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FILM BC 3119x and y Screenwriting

FALL: Practical workshop in dramatic writing for the screen. Through lectures and scene work students explore and develop an understanding the basic principles of screenwriting. Students will write a 10-12 page short and the outline and opening for a feature screenplay.
Prerequisites: FILM BC3201 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Priority is given to Film Studies majors/concentrations in order of class seniority. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that Film sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://film.barnard.edu/sign-ups Corequisites: (Since this is a Film course, it does not count as a writing course for English majors with a Writing Concentration.) BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: FILM BC3119
FILM
3119
06304
001
M 10:00a - 12:50p
406 BARNARD HALL
G. Gallo 12 [ More Info ]

FILM BC 3120y Feature Film Screenwriting

Workshop in feature film writing. Students will enter the course with a story idea, ready to start a feature screenplay. Through lectures and workshop discussions, the course will critique the details of character development and scene construction. Analysis of student work will prompt generalized conversations/lectures on the fundamentals of film writing. Emphasis will be placed on character as the engine of story.
Prerequisites: FILM BC3201 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Priority is given to Film Studies majors/concentrations in order of class seniority. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that Film sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://film.barnard.edu/sign-ups Corequisites: (Since this is a Film course, it does not count as a writing course for English majors with a Writing Concentration.) BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)..
3 points

FILM BC 3200x and y Film Production

FALL: This workshop introduces the student to all the cinematic tools necessary to produce their own short narrative work. Using what the student has learned in film studies, we'll break down shot syntax, mise-en-scene and editing strategies and master them in weekly video exercises. We'll include casting, working with actors and expressive camera work in our process as we build toward a final video project. By the end of the course, the student will have created a DVD containing a collection of their video pieces and their final project. Priority given to junior and senior film majors. SPRING: Most of us have been saturated in cinema throughout our lives. This workshop will unpack a variety of film forms, and help you to use it to create work that feels modern, surprising and uniquely expressive of your individual voice. Starting with the frame and time, we'll move on to basic film grammar, then explore time, space, sound and performance methods to fulfill the ideas your are exploring. By the end of the semester, you will have completed several short projects, one portrait/documentary piece and one complete narrative short.
Prerequisites: FILM BC3201 or equivalent. Sophomore standing. PLEASE NOTE that in the spring 14 semester, there will NOT be a departmental sign-up sheet for this class--students may add this course through myBarnard or SSOL as usual. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: FILM BC3200
FILM
3200
07491
001
W 2:10p - 5:00p
302 LEHMAN HALL
S. Luckow 13 [ More Info ]

FILM BC 3201x Introduction to Film and Film Theory

Introductory survey of the history, aesthetics and theories of film. Topics in American and International cinema are explored through weekly screenings, readings, discussion, and lecture. A complete introduction to cinema studies, this course is also the prerequisite for further film courses at Columbia and Barnard.
Prerequisites: Open to first-year students. Corequisites: Enroll in the required Discussion Section through FILM BC 3204: Discussion Section. Discussion Section Required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: FILM BC3201
FILM
3201
02089
001
Th 2:10p - 5:55p
LL103 Diana Center
C. Kalogeropoulou 48 [ More Info ]

FILM BC 3204x Discussion Section

Enrollment in one of the following sections is required when registering for FILM BC 3201: Introduction to Film and Film Theory.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: FILM BC3204
FILM
3204
03366
001
M 4:10p - 5:00p
502 Diana Center
C. Kalogeropoulou 15 / 20 [ More Info ]
FILM
3204
05991
002
M 5:10p - 6:00p
502 Diana Center
C. Kalogeropoulou 14 / 20 [ More Info ]
FILM
3204
08420
003
F 2:10p - 3:00p
502 Diana Center
C. Kalogeropoulou 13 / 20 [ More Info ]
FILM
3204
01620
004
F 3:10p - 4:00p
502 Diana Center
C. Kalogeropoulou 4 / 20 [ More Info ]

FILM BC 3245y American Television Drama

Why and how does some of the best writing come out of TV, as currently universally acknowledged? The course will take a close look at American TV drama, from the "Golden Age" of the 1950s to the dramatic complexity found in recent Cable series. We will begin with prestigious writers Rod Serling and Paddy Chayefsky, study groundbreaking mini-series like "Roots" and "Holocaust," and explore how shows such as "Hill Street Blues" and "Twin Peaks" laid the groundwork for Cable series including "The Sopranos," "The Wire," "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad."
3 points

FILM BC 3260y Television Production: Inside the Writers' Room

This course will focus on the primary part of television production: it will enable the students to have concrete experiences of collaborative writing-producing through the simulation of a TV writers' room, aiming to create the pilot and bible of either a web series or a web anthology of short films with a common theme. Through a number of creative exercises specifically catered to the brainstorming process and to project development in a collaborative manner, students learn how to run and be part of a room, how to achieve the right form and structure for each part of the storytelling process, and how to treat each element in its own right while not losing focus of the big picture.
Prerequisites: FILM BC3201 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Priority is given to Film Studies majors/concentrations in order of class seniority. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that Film sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://film.barnard.edu/sign-ups Corequisites: Please note that since this is a Film course, it does not count as a writing course for English majors with a Writing Concentration.
3 points

FILM BC 3301y Advanced Production

Advanced Film Production will teach students how to create a short narrative film; emphasizing the steps taking in pre-production, production and post-production. Through hands-on workshops and theory, students will learn narrative editing, shot progression, camera lenses, lighting and audio equipment. Students will work in teams of four, learning the roles and responsibilities of the different crew members.
Prerequisites: FILM BC3201 or equivalent, and FILM BC3200. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Priority is given to Film Studies majors/concentrations in order of class seniority. PLEASE NOTE that in the spring 14 semester, there will NOT be a departmental sign-up sheet for this class--students may add this course through myBarnard or SSOL as usual.
3 points

FILM BC 3990y Senior Seminar in Film: The Multi-Protagonist Film

The contemporary tendency to abandon the single-protagonist structure on which most film narratives have traditionally relied and replace it by a wider assortment of characters with more or less independent narrative lines, has lead to a storytelling pattern, which we refer to as multi-protagonist, which is anything but new in the history of cinema. Yet, it is not until the last two decades that it started to make a significant impact. Under a variety of shapes and names - ensemble and mosaic films (Troehler 2000, 2007), sequential and tandem narratives (Aronson 2001), polyphonic, parallel, and daisy-chain plots (Ramirez Berg 2006), or network narratives (Bordwell 2006) - multi-protagonist movies have emerged as one of the most visible and recurrent trends in contemporary cinema. This seminar is designed to help graduating film majors prepare their senior essays. The first part of the course is rooted in close analysis of the concept of the multi-protagonist film and its potential to overcome the hierarchical organization reflected in our classic storytelling's privileging of one character and her point of view over the rest. Three multi-protagonist films, PULP FICTION, HAPPINESS and MAGNOLIA will be analyzed from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the construction of a frame of reference: How do multi-protagonist films work as far as causal agency, point of view, and, especially, spectator identification are concerned? In the second half of the course, students make presentations based on their proposed senior essays. These oral reports can include screenings of selected sequences from the films being analyzed. The students may also suggest brief readings for other class members in preparation for their individual reports.
Prerequisites: Enrollment restricted to seniors majoring or concentrating in Film Studies. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that Film sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://film.barnard.edu/sign-ups Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points


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W4625 Anthropology and Film

Classics and Ancient Studies

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East Asian Languages and Cultures

W4106 Global Genres and East Asian Cinema

G4557 Film and TV in Tibet and Inner Asia

French (Barnard)

BC3062 Women in French Cinema since the 60s

BC3064 France on Film

BC3065 Surrealism

BC3073 Africa in Cinema

French and Romance Philology

W3830 French Film

Italian

W4140 Fictionalizing History: Fascism in Literature and Film

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Italian (Barnard)

V3642 Italian Film: Imagining the Nation

Religion (Barnard)

V3610 Religion and American Film

Spanish and Latin American Cultures (Barnard)

BC3131 Memory and Violence: Film and Literature of Spanish Civil War

BC3151 Spanish Film: Cinematic Representation of Spain

Latin American and Iberian Cultures

W3520 Dirty Realism in Latin America

Women's Studies (Barnard)

BC3117 Film and Feminism: Transnational Perspectives