Fall 2014 Courses


AA 460 The Film Business

This course will focus on the business and legal aspects of filmmaking. The class will explore the development process, deal making, finance of films, unions, acquisition of rights, production issues, role of agents and producers, distribution, and marketing. The course will address both the independent producer as well as the studio affiliated producer/director. Prerequisites AA 250 or permission of instructor.

AR 114 Photography I

Fundamental techniques and principles of photography as an art form. Craft (camera know-how, developing, printing) and content (what to put on the film) and their relationships in visual communication. Darkroom work.

AR 130 Digital Photography

An introduction to the basic techniques and aesthetics of digital photography including cameras, tools, printing, and on-line imaging.

AR 240 Multimedia Production and Storytelling

This course is a bootcamp in digital and visual media. You will be a producer of multimedia content and will add a range of digital tools to your storytelling skills. We'll begin with a brief introduction to website management. You'll create your own site that will serve as the platform for publishing all assignments for both ILC courses. Next you'll leanr how to listen to and analyze multimedia pieces and understand how stories are structured. Once these fundamentals are in place, we will focus on building your skillset in audio, photography, video, and post production.

FR/EN 356 French Cinema: Retrogrades, Rebels and Realists

This course introduces students to the major developments in the history of French cinema. The course aims to develop students' skills of analysis and interpretation in order to enable them to read and appreciate film as an art form. The course is divided into three parts which present the three principal movements in French cinematic history: the films of Poetic Realism from the 1920s and 1930s; the films of the New Wave from the 1950s and 1960s, and the fin-de-siecle films of the 1980s and 1990s. Film-viewings are supplemented by the study of film theory. The class is writing-intensive and fulfills the International Perspectives requirement. Taught in English. Prerequisites: none.

HI 286 On the Screen: Gender, Class, and Culture in Film

This course offers students the two-fold opportunity to gain a better understanding of the history of the twentieth century and to become cultural critics of the cinema. Beginning with the invention of motion pictures in 1895 to the present, the course will trace the evolution of technology, style and meaning in mass entertainment in Europe, the U.S. and throughout the world. Films will be examined as cultural artifacts of their society, with particular attention to gender, sexuality, class, and ethnic and national identities. Works by major twentieth century directors, including such films as The Blue Angel (Germany, 1930) and Bicycle Thief (Italy, 1948), will be critiqued. Students will visit the Museum of the Moving Image and other independent cinema venues in New York.

PS 249 Psychology of Media

An investigation of the impact on the public of the mass communication of printed and electronically mediated information and entertainment. Students will study the psychological effects on target audiences of media ranging from newspapers, magazines, and books to film, television, and the Internet. Topics include the psychology of advertising and propaganda, the relation of medium and message, and the application of psychological concepts to the production of mass media.

TH 291 Acting for the Camera

This course offers an introduction to on-camera performance in film and television. Students will participate in monologue and scene work based on age and type, and will learn the fundamentals of adapting their own acting technique and experience to the specific demands, protocols, and technical challenges of filmed media, from the audition process to the final shoot. Class content will include monologue and scene rehearsal and presentation, an introduction to the process of on-camera production, and discussion of the professional film and television industries. Out of class time will be required for the preparation of scenes and monologues.