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CINE 121 EXPERIENCE, HISTORY AND ANALYSIS OF CINEMA
Expanding appreciation and perception of cinematic works as expressive form. How history shapes cinema and how cinema shapes history. Methods of analyzing films and video works as individual creations and as manifestations of genres, national traditions or stylistic movements. Technological and economic development of cinema.

CINE 122 EXPRESSION AND INNOVATION IN FILM AND VIDEO
Explores personal works created by film and video artists, usually outside the commercial studio. It fosters understanding of and sensitivity to those aspects of form, subject and technique that have been employed in innovative cinema art from its beginnings to the present. Selected examples illustrate relationship between artistic creation in cinema and in other arts, including movements such as surrealism, expressionism, minimalism. Expansion of the capacity to see, hear and enjoy in creative response to cinema. This course develops on certain themes introduced in CINE 121 and is best taken in sequence. Prerequisites: CINE 121.

CINE 252 VIDEO AND FILMMAKING I
Introduction to shooting and editing silent Super-8 film and digital video. Investigating possibilities of discovery and expression in the basic processes of cinema. The aim is to become comfortable, sensitive, playful and inventive in exposing film or CCDs to light; use of basic cameras, projectors, editing systems; emphasis on increased awareness of the moving image and of non-narrative formal structures. Prerequisites: CINE 121. Prerequisites or corequisites: CINE 122.

CINE 280(also WOMN 281) WOMEN IN FILM
Study of how women are presented in film. How to analyze films from socio-historical perspective. Roles women are given in film narratives (wives, mothers, sisters, seductresses, objects of spectacle and male desire, career women) and how such representations shape notions about function of family, fashion, race, class, insanity. How women have participated in or been excluded from creating the images that represent them. Women's relationship to men and definition of males in film.

CINE 285 STUDIES IN CINEMA AND SOCIETY
Specific topics in social, historical or political function of film. Topics change each semester.

CINE 286 STUDIES IN CINEMA AND ART
Specific issues in aesthetics of film or video. Topics change each semester.

CINE 321 FILM THEORY
Theory of artistic functioning: speculation on expressive qualities of form through consideration of issues of perception, processes of creating meaning, pleasure and fascination. Questions how film is related to other arts and languages, how images and sound generate feelings and concepts, how film viewer is addressed ideologically. Prerequisites: CINE 121.

CINE 351 FILMMAKING II
More complex technical and conceptual filmmaking projects, using 16mm production, editing, projection systems. Basic techniques of non-synchronous sound. Individual rather than group projects. Prerequisites or corequisites: CINE 121, 122, and 251 or 252.

CINE 353 DIGITAL VIDEOMAKING II
Introduction to digital video recording and editing using Mini DV-based editing software and cameras. This course further advances shooting and editing concepts and techniques pertinent to video in areas such as planning, montage, image manipulation, multi-screen installations, video art and/or experimental documentary. Emphasis is given to discovery and developing an awareness, sensitivity and critical mind for a creative and resourceful use of the medium. Prerequisites: CINE 121,122 and 253 or 252.

CINE 451 ADVANCED SOUND CINEMA
Introduction to digital sound manipulation and mixing, as well as crew procedures and editing with film and digital video. Conceptualization and development of audio/visual material for a project. Cinematography, lighting are also major areas covered. Emphasis is given to discovery and developing an awareness, sensitivity and a critical mind for a creative and resourceful use of the medium. A major project is expected from this class. Prerequisites: CINE 121, 122, 252, 351 and CINE 353/453, or consent of instructor.

CINE 456 ADVANCED IMAGE MANIPULATION
Exploration of tools for use in creating personal visual works. Discussions and critiques, as well as demonstrations of the possibilities inherent in optical printing, hand processing, digital collage with film output and more. Student experimentation and discovery in the areas of digital and analog film and video are highly valued. Prerequisites: CINE 351 and CINE 353/453, or consent of instructor.

CINE 471 STUDIO SEMINAR
Advanced projects in production area, such as paracinema, group production in film or video, advanced sound techniques. Prerequisites: CINE 353/453 and 351, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

CINE 485 ADVANCED STUDIES IN CINEMA AND SOCIETY
Problems of the interrelationships of cinematic representation and social issues. Specific topics to be determined. Prerequisites: CINE 121.

CINE 486 ADVANCED STUDIES IN CINEMA ART
Problems in the analysis of cinematic form. Specific topics to be determined. Prerequisites: CINE 121.

CINE 491 PRACTICUM IN COLLEGE TEACHING
Undergraduate teaching assistants are chosen by individual Professors based on their past performance in selected classes. A close working relationship with the Professor provides the opportunity for students to learn about and impact the running of class. Responsibilities will vary based on whether the class is in the film studies or production area but will always include office hours. It may be repeated for a total of no more than eight credits. Credit may not be earned in conjunction with course in which the student is concurrently enrolled. Does NOT satisfy major or Harpur College distribution requirements. Pass/Fail only. Does NOT satisfy major or all-college requirements.  

CINE 497 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Prerequisites for Cinema 497:
Cinema 451 or Cinema 456 or Advanced production seminar (for video or filmmaking thesis); Cinema 321 (for analysis thesis) or special permissions.  

CINE 499 SENIOR THESIS
Prerequisites for Cinema 499: Cinema 451 or Cinema 456 (for video or filmmaking thesis); Cinema 321 (for analysis thesis).
Production of works in cinema or writing about cinema. Mid semester thesis presentations are scheduled in the middle of the semester. Final thesis presentations are scheduled for the last day of classes.
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Last Updated: 1/15/13