Featured Film Courses

[For Spring 2019 - last updated 10.01.2018]

FAVS 352: Ethics of Film and Video

Pre-requisites: Juniors or Senior standing, ENGH 302 (C or better)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 - 2:45pm, CRN 12307

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.

FAVS 300: Global Horror

Mondays, 10:30am - 1:10pm, CRN 12886
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 7:10pm, CRN 21330
Fridays, 4:30 - 7:10pm CRN 14523

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 399-003: Video Production for Social Change

Mondays, 4:30 - 7:10pm, CRN 21066

This course reflects a professional production environment where student teams, under the instructor’s supervision, produce effective pieces for local community based non-profit organizations. Students will learn the business of working with a real-world nonprofit client and storytelling skills that advance the client mission. Beginning with the discovery process, students will engage the client in assessing their needs and goals for producing a video.  They will develop a creative concept/strategy, a budget, and a statement of work/contract.  Small teams will then produce their client project as they learn the storytelling strategies that engage by connecting with an audience.

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

FAVS 431: Advanced Cinematography

Pre-requisite: FAVS 331 (C or better)
Thursdays, 10:30am - 1:10pm, CRN 21068

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 399: Production Design

Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 7:10pm, CRN 21577

The visual and physical environment is critical to communicating one’s story on the screen. Over the course of the semester, students will build tools for understanding and creating the spatial and aesthetic atmosphere of film. Course work will include: readings, analysis of film precedents, discussion, hand sketching, and design assignments through which students propose their own production designs. As part of this course, students collaborate with filmmakers in Senior Capstone and Fiction Directing to further explore and develop production design projects.

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FAVS 380: TV Writing

Pre-requisite: FAVS 280 (C or better)
Mondays, 10:30am - 1:10pm, CRN 21065

Students learn about the profession of writing scripted television. Examines the principles and processes of development for television drama and other genres and programming categories. Students become acquainted with the expectations and responsibilities of staff and freelance writing. Develops skills in writing for the small screen(s) by practicing established techniques and identifying contemporary trends.