Course Catalog - 2011-2012

     

FILM 107 - SPIRITUALITY IN MODERN CINEMA

Long Title: REPRESENTATIONS OF MAGIC AND SPIRITUALITY IN MODERNIST CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 4
Description: This course examines representations of magical practices and spiritual phenomena in modernist cinema. Focusing primarily on classic films. We will explore the technical symbolic systems through which the cinematic medium represents such phenomena as miracles, angelic intervention, the afterlife, witchcraft, time travel, and spirit possession rituals.
 

FILM 180 - PASS THE POPCORN

Long Title: PASS THE POPCORN: 14 FILMS YOU SHOULD SEE BEFORE YOU GRADUATE FROM RICE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 4
Description: Featuring the important, but less familiar works of American and European directors from the 1930s - 1960s. This class represents an ideal mixture of modernist auteur cinema and shameless viewing pleasure. Cross-list: HART 180.
 

FILM 218 - EAST/NORTHEAST ASIA FILM HIST

Long Title: HISTORY THROUGH FILM IN EAST AND NORTH EAST ASIA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Can we learn history by analyzing movies? Using documentary and feature films from Asian film culture's beginnings, we view 19-20th century Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history. Collective in-class film viewing, discussion and reading required. Cross-list: ASIA 218, HIST 218.
 

FILM 225 - INTRO TO FILMMAKING & EDITING

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING AND EDITING
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This course introduces the student to filmmaking in general through specific techniques of digital video production. The emphasis in this class will be the medium as a means of effective storytelling through the craft of filmmaking. All aspects of production will be discussed, including preproduction and postproduction. Core topics will include the basic principles and operation of digital video cameras, lighting instruments, and audio recording gear; concepts and practical use of nonlinear digital editing gear, planning and scripting using applications of various filmmaking techniques; and delivery of a finished project.
 

FILM 273 - INTRODUCTION TO FILM

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO FILM: FILM CRITICISM
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 4
Description: A writing-intensive course that teaches students to view films analytically and to write film criticism. Each week, students will view a film, read criticism of that film, and write their own review of the film. Screenings will be taken from important movements in world cinema history. Cross-list: ENGL 275, HART 285.
 

FILM 280 - HISTORY & AESTHETICS OF FILM

Long Title: HISTORY & AESTHETICS OF FILM
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 4
Description: Introduction to the art and aesthetics of film as an artifact produced within certain social contexts. Includes style, narrative, mise-en-scene, editing, sound, and ideology in classical Hollywood cinema, as well as in independent, alternative, nonfiction, and Third World cinemas. Cross-list: ARTS 280, HART 280.
 

FILM 281 - THE BEGINNINGS OF CINEMA

Long Title: THE BEGINNINGS OF CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This class studies the emergence of cinema in the context of cultural developments at the turn of the 20th century. Early films will be examined together with such contemporaneous issues as technologies of vision, modern mass culture, urban expansion and consumerism. Cross-list: HART 281.
 

FILM 284 - NONFICTION FILM

Long Title: NONFICTION FILM
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 4
Description: Introduction to the history and aesthetics of nonfiction film as both a social artifact and as a work of art. Includes discussions of actualities, the city film, the social documentary, surrealist cinema, propaganda, ethnography, the essay film, and the contemporary nonfiction film from around the world. Cross-list: HART 284.
 

FILM 285 - AUTEUR FILM

Long Title: AUTEUR FILM: CASE STUDIES OF THREE AUTEURS
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This course will explore the tradition of auteur filmmaking, with an emphasis on how this particular artistic mode situates itself within the evolving system of Hollywood institutional film. The auteur, in contrast to other filmmakers, exhitibits unparalleled control over the production and post-production processes and is uniquely identifiable through the notable conventions of aethetics, style, theme, content, atmosphere, etc. FILM 485/HART 481 ( 4 Credit Hours ) will require completion of additional coursework for the additional credit than the FILM 285/HART 283 (3 Credit Hours). Cross-list: HART 283, Equivalency: FILM 485.
 

FILM 296 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS: FILM & VIDEO

Long Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN FILM &VIDEOTAPE MAKING
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 3
Description: Study of problems in film and film production. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

FILM 327 - DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

Long Title: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Studio
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Study of the expressive possibilities of documentary production using digital systems. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 327.
 

FILM 328 - FILMMAKING I

Long Title: FILMMAKING I
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Studio
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Dramatic film production class that requires the making of one digital video and one 16mm film. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 328.
 

FILM 336 - CINEMA AND THE CITY

Long Title: CINEMA AND THE CITY
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 4
Description: This class explores representations of the city in 20th century European and American cinema, considering such diverse films as Dziga Vertov's "Man with the Movie Camera," Jules Dassin's "The Naked City," Fritz Lang's "M," and Tom Tykwer's "Run Lola Run." Central concerns will include the city as cinematic protagonist, parallels between urban and cinematic space, and the intertwined histories of both film and urban design over the last century. Cross-list: HART 336.
 

FILM 337 - HISTORY OF RUSSIAN CINEMA

Long Title: HISTORY OF RUSSINA CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This class surveys the history of Russian/Soviet cinema from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. We will examine films as part of the broader political and social history of this period, paying particular attention to such issues as aesthetics and politics, entertainment and propaganda, history and memory, and gender and sexuality. Cross-list: HART 337.
 

FILM 373 - SURVEY OF AMER FILM & CULTURE

Long Title: SURVEY OF AMERICAN FILM AND CULTURE
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 4
Description: A course that explores the history of cinema in the U.S. from its origins to the present day. Cross-list: ENGL 373, HART 380.
Course URL: http://www.english.rice.edu
 

FILM 380 - RECYCLED CINEMA

Long Title: RIPPED, RECYCLED AND REMADE CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This hybrid seminar/production class investigates the practice cinematic quoting in media works. We will look at how the appropriation process critiques political and cultural concerns between the source and reworked material, new conversations it introduces, and these works in relation to fair-using, hijacking, open sourcing, and stealing.
 

FILM 382 - MODALITIES OF CINEMA

Long Title: MODALITIES OF CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: In this course we will survey the range of organizing principles of cinema- the differing and combative ways cinema arranges its images and sounds. We will look at classicism, modernism, postmodernism and many other modes. The films will range from early silent pictures, to experimental shorts, to commercial blockbusters. Cross-list: HART 382.
 

FILM 383 - GLOBAL CINEMA

Long Title: GLOBAL CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 4
Description: This course introduces students to cinema as a global enterprise. It explores the relationship between nations, identities, races, concepts, and genres. It inquires into the question of globalization as it relates to the motion picture audience, corporations, and the commerce of ideas. Cross-list: HART 383.
 

FILM 384 - AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA

Long Title: AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 4
Description: Explores the history of filmmaking outside of Hollywood in the United States throughout the 20th century, emphasizing the period from 1959 to the present. Special attention to the contributions of marginalized communities and the art world, innovative film styles, and the interdependence of alternative and mainstream media cultures. Cross-list: ENGL 384.
 

FILM 385 - FILM STUDIES

Long Title: FILM STUDIES
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Description: A variable topics course that may focus on such areas as film genres, national cinemas, world cinema, directors or other thematically organized topics. Cross-list: ENGL 385. Repeatable for Credit.
Course URL: http://www.english.rice.edu
 

FILM 387 - INTRO TO VIDEO AND INSTALL ART

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO AND INSTALLATION ART
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Learn to create unique experiences by sculpting time and space. With an emphasis on production and practice, this course introduces students to installation art and non-traditional, experimental uses of video, including non-linear narrative, experimental documentary, and video art. Students will learn the basic tools and techniques of digital video production and work with a wide range of materials and media to create installation works on the Rice campus. Students will also be asked to engage and experiment with the visual language of video by working to complete a number of short projects that will be critiqued in class. In addition to short reading and writing assignments, we will look at a variety of video art and installation works from the 1960s to the present. Cross-list: ARTS 387.
 

FILM 388 - POST WAR EUROPEAN CINEMA

Long Title: POST WAR EUROPEAN CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 4
Description: This class surveys major developments in European cinema from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. Our study will include such movements as Italian Neorealism, German Rubble Films, French New Wave, and Soviet cinema in the Thaw. Particular attention will be paid to such issues as cinema and post-war reconstruction, memory and nation, and body and space. Cross-list: HART 388.
 

FILM 389 - FILM MELODRAMA

Long Title: FILM MELODRAMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 4
Description: Melodrama - the genre of tears, sensationalism and excess - has long been the focus of critical debates. Initially dismissed as mere escapism, melodrama films have begun to generate nuanced studies about their engagement with issues of gender, sexuality, class, and race. This seminar examines aesthetic, socio-political, and psychological dimensions of film melodrama, including historical works by Vidor, Sirk, Godard, and Fassbinder, as well as more recent projects by Haynes and Almodovar. Cross-list: HART 389.
 

FILM 396 - SPEC. PROB: FILM & VIDEO

Long Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN FILM & VIDEOTAPE MAKING
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 6
Description: Study of problems in film and film production. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

FILM 412 - CINEMA IN INDIA

Long Title: CINEMA IN INDIA: TRANSNATIONAL TRAJECTORIES OF MODERNITY
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 4
Description: The course will introduce students to the complex history of and theoretical issues related to cinemas in India, outside the cinematic practices known as Bollywood. It will attempt to demonstrate that cinema is symptomatic of the profoundly transnational nature of modernity itself and that it will help us revisit the South Asian cultural politics outside the dichotomies of national/transnational, post-national. Cross-list: ASIA 412.
 

FILM 420 - FILM STUDIO

Long Title: FILM STUDIO
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): FILM 327 AND FILM 328
Description: A class for advanced filmmaking students working independently, but meeting as a group to participate in discussions about a variety of filmmaking topics. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

FILM 430 - ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY

Long Title: ADVANCED METHODS IN SOUND, CINEMATOGRPAHY, AND EDITING
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): FILM 327
Description: This class will prepare students for more rigorous work in professional media. Building on the basic understanding of sound, image, and editing, students will focus on the controlled and strategic use of techniques and equipment. We will explore visual representation theory, psychoacoustics and narrative sound design, and the use of editing as a storytelling mechanism. Students will gain valuable and realistic crew experience and learn to anticipate and understand many aspects of film production.
 

FILM 432 - FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN

Long Title: FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Studio
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Description: Survey of the essential American film experience spanning all the years of U.S. cinema, with emphasis on the western and its mythic function in society. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 432.
 

FILM 455 - VIDEO AND EXPANDED CINEMA

Long Title: VIDEO AND EXPLANDED CINEMA
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Description: This seminar explores the emergence of video and "expanded cinema" as a primary field of artistic practice over the course of the 1960s and 1970s. We will examine seminal works by artists including Andy Warhol, Dan Graham, and Robert Whitman as well as the shifting aesthetic, political, and media landscapes in which this work emerged. Cross-list: HART 457.
 

FILM 456 - SPECIAL PROBLEM: FILMMAKING

Long Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN FILMMAKING
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 6
Description: Study of advanced problems in film and film production. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

FILM 483 - DOCUMENTARY & ETHNOGRAPH FILM

Long Title: DOCUMENTARY AND ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 4
Description: Overview of the history of documentary and ethnographic cinema from a worldwide perspective. Includes both canonical and alternative films and film movements with emphasis on the shifting and overlapping boundaries of fiction and nonfiction genres.
 

FILM 485 - AUTEUR FILM

Long Title: AUTEUR FILM: CASE STUDIES OF THREE AUTEURS
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 4
Description: This course will explore the tradition of auteur filmmaking, with an emphasis on how this particular artistic mode situates itself within the evolving system of Hollywood institutional film. The auteur, in contrast to other filmmakers, exhitibits unparalleled control over the production and post-production processes and is uniquely identifiable through the notable conventions of aethetics, style, theme, content, atmosphere, etc. FILM 485/HART 481 ( 4 Credit Hours ) will require completion of additional coursework for the additional credit than the FILM 285/HART 283 (3 Credit Hours). Credit may be received for both FILM 285 and FILM 485. Cross-list: HART 481, Equivalency: FILM 285.