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FILM, TELEVISION & DIGITAL MEDIA COURSES FOR WINTER 2017

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  • 1B / Freshman Symposium

    Laboratory, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 1A. Limited to Film and Television majors. Structured forum in which freshmen meet on regular basis to discuss curricular issues, meet with faculty members from department, and have exposure to array of guest speakers from media industries. 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.

  • 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.

  • 52 / Cinematography

    (Formerly numbered 150.) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 1A. Limited to Film and Television majors. Introduction to motion imaging photography for thorough understanding of fundamental tools and principles of cinematography to create images that support and enhance story of film, achieve comprehension of principles of motion imaging photography through lectures, discussions, and screenings, develop skills of cinematographer by shooting exercises during laboratory period, and acquire appreciation of art of cinematography. Language and skills of image construction provided, as well as image analysis and deconstruction. Letter grading.

  • 102B / Senior Symposium

    Laboratory, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 102A. Limited to Film and Television majors. Structured forum in which seniors meet on regular basis to discuss curricular issues, meet with faculty members, and have exposure to array of guest speakers from within film and television industry. 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.

  • 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.

  • C132 / Screenwriting Fundamentals

    Lecture, one hour. Corequisite for graduate students enrolled in course 431. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 33. Examination of screenwriting fundamentals: structure, character and scene development, conflict, locale, theme, history of drama. Review of authors such as Aristotle. Concurrently scheduled with course C430. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 135B / Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

    Laboratory, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 135A. 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.

  • 181C / Animation Workshop

    Studio, six hours. Preparation: storyboard at first class meeting. Enforced requisite: course 181A. 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. 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.

  • 188A / Special Courses in Film, Television, and Digital Media

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Special topics in film, television, and digital media for undergraduate students taught on experimental or temporary basis. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 194 / Internship Seminars: Film, Television, and Digital Media

    Seminar, two hours. Enforced 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. P/NP 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.

  • 199 / Directed Research or Senior Project in Film, Television, and Digital Media

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to senior Film and Television majors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be taken for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter 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.

  • 204 / Seminar: Visual Analysis

    Seminar, three hours; film screenings, two to four hours. Study of visual analysis (or textual analysis), using DVD accessing features, as approach to learning what makes film great and distinct art form. Exploration of role of visual style in narrative fiction filmmaking to attempt to understand some ways it can operate. 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.

  • 212 / Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Colloquium

    Lecture, two hours. Exchange with scholars inside and outside department through lectures and academic paper presentation and offers students practice in presenting papers for professional conferences, CV writing seminars, job market/interview preparation seminars, and discussion of current topics and trajectory of area of cinema and media studies. May be repeated for maximum of 14 units. S/U grading.

  • 215 / Seminar: Theory and Method

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to Film and Television Ph.D. candidates. Examination of major modes of theoretical reflection that bear on film and television through study of central texts of such traditions as phenomenology, auteurism, semiology, psychoanalysis, sociology, etc. S/U or letter grading.

  • 217A / Seminar: American Television History

    Seminar, three hours; screenings, four hours. Critical survey of U.S. television industry from its inception to present. Examination of programming and changes within industry by considering range of technological, economic, aesthetic, social, and cultural dimensions. Letter grading.

  • 222 / Seminar: Film Genres

    Seminar, three hours; film screenings, four to six hours. Designed for graduate students. Studies of patterns, styles, and themes of such genres as Western, gangster, war, science fiction, comedy, etc. May be repeated twice for credit. 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.

  • 273 / Seminar: Contemporary Film and Television Criticism

    Seminar, three hours; film and television screenings, four to six hours. Limited to Film and Television Ph.D. candidates. Study and practice of analytic and critical response, with emphasis on contemporary film and television. S/U or letter grading.

  • 283A / Developing Comedy Series

    Seminar, three hours. Basic tenets and analysis of television comedy shows and contemporary industry production and business practices. Development of original show concepts and pitch for review and feedback by class, instructor, and guests. Letter grading.

  • 283B / Writing Television Comedy Scripts

    Seminar, three hours. Enforced 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. Forum in which to discuss ideas and issues with class and instructor. Weekly progress on original half-hour pilot and series bible required. Letter grading.

  • 284A / Developing Drama Series

    Seminar, three hours. Basic tenets and analysis of television drama shows and contemporary industry production and business practices. Development of original show concepts and pitch for review and feedback by class, instructor, and guests. Letter grading.

  • 284B / Writing Television Drama Scripts

    Seminar, three hours. Enforced 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. Forum 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.

  • 297B / New Media Marketing II

    Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 297A. Overview of changing world of storytelling through development of new technologies and new media. Development of short teaser/trailer or website using digital resources (digital cameras, editing, and new media effects) to promote student feature or television thesis project. 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.

  • 403B / Advanced Documentary Workshop

    Lecture/discussion/laboratory, 16 to 24 hours; fieldwork, to be arranged. Requisites: courses 405, 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. S/U or 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.

  • 418 / Cinematography and Directing

    Lecture, two hours; laboratory, six hours. Requisite: course 417. Limited to graduate film and television students. Supervised filming of short dramatic projects on sound stage and at exterior locations that explore complexity of process, emphasizing balance and collaboration essential to both directing and photography in its varied technical, production, and creative aspects. Letter grading.

  • 419 / Advanced Cinematography

    Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour; laboratory, one hour. Requisites: courses 417, 418. Limited to graduate film and television students. Advanced study of principles of cinematography, with emphasis on exposure, lighting, and selection of film, camera, and lenses. S/U or 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.

  • C430 / Screenwriting Fundamentals

    Lecture, one hour. Corequisite for graduate students enrolled in course 431. Examination of screenwriting fundamentals: structure, character and scene development, conflict, locale, theme, history of drama. Review of authors such as Aristotle. Concurrently scheduled with course C132. 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.

  • 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.

  • 459A / 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.

  • 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.

  • 464A / Advanced Film Directing

    Stusio, to be arranged. Limited to graduate film and television students. Special problems in direction of fictional and documentary films. S/U or letter grading.

  • 472 / Commercials

    Lecture, four hours. Limited to M.F.A. students. Designed to give students opportunity to explore one very specific kind of filmmaking. Through exploration of advertising, students gain knowledge about what kind of work is salable in American and foreign markets and how to work within distinct confines of commercial genre. 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.

  • 482B / 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.

  • 488B / Advanced Interactive Animation

    Lecture, six hours; laboratory, to be arranged. Requisite: course 488A. Organization and integration of various creative arts used in animation and interactive animation to form completed project of selected interactive topic. 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.

  • 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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