FST Course Descriptions

FST 110. Concepts in Film (3) Introduction to key concepts in film studies and film production. Designed for non-majors in film studies. Two lecture hours and two screening hours each week.

FST 200. Introduction to Film Study (3) Introduction to film study, including analysis of cinematography, editing, composition, performance, sound, and narrative. Films drawn from various national cinemas, representing diverse styles, periods and genres. Three lecture hours and two screening hours each week.

FST 201. Introduction to Film Production (3) Prerequisite: FST 200 and PFST major. Corequisite: FST 205. Study and application of cinematic concepts and techniques. Students complete a series of collaborative exercises exploring narrative, documentary and experimental film forms.

FST 204. The Business of Film (3) Introduction to business aspects of the motion picture industry, including the life cycle of a film product from development through distribution and marketing. Emphasis on decisions regarding creative development, financing, legal issues, budgeting, scheduling, marketing, and exhibition.

FST 205. Introduction to World Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST 200 and PFST major. Corequisite: FST 201. Survey of key tendencies in international cinema from the silent era to the present day. Case studies include films from Europe, the Soviet Union, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, examined within their historical contexts.

FST 210. Moviemakers and Scholars Series (3) This course is designed to teach students a variety of perspectives on filmmaking and film studies. Combining presentations by local and visiting filmmakers with lectures and film screenings conducted by film scholars, the course introduces students to a wide variety of film styles, film scholarship, and professions in the industry.

FST 220. (ART 220) (CSC 220) 3-D Computer Graphics Tools and Literacy (3) Prerequisite: CSC 105, 121 or permission of instructor. Project-based approach to learning fundamental principles of 3-D computer graphics using high-level software tools. Modeling of objects, geometrical transformations, surface algorithms, lighting and shading, alternative rendering techniques, and providing background skills necessary to create animated movies.

FST 230. (FLL 230, WMS 230) Women in Film (3) Survey and analysis of films by women filmmakers throughout the world. Diverse film styles, periods, and genres will be represented. Screening and discussion of cinematic works in their original language with English subtitles when needed.

FST 301. Film Tools and Techniques (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Instruction in the techniques and technologies of digital filmmaking, including camera, lenses, lighting, grip, sound, and set protocol.

FST 302. Intermediate Film Production (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. A comprehensive practicum in motion picture preproduction, production, and post-production, concentrating on documentary, narrative or experimental cinema. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 317. (ENG 317) Writing About Film (3) Prerequisite: FST 200, or ENG 204, or permission of instructor. Instruction and practice in the techniques of writing essays about film. Writing assignments might include reviews, features, scholarly articles or theoretical essays.

FST 318. (CRW 318) Screenwriting I: Introduction to Screenwriting (3) Prerequisite: Pre-CRW, Pre-FST, CRW, or FST major; and CRW 207, 208, 209, or FST 201 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of screenplays and/or documentary scripts for television and film with an emphasis on the fundamentals of narrative structure. Students write original scripts, including a short screenplay for possible use in FST 495.

FST 320. (ART 320) (CSC 320) Computer Animation (3) Prerequisite: FST 220 (ART 220) (CSC 220) or permission of instructor. Basic principles of animation using 3-D computer-generated animation and basic processes for animating synthetic objects through structured exercises. Principles of designing and producing 3-D computer-generated animation through the creation of advanced motion studies. Projects focus on developing higher-level skills in model building, animation and color, and lighting.

FST 330. Producing (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Focuses on duties of a producer through a project “life cycle”: development, financing, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and distribution. Emphasizes production management, budgeting and scheduling.

FST 331. Introduction to Editing (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. An introduction to the techniques and aesthetics of non-linear motion picture editing.

FST 332. Motion Graphics and Digital Effects (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. An introduction to digital post-production graphics and effects, including text animation, digital compositing, and special effects for motion pictures.

FST 333. Modes of Animation Production (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Applied instruction in selected animation forms and techniques. Topics might include 2D digital animation, stop-motion/claymation, or cell animation. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 334. 6x1: Variations on the One-Minute Film (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Instruction and practice in alternative/experimental forms of filmmaking (16mm hand-processing, stop motion animation, cameraless filmmaking, collage and more) through the creation of six one-minute projects.

FST 335. (THR 335) Acting for the Camera (3) Prerequisites: THR 231 or 332 or permission of instructor. Explores acting techniques particular to the mediums of film and video.

FST 367. Film Authors (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Study of the films of a major producer, director, screenwriter, or other filmmaker, or group of filmmakers. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 368. Studies in Film Styles and Genres (3) Prerequisite: PFST or FST major or permission of instructor. Study of a film style or genre, such as film noir, the western, or the musical. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 369. Special Topics in Film Studies (3) Prerequisite: PFST or FST major, or permission of instructor. Study of a special topic in film. Topics might include censorship in cinema, women in film, or film and social change. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 370. Early Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Historical overview of pre-cinema and pre-sound cinema, situating early filmmaking in its technological, stylistic, and critical contexts.

FST 371. History of Documentary Film (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Historical overview of non-fiction filmmaking. Emphasizes critical approaches to documentary film practices and traditions.

FST 372. History of Avant-Garde Film (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Historical overview of avant-garde filmmaking. Emphasizes critical approaches to avant-garde film practices.

FST 376. American Cinema 1927-1960 (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. History and aesthetics of American cinema from the beginning of sound film until the break-up of the studio system, focusing on the height of the Hollywood studio era. Classical genres and styles and prominent Hollywood filmmakers. Three lecture hours and two screening hours each week.

FST 377. American Cinema Since 1961 (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. History and aesthetics of American cinema since the end of the studio era, emphasizing the continuities and breaks with the “Classical Hollywood Cinema.” Three lecture hours and two screening hours each week.

FST 378. History of New Wave Cinemas (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Historical overview of New Wave cinemas, a transnational response to classical filmmaking. Emphasizes critical approaches to New Wave film practices.

FST 379. Studies in Film History (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Historical overview of a major period in film. Teaches approaches to film historiography. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 383. Introduction to Latin American Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Survey of the history and aesthetics of Latin American film, from the”Golden Age” of Mexican cinema to the development of the New Latin American Cinema of the 1960s, up to more recent work of the contemporary renaissance.

FST 384. Contemporary French Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Explores recent tendencies in French Cinema, including new filmmakers, movements, genres, critical approaches, theories, formats, and filmmaking styles.

FST 385. Japanese Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Explores Japanese cinema from the classical period through to the present day. Emphasizes critical and historical approaches to Japanese cinema, as well as studies of key Japanese filmmakers, including Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Suzuki, and Kitano.

FST 387. (FRH 385) Introduction to French Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Analysis of selected films from the silent era to the present, including the “Golden Age” and the Occupation, the New Wave, Francophone cinema, and recent French cinema. Directors studied include the Lumiere brothers, Melies, Renoir, Truffaut, Malle, and current filmmakers.

FST 388. (SPN 385) Introduction to Spanish Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Analysis of representative films by Spanish directors including Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodovar and Bigas Luna, as well as a discussion of recent cinematic works by filmmakers of the younger generation. Films represent a diversity of styles, periods, and genres.

FST 389. Studies in World Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Study of a selected topic in world cinema. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

FST 391. The Art of the Camera (3) Prerequisite: FST major and FST 301 or permission of instructor. Exploration of camera concepts and techniques. Topics include composition, depth, camera movement, and the art and craft of motion picture camera operation.

FST 392. Lighting (3) Prerequisite: FST major and FST 301 or permission of instructor. Training and analysis of lighting style and manipulation, exposure variation, color balance, rigging, pre-lighting, special effects, and safety.

FST 393. Sound Recording (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Instruction in the techniques, aesthetics and equipment for recording sound for motion pictures.

FST 394. Sound Design (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Instruction in creating motion picture soundtracks and in techniques and aesthetics of sound editing and mixing.

FST 397. Cinematography (3) Prerequisite: FST major and FST 301 or permission of instructor. Introduction to principles and applications of motion picture photography. Emphasizes scientific and industry terminology, equipment training, film stock, testing, filtration, and laboratory procedures.

FST 398. Practicum in Film Production (1-3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Selected topics in film production. Examples include lighting, still photography, sound, and production design. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 399. Film Directing (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. In-class exercises focusing on scene dynamics, communicating with actors, blocking, and capturing action and performance with the camera.

FST 418. (CRW 418) Screenwriting II: Writing the Feature Film (3) Prerequisites: CRW or FST major and FST 318 (CRW 318) or permission of instructor. Writing, revision and completion of feature-length screenplay.

FST 419. (CRW 419) Screenwriting III: Film Adaptation (3) Prerequisites: CRW or FST major and FST 318 (CRW 318) or permission of instructor. Writing, revision, and completion of screen adaptation of literary work.

FST 430. (CSC 430) Digital Special Effects (3) Prerequisites: CSC 332 and 220 or FST 302 and 220. Covers aspects of digital image and video representation and manipulation for motion-picture visual effects. Topics include image storage and compression, film and video formats, compositing, filtering, scripting for graphics and visual effects, photorealistic lighting and rendering, virtual cinematography, camera tracking and particle effects.

FST 440. Film Theory (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. A study of major schools of film theory, such as genre theory, historical criticism, reception theory, auteur theory, formalism, cognitivist film theory and structuralist and post-structuralist film theories.

FST 445. Film Rhetoric (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Study of the ways in which film treats rhetorical issues through representational, stylistic, historical, and cultural means, with special emphasis upon how film creates meaning visually and stylistically through its apparatus. Rhetorical and cinematic criticism will be stressed.

FST 480. (FLL 480) (FRH 485) (GER 485) (SPN 485) Special Topics in World Cinema (3) Prerequisite: FST major or permission of instructor. Advanced study of a selected topic in world cinema. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

FST 491. Directed Individual Study (1-3) Prerequisite: Nine hours of film studies courses, at least six of which are at the 300-400 level; overall GPA of at least 2.50; junior or senior standing; consent of instructor, department chair and dean. Investigation under faculty supervision beyond what is offered in existing courses. For further information, consult the Directed Individual Study section in this catalogue.

FST 493. 16mm Narrative (3) Prerequisite: FST major; FST 301, 302, 330, 334, 391, 392, 397, 399 or 495; and permission of the chair of film studies. Collaborative production of a short 16mm film. Students are assigned individual crew positions and work as a film company to produce a narrative motion picture.

FST 495. Senior Seminar in Film Production (3) Prerequisite: FST major; FST 301 or 302; and permission of the chair of film studies. Collaborative production of a short documentary, experimental or narrative motion picture. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 496. Senior Seminar in Film Study (3) Prerequisite: FST major and junior or senior status, or permission of instructor. Intensive study of a major topic in film studies. Emphasis on individualized work, which may include reports, a longer research project, or a research essay. May be repeated under different subtitles.

FST 497. Advanced Editing (3) Prerequisites: FST major and FST 331 or permission of instructor. Hands-on application of editing theory, techniques, practices and technology. Students create a complete release print, using raw footage from the previous semester’s FST 397, 493, and 495 projects; exceptions upon approval.

FST 498. Internship in Film Studies (3) Prerequisite: Permission of chair of Film Studies, junior or senior standing, an overall 3.00 minimum GPA, and a minimum of 12 hours in film studies (FST courses). Study and practical work experience related to film studies, supervised and evaluated by faculty. May be repeated with permission of the chair of Film Studies.

FST 499. Honors Work in Film Studies (2-3) Prerequisite: Second semester junior or senior standing. Eligibility for honors program and 9 hours of film studies courses, at least 6 hours at the 300-400 level. Independent study for honors students.

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