Have you always had an interest in film? Would you like to move beyond that casual
interest and study film history, theory, and criticism, even learn how to become part
of the movie-making industry? If so, the new Film Studies minor is just for you. Film
Studies provides a deep examination of film's evolution into the unique and powerful
medium it has become in the 21st century. This exciting program offers a hands-on
curriculum where you will learn and utilize skills and techniques to create your own
films, shorts, commercials and documentaries:
Engage your imagination and cultivate interpretive skills, whether viewing cinematic
classics or today's pop culture.
Learn basic video editing techniques with DaVinci Resolve.
Work with high dynamic range cameras that will give your work a professional look.
Learn how to pull off amazing aerial shots with a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone.
Learn how to do sophisticated camera shots like tilt-shift blur, dolly zoom, dutch
angle, and more.
Learn how to apply theoretical framework to films from around the world, across time
periods and styles.
Learn standard film shots like tracking shots, push ins, over the shoulder, reveals,
Work with motion stabilization rigs to create steady action & POV footage.
Learn basic lighting techniques from motivated lighting, diffused overhead lighting,
soft key lighting, and more.
Work with state of the art sound equipment and software to capture dialogue, create
sound effects, reduce ambient noise, and record ADR & Foley sound.
Work with Associate Professor Thomas Quinn, who has a proven track record in TV and
film. Quinn is an award-winning actor and a writer/director of short films and features. He
is also a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer. Work with actors and help them develop
their on camera performances. Learn to control a functioning movie set and work effectively
with multiple on-set collaborators, both technical and talent.
Film Studies Minor
The Film Studies minor is open to all undergraduates and requires a minimum of seven
course units. There are three required courses for the minor: FLM 110 Film Aesthetics,
and FLM 320 Film Theory, and FLM 330 Videography.
Sample course plan:
1. FLM 110, FLM 330, and FLM 320
2. Select four courses from the following:
MUS 113 Audio Recording Techniques
LC 116 German Post-War Cinema
FA 120 Japanese Film Aesthetics
ART 140 Photography I – or – ART 240 Digital Photography
HIST 154 Film and History, US
THEA 225 Drawing for the Theatre
LC 260 Italian Cinema
IS 270 Contemporary Global Cinema
FR 312 French Cinema
THEA 314 Lighting Dynamics
THEA 342 Screenwriting
ANTH 380 Visual Ethnographic Methods
FLM 431 Directed Study (Videographic collaboration with THEA 483 Acting for the Camera)
FLM 432 Independent Study: Advanced Film Project
FLM 330 Videography Course Details
The core production class, Videography, will cover four main aspects of the filmmaker's
journey: editing, cameras, lighting and sound. Each student who completes this course
will have a real working knowledge of how to create their own films to exacting, professional
Gone are the days of having to move video projects in and out of multiple software
suites to get to a final product. With DaVinci Resolve 16, students now have the means
to do everything in one easy-to-use, sophisticated program. Resolve 16 allows editing,
color grading, complex sound editing, and sophisticated special effects editing without
leaving Resolve's interface and it is free.
Resolve offers tools for editing and color along with Fusion for visual effects and
motion graphics and Fairlight for your audio needs. But unlike Adobe, it’s free. -
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Students will learn how to properly white balance cameras, utilize peaking focus assist,
zebras for controlling exposure, work with slow motion, time lapse effects, high dynamic
range LOG footage, follow focus rigs, camera dollies, motion stabilization rigs and
Learn how to use key, fill, and back lighting to create stunning lighting effects. Study
the uses and applications of different types of lights including LEDs, Tungsten, HMI,
etc. and the importance of color temperatures and how to apply them effectively. Students
will create sophisticated lighting scenarios on our sound stage, and then take those
lessons out on location to create amazing footage in their own films.
Learn to use boom, lapel, and hand-held microphones and understand the benefits of
each. With DaVinci Resolve, explore the sophisticated Fairlight audio editing suite
to do Automated Dialogue Replacement work (ADR), Foley sound effects recording, and
effectively deal with room noise and basic noise reduction.