Why Study Film?

Why Study Film?

“Americans use the movies to talk to themselves about who they are.” Jane Smiley, Ten Days in the Hills (2006)

Over the course of the twentieth century, film has become the dominant story-telling medium of the modern world. While we still address ethical, social, philosophical, and psychological concerns in the printed word and the plastic arts, in live drama and political speech, it is in the movie theater that more people and more diverse groups of them gather to view and review stories that pose and offer solutions to problems personal and social, national and global. By studying film and the art of cinematic story telling we not only study ourselves but we also learn about the primary way in which we talk about ourselves, how we represent ourselves to others and to ourselves.

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Film Studies at Union

Film Studies at Union

The Film Studies minor at Union College is designed to develop a conscious awareness of film as a basic and widespread medium of cultural communication. It provides students with the tools necessary for critically and historically analyzing and evaluating film texts, for understanding film technologies within the broader context of the liberal arts, and for beginning to master the art of telling stories cinematically. It also prepares students to pursue academic and creative paths for advanced study and professional interests in film.

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Film Studies and Liberal Arts

Film Studies and Liberal Arts

Film Studies at Union College expands one’s understanding of this basic medium – now a crucial part of the liberal arts education. The program strengthens knowledge of film histories and cultures, introduces the tools for critical analysis of film texts, and provides hands-on training in film production technologies.

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Spring 2017 Film Studies Courses

Spring 2017 Film Studies Courses

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Feb 10, 2017

AVA 262: Real & Recorded Time — MW 9:30am -12:30pm (Orellana) This course will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts of four-dimensional art or time-based artwork, using a variety of processes and media. Students explore concepts in animation techniques, video and audio production, editing, interactivity, installation, and documentation. Class lectures and hands-on studio time will incorporate technique demonstrations, screenings, readings, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to the course. Outside work is required. Prerequisite(s): Any Studio Art course or permission of instructor. CC: HUM Note: Course website: http://cs.union.edu/ava262/ AVA 320: Photography 3 — TTh 9:30am-12:30 pm (Benjamin) This class is a “Portfolio Project” where each student conceptualizes a project to work on for the whole term resulting in a finished photography portfolio of at least 20 prints and 40 artist’s proofs. Students will also do research projects about a group of photographers whose work might inform their own. Prerequisite(s): Photography II or permission of instructor; limited enrollment. Digital camera required. CC: HUM CLS 151: Ancient World in Film & Literature — MW 3:05-4:45 pm (Raucci) Greco-Roman antiquity has been a favorite topic of Hollywood for years. This fascination continues today, with the recent appearance of major blockbusters as well as TV productions. Why do the Greeks and Romans appeal to a modern audience? This course will consider ancient texts in translation alongside their modern film representations. Our goal will not be to consider where the films went “wrong.” Instead, we will question how these films recast and reinterpret classical texts to reflect modern interests. This course will include an “entrepreneurship module.” We will question...

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Winter 2017 Film Studies Courses

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Jan 29, 2017

AAH-222-01. History of Photography — TTh 7-8:45 pm (Ogawa) An introductory survey of the history of photography from its pre-history to the present. We will explore the evolution of photographic expression in the period, and focus on relationships between photography and fine art, photography and popular culture, and photography and theory. We will spend time studying first-hand the original photographic works housed in Special Collections, Schaffer Library and in the Union College Permanent Collection. CC: HUM AVA 120. Photography 1 – TTh 9:30 am -12:20 pm (Benjamin) A course in black and white silver halide film and gelatin silver printing. Students learn the basics of the art’s aesthetics, the camera, processing, printing, and evaluation/assessment of photographic prints. Three separate projects lead students through making their own photographic prints in various themes and genres of contemporary fine art photography. Students study important works in photography that relate to each project and have critiques of their work. A 35mm film camera with a light meter and adjustable focus is required. Limited enrollment, by permission of instructor. CC: HUM AVA 220. Photography 2 — TTh 2-4:45 pm (Benjamin) This class experience is two-fold. The first half involves advanced black and white film/chemistry/printing that encourages a refinement of technique and increased sophistication of aesthetics and ideas. The second half involves color digital photography, learning the basics of Photoshop® editing software as used by photographers. Students do “Language of Photography” projects and make printed portfolios. Prerequisite(s): AVA 120; limited enrollment, by permission of the instructor. CC: HUM EGL 259. Irish Literature and Film — TTh 10:55-12:40 pm (Bracken) The aim of this course is...

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Student film nights — Monday Nov 14 and Tuesday Nov 15

Student film nights — Monday Nov 14 and Tuesday Nov 15

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Nov 13, 2016

This Monday and Tuesday, November 14 and 15th, students from Jim de Sève’s filmmaking classes will screen their recent work in the Reamer Auditorium. There is some great stuff. Please come and take your mind off the elections. (Except for the one election documentary short!) Monday 11/14 at 6pm Documentary Filmmaking, Program is 70 minutes Tuesday 11/15 5pm Narrative Filmmaking, Program is 35 minutes   Here is the trailer for Tuesday’s show:...

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