2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Film
Communication & Theatre, (406) 657-2178

English, Philosophy & Modern Languages, (406) 657-2348

* FILM 160 Introduction to World Cinema
[formerly COMT 155 Global Cinema]
3 cr. (F)  Offers students an artistic appreciation of the diversity of cinema around the world.  Develops a broadened multicultural perspective through surveying films from Asia, Europe, North and South America.  Encourages students to view cinema as a means of interpreting culture.  (Special fee).

FILM 311 Essentials of Video Production
[formerly COMT 328 Essentials of Video Production]
3 cr. Prerequisite: COMX 200, JRNL 270 or consent of department chair.  Provides a hands-on introduction to video production through a focus on script writing, camera operation, and editing.  Students will have the opportunity to learn the technology to produce their own videos for the web, broadcast, and more.  (Special fee)

FILM 324 Writing for Stage and Screen
[formerly ENGL 324 Writing for Stage and Screen]
3 cr. Prerequisite: CRWR 240. (alternating Sp)  Provides extensive practice in the writing of scenes, plays, and screenplays.  Develops various writing skills such as convincing dialogue, believable and interesting characterization, correct pacing of plot and action, appropriate use of setting, and screenwriting techniques.  Develops analytical skill through discussion of selected professional and student work.  ($10 photocopying fee).

FILM 340 Performance Theory and Criticism
[formerly COMT 350/THTR 337 Performance Theory and Criticism]
3 cr. Prerequisite: COMX 200 or consent of department chair.  Provides the student with a theoretical/conceptual framework for performance analysis.  The course deconstructs notions of performance as product as well as process.  Topics include the review of critical writings, contemporary theatre theory, philosophies of directing, dialogical definitions of audiences and genres, and ethnographic application.

FILM 353 Performance for the Camera
[formerly COMT 340/THTR 383 Performance for the Camera]
3 cr. Prerequisite: COMX 200 or consent of department chair.  Provides training in on-camera performance techniques including delivery style, voice preparation, use of teleprompter and/or cue cards, and interacting with the camera.  Contexts of performance to be explored include broadcast news, interviewing, press conferences, acting in commercials, and visual storytelling.

FILM 411 Advanced Video Production (crosslisted with COMT 528)
[formerly COMT 428 Advanced Video Production]
3 cr. Prerequisite: FILM 311.  Provides instruction in advanced video production techniques including camera operation, sound design, lighting, and scriptwriting.  Examines studio production systems and equipment.  Activities include the production of video projects including news packages and other short video programs designed by the instructor.  Graduate students will be required to present an extensive research paper/project.

FILM 424 Advanced Writing for Stage and Screen
[formerly ENGL 424 Advanced Writing for Stage & Screen]
3 cr. Prerequisite: FILM 324. (alternating Sp)  Provides advanced practice in writing scenes, plays, and screenplays.  Advances various writing skills such as convincing dialogue, believable and interesting characterization, correct pacing of plot and action, appropriate use of setting, and screenwriting techniques.  Provides further development of analytical skill through discussion of selected professional and student work.

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