SMITH COLLEGE

Five College Film & Video Course Guide

FALL 2009  (updated 4/7/09)

 

Note:  Course info may be subject to change and will be updated as more information becomes available.  All courses are 4 credits each unless otherwise noted.

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FLS 200  INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES

Alexandra Keller

MW 1:10-2:30pm and M 7-11pm screening

This course offers an overview of cinema as an artistic, industrial, ideological and social force.  Students will become familiar with the aesthetic elements of cinema (visual style, editing, cinematography, sound, performance, narration and formal structure, etc.), 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.  {A}  4 credits

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  I

Five College Film Studies Major category: 1

 

FLS 280  INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO PRODUCTION

Lucretia Knapp

T 1-4pm, W 7-9pm screening

This course involves both an introduction to the history and contemporary practice of experimental video and video art, as well as the acquisition of the technical, analytical and conceptual skills to complete individual video projects.  Students will be engaged in screenings and discussion and class exercises and will produce three to four (short) individual video projects.  Projects are designed to develop basic technical proficiency in the video medium as well as practical skills for the completion of the video projects.  This is a beginning course that will cover the basics of shooting, lighting, audio, and digital editing.   Prerequisite:  200 (which may be taken concurrently).  Priority given to Smith College Film Studies Minors and Five College Film Studies Majors.  Permission of the instructor required.  Enrollment limited to 13.  {A}  4 credits

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  V

Five College Film Studies Major category: 8

 

GER 237  TOPICS IN GERMAN CINEMA:  THE WALL ON FILM

Jocelyne Kolb

MW 02:40-04:00; T 07:30-09:30

Topics course. A study of cinematic responses to the Berlin Wall twenty years after its fall in November of 1989. Using as a frame RuttmannŐs Berlin: Symphony of a City (1927) and SchadtŐs remake 75 years later, we will analyze the Wall as an influence on the culture, politics, and psyche of Berliners and non-Berliners. Films by Wilder, Wenders, Schlondorff, von Trotta, Levy, Becker, Henckel von Donnersmarck, and Akin; texts include P. Schneider, B. Schlinck, T. Brussig, M. Maron, and J. Hermann.

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB

Five College Film Studies Major category: 5,6