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FIS 100 Introduction to Film
Introduction to the history of international film, its structure and terminology. Development of cinematic techniques from Edison, Lumière, and Melies to prevailing contemporary trends surveyed, with special emphasis on major directors such as Eisenstein, Ford, Griffith, Lang, Hitchcock, Bergman, and Renoir. 3 credits.
FIS 110 Language of Film
Introduction to studying feature films through lectures, discussions, and writing criticism. Investigation of what elements make film a unique art form through both textual and contextual analysis. 3 credits.
FIS 200 Film Analysis
Inquiry into what makes film a unique medium of expression through analysis of formal elements. Creative and research-oriented projects investigate film and its relationship with other art forms. Prerequisite: FIS 100 or 110. 3 credits.
FIS 220 Film Production I
Fundamentals of motion picture production including image composition, lighting, editing, and production planning in 16 mm. Prerequisites: FIS 100, FIS 110. 3 credits.
FIS 300 Film Criticism
Analysis of feature films validated through research papers and oral presentations. Critical approaches surveyed include journalistic, humanist, auteurist genre, social science, historical, and theoretical. Prerequisites: FIS 100 and FIS 110. 3 credits.
FIS 315 Film Editing
Advanced course examining the theory, techniques, and practices of motion picture editing; use of standard editing equipment; and practical experience editing professional material. Prerequisite: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 320 Film Production II
Organization and execution of narrative, documentary, and experimental film productions in 16 mm. Prerequisite: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 325 Staging for the Screen
Advanced course in directing for the screen. Examines the concepts of camera coverage, staging within the frame and camera movement, and provides experience analyzing and directing short scenes. Prerequisites: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 326 Cinematography
Technical and aesthetic aspects of lighting design, composition, and operating explored through individual projects and in-class shoots. Students required to have access to a 35mm still camera. Prerequisites: FIS 320 and consent of instructor. 3 credits.
FIS 327 Film Production Design
Examination and exploration of motion picture production design, focusing on its history, techniques, and practices. Prerequisites: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 330 Pre-Production Approaches for Film and Video

Examination and exploration of the pre-production cycle, emphasizing the integration of digital technology. Prerequisites: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 335 Professional Film Production Methods
Intensive workshop provides for weekly interaction with industry professionals. Prerequisites: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 400 Film Theory
Leading theorists studied intensively through screening of feature films, readings in film theory, written analyses, and conference style oral presentations. Intended for film studies majors only. Prerequisites: FIS 100. 3 credits.
FIS 409 Politics and the Film
(Same as PSC 400F.) Analysis of the political film. Themes treated include political power, corruption, war, revolution, propaganda, political socialization, and participation. 3 credits.
FIS 410 Major Figures in the Cinema
Study of the works of major filmmakers through the auteur theory and other approaches. Different individuals studied each time course offered. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits. Prerequisite: FIS 100. 3 credits.
FIS 414 Cinematic Structure
Advanced course in the textual analysis of feature films. Prerequisites: FIS 110 or upper-division standing. 3 credits.
FIS 415 Story Development
Basis of cinematic structure, emphasizing action, construction, tension, and character. Story development through motion picture formats. Prerequisite: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 416 Screenwriting I
Study of the three-act screenplay, structure of dramatic scenes, and writing of a 120-page first draft. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits. Prerequisite: FIS 100 or FIS 110. 3 credits.
FIS 417 Screenwriting II
Teaches rewriting of a screenplay. From first draft through problem solving and rewriting to a tight, workable script. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: FIS 416. 3 credits.
FIS 418 Writing for Television I
With emphasis on the narrative exploration of the television hour-drama, students develop and complete one hour-drama spec script. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 419 Writing for Television II
As a continuation of FIS 418, students explore the television situation comedy and develop and complete one sit-com script. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: FIS 418. 3 credits.
FIS 420 Film Production III
Advanced motion picture production techniques in 16 mm. Course involves both group and individual production projects. Prerequisite: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 432 Industry vs. Artistry in Film and Television
(Same as COM 432.) Explores relationship between art and economics in film and television by examining industry structures, philosophies, and practices that shape contemporary mass entertainment. Prerequisite: Junior standing. 3 credits.
FIS 440 The European Film
Survey of the major movements and themes of European cinema and related literature. 3 credits.
FIS 441 Drama and Film of German Expressionism
(Same as FOL 441 and GER 441.) Examination of German film and literature of the 1910s and 1920s. 3 credits.
FIS 443 From French Literature to Film
(Same as FREN 443 and FOL 443.) From a condensed analysis of narrative techniques and structure of original literary sources toward a detailed study of the basic problems connected with the grammar of film. Students expected to read the original literary work in translation and/or script if available. 3 credits.
FIS 444 Documentary Film and Video
Critical analysis of documentary film texts from historical and aesthetic perspectives. How non-fiction film differentiates itself from classical narrative and experimental/avant-garde film. 3 credits.
FIS 446 History of the Russian Film
(Same as HIST 446.) Soviet cinema from the revolutionary films and path-breaking theories of the 1920s (Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Vertov, Dovzhenko, and Kuleshov), through the constrictions of Socialist Realism, to the revival of a proud tradition in the decades since Stalin. Emphasis on Russian cultural traditions, contemporary historical context, and the demands of ideology. 3 credits.
FIS 449 The History of French Film
(Same as FREN 449.) Survey and evolution of French film from silent to sound: surrealism, realism, and the New Wave. Includes the work of major filmmakers such as Clair, Renoir, Cocteau, Clouzot, Godard, Truffaut, etc. Films analyzed as works of art, social documents, and instruments of communication. 3 credits.
FIS 450 Directed Studies in Film
Individual projects on an aspect of film study, designed by the student in conjunction with a faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: FIS 100 or FOL 144. 1-3 credits.
FIS 453 Co-Curricular Film Project
Collaborative workshop in the production of short film in which selected students work to complete a project eligible for exhibition on the festival circuit. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: FIS 220. 3 credits.
FIS 470 Women in Film
Survey of international women filmmakers. Emphasis on women directors and their films and women involved in other aspects of production, including screenwriting, editing, and acting. 3 credits.
FIS 475 Modern Latin American Film
(Same as HIST 475.) Cinematic treatments of modern Latin American socio-historical issues. Topics include industrialization, dictatorship and repression, redemocratization, and minority rights. Analysis of the Cinema Novo (Cinema Nueva) and post-Cinema Novo genres. Emphasis on Brazilian, Argentine, and Cuban films of the 1970s and 1980s. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; or completion of HIST 143 or 144 and consent of instructor. 3 credits.
FIS 493 Studies in British Film
(Same as ENG 493.) Study of the history of British film emphasizing analysis of a variety of films. Examines particular genres, directors, and traditions peculiar to British film and the relationship of British film to England’s broader cultural development. 3 credits.
FIS 494 History of the American Film
(Same as ENG 494.) Examination of the films of major directors from D.W. Griffith in the Biograph period (1908-1912) to the present. Filmmakers such as John Ford, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, George Cukor, Robert Flaherty, Frank Capra, Raoul Walsh, and others studied. 3 credits.
FIS 495 Film and Literature
(Same as ENG 495.) Comparative study of the relations of prose, poetry, and drama to the structure and themes of the cinema, from Dickens to the present. 3 credits.
FIS 496 American Hero in Film and Literature
(Same as ENG 496.) Traces the origins and the development of the American hero from roots in myth, folklore, and history to the 1950s. 3 credits.
FIS 497 Genre Studies in Film
(Same as ENG 497.) Individual examinations of genre structures and themes, with emphasis on the development and the history of genres. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits. 3 credits.