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Spring 2017

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
AMI 101
Intro Arts Of The Moving Image Kaul, Shambhavi 01 M 03:05 PM-06:30 PM West Duke 202

Course Description

Examination of critical concepts in arts of the moving image from various perspectives. Spanning both traditional cinema and emergent fields. Emphasis on technology in relation to history and viewership. Exercises in film and digital production as well as theoretical writing. Instructor: Staff
AMI 141S
Audiovisual Cultures Hong, Guo-Juin 01 W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Franklin Center 230

Course Description

This seminar introduces to students to various aspects of audiovisual cultures in East Asia, including film, photography, music and other new and emerging media. It focuses on visual and sound studies and their interconnected relationship to the constitution of the sensible world within the East Asian regions while connecting to the larger global context,highlighting the global movement and cross-cultural networks of audiovisual media both enabled and complicated by technologies. Emphases are also placed on hand-on practice with individual and group projects. The goal is to not only understand audiovisual cultures critically but also actively engage in their production. Instructor: Hong
AMI 190S
Special Topics In Film Studies Carpenter, Bennett 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM West Duke 108B

Course Description

Special topics in film studies. Seminar version. Instructor: Staff
AMI 190S
Special Topics In Film Studies Penner, Nina 02 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Biddle 086

Course Description

Special topics in film studies. Seminar version. Instructor: Staff
AMI 198
Experimental Interface Design Seaman, William 01 M 03:20 PM-05:50 PM Smith Wrhs 228

Course Description

Class explores issues surrounding embodied approaches to interface design. Articulates methodology for generating new forms of human/computer interface; includes workshops, discussions, student presentations, critiques and group brainstorming sessions. Content related to biomimetics; haptic body knowledge; multi-modal sensing; physical computing; physical | digital relationships; networked relations; the potentials of virtual space and different qualities of space, both visual and sonic. Database potentials discussed and explored in service of developing new approaches to interface. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Seaman/Staff
AMI 198
Experimental Interface Design Kutnick, Aaron 02 M 03:20 PM-05:50 PM Smith Wrhs A268

Course Description

Class explores issues surrounding embodied approaches to interface design. Articulates methodology for generating new forms of human/computer interface; includes workshops, discussions, student presentations, critiques and group brainstorming sessions. Content related to biomimetics; haptic body knowledge; multi-modal sensing; physical computing; physical | digital relationships; networked relations; the potentials of virtual space and different qualities of space, both visual and sonic. Database potentials discussed and explored in service of developing new approaches to interface. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Seaman/Staff
AMI 201
Intro To Film Studies McCarty, Lisa 01 Tu 03:05 PM-06:05 PM
Th 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Carr 103

Course Description

Basic film theory and history of motion picture technology. Introduction to experimental, documentary, and narrative forms of Third World, European, and United States cinemas. Basic film theory and history of motion picture technology. Introduction to experimental, documentary, and narrative forms of Third World, European, and United States cinemas. Economics and aesthetics. Instructor: Hadjioannou
AMI 203S
Film Theory Hadjioannou, Markos 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Carr 106

Course Description

Recent critical developments in Marxist aesthetics, structuralism, semiotics of the image, feminist film theory. History and theory of film technology. Both experimental and Hollywood narrative films. Instructor: Hadjioannou or Mottahedeh
AMI 205
Contemporary Documentary Films Oppliger, Jason 01 Tu 01:40 PM-05:10 PM East Duke 209

Course Description

Integrated with the films and filmmakers of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The art form, style, and technology of contemporary documentary films. Issues of autonomy and power, politics, and public policies. Analysis of outstanding films from around the world. Presentations and discussions by filmmakers. Instructor: Staff
AMI 210
Film Genres Cunningham, Alex 01 Tu 10:05 AM-01:05 PM Carr 103

Course Description

A historical survey of motion picture genre as a stylistic and narrative device, including comedy, horror, the musical, the western, and science fiction. Instructor: Staff
AMI 215
Animated Film Herbert, Douglas 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Biddle 101

Course Description

Evolution of animation from the philosophical "toys" of the late eighteenth century to the major international entertainment form of today. Special focus on American animation as it evolved from inspired individuals like Emile Cohl and Winsor McCay to a full-blown industrial model allowing for the creation of the animated feature and contemporary special effects. Instructor: Staff
AMI 215S
Discourse Of Disease Rojas, Carlos 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Smith Wrhs C106

Course Description

Modern discourses of disease and infection. The transmutation of medical theory into a metaphorical discourse of social structure and individual identity. Cultural representations of modern epidemics, including AIDS and SARS. Instructor: Rojas
AMI 263S
Screening The Holocaust Ginsburg, Shai 01 MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM White 106

Course Description

Probes representations of the Jewish Holocaust in World Cinema. Explores divergent filmic strategies employed to represent what is commonly deemed as "beyond representation". Focuses on theoretical and philosophical questions that pertains to the representation of horror in general and of the genocide of Jews in particular. Asks whether anything is permissible in representing such an event: Is there an appropriate way, in contradistinction to inappropriate way, to represent the Jewish Holocaust? Instructor: Ginsburg
AMI 266S
Poetic Cinema Khanna, Satendra 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Trent 038B

Course Description

Inquiry into sources of "resonance" in international cinema with emphasis on films from Asia and the Middle East. The object of the course is to attempt a description of aspects of film construction which conduce to intense experience for viewers. Readings in indigenous aesthetics. Instructor: Khanna
AMI 272
The Middle East Through Film Kipervaser, Anna 01 W 06:15 PM-09:15 PM Carr 103

Course Description

Film as access into the region through a series of direct as well as poetic connections woven across films viewed, filmmakers featured, lectures, discussions, and texts read. By means of the integration of course components and students weekly responses, an understanding of the region is developed by way of inquiry into and rigorous engagement with cultural production. From feature length films to shorts, the breadth of the work we will engage with includes documentaries, dramas, and less traditional forms. A substantial midterm paper, and a final project to be in the form of one of three potential possibilities subject to approval of proposal: a paper, a talk, a short film. Instructor: Kipervaser
AMI 281S
Motion Design Salvatella De Prada, Raquel 01 Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Smith Wrhs 228

Course Description

Motion Design is the creation of animated graphics using graphic design, typography, advertising, photography, animation, sound and filmmaking. Emphasis will be on design, conceptualization and ability to communicate ideas and work collaboratively. Learn language and principles of graphic design by developing a method for solving design problems, communicating ideas effectively, and creating professional motion design such as title credits, logo animation, and newsreel that can be integrated into film, life performance or web. Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, video editing and 3D software will be used. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Salvatella de Prada
AMI 286
German History Through Film Gellen, Kata 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Carr 240

Course Description

Interdisciplinary seminar at intersection of German Studies and History, taught by scholars from both disciplines. Explores ways in which films shape historical imaginations and are in themselves artifacts of history. Provides unique opportunity to learn about German past and present, and reflect on relationship between film and history. Instructor: Bonker and Gellen
AMI 290S
Special Topics In Film Studies Furtado, Gustavo 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Languages 312

Course Description

Seminar version of Arts of the Moving Image 290. Instructor: Staff
AMI 290S
Special Topics In Film Studies Sullivan, Mecca 02 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Seminar version of Arts of the Moving Image 290. Instructor: Staff
AMI 296S
Arts Entrepreneurship green, douglas 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Perkins 070

Course Description

Student teams work on specific arts-based entrepreneurial projects. Teams comprised of students from different backgrounds (arts, engineering, economics, computer science). Goals include creating business plan and launching ventures in areas of the arts. Structure an adaptation of Fuqua Program for Entrepreneurs. Ideal projects have real/positive impact on society. Students learn to situate artistic creativity within projects that meet societal need. Students from any background welcome to apply for enrollment. Must have interest in arts or working with artists in entrepreneurial context. Admission by permission of instructors. Co-taught by John Supko (Music) and Doug Green (Fuqua)
AMI 301S
Moving Image Practice Cunningham, Alex 01 Tu 03:05 PM-06:05 PM Smith Wrhs 228

Course Description

Film and digital video production in conjunction with the history and theory of these technologies. Students may produce work in 8mm, 16mm film and digital video and learn the basics of non-linear digital editing on Final Cut Pro. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 100S. Instructor: Staff
AMI 301S
Moving Image Practice Haverkamp, James 02 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Smith Wrhs 101

Course Description

Film and digital video production in conjunction with the history and theory of these technologies. Students may produce work in 8mm, 16mm film and digital video and learn the basics of non-linear digital editing on Final Cut Pro. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 100S. Instructor: Staff
AMI 302S
Trans Fiction Stage/scr McAuliffe, Jody 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bryan Center 128

Course Description

Theory and practice of the process of adaptation of serious literary works of fiction to screenplay or play form. Reading and analysis of literary works adapted as screenplays and plays. Project in writing an adaptation. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Staff
AMI 306S
Writing The Movie Hawkins, Gary 01 W 01:25 PM-04:40 PM Carr 106

Course Description

Theory and practice of the process of writing for the screen. Exploration of visual storytelling; analysis of screenplays and movies; developing original stories into screenplay format. Projects: writing and presenting treatments, outlines and scenes. Instructor: Hawkins
AMI 307S
Theory Today Chow, Rey 01 W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Friedl Bdg 102

Course Description

Introduction to major areas of research in Global Cultural Studies with focus on specific theoretical issues of contemporary concern in various subfields of global culture. Required for majors. One course. Instructor: Staff
AMI 331S
Doc Exper: A Video Appr Hawkins, Gary 01 W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Bridges 104

Course Description

A documentary approach to the study of local communities through video production projects assigned by the course instructor. Working closely with these groups, students explore issues or topics of concern to the community. Students complete an edited video as their final project. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 105S. Instructor: Hawkins
AMI 337
Chinatowns: A Cultural History Chow, Eileen 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM White 107

Course Description

Explores the intersection of space and ethnicity through the myriad ways Chinatown has circulated as memory, fantasy, narrative, myth, in the dominant cultural imagination, and how lived realities of overseas Chinese communities, Asian American history, and changing conceptions of "Chineseness" have productively engaged with real and phantom Chinatowns. Research will emphasize multi-disciplinary approaches, such as urban history, architecture, ethnography, economics; or engagement in a creative project. Instructor: Chow
AMI 352
3d Modeling And Animation Salvatella De Prada, Raquel 01 W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Old Chem 201

Course Description

Basic concepts of 3D modeling and animation; fundamentals of computer geometry; knowledge of basic tools of 3D software (Maya); introduction to modeling, animation, texturing, lighting, and rendering; combination of these techniques in a final project. Instructor: Salvatella de Prada
AMI 355S
Cinematography Kipervaser, Anna 01 Th 03:05 PM-06:05 PM Smith Wrhs 271

Course Description

In-depth investigation of cinematographic techniques and principles for motion picture production. Exercises in both film and high definition digital video. Emphasis on advanced lighting techniques, lensing, camera mobility, set operations and close analysis of master works of cinematography. Instructor: Staff
AMI 357S
Editing For Film And Video Kaul, Shambhavi 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Smith Wrhs 228

Course Description

Theory and practice of film and video editing techniques. Exploration of traditional film cutting as well as digital non-linear editing. Exercises in narrative, documentary and experimental approaches to structuring moving image materials. Instructor: Staff
AMI 371S
Russian Fiction/film Apollonio, Carol 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Allen 103

Course Description

Russia's turbulent history recounted through its literature and film. Short works by Russia's most famous authors (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov) as well as the writings of lesser-known, but equally important writers (Teffi, Vladimov); comparison of these written works with films made of the stories. Exploration of the main trends of Russian culture through its literature and film; focus on the differences between film and written narratives. Instructor: Gheith
AMI 380S
Playmaking Bell, Neal 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bryan Center 127

Course Description

Dramatic writing - for stage, screen or film - is not meant to be read, like a novel or poem - it's meant to be performed. In this class, students explore the 'liveness' of dramatic writing by performing: not just as writers, but also as actors and directors, working with material generated in class and getting it up on its feet. Starting with writing exercises that aim at the core concept of 'dramatic action', students progress to self-generated works. During the semester each student will get to experiment with writing, directing and acting. Semester ends with public presentation of the work that's been written and brought to life on stage by the class. Instructor: Bell, Storer
AMI 410S
Trauma In Asia Kwon, Nayoung 01 M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM Franklin Center 230

Course Description

Space and Trauma across Asia. Introduces theoretical framework of "trauma discourse;" examines how the experience of space in Asia broadly defined has shaped historical traumas, which have marked the transition from colonialism to postcolonialism. Focus on Israel/Palestine, India/Pakistan, China/Taiwan, Japan/Korea; examine how critical terms originating in one historico-geographical context are translated across geographical boundaries. Instructor: Kwon, Ginsburg
AMI 429S
Historical Doc. Production Orenstein, Bruce 01 W 01:40 PM-04:45 PM Languages 114

Course Description

Course examines how archival footage and photographs are used in historical documentaries about struggles for social equity in America. Iconic films will be reviewed to assess editors strategies for employing archival material in documentaries on the labor movement, civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam war movement, and early lesbian and gay rights movement. Students will then conduct research for film footage and photographs and learn practical steps needed to acquire rights to use the material. During the second half of the semester, students will be guided in the production and editing of their own short historical documentary. Instructor: Orenstein
AMI 451S
Filming Art Gibson, Joshua 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Smith Wrhs 101

Course Description

Practice-based production course examining the filmic realization and visualization of the artistic process. Screenings of bio-pics, documentaries and experimental films focusing on artists and various art forms compliment readings and hands on production exercises that will prepare students to undertake their own short video portrait of an artist or work of art. Instructor: Gibson
AMI 499S
Capstone: Arts Of Moving Image Gibson, Joshua 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Smith Wrhs 101

Course Description

Culminating seminar for Arts of the Moving Image Program certificate students. Designed to allow students to complete their certificate with a finished project or advanced research in the field. Instructor: Staff
AMI 540S
Memory/doc Cinema Latin Amer Furtado, Gustavo 01 Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Course focuses on work of several leading Latin American filmmakers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba. Explores problems such as construction of memory in the wake of repressive dictatorships, relationship between revolutionary imagination and urban decay in present day Cuba, cinema s potential as a tool for cross-cultural explorations of memory and time, including relationship between past and present and our understanding of contemporary. Instructor: Furtado
AMI 575S
Generative Media Authorship Seaman, William 01 Tu 03:20 PM-05:50 PM Smith Wrhs A268

Course Description

Covers Generative Media in all its forms. Lectures, workshops, discussions, one semester-length project, shorter individual exercises and readings. Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar with advanced undergraduates and MFA students with permission of instructor. Instructor: Seaman and Supko
AMI 641
Documentary/east Asian Culture Hong, Guo-Juin 01 Tu 01:40 PM-04:10 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

Focus on documentary films from various regions in East Asia, including China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, studying the specific historical and social context of each while attending to their interconnected histories and cultures. Emphasis on the ethical implications of documentary in terms of its deployment of visual-audio apparatus to represent different groups of people and beliefs, values and conflicts, both intra- and inter-regionally in East Asia. Special attention paid to the aesthetics and politics of the documentary form in terms of both its production of meanings and contexts of reception. Instructor: Hong
AMI 642
Citizen Godard Saliot, Anne-Gaelle 01 M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Perkins 065

Course Description

This course explores the complex interactions of poetics and politics in the films of Jean-Luc Godard, from the French New Wave, through the experimental phase of the Dziga Vertov group, to the recent Histoire(s) du cinéma and Film socialisme. Drawing on a wide range of literary and philosophical texts (Merleau-Ponty, Althusser, Deleuze, Rancière), this seminar situates Godard's work within its intellectual and political contexts, investigating how developments in French culture and thought since 1950 have been reflected in - and sometimes anticipated by - Godard's films. In English with preceptorial available in French. Instructor: Saliot
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