Upcoming Courses

Now Enrolling for Summer 2018

 
ENGFLM 0400 - Introduction to Film
This is a basic course on the visual arts that offers the student a broad introduction to the medium of film. As part of this overview, the class will consider such issues as: the process of contemporary film production and distribution; the nature of basic film forms; selected approaches to film criticism; comparisons between film and the other media.
Instructor: Ellina Sattarova
Session: Six-week 1
Time: MoWe 6pm-9:50pm
Prerequisites: None
 
ENGFLM 0530 Film Analysis
This course introduces students to the art of the cinema, and to the techniques for its formal and iconographic analysis.  It examines the nature of shot composition and visual framing, the use of color, the role of lighting as a pictorial element, the potentials of camera movement, the modes of editing and the nature of image/sound montage.  It also introduces students to dominant cinema forms--narrative, experimental, documentary, etc.--And connects the cinema to visual arts (like painting and sculpture).
Instructor: John Taylor
Session: Six-week 1
Time: TuTh 12pm-3:50pm
Prerequisites: None
Category: Core Requirement
 
ENGFLM 0532 - Introduction to Film Genres
This course surveys major film genres--the Western, the musical, the detective film, the screwball comedy, etc. We will trace the history of film genres from the studio era to the present, including European transformations. The course seeks to relate film genres to the culture that created them.
Instructor: Jesse Anderson-Lehman
Session: Six-week 2
Time: MoWe 6pm-9:50pm
Prerequisites: None
Category: II
 
ENGFLM 0540 - World Film History
From post-war Japanese film to contemporary Nollywood productions, this course reviews the history of major developments in international cinema, with a particular focus on the film histories of Asian, African, Latin American, South American, and European nations. We will discuss techniques of film analysis along with major works and movements. 
Instructor: Kelsey Cummings
Session: Six-week 2
Time: TuTh 12pm-3:50pm
Prerequisites: None
Category: Core Requirement
 
ENGFLM 1470 - Film Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas (P.T.) Anderson: independent film maverick, or crafter of star-power epics? A director who wears his influences on his sleeve, or a true original? Hyperkinetic flourish and the ensemble cast, or restrained, personal drama? All of the above—the only answer, perhaps. This course will position Anderson, one of our generation’s most acclaimed and formally adventurous filmmakers, as a figure whose ability to shift between and navigate these seemingly opposite poles offers us a perfect entry point for addressing some of cinema’s most pressing issues. Among other topics, we will investigate crucial aesthetic and critical questions attached to influence and intertextuality, as well as the process of generating a unique “style” through such a relationship to the past; Anderson’s obsession with the dynamics of surrogate families (and surrogate filmmakers); how frequent collaborators in cinematography, scoring, editing, and acting have contributed to the success of Anderson’s pictures; his evocation of certain “modern” anxieties, and the oft-polarizing nature of a particular presentation of masculinity; and how both the conventions and flexibility of genres have played a key role in our understanding of films such as Boogie NightsThere Will Be Blood, and Inherent Vice.
Instructor: Adam Hebert
Session: Six-week 1
Time: TuTh 6pm-9:50pm
Prerequisites: None
Category:  I