Upcoming Courses

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FMST 0120 & ENGFLM 0400 - Introduction to Film

This is an entry-level 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. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category II towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 0130 & ENGFLM 0401 - Introduction to Visual Culture

This course develops skills to interpret visual culture in contemporary life. Using a wide variety of media, including film, television, advertisements, fashion magazines, museum exhibits, comic books, painting, graffiti, video games, the web, and photography, the course focuses on understanding how conceptions of visuality, gender, race, and politics shape definitions of high and low culture as well as questions of knowledge and being. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category II towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
We 6:00PM - 9:50PM with Julie Nakama

FMST 0170 & ENGFLM 0540 - World Film History

This course both introduces students to techniques of film analysis and acquaints them with major works and movements in international cinema. The course pays particular attention to the evolution of film narrative and visual style through landmarks in film development--European avant-garde films, British documentary, Italian neo-realism, etc. This is a Critical Studies course and is a required course for the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 0500 & ENGFLM 0532 - Introduction to Film Genres

This course surveys major film genres, which may include Westerns, musicals, horror, film noir, 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. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category II towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
Tu 9:00AM - 12:50PM with Jedd Hakimi

FMST 0790 & ENGFLM 0585 - Technologies of the Body

This course considers how we learn new technologies by looking at the treatment of the body in cinema and television, as well as animation, sports, gaming, and VR. In addition to analyzing media examples, students will experiment with low-tech and high-tech adaptations of optical toys and smart phone cinema to explore how movement and the body have been imagined in science and entertainment. This is a Critical Studies course with Production elements and counts for Category III towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
Th 9:00AM - 12:50PM with Adam Hart

FMST 0800 - Filmmaking I: Fundamentals

Filmmaking is a creative process that combines art, science, craft, and collaboration. This course is a hands-on introduction to the process, starting with the building blocks of motion pictures: light and cameras, composition, editing, and visual storytelling. You will complete two short videos over the course of the semester, shooting video with DSLR cameras and editing using Adobe Premiere Pro. In-class exercises will provide a deeper understanding of making moving images.
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 0835 - Audio Production

This course explores sound as a fundamental element of human experience and media. Audio production - the recording and editing of sound - is the focus of the class, leading to the creation of an original sound file and podcast file as a final project. Emphasis is on creating a "soundscape": a rich, multi-layered production constructed from audio sources such as interviews, narration, ambience, live events, sound effects, and music. Class demonstrations cover how various microphones work and how to use them, as well as the physics, history, and theory of sound recording.
Th 9:00am - 12:00pm with Max Glider

FMST 0845 - Filmmaking 2: Sight and Sound

In this hands-on course, you will continue to acquire the skills required to design, shoot and edit HD video. Demonstrations and in-class exercises introduce more professional camera operation, lighting, sound, special effects, and editing workflows. You will apply this new knowledge and facility to several out-of-class assignments of increasing sophistication over the course of the semester.
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 1250 & ENGFLM 1410 - Bollywood and Indian Cinema

This course will offer an overview of various Indian cinema traditions in their historical, aesthetic, and cultural contexts. Students will learn how to analyze Indian films from the 1920s to the present in terms of formal techniques, narrative conventions, and viewing contexts and also in terms of broader historical contexts such as colonialism and the independence movement. The history and formal conventions of Mainstream Bombay Cinema will be counterpointed with other kinds of Indian film. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category I towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
We 9:00AM - 12:50PM with Kuhu Tanvir 

FMST 1275 & ENGFLM 1390 - Contemporary Film

Surveys international film from 1970 to the present and the major film movements of the period. It also demonstrates the stylistic and cultural interrelationships between the international film schools. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category I towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
Tu 1:00PM - 4:50PM with Andrea Comiskey

FMST 1321, HIST 1226 & ENGFLM 1226 - Eastern European Communism at the Movies

After the 1917 revolution in Russia, Lenin famously said: "to us film is the most important of all the arts." Communists were to use cinema for propaganda purposes, in order to carry out massive state-wide campaigns aiming to bring radical social change. However, Soviet avant-garde filmmakers were also concerned with revolutionizing filmmaking itself. Some three decades after Lenin's remarks, the leaders of the countries of Eastern Europe which had become "Soviet satellites" after World War II, attempted to use censorship and control over the arts and cinema to produce effective propaganda for their own political campaigns. Writers, artists, and filmmakers were coveted allies of these new communist regimes that came to power in the 1940s. Again, however, filmmakers and actors did not always toe the Party line. Some were able to use film to craft complex works with subtle messages portraying aspects of daily life as it was experienced by ordinary people under the new regimes. Films that we will watch and analyze, released in Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Poland, and Czechoslovakia in the decades before the fall of communism in 1989 managed to depict, evoke, and criticize "really existing communism." This course will trace the history of East European communism and of East European film-making from 1944 to 1990, acquainting students with examples from an exceptional body of cinematographic work together with the broad outlines of East European history. Students will learn to "read" films from 20th century Eastern Europe in their cultural, political, and historical context. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category I towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
Tu 1:00PM - 4:50PM with Irina Livezeanu

FMST 1420 & ENGFLM 1482 - The Star System and the Movies

This course will deal with all aspects of the phenomenon of stardom in film: the production of stars, film acting, and fandom. This is not a course on any particular star, but we will use case studies of individual stars for our weekly focus. We will draw on film examples from the old Hollywood studio system as well as from post-studio films and popular culture. A particular emphasis of the course will be gendered differences between star images. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category II towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
Mo 6:00PM - 9:50PM with Neepa Majumdar

FMST 1508 & ENGFLM 1752 - Television Analysis

This course increases students' awareness of television as a visual medium and as a cultural force by examining the forms television programming takes and the way these structures influence viewer response. We will examine specific television genres and move through the fictional forms television takes (sitcoms, cop shows, serials, etc.) To "quality" forms of television.
Mo 9:00AM - 12:50PM with Dana Och

FMST 1615 & ENGFLM 1479 - Children and Media

This course examines contemporary children's media from social, cultural, and historical perspectives, with a focus on media in the United States produced by and for children ages 0-13. Video games, the internet, and emerging digital and portable technologies for communicating and consuming media are often tailored specifically to children, who, as "digital natives," are increasingly early adopters of new technologies. This course asks how children's media fits into contemporary debates about children's role in families, schooling, and the public sphere. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category II towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
Mo 1:00pm - 4:50pm with Alison Patterson

FMST 1655 & ENGFLM 1391 - Topics in Contemporary Cinema

This is a course that changes topics every term; please see the Topic title and/or Class Notes for the specific focus. This course deals with issues related to contemporary cinema. This is a Critical Studies course and counts for Category II towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
Th 6:00PM - 9:50PM with Kirsten Strayer

FMST 1699 & ENGFLM 1920 - Advanced Seminar in Film Studies

This course is designed for film majors and can be taken only when all other major requirements are satisfied. It will focus on issues of film history (either as an historical survey or through an examination of particular themes and/or problems that have arisen in the critical literature). The class will be organized as a seminar, and will involve considerable writing and/or class presentation on the part of students.
We 6:00PM - 9:50PM with Mark Anderson

FMST 1740 & ENGFLM 1671 - Making the Documentary

This is a production course in which students will research, define, and schedule their own projects. The class covers all stages of producing a documentary from the idea through development, preproduction, production and post production and will examine the fundamentals of the art of documentary making: artistic identity, point of view and storyteller, form and style, and light and sound etc. Students will develop and produce original documentary short film in a collaborative learning environment, working in small groups (of two or three students). They will write, develop, and shoot their own short documentary project (8 to 10 minutes). While those interested in writing or filmmaking will find practical uses for their skills in this course, students from all disciplines - writing, science, film studies, or general liberal arts - are welcomed, and will find benefit in the acquisition of skills for presenting, representing, and persuading via sound and image. No filmmaking experience is necessary. This is a Production course and counts for Category III towards the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
Th 1:00PM - 4:50PM with Carl Kurlander

FMST 1775 & SA 1380 - Digital Studio: Video

This is an advanced studio designed for students to intensely experiment and explore the moving digital image in an art context. Students will explore the concepts and skills involved in working with digital video, from pre to post-production. Each student will propose and undertake a final, self-designed project during the final four weeks of the term. Major effort, time, research, imagination, productivity, and involvement are expected throughout the term.
We 6:00PM - 9:20PM with Aaron Henderson

FMST 1846 - Filmmaking 3: Story to Screen

Building on your experiences in Filmmaking 1 and 2, you will continue to develop your style as a filmmaker while creating more ambitious work and improving your technical skills. Demonstrations cover HD video cameras and lenses, advanced lighting and sound techniques, creating a pre-production binder, and advanced post-production workflows using Adobe Creative Cloud software. In addition to creating short projects in class, significant outside work is required, as you will take a short film from concept to a polished final version.
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 1860 & ENGWRT 1132 - Elements of Screenwriting

This course will explore developing character-based stories in the screenplay form. Students will be exposed to a variety of readings, including original screenplays, related prose, and texts which reinforce basic tenets of good story telling. Students will write a completed 1st Act for a 3 to 5 part screenplay, building from idea to outline with particular attention to structure and character development.
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 1880 - Digital Cinematography

This course will cover advanced video technology and professional techniques of videography. Emphasis will be placed on high image quality and meeting broadcast specifications for video and audio. Professional-quality video cameras will be covered extensively.
Tu 6:00PM - 9:00PM

FMST 1885 - Broadcasting

Broadcasting introduces students to television production through academic and hands-on experience, utilizing the University of Pittsburgh's new state-of-the-art television studios and equipment. In addition to students learning how to produce a live broadcast event for collegiate teams and a news broadcast, guest lecturers will talk about the industrial realities of the profession. Students will understand how to format and make a show rundown, apply graphics, utilize replay, work a television camera, comprehend audio application and mixing, produce and direct live events and news broadcast, as well as gain experience in front of the camera as news anchors, reporters and on-air talent for live events.
MoWe 9:00AM - 10:50AM with Kevin Smith

FMST 1893 - Human Interest Stories for Broadcasting

Human Interest Stories for Broadcast will teach students how to present and tell a compelling story about a person, place, or thing in the confines of television broadcast, streaming, or social media platform. Writing techniques for television, research techniques, interview techniques, adding graphics, mixing sound and music, video, tracking and voice-over will be required for the feature packages ranging from :45 seconds in length to 3:00 minutes in length. This is a Category III class that combines critical and production elements. This course counts for the Film and Media Studies major and minor.
MoWe 11:00AM - 12:50AM with Kevin Smith

FMST 1921 - Filmmaking 4: Capstone

This is a capstone course in motion picture production. You should arrive with a script for a short film which you will work on throughout the semester. The film can be any genre, and should represent the culmination of your studies in filmmaking, meeting high standards of technical and aesthetic quality. Through script workshops, pre-production reviews, and critique of rough cuts, your instructor will mentor you through the filmmaking process.
TH 6:00PM - 9:00PM with Robert Clift