Courses Offered

FILM 370 FILM PRODUCTION (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Four to six hours per week plus additional lab hours by arrangement.

A basic course in the techniques of film production, including operation of motion picture cameras, meters, lenses and related equipment, scripting for film, editing for pictorial continuity. Emphasis on production crew functions. May be repeated for credit a maximum of three times. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C1).


FILM 375 SCRIPTWRITING FOR TELEVISION AND FILM (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Formats and techniques of writing for film and television, including the study and analysis of professional scripts. Scripting assignments will include news features, public service announcements, commercials, dramatic shorts, and documentary and information films. Transfer credit: CSU.


FILM 380 BASIC VIDEO PRODUCTION (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester.
Course introduces students to basic video field production, including an orientation to studio production. It incorporates elements of producing, directing, lighting, sound recording, working on a production crew, preparing video titles and graphics, video editing and field production with camcorders. Two video projects are required. Transfer credit: CSU.


FILM 385 INTERMEDIATE FILM/VIDEO WORKSHOP (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours and 32 lab hours/semester. Prerequisite: FILM 370 or 380. Recommended: FILM 375.
Students learn advanced camera, lighting and editing techniques as they work on individual projects or collaborate with other students on short film or video projects. They will produce short works based on scripts they have written, or scripts written by students in Film 375. Transfer credit: CSU.


FILM 440 FILM STUDY AND APPRECIATION (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A critical look at film history and culture from silent and classical Hollywood to Japanese and European films. Students learn to critique classical, modern and avant-garde films and to analyze the structure of cinematic language, i.e., motifs, metaphors, narrative cause-effect devices and oppositions. Students develop a visual and ideological understanding of film. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).


FILM 450 GREAT FILM DIRECTORS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A study of great film directors using the “auteur’’ approach to film criticism. Students will study in depth the films of great directors such as Hitchcock, Altman and Kubrick using signature themes and visual style to compare and contrast their works. Thematic evolution and historical connections will also be examined. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.

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