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.

2279   9:00a-1:05p F   BUNDY 119   Simmons R D
Above section 2279 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2280   12:15p-4:20p M   BUNDY 119   Flood S W
Above section 2280 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2281   12:45p-4:50p Th   BUNDY 119   Laffey S A
Above section 2281 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

NEW   3450   2:00p-6:15p Th   BUNDY 428   Hill E T
Above section 3450 meets for 17 weeks, Feb 23 to Jun 08, at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2282   2:15p-6:20p Th   LS 117   Simmons R D

2283   Arrange-4 Hours    ONLINE-E   Hunt S E
Above section 2283 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3385   2:15p-6:20p Tu   Sci 145   Manojlovic M

4194   5:30p-9:35p T   BUNDY 155   Bolus M P
Above section 4194 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

2284   2:15p-6:20p F   HSS 165   Kanin J D
Theme: History of International Film.

4195   5:30p-9:35p Th   BUNDY 151   Bolus M P
Above section 4195 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.
Theme: History of American Film.

4196   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.

2285   2:15p-6:20p T   HSS 165   Laffey S A
Theme: Green Screen: Films on the Environment and Transformation.

2286   2:15p-6:20p Th   HSS 165   Kanin J D
Theme: America on Film in the 1960s.

4197   5:45p-9:50p M   LS 117   Rosenberg V L
Theme: Immortal Hollywood: Movies 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.

2287   12:45p-4:50p F   LS 152   Hunt S E
Theme: Representation of Working Women in Cinema.

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.

2288   8:00a-12:05p M   BUNDY 119   Carrasco S
Above section 2288 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

2289   2:15p-6:20p W   BUNDY 119   Hill E T
Above section 2289 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066. Theme: Science Fiction.

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.

2290   9:00a-1:05p F   BUNDY 240   Leech M R
Above section 2290 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066. Theme: The Films of Quentin Tarantino.

4198   6:00p-10:05p W   HSS 165   Kanin J D
Theme: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock.

FILM 10, Film Criticism and Interpretation    3 units

Transfer: CSU   •   Prerequisite: Film Studies 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 or 8.   •   Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Formerly Cinema 10.

Using in-depth studies of a limited number of films and writings about films, this discussion and workshop course explores the various approaches to developing sound criticism and interpretation of motion pictures. It also introduces the student to the basic theories of film art and criticism.

4199   6:30p-9:35p Th   BUNDY 119   Hill E T
Above section 4199 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

2291   2:15p-6:20p T   BUNDY 119   Poirier N P
Above section 2291 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

2292   11:15a-12:35p TTh   LS 152   Matthews M N

2293   2:15p-3:35p TTh   BUNDY 415   Matthews M N
Above section 2293 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

NEW   3451   2:15p-05:25p T   BUNDY 428   Birnbaum M J
Above section 3451 meets for 17 weeks, Feb 21 to Jun 13, at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4200   6:45p-9:50p M   HSS 203   Rosenthal L

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.

2294   3:45p-6:50p W   LS 152   Matthews M N

4201   6:45p-9:50p T   LS 117   Birnbaum M J

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.

2295   12:45p-4:50p T   DRSCHR 204   Daniels R

2296   12:45p-4:50p Th   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.

2297   8:00a-12:05p T   AIR 117   Bartesaghi S
Above section 2297 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2298   12:45p-4:50p T   AIR 117   Bartesaghi S
Above section 2298 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2299   8:00a-12:05p W   AIR 117   Carrasco S
Above section 2299 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2300   12:15p-3:20p W   AIR 117   Carrasco S
Above section 2300 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2301   8:00a-12:05p Th   AIR 117   Carrasco S
Above section 2301 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2302   Arrange-6 Hours        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.

2303   8:00a-12:05p M   AIR 117   Smith C W
Above section 2303 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2304   12:45p-4:50p M   AIR 117   Smith C W
Above section 2304 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2305   12:30p-4:35p Sat   AIR 137   Platt H H

   Arrange-1 Hour        
Above section 2305 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2306   Arrange-Time        Staff

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