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FILM, TELEVISION & DIGITAL MEDIA COURSES FOR WINTER 2018

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4 / Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking
(Formerly numbered 122B.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Students acquire understanding of practical and aesthetic challenges undertaken by artists and professionals in making of motion pictures and television. Examination of film as both art and industry: storytelling, sound and visual design, casting and performance, editing, finance, advertising, and distribution. Exploration of American and world cinema from filmmaker's perspective. Honing of analytical skills and development of critical vocabulary for study of filmmaking as technical, artistic, and cultural phenomenon. P/NP or letter grading.


6A / History of American Motion Picture
(Formerly numbered 106A.) Lecture/screenings, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Historical and critical survey, with examples, of American motion picture both as developing art form and as medium of mass communication. Letter grading.


33 / Introductory Screenwriting
(Formerly numbered 133.) Lecture, one hour; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course C132/C430. Structural analysis of feature films and development of professional screenwriters' vocabulary for constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing their own work. Screenings of films and selected film sequences in class and by assignment. P/NP or letter grading.


M50 / Introduction to Visual Culture
(Same as English M50.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Study of how visual media, including advertising, still and moving images, and narrative films, influence contemporary aesthetics, politics, and knowledge. P/NP or letter grading.


51 / Digital Media Studies
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Introduction to history, theory, and authoring skills of digital media, art, and culture. P/NP or Letter grading.


106B / History of European Motion Picture
Lecture/screenings, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Historical and critical survey, with examples, of European motion picture both as developing art form and as medium of mass communication. Letter grading.


109 / Advanced Topics in Documentary: New Documentary Forms
Lecture, three hours; screenings, three hours. Examination of today's documentary modes of representation and genres focusing on rise and diversification of nonfiction modes since new millennium. From short form to series based, virtual reality to interactive, crowd sourced to animated, study of new documentary forms and platforms as situated within complex media environment. Exploration of theoretical models through which documentaries can be understood, questioned, and critically approached. P/NP or letter grading.


112 / Film and Social Change
Lecture/screenings, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Development of documentary and dramatic films in relation to and as force in social development. Letter grading.


113 / Film Authors
Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. In-depth study of specific film author (director or writer). P/NP or letter grading.


122M / Film and Television Directing
Lecture, three hours. Through discussions, screenings, demonstrations, and guests, exploration of script, previsualization, directing actors, directing camera coverage in relationship to story, practical on-set directing, and directing for camera. P/NP or letter grading.


M124 / Sex, Race, and Difference in Transnational Film
(Same as Gender Studies M124.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Drawing on feminist media studies, training of students in media literacy so they acquire necessary skills to critically interrogate film as medium of communication and to appreciate how film provides lens to examine some of most critical issues of our time. Development of understanding of transnationality to examine how circulations of capital, labor, and commodities transect, render problematic, and sometimes reinforce national borders. Examination of role of film in both exemplifying and representing these conditions of transnationality. How films enable understanding of historical and contemporary relationships between mobility, coercion, and migration; colonialism and settler colonialism; Orientalism, geopolitics, and sexuality; cultural identity and diaspora; transnational conceptions of sexual desire and embodiment; immigration and religious difference; and criminalization of racial difference. P/NP or letter grading.


135B / Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
Laboratory, three hours. Requisite: course 135A. Limited to Film and Television majors. Designed for seniors. Course in film and television writing. Second act of original screenplay to be developed. Letter grading.


C142 / Digital Imagery and Visualization
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Introductory hands-on investigation of techniques of digital still imaging and aesthetics of digital image, in context of examining dynamics of cultural constructions and visual codes. Students conceive and produce several digital image visualizations. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C242. Letter grading.


C144 / Interactive Multimedia Authoring
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Introduction to expressive and aesthetic potential of interactive digital media and its theoretical issues. Exploration of methodologies and tools for media integration, interface design, and interactive audiovisual construction. Students conceive, produce, and master individual interactive multimedia projects. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C244. Letter grading.


C152C / Digital Audio Postproduction
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Enforced requisites: courses 101A, 185. Limited to Film and Television majors. Through discussion, demonstrations, and laboratory assignments, exploration of digital audio tools and procedures available to today's filmmakers. Coverage of many technical, equipment, and software step-by-steps, with emphasis on creative process. Concurrently scheduled with course C452C. Letter grading.


154 / Film Editing
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 101A. Limited to Film and Television majors. Introduction to artistic and technical problems of film editing, with practical experience in editing of image and synchronous sound. Letter grading.


C154B / Advanced Film Editing
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Preparation: submission of rough cut of existing project or proposal to edit work of another director. Enforced requisites: courses 154, 185. Limited to Film and Television majors in postproduction phase with advanced knowledge of organization and operation of postproduction process. Students may also propose to edit significant scene given to them by instructor. Concurrently scheduled with course C454B. Letter grading.


155 / Introduction to Digital Media and Tools
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 101A. Limited to Film and Television majors. Instruction and exercises in basic concepts and software of virtual production environments and digital postproduction tools. Letter grading.


163 / Directing Cameras
Laboratory, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 101A. Limited to Film and Television majors. Investigation of expressive potential of image within and beyond narrative from directorial perspective. Experiments with working methodologies that stimulate visual creativity and positioning image as fundamental element of cinematic expression. Letter grading.


175B / Undergraduate Film Production
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, eight hours. Enforced requisite: course 175A. Limited to Film and Television majors. Completion of postproduction (editing, creation of sound tracks) for short film begun in course 175A. P/NP or letter grading.


178 / Film and Television Production Laboratory
Laboratory, to be arranged. Supervised laboratory experience in various aspects of film and television production. May be repeated for maximum of 12 units, but only 8 units may be applied toward Film and Television major. Letter grading.


C181C / Animation Workshop
(Formerly numbered 181C.) Studio, six hours. Preparation: storyboard at first class meeting. Requisite: course C181A. Organization and integration of various creative arts used in animation to form complete study of selected topic. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Concurrently scheduled with course C481C. P/NP or letter grading.


183A / Producing I: Film and Television Development
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Open to nonmajors. Critical analysis of contemporary entertainment industries and practical approach to understanding and implementing producer's role in development of feature film and television scripts. Through scholarly and trade journal readings, in-class discussions, script analysis, and select guest speakers, exposure to various entities that comprise feature film and television development process. Basic introduction to story and exploration of proper technique for evaluating screenplays and teleplays through writing of coverage. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.


194 / Internship Seminars: Film, Television, and Digital Media
Seminar, two hours. Corequisite: course 195. Designed for students currently in departmental internships. General introduction to contemporary film and television industries and discussion and engagement with and expansion on internship experiences. Common business practices and expansion of critical understanding of industry at large. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.


195 / Corporate Internships in Film, Television, and Digital Media
Tutorial, one hour; fieldwork, 12 hours. Enforced corequisite: course 194. Limited to juniors/seniors. Corporate internship in supervised setting in business related to film, television, and digital media industries. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide periodic reports of their experience. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP grading.


201B / Seminar: Media Industries and Cultures of Production -- Transmedia
Seminar, three hours; film screenings, three hours. Requisite: course 201A. Examination of contemporary production studies research and transmedia practices, including innovations in marketing, licensing, distribution, industrial organization, creative work, new technologies, and evolving relations between fans and producers in digital economy. Letter grading.


206B / Seminar: Selected Topics in American Film History
Seminar, three hours; film screenings, three hours. Seminar with focus on specific topic or period in American film history. Letter grading.


208A / Seminar: Film Structure
Seminar, three hours; film screenings, four to six hours. Designed for graduate students. Examination of various film conventions, both fictional and nonfictional, and of role of structure in motion picture. S/U or letter grading.


209A / Seminar: Documentary Film
Seminar, three hours; film screenings, four to six hours. Designed for graduate students. Nonfictional film and its relation to contemporary culture. S/U or letter grading.


209D / Seminar: Animated Film
Seminar, three hours; film screenings, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Critical study of animated film: its historical development, structure, style, use, and relation to contemporary culture. S/U or letter grading.


218 / Seminar: Culture, Media, and Society
Seminar, three hours; screenings/discussion, four hours. Emphasis on discourse of other(s). Thematization of other is concerned with theories of difference rather than similarity or identity -- with how other cultures enter into politics of representation and representation of politics through metaphors of (1) difference without opposition, (2) heterogeneity without hierarchy, and/or (3) otherness without ethnocentrism. Examination of how women, national minorities, and Third World peoples have been rendered others; place of cinematic apparatus in this process and how academization of others is positioned vis-à-vis mainstream critical discourse. Letter grading.


224 / Computer Applications for Film Study
Lecture, three hours; film screenings, three hours. Survey of computer applications relevant to film study, principally computer-videodisc systems and image capture technology. S/U or letter grading.


C244 / Interactive Multimedia Authoring
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Introduction to expressive and aesthetic potential of interactive digital media and its theoretical issues. Exploration of methodologies and tools for media integration, interface design, and interactive audiovisual construction. Students conceive, produce, and master individual interactive multimedia projects. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C144. Letter grading.


282B / TV Development 2
Seminar, three hours. Advanced analysis of television scripted shows and contemporary industry production and business practices. Continued development of original show concepts and series proposals for review and feedback by class, instructor, and guests. Letter grading.


283B / Writing Half-Hour Comedy Pilot and Series Bible
Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 283A. Examination of basics of half-hour pilot format, style, and content, and learning of principles behind network needs and choices in choosing pilots. Workshop in which to discuss ideas and issues with class and instructor. Weekly progress on original half-hour pilot and series bible required. Letter grading.


284B / Writing One-Hour Drama Pilot and Series Bible
Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 284A. Examination of basics of drama pilot format, style, and content, and learning of principles behind network needs and choices in choosing pilots. Workshop in which to discuss ideas and issues with class and instructor. Weekly progress on original drama pilot and series bible required. Letter grading.


287B / Introduction to Art and Business of Producing II
Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 287A. Builds on principles taught in course 287A and presents continuation of study of development, production, and distribution of feature films for worldwide theatrical market, including identifying material, attracting talent elements, and understanding basics of studio and independent financing and distribution. Minimum of two unproduced screenplays to be presented for review by class and instructor to begin identifying potential thesis projects. S/U or letter grading.


288B / Feature Film Development II
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 288A. Practical hands-on approach to understanding and implementing producer's role in development of feature film screenplay and negotiating particulars of production process. Through in-class discussions, script analysis, story notes, and select guest speakers, exposure to various entities that comprise feature film development process. Deeper evaluation of screenplay through writing of story notes. S/U or letter grading.


289C / Independent Spirit: Creative Strategies for Financing and Distributing Independent Features
Lecture, three hours. Course 289B is not requisite to 289C. Key insights into financing and distribution of independent or specialty films. Topics include film finance, production, marketing, distribution, agents, and new technology, with emphasis on applying this knowledge to individual student projects. S/U or letter grading.


290B / Research and Development II
Seminar, three hours. Forum for roundtable strategy sessions and mock story meetings. Students must make concrete weekly progress on thesis project and adapt strategy based on feedback received. Development of marketing and business strategies for story idea set up in course 290A. S/U or letter grading.


291B / Feature Film Marketing
Lecture, three hours. Course 291A is not requisite to 291B. Examination of numerous groups that are responsible for specific marketing components and make up marketing departments. Distribution and in-theater marketing, trailers, publicity, promotions, research, and media. Mechanics and levels of intuition required to make sure movies are seen by public. S/U or letter grading.


292A / Overview of Network Television Management
Lecture, three hours. Designed to expand basic understanding of network and cable television business. Exploration of role of showrunner, executives from networks and production companies, packaging agents, and studios responsible for developing and creating programming. S/U or letter grading.


294C / International Financing and Distribution
Lecture, three hours. Course 294B is not requisite to 294C. Legal-based course dealing with independent finance and distribution of feature films. Topics include fundamentals of film financing, domestic distribution, international distribution, European coproductions, role of foreign sales agents and of bankers and completion bond companies. S/U or letter grading.


297B / Digital Media Producing 2
Seminar, three hours. Examination and analysis of creative and physical production processes for producing content for digital platforms. Development of production plans for original scripted and unscripted digital and web-based series. S/U or letter grading.


298A / Special Studies in Film and Television
Seminar, three hours; film screenings, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Seminar study of problems in film and television, organized on topic basis. May be repeated once for credit. S/U or letter grading.


375 / Teaching Apprentice Practicum
Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.


402B / Advanced Narrative Directing Workshop
Laboratory, 12 hours; fieldwork, to be arranged. Requisite: course 402A. Limited to nine graduate film and television students. Production of 10- to 15-minute fiction film or project. In second term students must complete photography on location and/or in studio. Letter grading.


C403B / Advanced Documentary Workshop
(Formerly numbered 403B.) Lecture/discussion/laboratory, 16 to 24 hours; fieldwork, to be arranged. Requisites: courses 409, 410A, 410B, 410C, 433. Limited to graduate film and television students. Production of advanced individual documentary film or video projects. Students conceptualize, research, write, shoot (on location), and edit projects to completion. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with courses C186B. S/U or letter grading.


404 / Emerging Techniques and Technologies in Cinematography
Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Requisite: course 410B. Designed to keep students abreast of ever-changing tools and techniques of cinematography. Exploration of developing concepts and familiarization with emerging technology and equipment. Focus may change to reflect changes in current technology. May be repeated twice for credit. Letter grading.


409 / Directing Actors for Camera Workshop
Workshop, six hours; laboratory, to be arranged; laboratory preparation, two to four hours. Limited to M.F.A. production program students. Team-taught with five weeks designed to give director actor/camera techniques, and five weeks to offer basic strategies to elicit good performances from actors. Emphasis on problems faced when directing actors for film. S/U or letter grading.


410A / Symposium
Seminar, three hours. Limited to and required of first-year M.F.A. production program students. Exploration of principal concepts of film and television production within context of preproduction, production, and postproduction, providing forum for synthesis of knowledge gained in various first-year technical craft courses. Exploration of strategies for learning production within academic environment. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.


410B / Cinematography
Seminar, three hours. Limited to and required of first-year M.F.A. production program students. Production workshop designed to give hands-on experience in all aspects of film production (tools and practicum of medium) as each student writes/directs/edits six-minute film. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.


410E / Production
Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, 24 to 40 hours. Requisites: courses 401, 409, 410A through 410D. Limited to and required of first-year M.F.A. production/directing students. Designed to give hands-on experience in film production. Students prepare and direct six-minute films and serve in preassigned crew positions for each other. Letter grading.


423A / Direction of Actors for Film and Television
Lecture, four hours; laboratory. Preparation: first film project. Limited to graduate film and television students. Required of all production majors shooting fiction thesis. Exercises in analysis of script and character for purpose of directing actors in film and television productions. Emphasis on eliciting best possible performance from actors. May be repeated twice for credit. S/U or letter grading.


434 / Advanced Screenwriting
Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 431. Advanced problems in writing of original film and television screenplays. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.


435 / Advanced Writing for Short Film and Television Screenplays
Discussion, three hours. Requisite: course 410C. Limited to graduate film and television students. Conception, development, and writing of dramatic film script to be produced as advanced or thesis project. Letter grading.


437 / Adaptation for Screen
Seminar, three hours. Recommended requisite: course C430 or 431. Students analyze techniques of dramatic adaptation and apply them by writing their own scripted adaptations. Students read selected texts and view their filmed versions in order to learn various approaches to adaptation. Students workshop their own screenplays adapted from preselected list of stories. Letter grading.


C452C / Digital Audio Postproduction
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Limited to Film and Television majors. Through discussion, demonstrations, and laboratory assignments, exploration of digital audio tools and procedures available to today's filmmakers. Coverage of many technical, equipment, and software step-by-steps, with emphasis on creative process. Concurrently scheduled with course C152C. Letter grading.


C454B / Advanced Film Editing
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Preparation: submission of rough cut of existing project or proposal to edit work of another director. Limited to film and television students in postproduction phase with advanced knowledge of organization and operation of postproduction process. Students may also propose to edit significant scene given to them by instructor. Concurrently scheduled with course C154B. Letter grading.


459B / Directing for Film and Television
Lecture, three hours. Limited to graduate film and television students. Analysis and exploration, with specific scenes, of differences and many similarities in directorial approach to same literary material in theater, film, and television. S/U or letter grading.


C481C / Animation Workshop
Studio, six hours. Preparation: storyboard at first class meeting. Requisite: course C181A. Organization and integration of various creative arts used in animation to form complete study of selected topic. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Concurrently scheduled with course C181C. S/U or letter grading.


482A / Advanced Animation Workshop
Lecture, three hours; studio, to be arranged. Requisites: courses 181A, 181B, 181C. Advanced organization and integration of various creative arts used in animation, resulting in production of complete animated film. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. S/U or letter grading.


483B / Advanced Computer Animation
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, four hours. Requisite: course 483A. Creation and production of complete and original advanced computer animated film. Letter grading.


484B / Visual Thinking and Organization for Animation
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, four hours. Requisite: course 484A. Systematic approach to analyzing and communicating two-dimensional and three-dimensional form and applying traditional compositional approaches to animation. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Letter grading.


488A / Interactive Animation
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, to be arranged. Requisites: courses 181A, 181C, 489A. Organization and integration of various creative arts used in animation and interactive media to form complete study of selective interactive animation project. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Letter grading.


489B / Production in Computer Animation
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, four to eight hours. Requisite: course 489A. Instruction in creation, preparation, and production of complete and original computer animation film or tape. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Letter grading.


495A / Practice of Teaching Film and Television
Seminar, three hours. Required of all teaching assistants and associates in critical studies program. Orientation and preparation of graduate students who have responsibility to assist in teaching undergraduate courses in department; discussion of problems common to teaching experience. S/U grading.


498 / Professional Internship in Film and Television
Tutorial, to be arranged. Full- or part-time at studio or on professional project. Designed for M.F.A. program advanced students. Internship at various film, television, or theater facilities accentuating creative contribution, organization, and work of professionals in their various specialties. Given only when projects can be scheduled. S/U or letter grading.


596A / Directed Individual Studies: Research
Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


596B / Directed Individual Studies: Writing
Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


596C / Directed Individual Studies: Directing
Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


596F / Directed Individual Studies: Production
Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


597 / Preparation for Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations in Film and Television
Tutorial, to be arranged. May be taken for maximum of 12 units. S/U grading.


599 / Ph.D. Dissertation in Film and Television
Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: advancement to Ph.D. candidacy. Research and writing for Ph.D. dissertation. May be repeated. S/U grading.


 

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