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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 TV Writing Intensive is a six-week, concentrated and encompassing introduction into the field of television writing designed to prepare students to join the professional worlds of half-hour comedies and one-hour dramas across network, cable and digital platforms. In an interconnected program consisting of two intensive writing workshops and a lecture series with guest writers and producers, students gain the knowledge and authority to explore, examine and create the kind of groundbreaking work that is taking over television here and around the world. Participants in The Television Writing Intensive learn about half-hour comedy and one-hour drama by writing and developing spec scripts and original pilots.  A spec script is a teleplay for an existing show where the writer brings original stories to existing characters.  A pilot is a script written for an original series that the writer creates. This intensive course meets 15 hours per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays for six hours during the day, and Thursdays for two hours. The times for the Thursday class are usually in the evenings but may vary based on the availability of guest speakers and other opportunities such as visits to live production sets.

Summer 2017: FILM S0431D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 0431 001/12430 M W 10:00am - 5:30pm
507 Dodge Building
Alan Kingsberg, Charlie Rubin, John Burkhardt 0 13/19
FILM 0431 001/12430 Th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
511 Dodge Building
Alan Kingsberg, Charlie Rubin, John Burkhardt 0 13/19

FILM S2295Q World Cinema: Mexico. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
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The global success of film directors Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, and Guillermo del Toro has attracted much attention to the New Mexican Cinema. Yet this «Nuevo cine mexicano» cannot be understood without knowing the traditions of Mexico’s intricate film history. This course explores the numerous tendencies of Mexican cinema through the analysis of its most representative genres, features, and directors since the so called Golden Age (1938-1957). An in-depth analysis of films such as Emilio Fernández’s María Candelaria (1943), Luis Buñuel’s Los olvidados (1950), Jomi García Ascot’s On the Empty Balcony (1962), Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Mole (1970), and Arturo Ripstein's Deep Crimson (1996) will contribute to define the characteristics of the most relevant «national» genres – from 1940s melodramas to 1970s acid Westerns and 1990s crime films. The study of the New Mexican Cinema of Iñárritu (Amores perros, 2000), Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, 2001), and del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, 2006) will also comprise an examination of the complex relationship between the US and Mexican film industries, as well as a critique of the very notion of «national identity» in today’s globalized world. We will also analyze new tendencies in commercial, experimental, and documentary Mexican films – including Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light (2007) and Pedro González Rubio's Alamar (2009). CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement.

Summer 2017: FILM S2295Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 2295 001/13599 T Th 9:00am - 1:00pm
507 Dodge Building
Breixo Viejo Vinas 3 19/24

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 TV Writing Intensive is a six-week, concentrated and encompassing introduction into the field of television writing designed to prepare students to join the professional worlds of half-hour comedies and one-hour dramas across network, cable and digital platforms. In an interconnected program consisting of two intensive writing workshops and a lecture series with guest writers and producers, students gain the knowledge and authority to explore, examine and create the kind of groundbreaking work that is taking over television here and around the world. Participants in The Television Writing Intensive learn about half-hour comedy and one-hour drama by writing and developing spec scripts and original pilots.  A spec script is a teleplay for an existing show where the writer brings original stories to existing characters.  A pilot is a script written for an original series that the writer creates. This intensive course meets 15 hours per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays for six hours during the day, and Thursdays for two hours. The times for the Thursday class are usually in the evenings but may vary based on the availability of guest speakers and other opportunities such as visits to live production sets.

Summer 2017: FILM S3040D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 3040 001/72378 M W 10:00am - 5:30pm
508 Dodge Building
Alan Kingsberg, Charlie Rubin, John Burkhardt 6 6/24
FILM 3040 001/72378 Th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
C01 80 Claremont
Alan Kingsberg, Charlie Rubin, John Burkhardt 6 6/24

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
507 Dodge Building
Jamund Washington 3 11/12

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
409 Dodge Building
Loren-Paul Caplin 3 13/15

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 T Th 1:00pm - 5:00pm
511 Dodge Building
Stuart Weinstock 3 5/20

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