UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Courses

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FILM, TELEVISION & DIGITAL MEDIA COURSES FOR

SUMMER
2022

 

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4 / Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking
Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Students acquire understanding of practical and aesthetic challenges undertaken by artists and professionals in making of motion pictures and television. Examination of film as both art and industry: storytelling, sound and visual design, casting and performance, editing, finance, advertising, and distribution. Exploration of American and world cinema from filmmaker’s perspective. Honing of analytical skills and development of critical vocabulary for study of filmmaking as technical, artistic, and cultural phenomenon. P/NP or letter grading.

18 / Media Parks: Cinematic and Television History of Theme Parks
Seminar, nine hours. Intensive examination and discussion of history and evolution of relationship between moving image media (film, television, and video games) and theme parks, in conjunction with site visits and screenings of related media. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

33 / Introductory Screenwriting
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course C132/C430. Structural analysis of feature films and development of professional screenwriters’ vocabulary for constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing their own work. Screenings of films and selected film sequences in class and by assignment. P/NP or letter grading.

37 / Writing for Television: Big Ideas for Small Screen
Seminar, nine hours. Intensive introduction to television pilot form, covering style and content and how to analyze television shows and industry process of television development. Students develop beat sheet and outline for first act of original pilot episode, write teaser of original pilot episode, and create series treatment. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

72 / Production Practice in Film, Television, and Digital Media
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Exploration of research, analysis, and conceptualization of dramatic narrative and laboratory experience in one or more various aspects of contemporary production and postproduction practices for entertainment media, including theater, film, video, and digital media. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Letter grading.

75 / Lighting for Film and Television
Laboratory, 10 hours. Offered as one-week intensive course. Introduction to concepts and practice of lighting for film through discussion and intensive hands-on, laboratory experience for directors of photography, camera operators, gaffers, key grips, assistant camera, and grips. Crew rotation changes per camera setup. Review of dailies. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

84A / Overview of Contemporary Film Industry
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of evolving economic structures and business practices in contemporary Hollywood film industry, with emphasis on operations of studios and independent distribution companies, their development, marketing, and distribution systems, and their relationship to independent producers, talent, and agencies. Letter grading.

104 / Film and Television Symposium
Laboratory, three hours. Structured forum in which students discuss curricular issues, meet with faculty members, and have exposure to array of guest speakers from within film industry. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

106C / History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film
Lecture/screenings, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Critical, historical, aesthetic, and social study–together with exploration of ethnic significance–of Asian, African, Latin American, and Mexican films. Letter grading.

M111 / Women and Film
(Same as Gender Studies M111.) Lecture, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Historical issues and critical approaches to women and cinema that may include authorship, stardom, female genres, and images of women in Hollywood cinema, alternative cinema, and independent cinema from silent era to present. Letter grading.

112 / Film and Social Change
Lecture/screenings, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Development of documentary and dramatic films in relation to and as force in social development. Letter grading.

114 / Film Genres
Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. Study of specific film genre (e.g., Western, gangster cycle, musical, silent epic, comedy, social drama). May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

M117 / Chicanos in Film/Video
(Same as Chicana/o and Central American Studies M114.) Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. Goal is to gain nuanced understanding of Chicano cinema as political, socioeconomic, cultural, and aesthetic practice. Examination of representation of Mexican Americans and Chicanos in four Hollywood genres–silent greaser films, social problem films, Westerns, and gang films–that are major genres that account for films about or with Mexican Americans produced between 1908 and 1980. Examination of recent Chicano-produced films that subvert or signify on these Hollywood genres, including Zoot Suit, Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, and Born in East L.A. Consideration of shorter, more experimental work that critiques Hollywood image of Chicanos. Guest speakers include both pioneer and up-and-coming filmmakers. P/NP or letter grading.

122D / Film Editing: Overview of History, Technique, and Practice
Lecture, three hours. Exploration of film editing techniques, how they have evolved, and continue to evolve. Examination of history of editing, as well as current editing trends, terminology, and workflow. P/NP or letter grading.

122E / Digital Cinematography
Lecture, three hours. With lectures, screenings, and demonstrations, study of principles of digital cinematography. How tools and techniques affect visual storytelling process. Topics include formats, aspect ratios, cameras, lenses, special effects, internal menu picture manipulation, lighting, composition, coverage, high definition, digital exhibition, filtration, multiple-camera shooting. P/NP or letter grading.

122J / Disney Feature: Then and Now
Lecture, three hours; discussion, three hours. Study and analysis of Disney’s animated features. Evaluation of why Disney’s animated features have dominated until recently and ramifications of this dominance on animation and society. Letter grading.

122M / Film and Television Directing
Lecture, three hours. Through discussions, screenings, demonstrations, and guests, exploration of script, previsualization, directing actors, directing camera coverage in relationship to story, practical on-set directing, and directing for camera. P/NP or letter grading.

131 / Introduction to Television Writing
Lecture, three hours. Introduction to television pilot form, covering style and content, as well as principles behind network needs and how pilots are chosen across broadcast, cable, and digital platforms. Students write series outline and first act of original pilot. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

133B / Intermediate Television Writing One-Hour Drama/Half-Hour Dramedy Series
Lecture, three hours. Recommended requisite: course 131. Examination of one-hour drama and dramedy formats, covering style, content, and structural analysis. Review of principles behind network needs and how pilots are chosen across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Students write series outline and first draft of original pilot series. Open to works in progress and rewrites. Offered summer only. Letter grading.

178 / Film and Television Production Laboratory
Laboratory, to be arranged. Supervised laboratory experience in various aspects of film and television production. May be repeated for maximum of 12 units, but only 8 units may be applied toward Film and Television major. Letter grading.

179 / Digital Film and Television Production
Laboratory, six hours. Supervised laboratory experience in various aspects of film and television production. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

180A / Animation Fundamentals
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, six hours. Fundamentals of animation through exercises and preparation of short animated film. Students create 10-second film in one of traditional techniques (non-computer), with music and/or sound effects. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

180B / Writing for Animation
Lecture, two hours; laboratory, six hours. Analysis and practice of effective visual storytelling through creation of three production storyboards. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

180C / Stop Motion Fundamentals Workshop
Lecture, six hours; laboratory, six hours. Exercises designed to teach technical skills, processes, and principles of motion and timing. Use of range of materials, building animation performances in split-second increments arranged to give illusion of movement. Exploration of early history of stop motion. Collaborative creation of stop-motion film with each student directing and animating portion of film. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

182 / Power, Identity, and Justice
Lecture, three hours. Examination of how politics, economics, labor, and identity intersect and affect representation, employment, and industry cultures, especially of groups long underserved in mainstream film, television, and media industry. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

183A / Producing I: Film and Television Development
Lecture, three hours. Open to nonmajors. Critical analysis of contemporary entertainment industries and practical approach to understanding and implementing producer’s role in development of feature film and television scripts. Through scholarly and trade journal readings, in-class discussions, script analysis, and select guest speakers, exposure to various entities that comprise feature film and television development process. Basic introduction to story and exploration of proper technique for evaluating screenplays and teleplays through writing of coverage. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

183B / Producing II: Entertainment Economics
Lecture, three hours. Open to nonmajors. Critical understanding of strategies and operating principles that drive flow of revenue in entertainment industry. Exploration of theoretical frameworks and development of critical perspective, while studying industrial processes through which movie and television properties are financed and exploited throughout all revenue streams. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

183C / Producing III: Marketing, Distribution, and Exhibition
Lecture, three hours. Open to nonmajors. Marketing and distribution of feature films across multiple exhibition platforms and subsequent reception and consumption by audiences. Focus on engagement between distributor, exhibitor, and audience and analysis of various conceptual frameworks and industrial strategies within which these relationships are conceived and operate. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

188A / Special Courses in Film, Television, and Digital Media
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Special topics in film, television, and digital media for undergraduate students taught on experimental or temporary basis. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

194 / Internship Seminars: Film, Television, and Digital Media
Seminar, two hours. Designed for students currently in departmental internships. General introduction to contemporary film and television industries and discussion and engagement with and expansion on internship experiences. Common business practices and expansion of critical understanding of industry at large. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

195 / Corporate Internships in Film, Television, and Digital Media
Tutorial, one hour; internship, eight hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Corporate internship in supervised setting in business related to film, television, and digital media industries. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide periodic reports of their experience. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP or letter grading.

195CE / Corporate Internships in Film, Television, and Digital Media
(Formerly numbered 195.) Tutorial, one hour; fieldwork, eight to 10 hours. Enforced corequisite: course 194. Limited to juniors/seniors. Corporate internship in supervised setting in business related to film, television, and digital media industries. Examination of issues related to internship site through series of reading assignments constructed by faculty sponsor and graduate student coordinator. May be repeated for credit with consent of Center for Community Learning. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP or letter grading.

498 / Professional Internship in Film and Television
Tutorial, to be arranged. Full- or part-time at studio or on professional project. Designed for MFA program advanced students. Internship at various film, television, or theater facilities accentuating creative contribution, organization, and work of professionals in their various specialties. Given only when projects can be scheduled. S/U or letter grading.

596C / Directed Individual Studies: Directing
Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.

596F / Directed Individual Studies: Production
Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.

599 / PhD Dissertation in Film and Television
Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: advancement to PhD candidacy. Research and writing for PhD dissertation. May be repeated. S/U grading.