Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2019 Bulletin

FLM: Film

FLM 101: Introduction to Filmmaking: Visual Storytelling

A hands-on introduction to the art of narrative filmmaking. Students will become familiar with the ideas, materials and technical skills needed for creative expression in this medium. Participants will learn how to use images in conjunction with sound, text and narrative structure as a basis for communicating ideas on film. Specific visual communication skills include: clarifying a subject, defining a goal, defining an audience, exploring the tools and resources available, and crafting ideas into short films using Smartphones or comparable devices.

DEC:     D
SBC:     ARTS

3 credits

FLM 102: Introduction to Film Composition: How Movies Say What They Mean

Introduction to the nuts and bolts of filmmaking as viewed through the lens of the working filmmaker. By examining the creative aspects of films, the tools, the language and the choices of filmmakers, participants learn to interpret the creative elements of a film from a practitioner's perspective.

SBC:     HUM

3 credits

FLM 215: Scriptwriting for Filmmakers

Study and practice of scriptwriting for filmmakers through readings, screenings, discussions and regular submission of original work. Areas of study include Writing the Short, Writing the Feature-length Screenplay, Writing for Television. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: FLM 101

3 credits

FLM 220: Documentary Filmmaking

Study and practice of documentary filmmaking from concept to production and post-production, through readings, screenings, discussion and regular submissions of original documentary filmmaking projects. Topics include Creating the Documentary Short, Ethics and Documentary Film, Social Documentary, The Film Essay. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: FLM 101

3 credits

FLM 221: Fiction Filmmaking

Study and practice of fiction filmmaking from story to production and post-production, through readings, screenings, discussion and regular submission of original fiction filmmaking projects. Topics include: Short Fiction, Film Animation, American Hollywood Film, Genre Filmmaking, Indie Filmmaking. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: FLM 101

3 credits

FLM 301: The Filmmaker's Toolbox: Cinematography, Sound and Editing

Explores the connections between technology and storytelling, examining the tools and resources available to create compelling images and stories. Course explores the principals, tools and techniques of digital technologies: cinematography, art direction, sound design and editing in shaping a film, and how these choices interact with the art of visual storytelling.

Prerequisite: FLM 102

3 credits

FLM 302: Producing Practices for Filmmakers: Directing and Producing

Explores the connections between production and storytelling, and the real- world aspects of producing for film and television. From script development through pre-production and production, students will explore how filmmakers balance the technical, business and artistic elements necessary to produce for film and television. Topics of study include The Business of Producing, Pitching and Selling Ideas, Script Breakdown and Budgeting, Working in Television: Navigating the TV Workforce, Creating the Web Series. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: FLM 101

3 credits

FLM 310: Story Analysis for Filmmakers

An exploration of the screenplay through the lens of the filmmaker. Emphasis will be on exploring the construction of story in film from a practitioner's perspective. Critical analysis will be transferred into practice through hands-on exercises in filmmaking. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: FLM 102; one 200-level or higher FLM course

3 credits

FLM 320: Topics in Film for Filmmakers

An exploration of a particular period, genre or ideology in filmmaking. Emphasis will be on exploring the evolution of that period, genre or ideology through the choices made by the filmmakers. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: FLM 102; one 200-level or higher FLM course

3 credits

FLM 402: Capstone Project

A weekly seminar in planning and executing an independent, interdisciplinary project, the culmination of the minor, to be taken while completing a short film or full-length project. The nature and genre of the film project is up to the individual, though the concept must be approved by the program director before the student can enroll in this course. Weekly class meetings give structure to the independent filmmaking process, helping minors to plan, research and locate the resources they need.

Prerequisite: permission of the Director

3 credits

FLM 488: Internship

Offers students a personalized experiential learning opportunity designed to build on classroom knowledge and skills by exploring filmmaking in real world settings.The work must involve skills related to the educational goals of the department.

Prerequisite: permission of the Director

SBC:     EXP+

3 credits, S/U grading