Film and Video Production

 

FOUNDATION COURSES
Foundation courses are required for all Film & Video Production majors.

CFV 123 Survey of Media Production Modes
Introductory course in the critical study of the various modes of film/video/animation/new media production.  Examines distinctive formal elements of each mode as well as the economic and cultural context of production and reception. A pre-admission course for film and video production. Offered fall and winter semesters. Three credits.

CFV 125 Media Production I
Fundamentals of video production, including the techniques and the aesthetics of shooting, lighting, and editing. Emphasizes hands-on production experience, using digital video. A pre-admission course for film and video production. Offered fall and winter semesters. Four credits.

CFV 226 Media Production II
The second course in the media production sequence, emphasizing the techniques and aesthetics of editing. Prerequisite: Admission to major. Co-requisite: CFV 227. Offered fall and winter semesters. Three credits.

CFV 227 Digital Media Lab
Intermediate-level digital media editing lab to be taken in conjunction with CFV 226. Tutorials and workshops designed to advance skills in support of course-related projects and upper-level production courses within the major. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Admission to the major. Co-
requisite: CFV 226. Offered fall and winter semesters. One credit.

CFV 261 Scriptwriting I
Writing for film, video, radio, and mixed media. Writing exercises in dramatic, informational, documentary and public service announcements and commercial formats. Prerequisite: Admission to major. Offered fall and winter semesters. Three credits.

CBR 281 Audio Production I
Introduction to general principles of sound and to hardware and software of radio and other major media uses of sound. This is a production course. Offered fall, winter, and spring/summer semesters. Three credits.

Choose two (2) History/Theory/Criticism courses from the following to complete the Foundation Courses requirement:

COM 348 Film Theories (SWS)
This course will introduce various perspectives on the study of film in order to explore and explain how films generate meaning and pleasure. Students will gain an historical understanding of film, and learn to write in the language of scholarly film criticism. This course is an SWS (Supplemental Writing Skills) course. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Three credits.

CFV 370 American Cinema
A historical survey of American cinema which examines the cultural and aesthetic significance of films as well as the changing economic and technological contexts of the U.S. film industry. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Restricted to Film/Video or Communication Studies majors. Three credits.

CFV 371 History of Animation
A global historical survey of animated film and video production that examines styles of animation, how animation techniques evolved as technology changed and the economic determinants of the production and reception of animated films. Offered fall semester of even years. Prerequisite: CFV 123. Three credits.

CFV 372 History of Documentary Film
A historical survey of nonfiction film and video that examines the theoretical context for documentary production, the varied functions and styles of documentary work, how documentary technique evolved as technology changed, and the economic determinants of documentary production. Offered fall semester of odd years. 
Prerequisite: CFV 123. Three credits.

CFV 373 Issues of Representation
This course investigates the representation of gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and identity, and class in contemporary cinema. It focuses on the role cinematic representation plays in the construction of identity and stereotypes, and ways in which film can also challenge conventional representations. Offered winter semester of odd years. Prerequisite: CFV 123. Three credits. 

CFV 374 Experimental Film and Video
This course examines the international history of experimental film and video and contemporary practice within the mode. The course emphasizes the theoretical and critical analysis of significant work in its historical context. Offered winter semester of even years. Prerequisite: CFV 123. Three credits.

CFV 375 World Cinema
Explores the economic, historical, and cultural context for film production and exhibition in several countries to understand the relationship between cinema and national culture. Examines the influence and significance of films that have constituted alternatives to the Hollywood entertainment model. Close textual readings of foreign films. Prerequisite: Admission to the major, or permission of instructor. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years. Three credits.

CFV 376 Latin American Cinema
A survey of cinema in Latin America. The course will analyze representative films as works of art and examine them as cultural, historical, political, and economic products that characterize and reveal diverse perspectives from significant film-producing countries in Latin America. Offered fall semester. Three credits.


ADVANCED COURSES
Choose five (5) courses. One must be a 400-level course.

One of the five courses can be selected from the History/Theory/Criticism course list.

One 300-level course from another discipline can be taken with approval from your academic advisor.


CFV 321 Fiction Filmmaking I
This is an intermediate-level production course using class members as the production unit focusing on fiction filmmaking, including story development, production/post techniques, directing, and interpretation of drama from script to screen. Offered fall and winter semesters. 
Prerequisites: CFV 226 and CFV 227. Three credits.

CFV 322 Documentary Production I
Working in production teams, students produce a documentary video about a substantial topic of their choice. Includes viewings and readings. Offered every year. 
Prerequisite: Admission to the major. Three credits.

CFV 323 Media Technologies
Basic electronics theory, audio and video recording, synthesizing on audio or video signal, and signal processing. Prerequisite: 226 or CBR 281; Physics 226 or 229 recommended. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years. Three credits.

CFV 324 3D Computer Animation
Introduction to 3D modeling and animation using computers.  Students will demonstrate proficiency at basic modeling skills, surfacing, lighting, and animation. There will be consideration of how color, shape, lighting, and texture influence meaning.  Work in critical analysis provides a context for the animation process.  Prerequisite:  Admission to the major. Offered winter semester. Three credits.

CFV 325 Animation I
An introductory course in animation filmmaking. Students will work in small groups on animation and movement exercises and will individually produce a short final film. Readings will be assigned; films will be viewed and discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to major. Offered fall semester. Three credits.

CFV 326 New Media I
An introduction to theory and practice of new media production as a means for storytelling and creative expression. Explores the practice of user-testing and participation, image manipulation and multimedia production with a focus on emerging and traditional forms of media production. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Admission to major. Three credits.

CFV 327 Film and Video Art
A practical examination of the elemental codes and structures of film and video. Exercises in lighting, sequencing, sound, color, and composition. Viewings and readings. Prerequisite: Admission to the major and CFV 226. Offered winter semester. Three credits.

CFV 328 Intermediate Film Practicum
Explores the craft of narrative drama in motion pictures. Students with some background in film, video, and/or audio gain an understanding of the professional model of media production by assisting in the planning and shooting of a dramatic film. Offered summer semester. (6-week course). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Variable, three or six credits. Permit required.

More information on the Summer Film Project

CFV 330 Digital Post Production
Explores conceptual issues in editing images and sound in a digital production environment. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Admission to the major and 226. Three credits.

CFV 362 Scriptwriting II
A seminar in which students work on individual scripting projects of substantial length, using class and instructor for critical analysis. Prerequisite: Admission to major and 261. Offered fall semester. Three credits.

CFV 368 Lighting for Film and Video Productions
The process of studio and location lighting for film and video; principles, instruments, measurement tools, filters/diffusers, single/multiple setups. Offered every fall and winter semester. Prerequisite: Admission to major and 226. Three credits.

CBR 382 Audio Production II
A two-part course: First, core topics that are the foundation of all audio production. Second, topics of special interest, such as radio, TV film, music recording, and digital audio. Throughout the course, professionalism will be stressed both in the final products and in individual performance. Offered winter and summer semesters. Prerequisite: CBR 281 or permission of instructor. Three credits.

CFV 399 Independent Study
An experience of an essentially scholarly and/or creative nature undertaken by a student under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Initiated by the student who has a special interest in a subject which is not available in the current curriculum. The student and the faculty sponsor agree on the scope of the study, its components, and methods of evaluation. Prerequisite: Admission to major. Variable credit.  Permit required.

CFV 421 Fiction Filmmaking II
In this advanced workshop, students will work in large production crews to produce short, dramatic fiction motion pictures from their original scripts. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Admission to the major and CFV 321. Three credits.

CFV 422 Documentary Production II
Working in production teams, students produce a documentary video about a socially significant topic of their choosing. Readings and assignments will develop an understanding of the methods for producing independent documentary and the accompanying issues commonly encountered. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Admission to major and CFV 322. Three credits.

CFV 425 Animation II
Continued work in animation production for character and graphic animation. Introduction to 3-D computer animation and current technologies for special effects in motion pictures. Students will design, storyboard, and complete an animation project. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the major and CFV 325. Three credits.

CFV 426 New Media II
A continuation of theory and practice of new media production as a means for storytelling and creative expression. This course further expands the focus on conceptual and technical skills in emerging and traditional forms of media production. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: CFV 326 or permission of the the instructor. Three credits.

CFV 428 Advanced Film Practicum
Explores the craft of narrative drama in motion pictures. At an advanced level, film students gain theoretical and practical experience in the production of a dramatic film. Students fill skilled positions on the film's crew. Offered summer semester (6-week course). Prerequisite: Admission to the major and CFV 421. Variable, three or six credits. Permit required.

More information on the Summer Film Project

CFV 429 Post Production Practicum
The process of audio, film, and video post-production, emphasizing the draft/revision process. The medium is film; however, editing will proceed in a nonlinear digital environment. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: 261 and either 330 or CBR 281.  Three credits. Permit required.  

CFV 470 Producing for Clients
Students produce media solutions to meet the goals of non-profit clients. Projects are field-tested to ensure professional-level media production standards. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Admission to major and one intermediate video production course (CFV 320 or higher.) Three credits.

CFV 482 Sound Design for Film and Video
In-depth study of recording and manipulating sound to enhance visual communications. Student sharpen their skills in adapting standard recording tools to the requirements of video/film.  The class encourages critical thinking about how sounds convey meaning and transform the meaning of the image. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the major and CBR 281. Three credits.

 


HISTORY / THEORY / CRITICISM COURSES


COM 348 Film Theories (SWS)
This course will introduce various perspectives on the study of film in order to explore and explain how films generate meaning and pleasure. Students will gain an historical understanding of film, and learn to write in the language of scholarly film criticism. This course is an SWS (Supplemental Writing Skills) course. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Three credits.

CFV 370 American Cinema
A historical survey of American cinema which examines the cultural and aesthetic significance of films as well as the changing economic and technological contexts of the U.S. film industry. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Restricted to Film/Video or Communication Studies majors. Three credits.

CFV 371 History of Animation
A global historical survey of animated film and video production that examines styles of animation, how animation techniques evolved as technology changed and the economic determinants of the production and reception of animated films. Offered fall semester of even years. Prerequisite: CFV 123. Three credits.

CFV 372 History of Documentary Film
A historical survey of nonfiction film and video that examines the theoretical context for documentary production, the varied functions and styles of documentary work, how documentary technique evolved as technology changed, and the economic determinants of documentary production. Offered fall semester of odd years. Prerequisite: CFV 123. Three credits.

CFV 373 Issues of Representation
This course investigates the representation of gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and identity, and class in contemporary cinema. It focuses on the role cinematic representation plays in the construction of identity and stereotypes, and ways in which film can also challenge conventional representations. Offered winter semester of odd years. Prerequisite: CFV 123. Three credits. 

CFV 374 Experimental Film and Video
This course examines the international history of experimental film and video and contemporary practice within the mode. The course emphasizes the theoretical and critical analysis of significant work in its historical context. Offered winter semester of even years. Prerequisite: CFV 123. Three credits.

CFV 375 World Cinema
Explores the economic, historical, and cultural context for film production and exhibition in several countries to understand the relationship between cinema and national culture. Examines the influence and significance of films that have constituted alternatives to the Hollywood entertainment model. Close textual readings of foreign films. Prerequisite: Admission to the major, or permission of instructor. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years. Three credits.

CFV 376 Latin American Cinema
A survey of cinema in Latin America. The course will analyze representative films as works of art and examine them as cultural, historical, political, and economic products that characterize and reveal diverse perspectives from significant film-producing countries in Latin America. Offered fall semester. Three credits.


An INTERNSHIP or SENIOR PROJECT OR THESIS PAPER ARE REQUIRED OF ALL FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION MAJORS


 

CFV 490 Internship
A supervised work experience in an area of a student's potential career interest. Initiated by the student, who plans the work experience with the advisor, the faculty sponsor chosen to supervise the internship, and the supervisor at the work site. Credit is awarded only when the student, the faculty sponsor, and the work supervisor have completed evaluations of the internship. Offered every semester. Variable credit (1-6.)  Permit required. More details are available here.

CFV 498 Senior Thesis/Project
The senior thesis/project demonstrates both depth and sophistication in the major. Offered every fall and winter semester. Variable credit. A project or thesis proposal must be submitted and accepted to enroll in this course. Offered fall and winter semester. 
Prerequisite: Admission to the major. Permit required. Details are available here.

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