FSS - Film And Screen Studies

FSS 202 History of Film

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV or 3 credits toward the Film and Screen Studies major.

Course Description: The development of film from the silent era through the present. Emphasis will be placed on American film with consideration of other national cinemas, e.g., English, Italian, French, Soviet, and Japanese.Course Rotation: NYC: Spring, PLV: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

FSS 203 The Art of Film

Course Description: An introduction to cinema study through the viewing and analysis of a variety of films with emphasis on film technique (editing, camera work, composition), directorial style, and genre.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, PLV: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D or ENG 102 Min Grade D or English Placement

FSS 204 16mm Film Production

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisite. Open to Film and Screen Studies students. Non Film and Screen Studies majors/minors should seek permission of the Director of Film and Screen Studies. This course is equivalent to ART 297K. New Core: Fulfills 4 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course covers all elements of the fiction filmmaking process from concept to screening, including writing, cinematography, and editing. Students use professional 16mm camera packages and professional lighting equipment. All projects are edited and finished on state of the art non-linear digital systems. Students are responsible for film developing and digital conversion expenses.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall and Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

FSS 296A Topic: Hitchcock

Course Description: A study of several Hitchcock masterpieces.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

FSS 296C Topic: History of the Documentary

Old Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Western Heritage or 3 credits in Humanistic and Creative Expression.

Course Description: The course will explore a wide range of issues specific to the documentary form: the most significant developments in aesthetic, narrative, technological innovations through the study of a variety of national cinemas, as well as the evolution of the production, distribution, and marketing of documentary film and video.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

FSS 296D Video I

This course is not open to students taking ART 289. This course is equivalent to ART 289.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This class is designed to introduce students to video and film production. Students learn camera techniques, storyboarding and film editing (using Final Cut software as well as Photoshop and DVD Studio Pro). The focus is on acquiring skills through several projects developed individually and in groups. Projects include both narrative and non-narrative approaches to the medium. Emphasis is on visual art and film as communication and basic approaches to editing and post production.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits

FSS 296E 16mm Film Production

This course is equivalent to ART 297K. This course is open to Film and Screen Studies (FSS) majors and minors only, or with permission from instructor or Director of FSS.

New Core: Fulfills 4 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course covers all elements of the narrative or fiction filmmaking process from concept to screening, including writing, cinematography, and editing. Students use professional 16 mm camera packages and professional lighting equipment. All projects will be edited and finished on state of the art non-linear digital systems. Students are responsible for film developing and digital conversion expenses.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall and Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

FSS 296D Min Grade D or ART 289 Min Grade D or ART 296X Min Grade D

FSS 296F Topic: Filmmaking: Image and Sound

Prerequisite: FSS 204 (formerly FSS 296E)

Course Description: This course builds upon the concepts and skills of narrative filmmaking process mastered in the 16 mm film production course. The objective of the class is to go through the production of a simple sync sound film/video, step by step. Topics covered include concept development, screenwriting, script breakdown, producing, directing, casting, acting, rehearsal, storyboarding, film and digital cinematography, sound recording and mixing. All projects will be financed by the student. Estimated total costs: $150.00- $200.00.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall and Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

FSS 204 Min Grade D

FSS 296G Topic: Cinematic Spaces

Old Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Western Heritage or 3 credits in Humanistic and Creative Expression.

Course Description: Cinema has often been said to provide a ?space? of escape and imagination, but it has also been called our most accurate representation of reality. Though spectators are gazing at a two-dimensional screen, the sense they are offered of a three-dimensional world has allowed audiences entrance into spaces ranging from the density of New York City to the expanse of the American southwest and on to the far reaches of outer space.

This analytical course examines how various locations are represented and experienced in film and what stories are built within these spaces. Through examination of such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Do the Right Thing, The Searchers, Blade Runner, Safe, and Tron this class will discuss how cinema constructs urban space, domestic space, natural landscapes, outer space, and even virtual reality. Focusing on both the technical elements of these films and the narratives around them, the course will explore some of the broader social and political implications of the manner in which differing spaces are represented and experienced onscreen.

3 credits

FSS 296H Topic: Film Auteurs of NYC

Old Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Western Heritage or 3 credits in Humanistic and Creative Expression.

Course Description: Ever since the invention of the very first motion picture camera in the United States by New Yorker Thomas Edison in 1893, New York City has remained a center of motion picture production, distribution, and exhibition. This course will chart the journey of cinema in NYC over the past 119 years by focusing on several New York film artists who have made significant contributions to filmmaking in the Big Apple. Through lectures, readings, screenings and discussion the course will highlight the work of NYC auteurs, including Elia Kazan, John Cassavetes, Sydney Lumet, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Ken and Ric Burns, and Christine Vachon.

The class will also explore New York City as one of the world?s most exciting living film studios. We will explore the unique challenges that these auteurs have faced producing films in New York City and what young filmmakers face today. We will chart how NYC has contributed to cinema, not only its unique landscapes and architecture, but also its great energy, electricity, complexity, chaos and magic.

The class will visit several famous NYC film production locations and studios including Chelsea Studios (opened in 1914) and Silvercup Studios (location for many films and TV shows shot on film, including The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and 30 Rock). The class will also visit other NYC film shrines including the Anthology Film Archives and the landmark Ziegfeld Theater.

3 credits

FSS 383 Theories of Film

Prerequisite: FSS 202 and FSS 203 or permission of instructor.

Course Description: This course focuses on the different ways that cinema has been accounted for philosophically, psychoanalytically, socially, and politically since the 20th century. Texts by film theorists and filmmakers will be read to gain an understanding of some of the stakes involved in cinematic representation as well as the influence that film has had on modern thought.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring, PLV: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

FSS 202 Min Grade D and FSS 203 Min Grade D

FSS 386 Seminar on Film

Required for Film Studies majors.

Course Description: Selected Topics, focusing on a particular genre, theme, director, among others, will be studied intensively. Emphasis will be placed on independent research under the guidance of the instructor. This course may be taken for credit more than once.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, PLV: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D or English Placement

FSS 393 Internship in Film and Screen Studies

Prerequisite: Permission of Director of Film and Screen Studies required.

Course Description: This course provides college credit for those students engaged in internships in film and related work outside Pace University. Under the supervision of a faculty member, the student will enter into the internship and learn to relate the professional work they are doing back to their educational experience in the FSS major. At the completion of the internship, students will write a paper and turn in an internship journal describing their experience and explaining the relation between their professional and academic experiences.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D or English Placement

FSS 395 Independent Study in Film & Screen Studies

Course Description: This course allows students to work on independent research and writing projects under the guidance of Film and Screen Studies professors.

2 - 3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

FSS 395A Independent Study in Film & Screen Studies (A)

Course Description: This course allows students to work on independent research and writing projects under the guidance of Film and Screen Studies professors.

2 - 3 credits