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FILM, TELEVISION & DIGITAL MEDIA COURSES FOR FALL 2021

 

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1A / Freshman Symposium
Laboratory, three hours. Course 1A is enforced requisite to 1B, which is enforced requisite to 1C. 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.


4 / Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking
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
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
Lecture, three hours; 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.


101A / Junior Symposium
Laboratory, three hours. Course 101A is enforced requisite to 101B, which is enforced requisite to 101C. Limited to Film and Television majors. Structured forum in which juniors meet on regular basis to discuss curricular issues, meet with faculty members, and have exposure to array of guest speakers from within film industry. Letter grading.


102A / Senior Symposium
Laboratory, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 101A. Course 102A is enforced requisite to 102B, which is enforced requisite to 102C. 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.


106C / History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film
Lecture/screenings, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Critical, historical, aesthetic, and social study--together with exploration of ethnic significance--of Asian, African, Latin American, and Mexican films. Letter grading.


113 / Film Authors
Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. In-depth study of specific film author (director or writer). May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.


122D / Film Editing: Overview of History, Technique, and Practice
Lecture, three hours. Practical application of film editing techniques, how they have evolved, and continue to evolve. Examination of history of editing, as well as current editing trends, terminology, and workflow. P/NP or letter grading.


122E / Digital Cinematography
Lecture, three hours. With lectures, screenings, and demonstrations, study of principles of digital cinematography. How tools and techniques affect visual storytelling process. Topics include formats, aspect ratios, cameras, lenses, special effects, internal menu picture manipulation, lighting, composition, coverage, high definition, digital exhibition, filtration, multiple-camera shooting. P/NP or letter grading.


135A / Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
Laboratory, three hours. Requisite: course 134. Course 135A is requisite to 135B, which is requisite to 135C. Course in film and television writing. First act of original screenplay to be developed. 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.


150 / Cinematography
(Formerly numbered 52.) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Requisite: course 101A. Corequisite: course 154. 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.


153 / Motion Picture Lighting
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Enforced requisites: courses 52, 101A, 185. Limited to Film and Television majors. Introduction to principles and tools of lighting used in visual storytelling through lectures, discussions, and screenings. Creative lighting techniques covering topics such as people, environment, spatial relationships, movement, color, special effects, and continuity. Letter grading.


154 / Film Editing
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Requisite: course 101A. Corequisite: course 150. 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.


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.


C157 / Lighting for Film and Television
Lecture, two hours; laboratory, six hours. Requisite: course 52. Limited to Film and Television majors. Lectures, supervised exercises on stage or in exterior, screenings of scenes, and discussions aimed at learning to master lighting to create appropriate mood or atmosphere of premeditated scene recorded on film or through electronic system. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C417. 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.


175A / Undergraduate Film Production
Lecture, four hours; laboratory, eight hours. Requisite: 185. Course 175A is requisite to 175B. Limited to Film and Television majors. Writing, preproduction, and production of short film not to exceed 12 minutes, including credits. Letter grading.


C181A / Introduction to Animation
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Drawing experience not required. Fundamentals of animation through preparation of short animated film. Concurrently scheduled with course C481A. P/NP or letter grading.


C181B / Writing for Animation
Lecture, six hours; studio, to be arranged. Requisite: course C181A or consent of instructor. Research and practice in creative writing and planning for animated film. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Concurrently scheduled with course C481B. P/NP or letter grading.


183B / Producing II: Entertainment Economics
Lecture, three hours. Open to nonmajors. Critical understanding of strategies and operating principles that drive flow of revenue in entertainment industry. Exploration of theoretical frameworks and development of critical perspective, while studying industrial processes through which movie and television properties are financed and exploited throughout all revenue streams. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.


184B / Overview of Contemporary Television Industry
Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolving economic structures and business practices in contemporary Hollywood television industry, with emphasis on operations of networks and cable companies, series development, marketing, and network branding from 1947 to present. Letter grading.


C186A / Advanced Documentary Workshop
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours; fieldwork, four to six hours. Requisite: course 185. Course 186A is requisite to 186B, which is requisite to 186C. Introductory viewing and discussion of selected documentaries and instruction in various production skills necessary to create video documentaries. Completion of series of exercises from conceptualization through postproduction, culminating in production of short documentary. Concurrently scheduled with course C403A. 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.


195 / Corporate Internships in Film, Television, and Digital Media
Tutorial, one hour; internship, eight 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 or letter grading.


195CE / Corporate Internships in Film, Television, and Digital Media
(Formerly numbered 195.) Tutorial, one hour; fieldwork, eight to 10 hours. Enforced corequisite: course 194. Limited to juniors/seniors. Corporate internship in supervised setting in business related to film, television, and digital media industries. Examination of issues related to internship site through series of reading assignments constructed by faculty sponsor and graduate student coordinator. May be repeated for credit with consent of Center for Community Learning. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP or letter 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. 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.


202 / Seminar: Media Audiences and Cultures of Consumption
Seminar, three hours; film screenings, three hours. Critical study of reception and use of television and electronic media and examination of theoretical approaches to culture and audience research. Consideration of issues of cultural taste, consumerism, style/lifestyle, identity, and relationships between audience, industry, and mass-marketed images/commodities. Letter grading.


203 / Seminar: Film and Other Arts
Seminar, three hours; film screenings, four to six hours. Designed for graduate students. Studies in interrelationships between film and fine arts, or performing arts, or literature, with emphasis on ways these other arts have influenced film. May be repeated twice for credit. S/U or letter grading.


220 / Seminar: Television and Society
Seminar, four hours; screenings/discussion, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Study of ways television forms affect and are affected by social behavior, belief, and value systems; study of technological and economic aspects of medium. May be repeated once 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.


274 / Seminar: Research Design
Seminar, three hours. Designed for second-year Film and Television PhD students. Examination of general principles that govern formulation of major research projects and preparation of prospectus for PhD dissertation. S/U or 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 283A. 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.


290A / Thesis Workshop 1
Seminar, three hours. Forum for roundtable strategy sessions and mock story meetings with instructor, students, and various industry guests. Development of one story idea for thesis project. S/U or letter grading.


295C / Advanced Producing: Role of Successful Producer
Lecture, three hours. Designed to provide producers with comprehensive understanding of business acumen involved in purchasing scripts for studios and independent production companies. Through script analysis and in-class discussions, students encouraged to examine not just story elements, but marketing assets inherent in pieces of material. 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.


402A / Advanced Narrative Directing Workshop
Laboratory, six or 12 hours; fieldwork, to be arranged. Requisites: courses 405, 409, 410A, 410B, 410C, 433. Limited to nine graduate film and television students. Production of 10- to 15-minute fiction film or project. Students budget and preproduce their projects by end of first term. Letter grading.


C403A / Advanced Documentary Workshop
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 C186A. S/U or letter grading.


405 / Digital Image Manipulation on Set and Post
Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Requisite: course 410B. Students achieve greater understanding and command of tools and techniques of color correction and matte photography (both on set and in post production) through lectures, discussions, workshops, and screenings. Increases student's appreciation and skill set in art of digital image manipulation in cinematography. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


C417 / Lighting for Film and Television
Lecture, two hours; laboratory, six hours. Limited to graduate film and television students. Lectures, supervised exercises on stage or in exterior, screenings of scenes, and discussions aimed at learning to master lighting to create appropriate mood or atmosphere of premeditated scene recorded on film or through electronic system. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C157. 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.


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.


453 / Postproduction Sound Design
Lecture, three hours. Designed to give film students insight into world of postproduction sound and to provide knowledge and tools necessary to complete postwork on their projects. Exploration of all areas of postproduction sound design from editing to final mixing. How to effectively use sound design to enhance storytelling capability of films, evaluate music choices, pick composer, music edit, create sound design to enhance story points, discover design opportunities, and select right sound effects. How to edit dialogue, prep for Automatic Dialogue Replacement and Foley sessions, and supervise final sound mix. Screening of numerous film clips to provide examples of postsound choices that demonstrate effective use of sound design. S/U or 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.


C481A / Introduction to Animation
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Drawing experience not required. Fundamentals of animation through preparation of short animated film. Concurrently scheduled with course C181A. S/U or letter grading.


C481B / Writing for Animation
Lecture, six hours; studio, to be arranged. Requisite: course C481A or consent of instructor. Research and practice in creative writing and planning for animated film. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Concurrently scheduled with course C181B. 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.


483A / Advanced Computer Animation
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, four hours. Requisites: courses 181A, 181C, 482A. Recommended: course 181B. Course 483A is requisite to 483B, which is requisite to 483C. Creation and production of complete and original advanced computer animated film. Letter grading.


484A / Visual Thinking and Organization for Animation
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, four hours. Course 484A is requisite to 484B. 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.


489A / Computer Animation in Film and Video
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, four to eight hours; other, to be arranged. Preparation: completed animated film. Requisites: courses 181A, 181C. Instruction in and supervised production of computer animation. 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 MFA 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 PhD Qualifying Examinations in Film and Television
Tutorial, to be arranged. May be taken for maximum of 12 units. S/U grading.


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