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Film Studies

Formerly Cinema. Also see courses listed under Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism and Speech.

FILM STUDIES 1, Film Appreciation: Introduction to Cinema    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC Area 3A (Arts) • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Formerly Cinema 9.

This course will introduce the art, technology, language, and appreciation of film, exploring the varieties of film experience, film and the other arts, and the ways of viewing. Students will learn about the basic cinematic techniques and structures, including mise-en-scene and montage, use of cinematic time and space, the image, soundtrack, and the script. Consideration will also be given to analyzing the fundamentals of film production, directing, acting, and editing; how the elements of the production process are analyzed separately, then brought together to show how they create the emotional and intellectual impact of the film experience. Film examples will be screened in class.

This course is intended as a beginning course to introduce students to cinema.

2177   12:45p-4:50p F   HSS 263   Flood S W

2178   1:15p-5:20p T   AET 235   Laffey S A

Above section 2178 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

2179   Arrange-4 Hours    ONLINE-E   Hunt S E

Above section 2179 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes). Theme: Film Appreciation

FILM STUDIES 2, History of Motion Pictures   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3A (Arts) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Formerly Cinema 1.

A broad survey is made of the history, theory, techniques, and development of motion pictures. The history of film as a major art form and its major artists, works, and styles are emphasized. Film examples are screened in class.

2180   2:15p-6:20p M   A 214   Kanin J D

Theme: History of American Film

2181   2:15p-6:20p T   HSS 165   Kanin J D

Theme: History of International Film

4217   5:45p-9:50p T   AET 235   Carrasco S

Above section 4217 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street. Theme: History of International Film

FILM STUDIES 5, Film and Society (3,3)    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Formerly Cinema 5. Maximum of 3 units awarded for UC credit.

This course presents motion pictures as reflections and influences of American society. Films are often selected from specific decades and analyzed as records of social attitudes shaping the present and past.

2182   1:15p-5:20p M   AET 235   Laffey S A

Above section 2182 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street. Theme: Green Screen - Films on the Environment and Transformation

2183   2:15p-6:20p Th   HSS 165   Kanin J D

Theme: American Film & Society in the Vietnam-Watergate Era (1967-1976)

FILM STUDIES 6, Women in Film   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3A and 3B (Arts and Humanities) • Prerequisite: None.

Formerly Cinema 8.

This course is a historical study and survey of the multiple and varied images of women in film. Students will screen and analyze films over seven decades, beginning with the 1930s. Students will also read, discuss, and write about women’s roles in these films. The focus is to analyze the representation of women in each film screened, to discuss how character roles have changed over time, and to examine occupation, dress, and rules of behavior.

4218   5:45p-9:50p Th   AET 235   Hunt S E

Above section 4218 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street. Theme: Representations of Working Women

FILM STUDIES 7, American Cinema: Crossing Cultures    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Formerly Cinema 7. This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course surveys American motion pictures that have been made by filmmakers representing three United States ethnic groups, including African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans. Students will also analyze Hollywood’s treatment of those ethnic cultures throughout film history.

4219   5:45p-9:50p W   AET 235   Carrasco S

Above section 4219 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street. Theme: Representations of Ethnic Minorities in Film

FILM STUDIES 8, The Popular Film Genres (3,3)   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3A (Arts) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Formerly Cinema 2. Maximum of 3 units of UC credit awarded for this course.

This introductory course surveys the development and artistic, social, and entertainment ingredients of basic film genres. Emphasis on such types as the science-fiction film, western, gangster film, crime and detective thriller (“film noir”), musical, comedy, or horror film.

4220   6:00p-10:05p M   HSS 165   Rosenberg V L

Theme: Horror Films - The Stuff of Nightmares

FILM STUDIES 9, The Great Film Makers (3,3)   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Formerly Cinema 4. Maximum of 3 units of UC credit awarded for this course.

This course covers a limited number of film directors, writers, producers, and/or actors, examining their work in artistic, social, and historical terms. The course content and emphasis changes each term.

2184   9:00a-1:05p F   AET 235   Crum J

Above section 2184 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street. Theme: American Filmmakers With A Social Conscience: Michael Moore and Oliver Stone

4221   6:00p-10:05p W   HSS 165   Kanin J D

Theme: The Films of Stanley Kubrick

FILM STUDIES 11, Literature into Film    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC Area 3B • Prerequisite: English 1.

In this course, students will explore literary classics on screen, comparing the narrative dynamics of cinema and literature by comparing the text with the film. In so doing, students will gain an understanding of the text to film adaptation process, the expressive powers of each, and each medium’s unique potentialities and deficiencies. Selected novels, short stories, plays, and nonfiction works will be examined as each evolves into film.

Film Studies 11 is the same course as English 11. Students may earn credit for one but not both.

2185   1:00p-5:05p W   AET 235   Poirier N P

Above section 2185 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

FILM STUDIES 20, Beginning Scriptwriting    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: English 1.

Formerly Cinema 11A.

This course is designed to teach the student the basic tools of scriptwriting for film, television, or theater, focusing on the aesthetic and commercial demands of each medium.

2186   12:45p-2:05p TTh   AET 204   Matthews M N

Above section 2186 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

4222   6:30p-9:35p T   AET 103   Davis D

Above section 4222 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

FILM STUDIES 21, Advanced Scriptwriting    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Film Studies 20.

Formerly Cinema 11B.

This course is designed to provide intermediate level training in skills required to create scripts for film, television, or theatre. Techniques of writing and marketing scripts are explored.

4223   6:30p-9:35p W   AET 103   Rosenthal L

Above section 4223 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

4224   6:30p-9:35p Th   AET 205   Noland G K

Above section 4224 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

FILM STUDIES 30, Production Planning for Film and Video    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Advisory: Film Studies 20.

Formerly Cinema 3, Production Planning for Film and Video.

This course is designed for students who are interested in transforming a creative concept into a practical production plan. By viewing, discussing, and analyzing scripts, television, and film, students will learn skills necessary to start production of a film or video.

2187   12:45p-4:50p Th   BUS 250   Daniels R

FILM STUDIES 31, Introduction to Digital Filmmaking    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This is an introductory, hands-on course covering the basic techniques of digital filmmaking, Topics will include the theory and practice of visualization, camera technique, lighting, sound recording, directing, and other fundamentals of producing a short film in the digital video medium. Students will engage in various filming exercises, as well as in group and individual projects.

2188   8:00a-12:05p M   AET 235   Davis D

Above section 2188 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

2189   1:00p-5:05p Th   AET 235   Flood S W

Above section 2189 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

FILM STUDIES 32, Advanced Digital Filmmaking    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Film Studies 31.

This course focuses on advanced techniques of digital filmmaking, allowing the student to gain increased proficiency in cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and the acquiring of images in the HD (High Definition) format. Through a series of exercises and projects, students learn the role and responsibilities of the film director during pre-production, production and post-production. Topics include the visualization of the screenplay, script breakdown, preparation of shot lists, direction of actors, and the staging of action for the camera. Students will produce elaborate and well-crafted narrative scenes, working in collaboration with other students in the class.

2190   8:00a-12:05p W   AET 235   Carrasco S

Above section 2190 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

FILM STUDIES 33, Directing the Short Film    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: Film Studies 32

In this course, students prepare, rehearse, direct and edit a key scene from an original screenplay that will be shot in its entirety outside of class throughout the semester. By means of this hands-on approach to their own creative material, students come up with a unique directorial vision and narrative point-of-view, apply the appropriate cinematic style, and realistically schedule and budget the production of their short films.

2191   8:00a-12:05p Th   AET 235   Carrasco S

Above section 2191 meets at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart Street.

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