Course Descriptions

Course Catalog for FILM STUDIES
FILM 201
Basic Filmmaking
A hands-on introduction to filmmaking from the perspectives of the director and editor. By designing and executing a series of short, creative production projects, students will explore how moving image techniques are used to structure meaning. Topics include composition, videography, sound, continuity editing, montage, and dramatic structure. Cameras and software are provided, and significant collaborative work is required.
1.00 units, Seminar
FILM 210
Film Aesthetics in Practice: Trinity Film Festival Screening Committee
Film Aesthetics in Practice: Trinity Film Festival Screening Committee The primary goal of the course is to introduce the principles of practical film criticism through weekly film screenings and post-screening discussions and put those principles to work in the high-stakes task of selecting the line-up of student films to screen at Trinity Film Festival in May. The requirements for this 0.5 credit pass/fail course are mandatory attendance at weekly film screenings, engaged participation in post-film discussions, and full-on participation during the week-long selection screening marathon in April. This class is taught by a core member of Trinity Film Festival who leads the discussion after weekly screenings for the Film Studies program's gateway course ENGL 265 Introduction to Film Studies.
0.50 units, Lecture
FILM 247
Otherness in Italian Cinema
From its beginnings in the early 20th C to the present, Italian Cinema has represented the social and cultural identity of the 'other' and 'otherness', that is, racial, ethnic, and sexual diversity. This course will study the representation of the different kinds of diversity in Italian film, from Neorealism to recent Italian cinema. We will examine films that deal with immigration and the current refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, but also with LGBT culture and other human rights, as well as with Italians' attitudes toward diverse groups and cultures. How does Italian film historically reflect the 'other' in Italian culture and how is film being shaped by diversity? Films include: "Paisà" (Rossellini, 1946), "Una giornata particolare" (Scola, 1977), "Mine vaganti" (Ozpetek, 2010), "Terraferma" (Crialese, 2011).
1.00 units, Seminar
FILM 301
Advanced Filmmaking
A course focused on the process of moving from film script through production to a complete film. This course will have an emphasis on conceptualization, aesthetics, advanced production techniques, directing, and finishing touches. Students in the course are expected to produce an original film project. Cameras and software are provided, and significant collaborative work is required.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Film 201, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
FILM 302
Horror and the Culture of Excess
Zombies, vampires, and werewolves appear across the landscape of contemporary film, television, and theater. Monsters reveal the limits of the imagination and have traditionally symbolized the domains beyond rationality and the terrors of the unconscious. This course will examine the horror genre, paying particular attention to such topics as: psychopathology and private worlds; fear of imperfection and impurity; and the performance of excess. Students in the course will examine films (including The Ring and Videodrome); television shows (including Walking Dead, True Blood, and Twin Peaks); and performance events such as haunted houses, ghost tours, séances, and other phantasmagoria.
1.00 units, Lecture
FILM 309
Film Production
Major production participation in a faculty/guest directed Film Studies program film project. This course also includes a student-produced project component. Students will enroll at the first meeting. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration. This course cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
1.00 units, Studio
FILM 310
Post Production
This hands-on course focusses on both the technical and aesthetic aspects of the overall post-production process for digital filmmaking, including color and sound enhancement, sound design, visual effects and effective storytelling through editing. Cameras and software are provided.
1.00 units, Seminar
FILM 320
Documentary Filmmaking
This course mixes theory and practice to focus on the age-old dilemma of defining the non-fiction nature of documentary film. How does the tension between making art and making history affect documentary filmmaking? By what strategies and techniques do such films claim to represent the Real? In this course we will explore these questions and many more, as well as multiple modes of non-fiction expression, or what documentary filmmaker John Grierson called “the creative treatment of actuality.” Our day-to-day activities will focus on the history, theory and practical application of documentary strategies with an emphasis on how we create and read rhetorical functions of non-fiction media, to move us by beauty or emotion, and to enlighten us to a particular point of view.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Film 201, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
FILM 335
Screenwriting
This course constitutes a comprehensive introduction to the art of screenwriting. The course draws heavily on the history of the cinema and exemplary films and scripts will be examined to understand their aesthetics and craft. Starting with the basic principles of story structure, the course proceeds through a series of exercises and workshops designed to develop the skills needed to create compelling stories, complex characters, dramatic and comic dialogue, and a fully-imagined diegetic world.
Prerequisite: C- or better in one of the following courses: FILM 201, ENGL 265, ENGL 270.
1.00 units, Seminar
FILM 399
Independent Study
No Course Description Available.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
FILM 419
Special Topics
This course, whose subject matter will vary, focusses on a specific aspect of the filmmaking process. The course includes a hands-on component.
1.00 units, Seminar
FILM 466
Teaching Assistant
Students may assist professors as teaching assistants, performing a variety of duties usually involving assisting students in conceiving or revising papers; reading and helping to evaluate papers, quizzes and exams; and other duties as determined by the student and instructor. See instructor of specific course for more information. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
FILM 497
Senior Thesis
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the thesis adviser and the director are required for enrollment.
1.00 units, Independent Study
FILM 498
Senior Thesis Part 1
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and program director are required for each semester of this yearlong thesis. (two course credits are considered pending in the first semester; two course credits will be awarded for completion in the second semester.)
2.00 units, Independent Study
FILM 499
Senior Thesis Part 2
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and program director are required for each semester of this yearlong thesis. (two course credits are considered pending in the first semester; two course credits will be awarded for completion in the second semester.)
2.00 units, Independent Study