SMITH COLLEGE

Part I: Smith College Production Courses:

FLS 280 INTRO TO VIDEO PRODUCTION

Knapp M 1: 10-4:00pm (studio), W 7-9pm (screening)

This video production course introduces the history and contemporary practice of video art and provides the technical and conceptual skills to complete creative individual video projects. Over the course of the semester, students will gain experience in pre-production, production and post-production techniques. Projects are designed to develop basic technical proficiency in the video medium as well as practical skills for the completion of the creative project. Prerequisite: 200 (which may be taken concurrently). Enrollment limited to 13. Priority given to Smith College Film Studies Minors and Five College Film Studies Majors.

FLS 282 VIDEO PROD WORKSHOP: NARRATIVE

Hillman W 1: 10-4pm (studio), Thur 7-9 (screening)

Topic: The Body and Space: Re-inventing the Narrative. This is an advanced video production/theory course for students interested in exploring a wide range of approaches to experimental narrative. We will investigate narrative structure through a study of films and videos that question and challenge constructions based on literary and painterly models. In particular, we will consider the determining role of the body and space within visual narrative structure. We will also explore the theories and practice of editing narrative through analysis of editing structures and through individual and collaborative editing exercises. Students will complete a series of narrative projects. The course will include workshops in lighting, sound and advanced editing techniques. Screenings will include works by Nagisa Oshima, Wong Kar Wai, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Arturo Ripstein, Chantal Akerman, and Catherine Breillat among others. Readings by Giulana Bruno, Hélène Cixous, and Gilles Deleuze. Prerequisite: FLS 280 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 13. Priority given to Smith College Film Studies Minors and Five College Film Studies Majors.

Part II: Smith College Non-Production Courses:

FLS 200 INTRO TO FILM STUDIES

Inouye MW2:40-4:00 and M 7-10 (screening) {A} 4 credits

An overview of cinema as an artistic and social force. Students will become familiar with the aesthetic elements of cinema (visual style, editing, cinematography, sound, narration and formal structure), the terminology of film production, and the relations among industrial, ideological, artistic, and social issues. Films (both classic and contemporary) will be discussed from aesthetic, historical and social perspectives, enabling students to approach films as informed and critical viewers. Enrollment limited to 60. Priority given to Smith College Film Studies Minors and Five College Film Studies Majors.

FRENCH 244 CITIES OF LIGHT: URBAN SPACES IN FRANCOPHONE FILM

Dawn Fulton TTh 9:00-10:20 and M 7:30-9:30 (screening)

Topics course.: From Paris to Fort-de-France, Montreal to Dakar, we will study how various filmmakers from the francophone world present urban spaces as sites of conflict, solidarity, alienation and self-discovery. How do these portraits confirm or challenge the distinction between urban and non-urban? How does the image of the city shift for "insiders" and "outsiders"? Other topics to be discussed include immigration, colonialism, and globalization. Works by Sembene Ousmane, Denys Arcand, Mweze Ngangura, and Euzhan Palcy. Offered in French. Prerequisite: FRN 230, or permission of the instructor. Weekly required screenings.