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Film Studies

Formerly Cinema. Also see courses listed under Journalism, Communication Studies and Media Studies.

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.

2233   9:00a-1:05p F   SCI 145   Flood S W

2234   2:15p-6:20p M   BUNDY 121   Flood S W

Above section 2234 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2235   2:15p-6:20p T   LS 152   Laffey S A

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.

2236   2:15p-6:20p M   A 214   Kanin J D

Theme: History of American Film

2237   2:15p-6:20p T   HSS 165   Kanin J D

Theme: History of International Film

2238   Arrange-4 Hours    ONLINE-E   Hunt S E

Above section 2238 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4211   5:45p-9:50p M   HSS 165   Carrasco S

Theme: International Cinema

FILM STUDIES 5, Film and Society    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.

2239   2:15p-6:20p Th   HSS 165   Kanin J D

Theme: Hollywood’s History of the World

2240   2:15p-6:20p Th   LS 152   Laffey S A

Theme--Green Screens: Films on Environment and Transformation

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.

2241   12:45p-4:50p F   LS 152   Hunt S E

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.

4212   5:45p-9:50p W   SCI 145   Carrasco S

FILM STUDIES 8, The Popular Film Genres    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.

4213   5:45p-9:50p M   LS 117   Rosenberg V L

Theme:The War Film

FILM STUDIES 9, The Great Film Makers    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.

4214   6:00p-10:05p W   HSS 165   Kanin J D

Theme: 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.

2242   2:15p-6:20p T   BUNDY 121   Poirier N P

Above section 2242 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

3264   2:15p-5:20p W   Bundy 151   Birnbaum M J

Above section 3264 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2243   3:45p-5:05p MW   LS 152   Matthews M N

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.

4216   6:30p-9:35p T   LS 119   Noland G K

4217   6:30p-9:35p W   LS 119   Birnbaum M J

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.

2244   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.

2245   12:15p-4:20p M   AIR 117   Bartesaghi S

Above section 2245 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2246   12:15p-4:20p T   AIR 117   Bartesaghi S

Above section 2246 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2247   8:00a-12:05p W   AIR 117   Carrasco S

Above section 2247 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2248   8:00a-12:05p Th   AIR 117   Carrasco S

Above section 2248 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

FILM STUDIES 40, Cinematography    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: None.

In this hands-on course, students will delve into the art and craft of cinematography: the methods and techniques by which motion picture photography and lighting help give a film meaning and aesthetic purpose. Through lectures, demonstrations and exercises in a supervised classroom environment, students will learn to operate state-of-the-art digital and electronic equipment while applying the fundamental principles of lighting, composition, exposure, focus, lens selection, and camera dynamics into purposeful visual storytelling.

2249   8:00a-12:05p T   AIR 117   Smith C W

Above section 2249 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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