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FR 0016 - History of French Cinema

This course will introduce students to the history of cinema in France from the beginnings of cinema to the present day. We will examine films from all periods and consider a diversity of forms and genres, including mainstream narrative films, art films, avant-garde experiments, comedies, musicals, blockbusters, horror films, and documentaries. We will connect individual films to the changing social and historical landscape of 20th and 21st century France, such as the experience of war, urban modernity, national identity, decolonization, the rise of consumer society, the changing place of women and minorities in French society, and globalization. No previous course experience with cinema is presumed as we will learn the basics of how to watch, discuss, and write about films and the film industry. The course will be taught in English; readings will be available in English; and all films with have English subtitles. This course satisfies the Dietrich School general education requirements for “E.2. A Course in The Arts” and for “F.2. A Course in a Specific Geographic Region.”
We 6:00PM - 10:00PM with David Pettersen

FMST 0120 & ENGFLM 0400 - Introduction to Film

This is a basic course on the visual arts that offers the student abroad introduction to the medium of film. As part of this overview, the class will consider such issues as: the process of contemporary film production and distribution; the nature of basic film forms; selected approaches to film criticism; comparisons between film and the other media.
This course is offered multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 0130 & ENGFLM 0401 - Introduction to Visual Culture

Introduction to visual cultures develops skills to interpret visual culture in contemporary life. Using a wide variety of media, including film, television, advertisements, fashion magazines, museum exhibits, comic books, painting, graffiti, video games, the web, and photography, the course focuses on understanding how conceptions of visuality, gender, race, and politics shape not only definitions of high and low culture but also questions of knowledge and being. The class aims to find connections amongst all elements of culture, often positioning the students as the active analysts of everyday visual objects.
Mo 6:00 - 9:50pm

FMST 0150 & ENGFLM 0530 - Film Analysis

This course introduces students to the art of the cinema, and to the techniques for its formal and iconographic analysis. It examines the nature of shot composition and visual framing, the use of color, the role of lighting as a pictorial element, the potentials of camera movement, the modes of editing and the nature of image/sound montage. It also introduces students to dominant cinema forms--narrative, experimental, documentary, etc.--And connects the cinema to visual arts (like painting and sculpture).
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 0320 & RUSS 0870 - Russian Film: Eisenstein and Company

The course presents the history of Russian and Soviet films, filmmaking, and the film industry from the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II to the death of Stalin.
Tu 6:00 - 9:50pm

FMST 0505 & ENGFLM 0570 - Introduction to New Media

Over the past two decades, so-called "new media" -- ranging from television, computers, digital image production, video games, to the internet -- have begun to supplant the social and cultural prominence of film and other traditional media. This course will provide an introduction to a critical approach to new media. We'll look at how these media work: at the history and theory of their development, at the changes they have brought about in a broader media culture, and at their social status and significance (e.g., The place they occupy in culture, the kinds of interactions they make possible).
Mo 1:00pm - 4:50pm with Jinying Li

FMST 0710 & ENGFLM 0590 - Filmmaking: Production and Criticism

This course introduces to filmmaking as related to cinematic expression, aesthetics, criticism, and ethics. Working in groups, students will produce short film projects. These projects are designed to foster a reflexive stance toward filmmaking practices and support students in the effort of developing a cinematic voice that is critically and historically informed. All aspects of production are viewed as a creative extension and continuation of the film writing, directing, and producing process. Through lectures and a range of readings, the class will explore craft, aesthetic, production and storytelling issues.
Mo 1:00pm - 4:50pm with Idrissou Mora-kpai

FMST 0800 & FILMST 0001 - Filmmaking I: Fundamentals

Filmmaking is a creative process that combines art, science, craft, and collaboration. This course is a hands-on introduction to the process, starting with the building blocks of motion pictures: light and cameras, composition, editing, and visual storytelling. You will complete two short videos over the course of the semester, shooting video with DSLR cameras and editing using Adobe Premiere Pro. In-class exercises will provide a deeper understanding of making moving images.
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 0826 & FILMST 0400 - Post-Production

This course introduces students from film, video and photography to the desktop Macintosh computer-the preferred interface when dealing with graphics-related applications. Students will first become acquainted with and proficient in the mac operating system. The course will survey the most popular applications for manipulating photographic images, combining text with images, and doing simple video and audio editing on a mac. Students will integrate readings, lecture and in-class lab sessions to complete their own projects.
Th 6:00pm - 9:00pm with John Cantine

FMST 0845 & FILMST 0601 - Filmmaking 2: Sight and Sound

In this hands-on course, you will continue to acquire the skills required to design, shoot and edit HD video. Demonstrations and in-class exercises introduce more professional camera operation, lighting, sound, special effects, and editing workflows. You will apply this new knowledge and facility to several out-of-class assignments of increasing sophistication over the course of the semester.
This course is offered at multiple times. Please see PeopleSoft for available times.

FMST 1220 & CHIN 1088 - New Chinese Cinema

Students will study Chinese films made by filmmakers of mainland China and Taiwan. They will learn about origins, development, themes, and styles with major directors and important films of new Chinese cinema being studied. Students will have an opportunity to understand contemporary Chinese culture and society.
Th 1:00pm - 4:50pm with Kun Qian

FMST 1275 & ENGFLM 1390 - Contemporary Film

Surveys international film from 1950 to the present and the major film movements of the period. It also demonstrates the stylistic and cultural interrelationships between the international film schools.
Th 9:00am - 12:50pm with Julie Nakama

FMST 1410 & ENGFLM 1485- Film and Politics

This course examines film production, economics and forms of representation as reflections of political attitudes. We will study a variety of narrative and non-fiction films which reveal differing political points of view, ranging from those that legitimize the dominant culture to those which criticize, if not challenge, dominant attitudes. We will screen European, U.S., Soviet and third world cinema.
We 6:00pm - 9:50pm with Jedd Hakimi

FMST 1411 & ENGFLM 1790 - Film and Literature

This course will examine film's convergence with, and divergence from, the literary arts. From this discussion will emerge an understanding of film's debt to literary models, as well as its own unique and innovative contributions to narrative, poetic and essay form.
Tu 1:00 - 4:50pm with Alison Patterson

FMST 1525 & ENGFLM 1695 - Horror Film

This course examines the kinds of narratives produced, the ways producers and directors have developed the genre, and the ways horror film exploits social attitudes and values to generate audience involvement.
Mo 9:00am - 12:50pm with Adam Hart

FMST 1532 & ENGFLM 1400 - Superheroes on Film and Television

"Superheroes on Film and Television" explores a wide range of issues relevant to the superhero genre in popular media, including: the origins of the genre; various cultural critics' responses to it; the intersections between superhero narratives, audiences, and the cultural and historical contexts that produce them; and the ever-changing form and structure of the genre itself. The course will also use the superhero to examine how the concept of genre works to shape the kinds of entertainment we enjoy and to influence how we interpret and understand popular texts, as well as how the superhero has intersected or reflected larger concerns in the history of Hollywood and other cinemas.
Tu 6:00pm - 9:50pm with Mark Best

FMST 1699 & ENGFLM 1920 - Advanced Seminar in Film Studies

This course is designed for film majors and can be taken only when all other major requirements are satisfied. It will focus on issues of film history (either as an historical survey or through an examination of particular themes and/or problems that have arisen in the critical literature). The class will be organized as a seminar, and will involve considerable writing and/or class presentation on the part of students.
Tu 1:00pm - 4:50pm with Adam Lowenstein

FMST 1740 & ENGFLM 1671 - Making the Documentary

This is a projects-oriented seminar course in which students will research, define, schedule their own projects. The class covers all stages of producing a documentary from the idea through development, preproduction, production and postproduction and will examine the fundamentals of the art of documentary making: artistic identity, point of view and storyteller, form and style, and light and sound etc. Students will develop and produce original documentary short film in a collaborative learning environment, working in small groups (of two or three students). They will write, develop, and shoot their own short documentary project (8 to 10 minutes). While those interested in writing or filmmaking will find practical uses for their skills in this course, students from all disciplines - writing, science, film studies, or general liberal arts - are welcomed, and will find benefit in the acquisition of skills for presenting, representing, and persuading via sound and image. No filmmaking experience is necessary.
We 9:00am - 12:50pm with Robert Clift

FMST 1777 & SA 1385 - Digital Studio: Animation

This is an advanced course designed for students to intensely experiment and explore the moving digital image in an art context. Students will explore the concepts and skills involved in working with digital animation - from pre to post-production. Each student will propose and undertake a final, self-designed project during the final four weeks of the term. Major effort, time, imagination, productivity, and involvement are expected throughout the term.
Mo 6:00pm - 9:20pm

FMST 1846 & FILMST 1600 - Filmmaking 3: Story to Screen

Building on your experiences in Filmmaking 1 and 2, you will continue to develop your style as a filmmaker while creating more ambitious work and improving your technical skills. Demonstrations cover HD video cameras and lenses, advanced lighting and sound techniques, creating a pre-production binder, and advanced post-production workflows using Adobe Creative Cloud software. In addition to creating short projects in class, significant outside work is required, as you will take a short film from concept to a polished final version.
Tu 6:00pm - 9:00pm with John Cantine

FMST 1860 & FILMST 1132 & ENGWRT 1132 - Elements of Screenwriting

This course will explore developing character-based stories in the screenplay form. Students will be exposed to a variety of readings, including original screenplays, related prose, and texts which reinforce basic tenets of good story telling. Students will write a completed 1st Act for a 3 to 5 part screenplay, building from idea to outline with particular attention to structure and character development.
Mo 1:00PM - 4:00PM with Kevin Smith
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM with Carl Kurlander

FMST 1875 & FILMST 1145 - Sound for Motion Pictures

This course will enable students to convert sound to a digital analog, recording, processing, storing and mixing sounds to varied effects in relation to visual media. Particular emphasis will be placed on the special requirements of sound for narrative film: intelligibility in voice reproduction, achieving and maintaining synchronism, and the relationship between voice, music, sound effects and story.
Mo 6:00pm - 9:00pm

FMST 1885 & FILMST 1001 - Broadcasting

Broadcasting introduces students to television production through academic and hands-on experience, utilizing the University of Pittsburgh's new state-of-the-art television studios and equipment. In addition to students learning how to produce a live broadcast event for collegiate teams and a news broadcast, guest lecturers will talk about the industrial realities of the profession. Students will understand how to format and make a show rundown, apply graphics, utilize replay, work a television camera, comprehend audio application and mixing, produce and direct live events and news broadcast, as well as gain experience in front of the camera as news anchors, reporters and on-air talent for live events.
Tu 9:00am - 10:50am with Kevin Smith

FMST 1921 & FILMST 1921 - Filmmaking 4: Capstone

This is a capstone course in motion picture production. You should arrive with a script for a short film which you will work on throughout the semester. The film can be any genre, and should represent the culmination of your studies in filmmaking, meeting high standards of technical and aesthetic quality. Through script workshops, pre-production reviews, and critique of rough cuts, your instructor will mentor you through the filmmaking process.
We 6:00pm - 9:00pm with John Cantine