Summer Sessions | Courses | Film

Course information is posted for 2021. Please check back at a later time for updated 2022 course offerings.

Film

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

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course offerings.

Summer 2021 Session Information

  • SESSION A courses are May 3–June 18, 2021
  • SESSION B courses are June 28–August 16, 2021

Please note, some courses may be open only to students in the major. This can verified in the Directory of Classes by viewing the course rules under the "Open To" field.

Courses
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LABORATORY IN SCREENWRITING
FILM2420W001 3 points.

This lab is limited to declared Film and Media Studies majors.  Exercises in the writing of film scripts.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM2420W001 001/11298 Summer A Subterm Mo 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
We 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Ricardo Varona
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
LABORATORY IN SCREENWRITING
FILM2420W002 3 points.

This lab is limited to declared Film and Media Studies majors.  Exercises in the writing of film scripts.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM2420W002 002/11299 Summer A Subterm Th 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Tu 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Natalia Luque
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
LABORATORY IN SCREENWRITING
FILM2420W003 3 points.

This lab is limited to declared Film and Media Studies majors.  Exercises in the writing of film scripts.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM2420W003 003/11301 Summer B Subterm Tu 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Th 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Kathy Esquenazi
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
INTRO-STUDY AND THEORY OF FILM
FILM3001S001 3 points.

The nature of cinema as a technology, a business, a cultural product, an entertainment medium, and most especially an art form. Study of cinematic genres, stylistics, and nationalities; outstanding film artists and artisans; the relationship of cinema to other art forms and media, as well as to society.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM3001S001 001/11234 Summer A Subterm Mo 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
We 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Vito Adriaensens
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
PRODUCING THE LOW BUDGET FILM
FILM3833S001 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.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM3833S001 001/11236 Summer B Subterm We 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
Mo 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Sarah Seulki Oh
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
SCREENWRITING I: INTRO
FILM4037S001 3 points.
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.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4037S001 001/11237 Summer A Subterm Th 10:00 AM–01:10 PM
Tu 10:00 AM–01:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Loren-Paul Caplin
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL DOCUMENTAR
FILM4215S001 3 points.

Documentaries are increasingly proliferating across small and large screens around the world. They circulate as market commodities, forms of entertainment, and vehicles for social change. In this seminar we will compare different national and regional contexts of contemporary documentary production, including projects created within the media industries of Mexico, Peru, India, China, Cambodia, and Israel. We will also examine how documentaries resonate locally, but can still transcend geographic borders and engage viewers across the globe. Crucial to our course will be the close analysis of how documentaries actively address civil rights struggles, oppressive government regimes, cultural trends, environmental crises, and progressive social movements to create more inclusive, equitable communities. So, too, will we examine emerging technologies (such as VR/AR), strategies of international co-production, star-studded film festivals, as well as the global reach and impact of mega studios such as Netflix and Wanda. This course fulfills the Global Core requirement.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4215S001 001/12849 Summer B Subterm Th 09:10 AM–11:40 AM
Tu 09:10 AM–11:40 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Joshua Glick
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
World Cinema: Latin America
FILM4294S001 3 points.

An overview of the major developments in the art and industry of cinema in Latin America, ranging from its earliest days to the most recent works of the digital era. Especially since the Sixties, Latin American filmmakers have developed dynamic national cinemas that have sought to tell their own stories in their own ways—even when those accounts often reveal problems and contradictions within their societies. The impact on Latin American filmmakers of international movements such as neorealism, modernism, cinema vérité, postmodernism and digital cinema will be addressed. Among the filmmakers to be studied are Luis Buñuel, Glauber Rocha, Raúl Ruiz and Lucrecia Martel.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4294S001 001/11270 Summer A Subterm Tu 02:00 PM–06:00 PM
Th 02:00 PM–06:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Richard Pena
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
World Cinema discussion section
FILM4295S001 0 points.

An overview of the major developments in the art and industry of cinema in Latin America, ranging from its earliest days to the most recent works of the digital era. Latin American filmmakers, especially since the Sixties, have developed dynamic national cinemas that have sought to tell their own stories in their own ways—even when those accounts often reveal problems and contradictions in their societies. The interaction of Latin American filmmakers with international movements such as neorealism, modernism, cinema vérité, postmodernism and digital cinema will be addressed. Among the filmmakers to be studied will be Luis Buñuel, Glauber Rocha, Raúl Ruiz and Lucrecia Martel.

 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4295S001 001/12133 Summer A Subterm Mo 09:00 AM–10:40 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Adelaide Pallincourt
0 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
World Cinema discussion section
FILM4295S002 0 points.

An overview of the major developments in the art and industry of cinema in Latin America, ranging from its earliest days to the most recent works of the digital era. Latin American filmmakers, especially since the Sixties, have developed dynamic national cinemas that have sought to tell their own stories in their own ways—even when those accounts often reveal problems and contradictions in their societies. The interaction of Latin American filmmakers with international movements such as neorealism, modernism, cinema vérité, postmodernism and digital cinema will be addressed. Among the filmmakers to be studied will be Luis Buñuel, Glauber Rocha, Raúl Ruiz and Lucrecia Martel.

 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4295S002 002/12134 Summer A Subterm Mo 03:00 PM–04:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Juan Paulo Laserna
0 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
World Cinema discussion section
FILM4295S003 0 points.

An overview of the major developments in the art and industry of cinema in Latin America, ranging from its earliest days to the most recent works of the digital era. Latin American filmmakers, especially since the Sixties, have developed dynamic national cinemas that have sought to tell their own stories in their own ways—even when those accounts often reveal problems and contradictions in their societies. The interaction of Latin American filmmakers with international movements such as neorealism, modernism, cinema vérité, postmodernism and digital cinema will be addressed. Among the filmmakers to be studied will be Luis Buñuel, Glauber Rocha, Raúl Ruiz and Lucrecia Martel.

 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4295S003 003/13406 Summer A Subterm Mo 06:00 PM–07:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Soumya Vats
0 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
African American Film & Media
FILM4300W001 3 points.

This seminar will offer a survey and critical assessment of African American film and visual cultures from the early 20th century to the contemporary moment, covering early race films, intersections with Hollywood, independent filmmaking, and popular television. In this seminar, we will explore Black aesthetics and spectatorship, issues of representation, Black pain and suffering, the Black radical tradition, and intersections of race, gender and sexuality in media and visual culture.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4300W001 001/11294 Summer A Subterm Th 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Tu 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Aimee Dixon
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
Digital Storytelling I
FILM4305R001 3 points.

What does interaction have to do to storytelling? How do we tell stories within media that are non-linear, including games, virtual reality, and immersive theater? How can we craft narratives that emerge from the dynamics of interaction, narratives experienced through exploration and choice? What design strategies exist regarding an understanding of character, plot, drama, time, space, and event within interactive fictions? This course will take a close look at the mechanics of storytelling within dynamic media, exploring connections between interactivity and narrative experience. The course will examine examples ranging from the design of Live Action Role Playing games to massively multi-player experiences, from hypertext to tarot cards, from Oculus to Punchdrunk.

Given the necessity of a digital class environment, the course will be conducted on Zoom for class time. Students will be expected to have cameras active and be in environments in which they can speak during class. The class will also use an online whiteboard system called Miro, and students will be expected to be on Miro during class time. Links for these online tools are permanent and can be found here:

https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/s/98002299299

https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_klidXhc=/

Each class after the introduction week will be divided into three parts:  a discussion section led by the instructor, an in-class exercise or peer review on Miro, and a reading circle discussion in breakout rooms. Students are expected to take part in all three aspects of each class.

 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4305R001 001/11290 Summer B Subterm Mo 06:15 PM–09:25 PM
We 06:15 PM–09:25 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Nicholas Fortugno
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
On-Line Only
CINEPHILIA: THEORY&PRACTICE
FILM4930R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4930R001 001/11275 Summer A Subterm Mo 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
We 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Nico Baumbach
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
NEW MEDIA ART
FILM4951W001 3 points.

The rapid democratization of technology has led to a new wave of immersive storytelling that spills off screens into the real world and back again. These works defy traditional constraints as they shift away from a one-to-many to a many-to-many paradigm, transforming those formerly known as the audience from passive viewers into storytellers in their own right. New opportunities and limitations offered by emergent technologies are augmenting the grammar of storytelling, as creators wrestle with an ever-shifting digital landscape. New Media Art pulls back the curtain on transmedial works of fiction, non-fiction, and emergent forms that defy definition. Throughout the semester well explore projects that utilize Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things, alongside a heavy-hitting selection of new media thinkers, theorists, and critics. The course will be co-taught as a dialogue between artistic practice and new media theory. Lance Weiler, a new media artist and founder of Columbia’s Digital Storytelling Lab, selected the media artworks; Rob King, a film and media historian, selected the scholarly readings. It is in the interaction between these two perspectives that the course will explore the parameters of emerging frontiers in media art and the challenges these pose for existing critical vocabularies.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM4951W001 001/11285 Summer A Subterm Th 09:00 AM–12:00 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–12:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Robert King
Lance Weiler
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
CINEMA/MEDIA HISTORIOGRAPHY
FILM5700G001 3 points.

An introduction to issues and cases in the study of cinema century technologies. This class takes up the definition of the historiographic problem and the differences between theoretical and empirical solutions. Specific units on the history of film style, genre as opposed to authorship, silent and sound cinemas, the American avant-garde, national cinemas (Russia and China), the political economy of world cinema, and archival poetics. A unit on research methods is taught in conjunction with Butler Library staff. Writing exercises on a weekly basis culminate in a digital historiography research map which becomes the basis of a final paper

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM5700G001 001/11281 Full Trm Crs Mo 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jane Gaines
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
WORLD FILM MELODRAMA
FILM6950R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM6950R001 001/11283 Full Trm Crs We 09:00 AM–01:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jane Gaines
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Post-Cinema
FILM6960S001 3 points.

“I await the end of cinema with optimism.” –Jean-Luc Godard

This course interrogates the effects of new media forms and practices—along with the shifts in spaces, times, and modes of experience rendered by the contemporary global media sphere—on the moving image arts. The main focus is cinema in the expanded field, and its themes and aesthetics are examined in relation to a wide variety of topics— from early computer art to database aesthetics, virtual and augmented realities, interactivity, immersion, and technical failure. Students will read widely in theories ofdigital cinema and related new media (Manovich, Shaviro, Patterson) as well as considering how older theory (Heidegger, Godard) is relevant to the contemporary moment. Assignments will include discussion posts, an in-class presentation, and a final essay.

 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM6960S001 001/12835 Summer B Subterm Tu 06:15 PM–09:25 PM
Th 06:15 PM–09:25 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jason LaRiviere
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS
FILM8800R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
FILM8800R001 001/13352 Full Trm Crs
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jane Gaines
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only