Motion Pictures B.S.C. Featured Courses

Advanced Cinematography

Advanced work with camera, lighting, and grip equipment on exercises and projects.

Advanced Editing

Advanced concepts in aesthetics and theories of picture and sound editing, mixing, color correction, and finishing techniques.

Advanced Film Production

Advanced Motion Graphics, Compositing, and Animation

This is an advanced animation, compositing, and motion graphics workshop in which students will design a three to five minute production from script to final product.

Advanced Motion Picture Practicum II

The theory and practice of motion picture production from script to screen. Lecture and laboratory. Students will develop and produce one of the following: a narrative, a documentary or an experimental work of their choice. Students may also complete work begun in CMP 451 with the approval of the instructor.

Advanced Screenwriting

A continuation of CMP 326. Study of, and practice in, writing feature length, narrative motion picture scripts. Attention is given to cinematic structure, t he development of character, and its presentation on screen. Emphasis is placed on bringing the script to a completed draft.

Advanced Scriptwriting

Advanced Scriptwriting

A continuation of CMP 227. Study of and practice in writing feature length, narrative motion picture scripts. Attention to cinematic structure and the development of character and its presentation on screen. Emphasis on bringing the script to a completed draft. Prerequisite: CMP 227.

Advanced Television Writing

This course explores how to create, format, and write the original Television Pilot and treatment. The class will cover TV pilot format, length, structure as well as techniques in creating TV characters and situations for both comedy and dramatic episodic TV.

Aspects of Contemporary Cinema

Study of contemporary movements in American and world cinemas.

Aspects of Screenwriting

Advanced examination of one or more aspects of screenwriting from rewrites to adaptations, to character development, and related issues.

Business of Motion Pictures

An examination of the industry's three part structure-production, distribution and exhibition. Consideration given to intellectual property, motion picture "creative accounting" and changes affected by new technologies. Surveys both studio films and independents.

Cinematography

An overview of the cinematographer's process from script to screen. Working with camera, lighting, and grip equipment on exercises and projects is discussed.

Directing Techniques

To build a more advanced set of professional skills and practices through scene work, shooting, and collaboration.

Directing Techniques I

To teach the craft of directing through exercises, screen work, and readings.

Directing Techniques II

To build a more advanced set of professional skills and practices through scene work, shooting and collaboration.

Documentary Approaches

Documentary Production

Students produce two short digital documentaries and explore various approaches to the documentary film.

Editing

Introduction to the theory and practice of motion picture editing. Short editing assignments are designed to develop students' understanding of aesthetic, an d technical considerations in the art of dramatic editing.

Essentials of Documentary Film

This course is designed to teach students how to tell compelling cinematic documentary stories with a clear and effective point-of-view. We will compare and analyze various styles of documentary storytelling and use these methods in creating effective documentaries films. An emphasis will be put on the various styles of documentary filmmaking.

Experimental Film and Video

An examination of American and world avant-garde or experimental film and video.

Film and National Identity

Film Directors

The study of the film authorship through a focus on specific directors.

Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics

An examination of the concept of freedom of expression, its philosophical roots, its application of contemporary issues in communication, and of the basics of moral philosophy (ethics) and moral reasoning.

Genres

Study of selected genres from a variety of critical perspectives. Issues pertaCMP 406ining to methodologies of defining and categorizing film are discussed.

History of International Cinema I

Examination of the origin and history of the motion picture. Narrative and non -fiction genres in the American and world cinemas from their inception through 1940 are discussed.

History of International Cinema II

Examination of the history of the motion picture from 1941 to the present. Narrative and non-fiction genres in the American and world cinemas are included.

History of Motion Pictures

Independent Study in Scriptwriting

Feature-length narrative screenplay to be written in consultation with instructor.

Intermediate Motion Picture Workshop

The theory and practice of scriptwriting, pre-production, production and post in the creation of a short narrative work.

Intermediate Screenwriting

Study of, and practice in, writing feature length, narrative motion pictures. Development of story line in treatment form, attention to cinematic structure, the development of character, and its presentation on screen is discussed.

Intermediate Scriptwriting

Study of and practice in writing feature length, narrative motion pictures. Development of story line in treatment form, attention to cinematic structure and the development of character and its presentation on screen. Prerequisite: CMP 127.

Introduction to Digital Production

Lectures and laboratory work to acquaint the student with the basic techniques of motion pictures. Digital equipment is used to develop an understanding of t he motion picture as a creative tool of communication and expression.

Introduction to Film Production

Introduction to key set crew positions through lectures, exercises and the production of a collective narrative assignment. Students are required to master contemporary and traditional technology in use in the profession including 16mm cameras and synch sound recording.

Introduction to Game Design

This is an introductory course about game design, theory, and development, and how games align themselves as a lens of study for all interactive media.

Introduction to Screenwriting

Creation and formatting of narrative material for motion pictures. Emphasis on writing the short film.

Introduction to Scriptwriting

Creation and formatting of narrative material for motion pictures and televisio n. Prerequisite: CMP 103 or CBR 102 and ENG 106.

Legal Aspects of Motion Pictures

The law, contracts, and negotiating techniques of the business affairs aspect o f the production of motion pictures.

Legal Aspects of Motion Pictures

The law, contracts, and negotiating techniques of the business affairs aspects of the production of motion pictures.

Motion Graphics and Compositing

Methods, techniques and aesthetics of 2D computer animation and compositing including animated text, title design and green screen.

Motion Graphics, Compositing and Animation

This course is an introduction to 2D animation, motion graphics and compositing techniques. All essential technical and aesthetic possibilities are explored i n a series of projects. All projects are designed to provide the student with a thorough grounding in contemporary professional practices.

Motion Picture Internship

Prescribed study and supervised work with practitioners in motion pictures.

Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution

Economic and markeitng considerations in the production and distribution of mot ion pictures.

Motion Picture Practicum

The theory and practice of motion pictures production from script to screen. Lecture and laboratory. Students will develop and produce a narrative, a documentary, or an experimental work of their choice.

Motion Picture Techniques

Lectures and laboratory work to acquaint the student with the basic techniques of motion pictures. 16 mm equipment is used to develop an understanding of the motion picture as a creative tool of communication and expression.

Motion Picture Workshop I

Lectures and laboratory work to acquaint the student with the basic techniques of motion pictures. Exercises will be employed to develop an understanding of the motion picture as a creative tool of communication and expression. Prerequisite: Summer Workshop; non-majors only. Written permission of the Director of Motion Pictures.

Motion Picture Workshop II

The art and craft of motion picture production. Concentrating on pre-production and production procedures including cinematography and synchronous sound recording. Lectures and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Summer Workshop; non-maj ors only. Written permission of the Director of Motion Pictures.

Motion Picture Workshop III

An intensive five week introduction to 16mm production and postproduction. (Available for incoming MFA students and others by permission of the Program Director).

Motion Picture Workshop IV

A motion picture practicum with emphasis on the role of director and producer. Students will work in a collaborative mode to complete a 16mm film. Lectures and laboratory work are included. Prerequisite: Summer Workshop; non-majors only. Written permission of the Director of Motion Pictures.

Motion Picture Workshop: Storytelling

The practice of the grammar of cinematic language including shot selection, com position, pacing, story clarity, performance, pre-visualization and pre-planning for the creation of short narrative projects. Through critiques, students encounter and interact with an audience of their peers. This course requires students to master contemporary technology in use in the profession.

National Cinemas

Selected films from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America will be studied in relation to their diverse social, political and cultural contexts.

Nonfiction Film

Comparison of non-theatrical film forms including informational, documentary and avant-garde.

Nonfiction Film and Digital Media

An examination of American and world nonfiction films and media.

Online Screenwriting

The student will prepare and complete the first act of a feature-length screenplay or the student will prepare and commence the rewrite of an existing screenplay.

Post Production Sound Editing and Design

Post production sound editing and design is a seminar/workshop that provides a practical and theorectical introduction to sound and its function in the narrative moving image process. The course explores the process from production recording through the final mix.

Principles of Aesthetics and Analysis

Provides graduate students with introductory immersion in aesthetics, analysis, and history of film and media.

Producing the Motion Picture

A practical examination of the development, production and marketing responsibilities in producing theatrical feature films. Focus is placed on the processes involved including the ethical considerations that confront the producer.

Producing the Motion Picture

A practical examination of the development, production and marketing responsibilities involved in producing theatrical feature films. Focus is placed on the process including the ethical considerations that confront the producer.

Projects and Directed Research

Individual study. No more than three credits may be counted toward a Communication major or minor.

Projects in Screenwriting

Individual study. This course and CMP 499 cannot count for more than three credits towards a Communication major or minor.

Sound Design and Post Production Editing

Sound design is a seminar/workshop that provides a practical and theoretical in production to sound and its function in the narrative moving image process. The course explores the process from production recording through to the final mix.

Survey of Motion Pictures

Examination of the aesthetic, social, and economic aspects of the motion picture industry. Concentration on the present state of the medium with particular emphasis on future trends.

Web Lab

This course is a practical introduction to web design and marketing. Students will learn how to produce and market dynamic websites using modern content management systems.

What is Cinema?

Combining close analysis of classic and contemporary films with selected readings, this course addresses fundamental questions about movies and their importance to us. Lectures, discussions, and screenings will focus on such topics as the theory and practice of narrative structures in film, the role of reality in the film medium, the powers and limitations of the camera, and film's evolving forms and impact on society and culture.

Women, Media, and Popular Culture

Examination of film, media, and gender representation from the perspective of feminist theory and cultural studies. Students explore the many ways that women have been portrayed, and how they have portrayed themselves, within popular culture.

Writing for Series Television

An introduction to the structures and techniques of writing situation-comedy an d dramatic series television.