Featured Film Courses

[For Fall 2019 - last updated 03.19.2019]


FAVS 399: Silent Cinema and the Archive

In Silent Cinema, students learn the forgotten techniques of silent storytelling. They explore a wide range of genres from different parts of the world, focusing on their aesthetic, historical, technological and cultural aspects as well as their contributions to the evolution of the art form. Issues of gender, race and ethnicity on screen will be considered. Students look at contemporary films to see how the foundations and innovations of the silent era reverberate in today’s cinema.

FAVS 300: Global Horror

Taking an historical approach through various national and international cinemas, the course begins with horror film's literary and theatrical origins and traces its development into a modern (and postmodern) form of universal storytelling.

FAVS 352: Ethics of Film and Video

Pre-requisites: Juniors or Senior standing, ENGH 302 (C or better)

An examination of ethical issues associated with image production and consumption. Topics include the technological development of the film apparatus, privacy, the pursuit of objectivity, excess, consent, and representing others. All issues highlight the increasingly sophisticated and powerful role of film and media authorship. Students will develop a more complex view of the ethics of screen representation (both fiction and nonfiction) and be encouraged to take stock of the ethics of their own media literacy.

Professor Hans Charles leads Cinematography class on location. Photo: Maurice C. Jones.

FAVS 431: Advanced Cinematography

Pre-requisite: FAVS 331 (C or better)

Builds on the foundation of FAVS 331 and explores advanced techniques in lighting and in post-production (color correction). Where cinematography focuses on cinematography from the perspective of film (celluloid), Advanced Cinematography explores digital cinematography, its advantages and limitations.

FAVS 433: Advanced Sound

Students will learn about advanced fundamental theory, tools, and techniques needed to create and/or implement sound for film. We will utilize the industry standard software Pro Tools. Students will learn nonlinear sound editing, digital audio processing, frequency manipulation, synthesized sound techniques and mixing. We will focus on the power of sound and the contributions it can make not only in enhancing the visuals of a film but in contributing to telling the story within itself.

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FAVS 399: Web Series Writers Room

This class is an exploration of the creative and logistical challenges of creating a series for the web. Each student will create and write a pilot script for a 3- to 5-minute web series. Three scripts will be greenlighted and complete seasons (4 additional episodes) written.