Saint Louis University

Current Courses

Spring 2016

CMM / FSTD 140-01
Film Criticism
TR11:00-12:15
3 Credits
Avis Meyer

CMM / FSTD 206-01
Media and Society
TR 11:00-12:15
3 Credits
Matthew Carlson

THR / FSTD 220-01
Survey of Theatre Design
TR 10:30-11:45
3 Credits
Mark Wilson


RUSS / FSTD 263-01
Soviet Agents/Spies on Screen: Filming Espionage in the East and West
M 12:00-12:50
1 Credit
Elizabeth Blake


ENGL / FSTD 270-01
Introduction to Film
MWF 12:00-12:50
3 Credits
Austin McIntire
"Introduction to Film" fulfills the "foundations" requirement for the Film Studies
Interdisciplinary Minor, while at the same time conferring core curricular credit in literature as a course for the English Department. In this course, we will "read" and analyze film as one might analyze a printed literary text. Given the unique format of film, a significant portion of the course will be dedicated to learning the technical terminology and critical concepts that will enable students to discuss both past and present films on a meaningful level. Topics to be discussed include the relationship between art and image and sound technology in film, the language of film (signs and syntax), the history of film, and the digital revolution in film (in filming and distribution). The general focus of this course will be upon films that, to varying degrees, bridge the gap between the past and present of film. The study of Martin Scorsese's Hugo(2011), a film concerned both with the era of silent films and the modern era of computer generated images and 3D visuals, and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Blood, a film purposely shot using old fashioned methods, will help us bridge this gap. Your performance in the course will be determined by your participation in in-class and online discussions and the completion of quizzes, 3-4 short essays, and a final project.


ENGL / FSTD 270-02
Introduction to Film
TR 9:30-10:45
3 Credits
Joshua Hutchison
"Introduction to Film" fulfills the "foundations" requirement for the Film Studies
Interdisciplinary Minor, while at the same time conferring core curricular credit in literature as a course for the English Department. Although most students will have spent many hours watching movies, television, and online videos, many will have only rarely applied the skills they have acquired in the study of printed literary texts to film. To begin, we will review fundamental elements of all creative texts as well as the origin of cinema, building from students' previous knowledge of both literature and film to examine the rhetorical and creative elements of film-making. Through viewing, discussing, and writing about both classic and contemporary films, we will examine how the medium incorporates traditional narrative and rhetorical elements in inventive and powerful ways. Many of these methods of discourse will be similar to familiar literary techniques, but many are dependent upon and derive additional power from the unique combination of theater and technology that film represents. The classroom will be run as a mixture of brief lectures with an emphasis on student participation and dialogue, including small group discussion. In addition to class participation, assessment will include a midterm, a final exam, weekly quizzes, in-class writing, and short analysis papers.


ENGL / FSTD 270-03
Introduction to Film
MWF 9:00-9:50
3 Credits
Matthew Turner
"Introduction to Film" fulfills the "foundations" requirement for the Film Studies
Interdisciplinary Minor, while at the same time conferring core curricular credit in literature as a course for the English Department. This semester we will explore fourteen films drawn primarily from the American industry with visits to England, Australia, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa, as well. We will focus primarily on the narrative aspects of film, although students will also learn about film history, form, and genre along the way. Through class discussions, assigned readings, and analytical writing, students will develop their understanding of concepts like mise-en-scéne, cinematography, editing, and sound. This introduction to film should provide students with new tools for understanding and critically engaging the art form as well as practice in articulating their film experiences. Graded assignments will include two reflection essays, a film review, and a midterm and final exam.


CMM / FSTD 312-01
Media Script Writing
MW 9:30-10:45
3 Credits
Gary Seibert


ITAL / FSTD 320-01
Italian Cinema
T 2:10-4:20, W 2:10-3:20 (Discussion in English) M 2:10-3:00 (Discussion in Italian)
3 / 4 Credits
Simone Bregni
A survey of Italian Cinema from neorealism to the present. The course will cover both formal and thematic trends in the films of directors such as Rossellini, Visconti, Fellini, Antonioni, Wertmueller, Benigni. Film screenings will be in Italian with English subtitles. Lectures and course work will be in English.


ENG / FSTD 318
Disney: From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins
TR 11:00-11:50
3 Credits
Peter Hanrahan
This Course Fulfills Film Studies Capstone Requirement
From humble roots in small-town Marceline, Missouri, Walt Disney grew an empire on the back of an animated mouse. Ambitious, visionary, at times a tyrant, Disney was a tireless innovator whose contributions to film include creating the first animated feature with a genuine synchronized soundtrack ("Steamboat Willie," 1928), the invention, along with creative partner Ub Iwerks, of the multi-plane camera, and the conception of the first feature-length animated film (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937). He was an early experimenter with Technicolor, a champion of the USA's "Good Neighbor" policy with propaganda films like The Three Amigos during wartime, and he even collaborated with artists like Salvador Dali. He traded in nostalgia, Americana and fairytales, and he conceived some of the most enduring animated entertainments of all time. In this class, we will explore the filmic and cultural contributions of Walt Disney in focusing on the shorts and features on which he personally worked, including Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and more. We will also look at his legacy, including his significance as an urban planner in the design of Disneyland/Walt Disney World and Disney/Pixar's role in conceiving the first feature-length computer animated feature (Toy Story, 1995).


POLS 330-1 / FSTD 417-01
American Politics and Film: Commerce, Communication, and Culture
M 4:20-6:50
3 Credits
Thomas Gosebrink


HIST / FSTD 358-01
Slavery in Film and Popular Culture
TR 2:15-3:30
3 Credits
Katrina Thompson


ENGL / FSTD 377-01
Film and Literature
R 6:00-8:30
3 Credits
Paul Acker
This course fulfill Film Studies Capstone Requirement.
In this course we will view and discuss films that are adapted from literary works of various kinds. Two main areas will be addressed: hardboiled detective fiction and "film noir," and "art novel/ art film." Films viewed will include The Maltese Falcon, Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now and The Graduate. For most weeks, students will read the literary work over the weekend; view the film at a REQUIRED Monday screening; write a short (3 page) paper (when assigned) or set of study questions (when assigned) to be turned in to my departmental mailbox by Wednesday noon; and then discuss the film on Thursday.


ENGL / FSTD 393-01
Shakespeare and Film
MW 2:15-3:30
3 Credits
Jennifer Rust
This course will explore some of Shakespeare's major plays as they have been interpreted through the medium of film. Shakespeare's works have been translated from stage to screen from the earliest days of silent films up to the present digital age. Major directors who have adapted works by Shakespeare include Welles, Kurosawa, and Zeffirelli. This course will introduce a broad range of film adaptations of Shakespeare's work: we will read Shakespeare's texts and analyze the techniques that directors use to bring them alive on screen. Students will gain an understanding of Shakespeare's language on the page and in performance and essential elements of the grammar and rhetoric of film. Shakespearean works covered in this class will include Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Richard III, Henry V, Coriolanus, and The Tempest. Course texts will include the Norton Shakespeare, vol. 1 & 2 and Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing about Film (8th ed, Pearson). Coursework will consist of several short papers, midterm and final exams, and an in-class presentation.


CMM / FSTD 393-02
Sports Documentary
TR 2:15-3:30
3 Credits
Chris Lepp


THR / FSTD 393-03
Design Studio II
TR 12:00-1:15
3 Credits
Mark Wilson


ENGL / FSTD 409-01
Advanced Creative Writing: Screenwriting
M 2:10-4:40
3 Credits
Peter Hanrahan
This course meets a requirement for the Creative and Professional Writing Interdisciplinary Minor
In this course, we will explore the fundamentals of screenwriting, including formatting, three-act structure and genre, with a focus on the screenplay as "time art" that seeks to manipulate the emotions of a viewing audience. In developing a screenplay from an incipient idea, or "pitch," through a step outline and its first act (and more) in a workshop environment, we will discuss the creation of memorable characters, idiosyncratic dialogue and dramatic "set pieces." We will also compare and contrast "high concept" and independent features and examine ever-present tensions between commercial viability and artistic inclination. Readings may include screenplays by Charlie Kaufman, William Goldman, Robert Towne, Joel and Ethan Coen and more.


FSTD 420-01
History of African-American Cinema
T 6:00-8:30
3 Credits
Hatsephi Kushma
This course fulfill Film Studies Capstone Requirement.


CMM / FSTD 443-01
Culture, Technology & Communication
TR 2:15-3:30
3 Credits
Matt Carlson


THR / FSTD 462-01
Advanced Acting: Acting for the Camera
MW 2:00-3:50
3 Credits
Nancy Bell

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