Film Course Descriptions

many classes are cross-listed

Film Studies - FLM

FLM F105 History of the Cinema (h)

3 Credits


History and development of the medium of film in the U.S. and abroad during the last 100 years. Content will vary each semester. Note: Available via e-Learning and Distance Education only. Cross-listed with JRN F105. (3+0)

FLM F172 Previsualization and Preproduction for Digital Cinema (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Previsualization is a collaborative process that generates preliminary versions of shots or sequences, predominantly using 3D animation tools and a virtual environment. It enables filmmakers to visually explore creative ideas, plan technical solutions and communicate a shared vision for efficient production. Laying a foundation for cinema production, this course will explore screenwriting, storyboarding, previsualization animation, animatics and film pre-production approaches. This course will focus on developing original stories for animation or dramatic film productions and preparing those concepts for cinematic production. Cross-listed with THR F172 and ART F172. (3+0)

FLM F217 Introduction to the Study of Film (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

An appreciation course designed to introduce the student to the various forms of cinematic art with special emphasis on humanistic and artistic aspects. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X. Cross-listed with ENGL F217; JRN F217. (2+2)

FLM F245 Stage and Film Production Management (h)

3 Credits


Define and develop organizational skills to be a successful stage or film production manager. Creation of a prompt script including all forms and schedules necessary, working with actors, directors and designers. Creation of film production schedules, call sheets, shooting scripts, location management, and union requirements. Cross-listed with THR F245. (3+0)

FLM F251 Introduction to Video Production

4 Credits
Offered Fall

An introduction to video production with an emphasis on television studio production. Special fees apply. Cross-listed with JRN F251. (2+5)

FLM F271 Let's Make a Movie!

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Produce a short dramatic video including concept and script development, basic camera and shooting techniques, working with actors/directing fundamentals, location scouting, production schedule development, basic non-linear editing techniques, and DVD authoring. Students do not need previous experience making movies to take this class. Special fees apply. Recommended: THR F121; THR F241. Cross-listed with THR F271. (3+0)

FLM F280 Video Storytelling (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Basics of digital video production technology, composition, audio, lighting and editing as it relates to primarily nonfiction filmmaking. Students will conclude the course by producing their own short videos. Special fees apply. Cross-listed with JRN F280. (3+0)

FLM F290 Digital Video Editing

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of non-linear digital video editing. Students will go from little or no experience in non-linear editing to being comfortable with some of the advanced editing techniques. Address motion picture editing theories that are not bound to time or specific editing technology. Special fees apply. Cross-listed with JRN F290. (3+0)

FLM F308 Film Criticism (h)

3 Credits


Theoretical approaches to viewing, analyzing and evaluating film and television program content. Note: Available via e-Learning and Distance Education only. Cross-listed with JRN F308. (3+0)

FLM F310 Acting for the Camera (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Students will apply skills introduced in Fundamentals of Acting to acting for the camera. By acting in numerous on-camera exercises, television, and film scenes, the class will expand each performer's expressiveness for the camera. May be repeated twice for credit. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: THR F121. Recommended prerequisite: THR F221. Cross-listed with THR F310. (3+0)

FLM F331 Directing Film/Video (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Introduction to the history, theory and basic concepts of film direction. Includes interpretative script analysis, creative visualization, conceptualization, use of space, working with actors and designers, and direction of short scenes and videos. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FLM/THR F271; FLM/THR F273; FLM/JRN F290 or permission of instructor. Recommended: FLM/ENGL F217; THR F121; THR F215. Cross-listed with THR F331. (1+4)

FLM F332 Directing Theatre (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

History, theory and basic concepts of stage direction. Interpretive script analysis, creative visualization, conceptualization, use of space, working with actors and designers and direction of short scenes. Recommended: THR F121. (3+0)

FLM F334 W Movies and Films: Watching and Analyzing (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Thematic topics in the study of the art of classic cinema (films) and popular mass media (movies). Comparative analysis of classics and recent motion pictures is used to present elements of film language, analysis and criticism in this writing intensive course. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with THR F334. (3+0)

FLM F347 O Lighting Design (h)

3 Credits


Principles and techniques of theatrical lighting design. The student will conduct practical experiments and design projects applying the experience gained from the experiments. Students will spend approximately $40 for materials. Also available via e-Learning and Distance Education. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X. Recommended: THR F241; THR F247. Cross-listed with ART F347; JRN F347; THR F347. (3+0)

FLM F348 Sound Design for the Entertainment Industry (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Exploration and application of the elements of design as they relate to sound for theatre, dance, film, video, and other art forms, and life in American and other cultures. Production work is required. Special fees apply. Recommended: THR F241; THR F247. Cross-listed with THR F348. (2+2)

FLM F358 Lights, Camera, Audio!

3 Credits
Spring Even-numbered Years

Focusing on what actually makes a video, we will explore lighting and sound design techniques to improve the quality of video projects. Idealized and practical tactics will be investigated. Prerequisites: FLM F271 or JRN F280 Recommended: FLM F273 (3+0)

FLM F371 O Digital Photography and Pixel Painting

3 Credits


An introduction to the world of digital imaging with applications in fine and commercial art. It is expected that students will become competent at creating real-looking images of impossible subjects as well as detecting their creation by others. The varied ethical issues engendered by this expertise will be addressed in depth. Students will be required to gain proficiency in visual design for electronic and print publication. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; Macintosh OS or Windows OS experience with graphic applications; one college level studio art course. Cross-listed with ART F371; JRN F371. (1+4)

FLM F381 W Alaska Natives in Film (h)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Analysis of the portrayal of Alaska's Inupiaq and Yup'ik peoples (with some on Canada's Inuit) through select films and readings. Learning to critically analyze films and understanding how various film techniques are accomplished while focusing on feature films' treatment and use of Northern peoples in film, as well as looking at the social impact of such films. Also available via e-Learning and Distance Education. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. Recommended: ART/MUS/THR F200X. Cross-listed with ANS F381. (1.5+2-4)

FLM F418 Internship in Film Production (h)

1-6 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course offers students unique opportunities to work in the professional film industry. Professional internships require a faculty advisor as well as professional evaluation for the supervised work. Course can be repeated twice for a maximum of 12 credits. Variable Credit, 40 hours of internship is equal to 1 credit. Prerequisites: 18 credits in upper division film classes or permission of instructor. Recommended: FLM F271, FLM F245. (0+0+1-6)

FLM F427 Topics in Film Studies (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Intensive study of variable topics in film studies. May focus on themes such as race or war in film; a specific period such as films of the 1940's: particular genres such as horror, film noir, or the musical, an important director, or an aspect of contemporary film theory. Intensive readings and research in contemporary film theory and criticism will foster in-depth understanding of chosen topic. Course may be repeated two times for credit when content varies. Prerequisites: ENGL F217 or FLM F217; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ENGL F427. (2+2)

FLM F431 Advanced Film Production

3 Credits
Offered Spring even numbered years

In depth investigation into the history, theory and concepts of film and video direction. Script preparation, storyboarding and animatics, blocking actors and staging the camera, sound design, special effects, and editing techniques will be explored. Each student will produce their own capstone film project. Prerequisites: FLM F273, FLM F331, FLM/JRN F290. Recommended: FLM F271, FLM F334. Cross-listed with THR F431. (3+0)

FLM F460 Cross-Cultural Filmmaking (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

The use of film as a documentary tool for describing and understanding scientific and cultural phenomenon has led to the education of generations. Understanding the implications of our film work with a theoretical base for cultural understanding, scientific need and educational potentials will strengthen the film's integrity and production methods in creating video documents useful as a scientific/cultural record. Pre- production will include research of archival visual media, oral histories and print materials; analysis of educational and scientific funding and distribution options and preliminary interviews, location scouting and film treatment. Production will include time on location with small film crews, media logging and record keeping. Post- production will include basic editing of sequences for distribution. Prerequisites: Junior, senior or graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed: ANTH F460 and ART F460. (3+0)

FLM F470 Advanced Film and Video Directing (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

In depth investigation into the history, theory and basic concepts of film and video direction. Script preparation, story board, blocking actors and staging the camera, sound and editing. Projects include directing and shooting short videos. Special fees apply. Recommended: FLM/THR F331. Cross-listed with THR F470. (1+6)

FLM F472 O Visualization and Animation (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

An introduction to visualization and animation with applications in fine and commercial art and science. Students will produce a series of three dimensional animation projects which will introduce them to the tools and concepts used by animation and visualization professionals. Special fees apply. Note: May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: ART F371 or equivalent; COMM F131X or COMM F141X. Cross-listed with ART F472; JRN F472. (1+4)

FLM F475 Digital Video Compositing (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Digital compositing techniques for creating moving imagery. The course covers video manipulation, layering images, synthesizing realistic video imagery, integration of live action and computer generated animation. Course can be repeated for a total of nine credits with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: ART F472 or JRN F472 or FLM F472 or equivalent. Cross-listed with ART F475. (1+4)

FLM F480 Documentary Filmmaking (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Basics of hands-on documentary filmmaking techniques, including preproduction, production and postproduction. Different documentary filmmaking directing styles and the process of distributing a documentary. Each student will produce a short documentary as the capstone of the course. Special fees apply. Basic experience in shooting and editing video or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with: JRN F480. (3+0)

FLM F488 W Dramatic Writing (h)

3 Credits
Offered Even Alternate Fall

Introduction to the craft of dramatic writing for theater and film, with an emphasis on dramatic storytelling. Course will focus on giving students a practical understanding of the uses of story structure, setting, character, plot and dialog, and how these elements work together to create compelling drama. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ENGL F488; THR F488. (3+0)