film fee.

CIN 313 Film Genres [3]

Close study of one or more historically important genres in cinema (documentary, melodrama, film noir, horror, western, musical, experimental film). Specific genre varies with the semester; thus, the course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CIN/CMM 150. Film fee.

CIN 314 Studies in Film [3]

Intensive study of a major motif, topic, or limited period in film (City in Film, Fantasy and Realism in Cinema, Masculinity in the Movies). Specific topic varies by semester; thus, the course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CIN/CMM 150. Film fee

CIN 322 Cinematography [3]

This course is designed to give students more experience with the technical properties of lenses, filters, lighting and film. We cover a wide range of film and video image making, from aesthetic application to hands on experience. There are workshops on camera operation, lighting set-ups and operations, as well as using filters and light meters. In addition to learning the technical skills necessary to shoot 16mm and/or super 8 film, students will develop critical thinking skills to begin developing their own film language and style. Prerequisite: CIN 230 Introduction to Filmmaking. Film fee.

CIN 327 Documentary Filmmaking [3]

This production course covers specific topics, issues, or techniques within documentary filmmaking like biography, environmental filmmaking, and ethnography. Students will use HD video cameras to complete both research and short projects, leading up to the completion of a short documentary film. Prerequisite: CIN 230. Film fee.

CIN 330 Topics in Filmmaking [3]

Intermediate-level film/video production course providing students who have a foundation in production with an opportunity to develop depth through intensive study in specialized areas of the filmmaking process (for example, video game design, editing and sound design, experimental filmmaking). In each topic, emphasis is placed on the study of the history of the particular area of focus, on the relationship of film form to content, as well as on the acquisition of professional skills. Specific topic varies by the semester; thus, the course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CIN 230. Film fee.

CIN 331 Animation [3]

Students explore several animation techniques to gain technical acuity in various types of animation. The course covers the history of animation and its roots in the avant-garde. Students produce several short projects and writing assignments. Animation techniques covered may include stop motion, digital rotoscoping, contact printing, 2D digital motion, 3D modeling and motion. Prerequisite: CIN 230 Film fee.

CIN 334 Narrative Filmmaking [3]

This production course examines specific topics, issues, and techniques within narrative filmmaking. Students will use steadicam equipment, track based dollies, HD video cameras, and DSLR equipment to develop skills which prepare them to complete a short narrative final project.  Prerequisite: CIN 230. Film fee.

CIN 335 Screenwriting II [3]

Building on skills introduced in Screenwriting I, combines writing and speaking activities with the analysis of sample films and screenplays. The successful student gains an enhanced understanding of narrative form and improved screenwriting skills. Weekly writing assignments lead toward a feature-length screenplay. Prerequisite: CIN 225. Film fee.

CIN 354/GS 354 Women in Film [3]

Images of women in films both popular and alternative, history of melodrama or “women’s pictures,” films made by women, feminist film theory. Prerequisite: ENG 140, or CIN/CMM 150, or GS 110; or permission of instructor. Film fee.

CIN 356/ENG 356 Movie-Made America [3]

Cultural history of the major studio era in American film, from the early 1920's to the late 1950's, with emphasis on forms, characters, and themes that have shaped popular social attitudes in America. The American film industry is examined as a major institutional force in national politics. Prerequisites: ENG 140 and CIN/CMM 150, or permission of instructor. Film fee.

CIN 387, 388 Independent Study [1–6]

Advanced independent research and learning in areas not covered by conventional CIN offerings. May not be used in lieu of a conventional course. Usually taken after having completed successfully a substantial number of courses in the department. Requires submission of an articulate proposal for the study and prior arrangement with the prospective advisor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CIN 390 Special Topics in Cinema [3]

Introduces significant topics in accordance with needs and interests of students and the community. Uses specialists in various areas of cinema. Prerequisite: Varies with offerings. Film fee.

CIN 415/DRA 415 Acting for the Camera [3]

Instruction and practical experience in performing for the camera. Class stresses process and terms used in television and film production from the standpoint of the performer. Regular on-camera experience enables students to study themselves and others on the monitor in order to observe their progress. Differences between film and stage work are emphasized, giving the film or drama student an overview of the two forms from a production standpoint. Prerequisites: DRA 264 and DRA 265, or permission of instructor.

CIN 430 Producing and Directing [3]

A semester-long production workshop in which students each propose and produce an original short film. Working in a sustained manner during the entire semester, students bring their projects through the stages of pre-production (casting, location arrangement, permissions, costumes, scheduling of crew), production (cinematography and sound recording), post-production (editing and arranging of sound and picture material produced), and the initial stages of distribution (public screening of work). Prerequisites: CIN 230 and CIN 330, or permission of instructor. Film fee.

CIN 480 Cinema Internship Program [1–3]

The internship program provides students with an opportunity to augment their studies with a 12- to 15-week work experience in a film or television organization. Typically, students work from 7 to 15 hours each week, depending on the number of credits for which they are enrolled. Usually taken after successful completion of a substantial number of CIN courses. Requires submission of an articulate proposal and prior arrangement with an advisor. Available to cinema majors only. Additional details about the program are available on request from the chair of the department. Prerequisite: CIN/CMM 150.