Students working on a film set

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Film Studies

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

FILM 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.

2406 9:00a-1:05p F CMD 180 Manojlovic M
Above section 2406 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2407 12:45p-4:50p Th CMD 128 Laffey S A
Above section 2407 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

NEW 3559 12:45p-4:50p T BUNDY 119 Bolus M P
Above section 3559 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2408 2:15p-6:20p F BUNDY 119 Leech M R
Above section 2408 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2409 Arrange-4 Hours ONLINE Sprague T
Above section 2409 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

2410 Arrange-4 Hours ONLINE Matthews M N
Above section 2410 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4220 5:30p-9:35p W BUNDY 119 Manojlovic M
Above section 4220 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4221 5:30p-9:35p Th BUNDY 119 Bolus M P
Above section 4221 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4222 5:45p-9:50p W LS 117 Flood S W

FILM 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.

2411 2:15p-6:20p T HSS 165 Hill E T
Theme: History of American Film

4223 5:45p-9:50p M HSS 165 Carrasco S
Theme: History of International Film

FILM 5, Film and Society 3 units

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

Formerly Cinema 5.

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.

2412 2:15p-6:20p Th CMD 180 Kanin J D
Above section 2412 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Theme: “Hollywood’s History of the World”

4224 5:45p-9:50p M BUNDY 119 Rosenberg V L
Above section 4224 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066. Theme: Classics of the 1930s/1940s

FILM 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.

2413 12:45p-4:50p F LS 152 Shaw R D

FILM 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.

2414 8:00a-12:05p M CMD 180 Carrasco S
Above section 2414 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 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.

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.

4225 5:45p-9:50p W BUNDY 415 Hill E
Above section 4225 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066. Theme: Sci-Fi Films

4226 6:00p-10:05p W CMD 180 Kanin J D
Above section 4226 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Theme: “Crime and Detective Thrillers: Film Noir”

FILM 9, The Great Film Makers 3 units

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

Formerly Cinema 4.

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.

2415 2:15p-6:20p F CMD 180 Kanin J D
Above section 2415 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Theme: “The Films of Stanley Kubrick”

4227 5:45p-9:50p Th CMD 128 Laffey S A
Above section 4227 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Theme: Comic Directors Chaplin, Woody Allen and Shadyac

FILM 11, Literature into Film 3 units

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

Formerly same course as English 11.

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.

NEW 3563 9:00a-1:05p F HSS 106 Leech M R

2416 2:15p-6:20p T CMD 180 Poirier N P
Above section 2416 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 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.

2417 11:15a-12:35p TTh LS 152 Matthews M N

4228 6:00p-9:05p W LS 152 Matthews M N

4229 6:45p-9:50p T LS 117 Rosenthal L

NEW 4491 6:45p-9:50p Th LS 110 Petrella R J

FILM 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.

4230 6:45p-9:50p M CMD 128 Birnbaum M J
Above section 4230 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

4231 6:45p-9:50p W CMD 128 Birnbaum M J
Above section 4231 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 30, Production Planning for Film and Video 3 units

Transfer: CSU Advisory: Film Studies 20.

Formerly Cinema 3.

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.

2418 3:45p-5:50p MW DRSCHR 204 Daniels R

4232 7:00p-9:05p TTh DRSCHR 204 Daniels R

FILM 31, Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 3 units

Transfer: CSU

Prerequisite: None.

This is an introductory course covering both the basic techniques of digital filmmaking and of critical appreciation, while emphasizing students’ personal and creative expression. Topics will include the theory and practice of visualization, the grammar of cinematic storytelling, the aesthetics of various film movements, camera technique, lighting, sound recording, directing, and other fundamentals related to learning the craft of digital filmmaking. Students will engage in critical appreciation and individual and group analysis of movies, as well as in filming exercises under the direct and continuous supervision of their instructor.

2419 8:00a-12:05p T CMD 182 Bartesaghi S
Above section 2419 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2420 12:45p-4:50p T CMD 182 Bartesaghi S
Above section 2420 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 32, Advanced Digital Filmmaking 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Prerequisite: Film Studies 31.

Corequisite: Film 32L.

Students must also enroll in Film 32L which constitutes the lab portion of Advanced Digital Filmmaking.

This course focuses on advanced techniques of digital filmmaking and theoretical and critical rubrics, allowing the student to gain increased proficiency in directing, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and the acquiring of images in the HD (High Definition) format. 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.

2421 8:00a-12:05p W CMD 182 Carrasco S
Above section 2421 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 32L, Advanced Digital Filmmaking Lab 1 unit

Transfer: CSU Corequisite: Film 32.

Students must also enroll in Film 32.

This is the laboratory component of Film 32. The laboratory projects will parallel the lecture topics. The lab projects will pertain to directing, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and the acquiring of images in the HD (High Definition) format. Students will produce elaborate and well-crafted narrative scenes, working in collaboration with other students in the class.

2422 12:15p-3:20p W CMD 182 Carrasco S
Above section 2422 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 33, Directing the Short Film 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Prerequisite: Film Studies 32.

Corequisite: Film Studies 33L.

In this course, students prepare, rehearse, direct and edit a key scene from an original screenplay that will be shot in its entirety in the lab component course throughout the semester. 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.

2423 8:00a-12:05p Th CMD 182 Carrasco S
Above section 2423 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 33L, Directing the Short Film Lab 2 units

Transfer: CSU Corequisite: Film 33.

Students must also enroll in Film 33.

In this course students will develop and complete a short film. This course is the laboratory component for Film 33 and will parallel the lecture topics of that course.

2424 Arrange-6 Hours CMD 182 Carrasco S

FILM 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.

2425 8:00a-12:05p M CMD 182 Smith C W
Above section 2425 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2426 12:45p-4:50p M CMD 182 Smith C W
Above section 2426 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 50, Production Sound 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None.

This course provides a practical in-depth study of the fundamental aspects of recording and mixing production sound for film and television. Subjects include: introduction to production sound equipment, location sound recording and mixing techniques, on-set sound assessment and troubleshooting, digital audio workstation basics, along with dialogue and ADR (automated dialogue replacement) recording and editing.

2427 12:00p-4:05p Sat CMD 280 Platt H H

Arrange-1 Hour
Above section 2427 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 90B, Internship in Film Studies 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Students must arrange an approved internship prior to enrolling in this class. F-1 students must see the Immigration Coordinator at the International Education Center before enrolling.

Students engage in and internship in film studies or film production under the direction of a faculty member. Learning objectives and exit internship evaluation are required. Limited availability.

2428 Arrange-2 Hours Staff

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