Students working on a film set

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Film Studies

Film consists of two areas of concentration: Film Studies and Film Production. Film Studies introduces students to the history and development of cinema/film as an art, an object of philosophical study, and a cultural and social phenomenon. Students examine the theoretical approaches and trends in filmmaking including the contemporary evolution from film to digital media.

Film Production provides practical as well as theoretical training in screenwriting, directing, creative producing, cinematography, sound recording, production design, and below-the-line crafts (gaffers, grips, operators, assistants). Students learn all aspects of film production from an academic discipline to hands-on experience that prepares them to earn an Associate degree and/or certificate of achievement in film production; for upper division study at a four-year college or advanced film school; and/or to apply for jobs and internships in the motion picture and television industries.

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.

Course Number:1394 Time:8 a.m.-12 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 180 Instructor:Leech M R Above section 1394 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Course Number:1395 Time:12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 128 Instructor:Poirier N P Above section 1395 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Course Number:1396 Time:Arrange-12 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Matthews M N Above section 1396 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

NewCourse Number:1698 Time:Arrange-12 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Sprague T Above section 1698 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

NewCourse Number:1731 Time:Arrange-12 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Sprague T Above section 1731 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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.

Course Number:1397 Time:12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 180 Instructor:Carrasco S Above section 1397 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Theme: International Cinema

Course Number:4034 Time:5 p.m.-9 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 180 Instructor:Kanin J D Above section 4034 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Theme: History of American Film

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.

Course Number:1398 Time:12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 131 Instructor:Manojlovic M Above section 1398 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: None. Advisory: 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.

Course Number:1399 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:CMD 128 Instructor:Matthews M N Above section 1399 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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.

Course Number:1400 Time:12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 202 Instructor:Birnbaum M J Above section 1400 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.

Course Number:1401 Time:9 a.m.-12 p.m. MTWTh Location:CMD 209 Instructor:Daniels R Above section 1401 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

FILM 31, Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 3 units

Transfer: UC, 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.

Course Number:1680 Time:12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 182 Instructor:Bartesaghi S Above section 1680 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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