Film

Film program description.

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

FILM2022The Art of Film (Cross-Listed: MAAC 2022)3 ch (3C) [W]

Introduces students to the language of motion pictures and to critical tools for discussing and writing about the 7th art – the art of film. By studying how movies function aesthetically, and how they become meaningful to audiences, students will acquire critical and formal analytical skills that will both enhance their appreciation for cinema and serve them more broadly as consumers and/or producers of visual culture. Topics will include mise-en-scène, framing, image composition, photographic space, colour, editing, sound, and narrative structure.

FILM2909International Film History (Cross-Listed: ENGL 2909)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course introduces students to major stages in the development of film as an international art. Topics include: Silent Cinema, German Expressionism, Soviet Montage, Classical Hollywood, Italian Neorealism and Modernism, French New Wave, Japanese New Wave, British New Wave, Australian New Wave, Experimental Cinema, Cinema Novo, New German Cinema, Postcolonial Cinema, Bollywood, the New Hollywood, American Independent Cinema, Dogme 95, and others. NOTE: Students who already have credit for ENGL 3194 cannot obtain credit for ENGL 2909 or FILM 2909. 

FILM2998Digital Film Production I (Cross-Listed: MAAC 2998)3 ch (3C)

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and procedures of visual and audio production, including the techniques and aesthetics of shooting, lighting and editing. Over the course of the term, students will engage in a series of short exercises covering a variety of styles, genres and modes. Taught cooperatively with the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-Op. NOTE: Students who have received credit for MAAC/FILM/ENGL 3999 may not take this course for credit. 

FILM2999Digital Film Production II (Cross-Listed: MAAC 2999)3 ch (3C)

This second course in the production sequence puts emphasis on applications of skills learned in MAAC 2998 by focusing on production of several short projects in various formats. Group work and analysis of student productions constitute the main course activities. Taught cooperatively with the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-op. NOTE: Students who have received credit for MAAC/FILM 3998 may not take this course for credit. 

Prerequisite: MAAC 2998, or permission of the instructor. 

FILM3066Trauma and Seduction: Early German Cinema (A) (Cross-Listed: CCS 3066, and MAAC 3066)3 ch (3C) [W]

Beginning with the earliest silent movies and concluding with National Socialist propaganda films, this course offers an introduction to a prolific and important era in German film history: the Weimer Republic and pre-WWII period, 1918-1939. Our discussions will situate the films within larger political and cultural discourses. Emphasis will be placed on such topics as the Cinematic response to the trauma of WWI; German national identity; expressionism and modernity; the politics of gender and sexuality; the impact of sound on film aesthetics; the relationship between cinema and other media; the ethics of film production. Films to be studies include features by directors such as Lang, Lubitsch, Murnau, Pabst, Riefenstahl, Sagan, von Sternberg and Wiene. In English. Students who have taken WLCS 3066, or GER 3066 may not attain credit for FILM 3066.

FILM3072(Re)constructing National Identity: Contemporary German Cinema (A) (Cross-Listed: CCS 3072, and MAAC 3072) 3 ch (3C) [W]

Studies the major accomplishments of East and West German cinema of the postwar period, as well as cinematic trends since German unification. We will consider questions of narrative, genre, and authorship, examine film's relationship to other media, and focus on the dynamic interaction between film history and social history. Films to be studied include features by prominent directors such as Wolf, Fassbinder, Wenders, von Trotta, Carow, Dorrie, and Tykwer. Students who have taken WLCS 3072, or GER 3072 may not attain credit for FILM 3072. 

FILM3075Framing Reality: Theory and Practice of Documentary Media (A) (Cross-Listed: MAAC 3075)3 ch (3C)

This course surveys the history and aesthetics of non-fiction filmmaking from the birth of cinema to the digital age. It will examine epistemological and ethical questions raised by documentary's encounter with reality and its attempt to present “the truth.” Films screened are drawn from an array of nations and range from the personal to the political as well as more experimental and avant-garde works. The course includes a film production component as students will apply what they have learned in class by producing a short non-fiction film as a final project. This course is open to students who have completed at least 30 credit hours at university level.

FILM3082History of Canadian Cinema [A] (Cross-Listed: CCS 3082 and MAAC 3082)3 ch (3C) [W]

Focuses on the first half-century of filmmaking in Canada and the nation's long struggle to develop and sustain a functioning film industry in the shadow of Hollywood. Readings and screenings trace the history of the movies in Canada from the silent era to the 1970s. Issues raised may include Canadian/American relations, national and regional identities, tensions between art and entertainment, media and cultural policy, representation of race, class, gender, and relation of Canadian film to other media (TV, radio, video) and other arts (painting, music, literature) in Canada. Open to students who have completed 45 credit hours, or with permission of the instructor. Students who have taken WLCS 3082 may not attain credit for FILM 3082. 

FILM3183Creative Writing: Screenwriting for Short Formats (Cross-Listed: ENGL 3183)3 ch (LE)

This course guides writers through the basics of short format screenplay structures and introduces them to basic story, character, and dialogue principles.  Students will be exposed to a wide range of short films in a variety of genres and forms so that they can explore the limits and possibilities of briefer forms of cinematic storytelling.

FILM3186Creative Writing: Feature Screenplay (Cross-Listed: ENGL 3186)3 ch (LE)

This intensive course guides writers through the basics of feature screenplay structure, character principles, archetypal storytelling, writing and rewriting strategies, and ‘the biz.’ Classes are a combination of lectures, discussion, and workshops.

Prerequisites: FILM 3183, ENGL 3183, or equivalent writing experience with permission of the instructor.

FILM3903Film Theory (Cross-Listed: ENGL 3903)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course introduces students to the major debates in the field of film theory, including (but not limited to): Early Silent Film Theory, the Soviet Montage-Theorists, Russian Formalism and the Bakhtin School, the Historical Avant-gardes, French Auteur Theory and its Americanization, Third World Film and Theory, Genre and Authorship, Marxist film theory, Spectatorship, Feminist Film Theory, Cognitive and Analytic Theory, Postcolonial Film Theory, Race and Ethnicity in Cinema. NOTE: Students who already have credit for ENGL 3193 cannot obtain credit for ENGL 3903 or FILM 3903. 

FILM3981Screen Acting (Cross-Listed: MAAC 3981) 3 ch (1.5C/WS)

Explores the relationship between actor, director, script, and camera. Workshop exercises allow students to explore various modes of working with actors on a film set and during the rehearsal and audition process in order to realize the development of character within the setting of story and script. Limited to 20 students.  NOTE: Students who already have credit for ENGL 3980 or FILM 3980 cannot obtain credit for FILM 3981.

FILM3998Film Production (Cross-Listed: MAAC 3998)3 ch (3C/WS) (LE)

This course introduces students to the processes and technical aspects of motion picture film production. Topics include: 16mm film camera, analog and digital sound recording, lighting for film, film crew roles, budgets, casting and rehearsals, locations, script breakdowns and film forms, and advanced editing. Students will participate in both the production of a short, small-group 16mm film project, and a larger, full-class Super 16mm film project produced as an industry-model film. Taught cooperatively with the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-Op and the Film Industry of New Brunswick. Limited to 20 students. NOTE: Students who already have credit for ENGL 3990 “Advanced Film Production” and/or ENGL 3999 “Film and Video Production” cannot obtain credit for FILM 3998. 

FILM3999Editing and Post Production (A) (Cross-Listed: MAAC 3999)3 ch (3C/WS) (LE)

This course introduces students to the processes and technical aspects of video production. Topics include: videography fundamentals, digital camera techniques, location sound recording, lighting for video, scriptwriting for documentary and dramatic productions, post-production picture editing and finishing. Various scriptwriting, shooting and editing exercises will be done in a small group environment. Taught cooperatively with the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op. NOTE: Students who already have credit for ENGL 3999 “Film and Video Production” cannot obtain credit for FILM 3999. 

FILM4001Advanced Production (Cross-Listed: MAAC 4001)3 ch (3C/WS) (LE)

Students produce more complex films, developing a project from beginning to end, working on each other's projects, and gaining hands-on experience in a variety of skilled positions on a film's crew.

Prerequisite: FILM 2999, or permission of the instructor. 

FILM3204Music and Cinema (Cross-Listed: MUS 3204)3 ch
A practical and theoretical examination of the role in music in cinematic narrative from the silent film to the 21st century. The course will examine the origins of the music-cinema relationship from the misnamed “silent film era”, through the development of synchronized sound-film systems and the use of music in a selection of genres including film-noir, musical, science fiction, romantic comedy and suspense films. Music video production processes will be explored including the use of narrative storytelling techniques, as well as animation, Claymation, multimedia and experimental methods of creating images to synchronize with existing soundtracks.