Montana State University
MSU 2012-2014 Catalog Film Courses

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FILM
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        FILM 100IH INTRODUCTION TO FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY
        
        FILM 104IH MODES OF SCREEN DRAMA 
        
        FILM 106IA FILM IN AMERICA
        
        FILM 112 AESTHETICS OF FILM PRODUCTION I
        
        FILM 212 AESTHETICS OF FILM PRODUCTION II 
        
        FILM 251 SCRIPTWRITING
        
        FILM 253 TELEVISION PRODUCTION 
        
        FILM 254 ACTING FOR FILM 
        
        FILM 259 MULTIMEDIA AUDIO PRODUCTION 
        
        FILM 260D INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION
        
        FILM 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
        
        FILM 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
        
        FILM 295 PRACTICUM
        
        FILM 333 PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
        
        FILM 351 ADVANCED SCRIPTWRITING
        
        FILM 352 EDITING 
        
        FILM 354 LIGHTING
        
        FILM 355 CINEMATOGRAPHY 
        
        FILM 356 PRODUCTION DESIGN
       
        FILM 357 DIRECTING
       
        FILM 359 SOUND DESIGN 
       
        FILM 371 NONFICTION PRODUCTION 
       
        FILM 372 FICTION PRODUCTION
       
        FILM 381 STUDIES IN FILM
       
        FILM 391 SPECIAL TOPICS 
       
        FILM 394 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
       
        FILM 395 PRACTICUM 
       
        FILM 449 FILM AND DOCUMENTARY THEORY 
       
        FILM 481 ADVANCED STUDIES IN FILM 
       
        FILM 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
       
        FILM 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
       
        FILM 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY 
       
        FILM 493 STUDY TOUR 
       
        FILM 494 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP 
       
        FILM 498 CAREER INTERNSHIP 
       
        FILM 499 SENIOR PRODUCTION 
       
        FILM 504 FILM AND DOCUMENTARY THEORY
       
        FILM 505 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO NATURAL HISTORY FILMMAKING 
       
        FILM 506 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO SCIENCE FILMMAKING 
       
        FILM 510 FUNDAMENTALS OF FILMMAKING 
       
        FILM 513 ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY 
       
        FILM 515 SCIENCE & NATURAL HISTORY FILM PRODUCTION
       
        FILM 517 PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
       
        FILM 518 WRITING FOR DOCUMENTARY & NON-FICTION FILM 
       
        FILM 519 POST PRODUCTION WORKFLOW
       
        FILM 521 CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN NONFICTION 
       
        FILM 523 SECOND YEAR FILM PREP 
       
        FILM 525 SECOND YEAR FILM PRODUCTION
       
        FILM 526 ALTERNATIVE NONFICTION 
       
        FILM 533 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN TELEVISION AND INTERNET SERIES PRODUCTION
       
        FILM 560 POST PRODUCTION MEETS INFORMATION DESIGN 
       
        FILM 581 SPECIAL PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS
       
        FILM 590 MASTER'S THESIS
       
        FILM 591 SPECIAL TOPICS 
       
        FILM 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
       
        FILM 598 PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP		
        

FILM 100IH INTRODUCTION TO FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY
F,S,Su 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
-- An exploration of the historical, artistic and socio-critical connections between photography and film as profoundly influential media shaping the 20th century and as the foundation of “new media” in the 21st century.

FILM 104IH MODES OF SCREEN DRAMA
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
-- An exploration of traditional and emerging modes of screen narrative including film, television and new media.

FILM 106IA FILM IN AMERICA
F on demand 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 1 LAB 1
-- Survey of the development of the motion pictures as an art, a craft and a business in the United States during the 20th century.

FILM 112 AESTHETICS OF FILM PRODUCTION I
F,S 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
-- An understanding of motion pictures, video art and television practice through study of principles of concept and production. Will include assignments to view and critique selected examples and the completion of short exercises.

FILM 212 AESTHETICS OF FILM PRODUCTION II
PREREQUISITE: Film or Photo Gate.
F,S 4 cr. LAB 4
-- An intensive intermediate course in the fundamental aspects of film production. Students learn to use professional filmmaking tools and apply these skills to short productions. The course emphasizes the language of visual/aural storytelling and the development of directorial vision.

FILM 251 SCRIPTWRITING
F,S 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: Film or Photo Gate.
-- Experience in techniques and concepts of writing for motion picture and video production.

FILM 253 TELEVISION PRODUCTION
PREREQUISITE: Film or Photo Gate.
F 3 cr. SEM 1 LAB 2
-- Introduces students to live television production and multi-camera studio operations, and the technologies used in the production and delivery of live TV. Explores the group production process using hands-on exercises in a working studio environment.

FILM 254 ACTING FOR FILM
F, S on demand 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: Film or Photo Gate.
-- An introduction to the basic skills of acting through acting exercises and individual projects, including a unit for acting for the camera.

FILM 259 MULTIMEDIA AUDIO PRODUCTION
S 3 cr. LAB 1 RCT 2
-- The study of theoretical and practical approaches to audio production for multimedia, to include ADR/Dialog replacement, Foley, sound effects, field/location recording, studio recording, music integration and editing, surround sound techniques/encoding, delivery paradigms, and aesthetics of audio for multimedia.

FILM 260D INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION
F, S on demand 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 1 LAB 1
-- A close analysis and interpretation of the social function and cultural value of film and television in other countries by comparative approaches, with emphasis on the period since World War II.

FILM 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

FILM 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1-4 cr. LEC
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

FILM 295 PRACTICUM
F,S,Su 1-3 cr. IND, May be repeated, Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Film Gate Acceptance and consent of instructor.
-- Practical experience associated with production and research projects in motion pictures, television/video, photography, and theatre. May include rehearsal or performance activity. Credit will be offered to students doing advanced work on faculty members' productions or on student productions under direct faculty supervision.

FILM 333 PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
On Demand, 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2.
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212, FILM 251 and FILM 254.
-- A comprehensive approach to managing the personnel and financial resources of media production. Includes both fiction and nonfiction. Learn script breakdown, budgeting, scheduling, legal requirements, and paperwork. Practice managing the two key elements of professional cinematic art – people and money.

FILM 351 ADVANCED SCRIPTWRITING
On Demand, 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 251.
-- Advanced training in the techniques of writing for motion picture production. This class requires that students author a 100 page Hollywood script. Assessment of student work is done by the faculty member as well as via peer work shopping, presentations and discussions.

FILM 352 EDITING
On Demand, 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212.
-- History and techniques of motion picture and video editing. The course will combine lectures with hands-on exercises in editing.

FILM 354 LIGHTING
On Demand, 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212.
-- An introduction to the aesthetics and technical principles of lighting for film and theatre with attention to familiarity with basic instruments and a lighting board. The opportunity for an exercise in lighting design will be provided.

FILM 355 CINEMATOGRAPHY
On Demand, 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212.
-- An examination of the aesthetics and practice of cinematography using 16mm film and professional digital video cameras.

FILM 356 PRODUCTION DESIGN
On Demand, 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212.
-- Introductory course in production design for theatre and motion pictures.

FILM 357 DIRECTING
On Demand, 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212 and 254.
-- An examination of the theory and practice of directing and working with actors. Students complete projects for the stage and for filming during the semester.

FILM 359 SOUND DESIGN
On Demand, 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212.
-- Theoretical and practical approaches to the motion picture soundtrack. Topics and exercises will include field recording, post-production, sound design, and the musical score.

FILM 371 NONFICTION PRODUCTION
S 4 cr. SEM 4
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212, 251, and 254.
-- Exploration of the aesthetics and practice of creating documentary films. The course will utilize production exercises, screenings, and presentations to develop understanding of documentary film and video production. Students will work in teams to produce short documentary film projects.

FILM 372 FICTION PRODUCTION
F,S 4 cr. SEM 4
PREREQUISITE: FILM 212, 251, and 254.
-- Exploration of the aesthetics and practice of creating fiction films. The course will utilize production exercises, screenings, and presentations to develop understanding of fictional narrative film and video production. Students will work in teams to produce short fiction film projects.

FILM 381 STUDIES IN FILM
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: Any 200-level film studies course or permission of instructor.
-- Studies in film and television genres, directors, national cinemas, movements, problems, etc.

FILM 391 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand, 1 - 4 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Courses not required in a curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

FILM 394 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
F,S,Su on demand, 2-4 cr., SEM 2-4. May be repeated. Maximum 12 cr
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Seminar/Workshop devoted to a specific topic in Film Production or Film Studies. Topics vary.

FILM 395 PRACTICUM
F,S,Su 1-3 cr, IND, May be repeated, Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing in Film and consent of Instructor.
-- Practical experience associated with production and research projects in motion pictures, television/video, photography, and theatre.

FILM 449 FILM AND DOCUMENTARY THEORY
F, S on demand 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 1 LAB 1.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- An intensive survey of major trends in film and media theory, as applied to feature-length fiction, documentary, and experimental cinema. Topics include: feminism, post-colonialism, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, star intertextuality, and cognitive methods.

FILM 481 ADVANCED STUDIES IN FILM
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2.
PREREQUISITE: Any 300-level film studies course or permission of instructor.
-- Studies in film aesthetics, politics of film, international cinema and comparative film analyses.

FILM 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1-6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Directed undergraduate research that may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

FILM 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand, 1 - 4 cr. IND Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in a curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

FILM 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1-3 cr. IND, May be repeated, Maximum 6 cr. total for FILM, PHOT & THTR 492 combined.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis for advanced students.

FILM 493 STUDY TOUR
On Demand, 3-12 cr., SEM 3.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- This course prepares the students for an intensive encounter with accomplished professionals in the motion picture, video, and television industries.

FILM 494 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
On Demand, 1 - 4 cr., SEM, may be repeated, Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Advanced topics in Film Production or Film Studies. Topics Vary.

FILM 498 CAREER INTERNSHIP
F,S,Su 2-12 cr., IND, may be repeated, maximum 12 credits total for FILM, PHOT & THTR 498 combined.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of School Director.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an outside agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

FILM 499 SENIOR PRODUCTION
F,S 5 cr., SEM 5 May be repeated Maximum 10 credits.
PREREQUISITE: Complete 2 of FILM 371, 372 and THTR 304 and Consent of Instructor.
-- Senior capstone course. Direction or major production role on a short film, television or stage production.

FILM 504 FILM AND DOCUMENTARY THEORY
F 3 cr. LEC 3.
-- An introduction to the methods developed for studying the fiction, documentary and experimental film over the past 100 years.

FILM 505 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO SCIENCE FILMMAKING
F 3 cr. LEC 3.
-- A close analysis and interpretation of the social function and cultural value of science and natural history films, with a particular emphasis for broadcast nationally and internationally.

FILM 506 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO NATURAL HISTORY FILMMAKING
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- An advanced introduction to the critical methodologies necessary for intelligently analyzing the representations of science and technology in print and media.

FILM 510 FUNDAMENTALS OF FILMMAKING
F 3 cr. LAB 3
-- Basic field production techniques in film, video, sound, and editing. Training in digital video, 16mm cinematography, analogue and hard-disk sound recording, and digital nonlinear editing.

FILM 513 ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY
F 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 510, FILM 515.
-- This course will train graduate students in advanced film and video cinematography techniques beyond FILM 510 and FILM 515. The course will include advanced lighting, camera movement, narrative uses of the camera, HD and 3D.

FILM 515 SCIENCE & NATURAL HISTORY FILM PRODUCTION
S 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 504, FILM 505, and FILM 510.
-- This course will teach production techniques used by professional science and natural history film makers in standard definition video, high definition digital imaging, 16mm cinematography, computer-based graphics and effects, location and studio sound recording techniques, and field-to-post workflow.

FILM 517 PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 510.
COREQUISITE: FILM 515.
-- A master class where working professionals and faculty present and examine successful advanced filmmaking logistical, financial, and managerial methodologies. This course is about the business of filmmaking. May include presentations, forums, workshops or seminars designed to explore specific professional film business applications on a variety of documentary genres and scenarios.

FILM 518 WRITING FOR DOCUMENTARY & NON-FICTION FILM
S 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 504, FILM 505, and FILM 510.
COREQUISITE: FILM 515.
-- Creative non-fiction introduces central concept of narrative common to the science and history film text. The course examines s the models of non-fiction writing and explores structural areas such as acts, character, emotional arcs, turning points, emotional emphasis, and information imperatives.

FILM 519 POST PRODUCTION WORKFLOW
S 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 504, FILM 505, and FILM 510.
COREQUISITE: FILM 515.
-- This class will teach the aesthetics and craft in effective picture and sound editing. Final Cut Pro editing platform will be used, and architecture and archiving techniques will be stressed. The styles and techniques of well thought-out editing will be examined and practiced.

FILM 521 CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN NONFICTION
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 504, FILM 505, FILM 510, FILM 515, FILM 517, FILM 518, and FILM 519.
-- This course will explore both the history and technological developments in nonfiction film since 1990. The class will deal with digital media, the Internet, apps, mobile media, the Cloud, and contemporary and innovative media delivery systems.

FILM 523 SECOND YEAR FILM PREP
F 2 cr. SEM 2
PREREQUISITE: FILM 504, FILM 505, FILM 510, FILM 515, FILM 517, FILM 518, FILM 519.
-- This course will prepare second year SNHF MFA students to create their required second year film.

FILM 525 SECOND YEAR FILM PRODUCTION
S 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 515.
-- The objective of this course is to provide faculty support and supervision of self authored second year MFA candidates' film projects. Each student will develop and produce their own original short documentary to further develop storytelling acumen and expand their production skill sets and techniques.

FILM 526 ALTERNATIVE NONFICTION
S 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: FILM 504,FILM 510, FILM 515, FILM 517, FILM 518,FILM 519.
COREQUISITE: FILM 506 and FILM 523.
-- The purpose of this course is to further the study and production of contemporary documentary films and videos. Graduate students will study a range of contemporary documentary and experimental documentary filmmakers, viewing and analyzing these films. Each student will then develop and produce their own original short documentary works utilizing some aspect(s) of the contemporary works studied.

FILM 533 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN TELEVISION AND INTERNET SERIES PRODUCTION
F,S,Su 1-9 cr. LAB 1-9
-- The special goals of this course are the teaching of advanced techniques in broadcast and Internet production based on the website, podcast, and Montana PBS broadcast series Terra: The Nature of the World.

FILM 560 POST PRODUCTION MEETS INFORMATION DESIGN
F 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: Completion of MFA First Year curriculum.
-- This course will teach advanced post-production and information design skills to Graduate MFA students. The course is tailored specifically to the needs of students training to be science and natural history filmmakers.

FILM 581 SPECIAL PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS
F,S 1-3 cr. LAB Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: FILM 504,FILM 505 and FILM 510 and consent of instructor.
-- Special Professional Projects provides students with special funded projects the opportunity for professional level supervision and assistance from the faculty and other students. Funding must be in place before the class begins.

FILM 590 MASTER'S THESIS
F,S,Su 1-3 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited
PREREQUISITE: Masters Standing.

FILM 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand, 1 - 4 cr., IND, Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Courses not required in a curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

FILM 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1-3 cr. IND Maximum 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

FILM 598 PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
F,S,Su 1-9 cr. IND 1-9.
PREREQUISITE: FILM 510 and FILM 515.
-- This course allows the student to spend a semester working in a professional environment under the guidance of a mentor.

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