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Film Studies

We’ve established a simple application process for courses offered by the School of the Arts this summer, including courses in Film Studies. Please visit Arts in the Summer with the School of the Arts for details.

Contact for FILM S3833, FILM S4037, FILM S4138, FILM S4210, and FILM S4230:
Professor Robert King
rk2704@columbia.edu

Contact for TV Writing Intensive:
summersessions@columbia.edu

 

 

 

FILM S0431D Television Writing Intensive- Non Credit. 0 points.

Requires separate application with portfolio samples, see description for details. ,,Priority Deadline: March 15th- Qualified applicants who apply by this date have first priority for admission,Final Deadline: April 7th- Last date to submit an application for available spaces.
Fee: Course Fee - 200.00

Prerequisites: apply directly to the School of the Arts. For more information please see: http://arts.columbia.edu/summer/film/course/television-writing-intensive.

International Students are not eligible for this course, as it does not provide academic credit. The Television Writing Intensive is a six week, concentrated and encompassing introduction into the field of television writing, designed to prepare students for the professional worlds of sit-coms, one-hour dramas and police / medical procedurals. In an interconnected program consisting of two intensive writing workshops and a lecture series with guest writers and professionals in the field, students gain the knowledge and authority to explore, examine and create the kind of groundbreaking work that is taking over cable and making its way onto the Networks, here and around the world. The Television Writing Intensive focuses on two specific tracks. One track is the half-hour comedy; the other is the one-hour drama. These two formats, although having much in common, come out of different traditions and are conceived and written in different ways. * This intensive course will meet 15 hours per week, on Mondays and Tuesdays for six hours during the day (exact times TBD), and Thursday evenings for three hours (exact time TBD). These times are probable but subject to change based on availability of guest speakers and other opportunities which may arise, but the general format will stay the same if changes do occur.  Meaning, the course will meet for two week days for six hours and one week night for three hours, avoiding Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Summer 2017: FILM S0431D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 0431 001/12430 M W 10:00am - 5:30pm
Room TBA
Alan Kingsberg 0 0
FILM 0431 001/12430 Th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Alan Kingsberg 0 0

FILM S3040D The Television Writing Intensive. 6 points.

Requires separate application with writing samples see description for details.,,Priority Deadline: March 15th- Qualified applicants who apply by this date have first priority for admission,Final Deadline: April 7th- Last date to submit an application for available spaces.
Fee: Materials Fee - 200.00

Prerequisites: apply directly to the School of the Arts. For more information please see: http://arts.columbia.edu/summer/film/course/television-writing-intensive.

The Television Writing Intensive is a six week, concentrated and encompassing introduction into the field of television writing, designed to prepare students for the professional worlds of sit-coms, one-hour dramas and police / medical procedurals.  In an interconnected program consisting of two intensive writing workshops and a lecture series with guest writers and professionals in the field, students gain the knowledge and authority to explore, examine and create the kind of groundbreaking work that is taking over cable and making its way onto the Networks, here and around the world. The Television Writing Intensive focuses on two specific tracks.  One track is the half-hour comedy; the other is the one-hour drama. These two formats, although having much in common, come out of different traditions and are conceived and written in different ways. * This intensive course will meet 15 hours per week, on Mondays and Tuesdays for six hours during the day (exact times TBD), and Thursday evenings for three hours (exact time TBD).  These times are probable but subject to change based on availability of guest speakers and other opportunities which may arise, but the general format will stay the same if changes do occur.  Meaning, the course will meet for two week days for six hours and one week night for three hours, avoiding Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Summer 2017: FILM S3040D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 3040 001/72378 M W 10:00am - 5:30pm
Room TBA
Alan Kingsberg 6 0
FILM 3040 001/72378 Th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Alan Kingsberg 6 0

FILM S4138D Auteur Study: Steven Spielberg. 3 points.


Fee: Course Fee - 50.00

Steven Spielberg may be the world’s most influential living film director. His uncanny grasp of visual storytelling and his auteurist signature can be found on every film he has directed, as well as many he has produced. This course will analyze the content and formal construction of Spielberg’s films by following their thematic through-lines – family ties (strained and healthy), the implacable threat, humanity at war, man vs. the natural world, the child’s perspective, and others – in films as disparate as Jaws and The Color Purple.

Summer 2017: FILM S4138D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 4138 001/22249 M W 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Stuart Weinstock 3 3/20

FILM S3833D Lab Producing in Low Budget Film. 3 points.

This practical lab focuses on the fundamental aspects of development, planning and preparation for low budget films. While using a short film script as their own case study – students will learn pitching, development, script breakdown, scheduling, budgeting and fundraising. Discussion of legal issues, location scouting, deliverables, marketing, distribution and film festival strategy will allow students to move forward with their own projects after completing the class. Using weekly assignments, in-class presentations and textbook readings to reinforce each class discussion topic, students will complete the class having created a final prep/production binder for their project, which includes the script breakdown, production schedule, line item budget, financing/fundraising plan and film festival strategy for their chosen script. 

Summer 2017: FILM S3833D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 3833 001/14691 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
Jamund Washington 3 3/12

FILM S4230Q Acting for Film and Television. 3 points.

Closed to CC/GS Students

This 12 session workshop examines acting techniques for film and television giving special attention to methods derived from the teachings of Sanford Meisner.  Following the precept that acting is doing, students will each week explore the actor’s craft from within, working in front of the camera to create truthful and specific performances.  In addition, students will become familiar with set protocol, the division of labor for film and television and the director’s responsibilities in detail. 

Summer 2017: FILM S4230Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 4230 001/98296 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
Mark Christopher 3 1

FILM S4210D Digital Documentary in the Age of the Internet. 3 points.


Fee: Materials Fee - 30.00

In the last 20 years, new media technologies have transformed the documentary film. Just as innovative modes of production, online distribution, and exhibition have fundamentally changed documentary practice, dynamic forms of documentary have had a profound influence on how people view their local community and the broader world around them. This course explores how prominent filmmakers, public television stations, international human rights groups, and amateur videomakers have made use of and shaped today's changing documentary formats. We will examine films by Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, and Spike Lee, television programs by ESPN and PBS, online short productions by VICE and citizen journalists, and elaborate 3D projects by the New York Times. Special guest speakers in the field of documentary will visit our class to talk about the opportunities and challenges for making films and engaging audiences in an increasingly diversified media environment.

Summer 2017: FILM S4210D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 4210 001/21342 M W 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Joshua Glick 3 2

FILM S4037D Screenwriting I: Introduction to Screenwriting. 3 points.


Fee: Materials Fee - 30.00

Modern feature-length screenplays demand a specific architecture. In this class students will enter with an idea for a film, and during the first eight sessions build a coherent treatment; that is, a summary of the events and major emotional arcs of the film's three acts. In the final four sessions students will begin and complete the first act of their feature-length screenplay.

Summer 2017: FILM S4037D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 4037 001/11166 M W 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room TBA
Loren-Paul Caplin 3 7

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.