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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Courses & Current Schedule

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/film/filmschedule.html

For a complete list of film or media studies courses and descriptions, see the Undergraduate Bulletin. For information about topics classes, contact the instructor directly.

 

Course Schedule, Fall 2019

 For Media Studies courses in the Film and Media Studies major, please see the Mass Media website.

Course Professor Meeting Information
FILM 110-01 (4 cr.)
Film Appreciation
Matt Connolly  Mon/Wed 10:00 am - 11:45 am
FILM 114-01 (4 cr.)
Introduction to Film
Steven Rybin Wed 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm 
FILM 210W-01 (4cr.)
Film Genres
Steven Rybin Mon/Wed 10:00 am - 11:45 am
FILM 216W-01 (4 cr.)
Writing about Film
Steven Rybin Mon/Wed 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm 
FILM 217 (4 cr.)
Introduction to Film Production
Staff

Section 01: Mon/Wed 10:00am - 11:45 am

Section 02:Mon/Wed 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm 

FILM 329-01(4 cr.)
Film History
Matt Connolly  Mon/Wed 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm 

FILM 493-01 Topics in Film Studies: History of American LGBTQ Cinema (4 cr.)

Matt Connolly  Tues 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm 
     

Course Descriptions, Fall 2019

FILM 110 (4) Film Appreciation - Connolly
Promotes appreciation and understanding of cinema through the study of film style, film history, film genres, and the cultural impact of films. GE-6

FILM 114: Introduction to Film – Rybin

In this course, students will study and analyze elements basic to a critical understanding of film: narrative form; film style; cinematography; editing; functions of sound and music; styles of acting and directing; and function of genre and social beliefs in the context of cinema. Students will explore a mix of classic and contemporary films from the U.S. and around the world. Core Requirement: Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major. GE-6.
 
FILM 210W-01: Film Genres - Rybin                                                                                                                             Study and analysis of the artistic form, thematic conventions, and cultural and historical contexts of major film genres. Genres explored vary by semester, but may include the western, the musical, the crime film, melodrama, science fiction, and gangster films. Films will include a mix of classical and contemporary examples. WI, GE-6       

FILM 216W: Writing About Film – Rybin

This course explores analytical film language/terminology in several different forms of film writing. Students will gain experience with short- and long-form reports/reviews, collaborative analysis, and formal critical essays. While concentrating on the mechanics and practice of writing in these forms, the course also emphasizes aesthetic, social, and critical contexts in order to provide analytical skills that will support subsequent work in film studies. The subject of our study will include a mix of classic and contemporary films from the U.S. and around the world. Writing Intensive. Elective in Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major. GE-6.


FILM 217: Introduction to Film Production - Staff

Introduces fundamentals of film production: writing, producing, directing, lighting, shooting, and editing, through lecture, critique of the work of other filmmakers, and hands-on production. By the end of the course students will be prepared to pursue their own film projects. Elective in Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major.


FILM 329: Film History - Connolly

This course is designed to give students a foundation in film history.  The course focuses on major directors, genres, and periods in film history, with an emphasis on social, technological, and critical contexts in order to provide an analytical framework that will support subsequent work. 

FILM 496: Topics in Film Studies: History of American LGBTQ Cinema - Connolly                                                  

This course examines the history of LGBTQ cinema in the United States. We will proceed chronologically, beginning in the early days of the Classical Hollywood studio system and ending in the present cinematic moment. The course will consider a range of issues in relationship to LGBTQ film. These include, but are not limited to: the changing potential and nature of LGBTQ representation within mainstream, independent, documentary, and avant-garde film; the shifts in the structure of the American film industry and its impacts on LGBTQ representation; the role of LGBTQ politics, culture, and community in the creation, dissemination, and contestation of LGBTQ cinema; and the interactions between LGBTQ images, makers, and viewers across varying historical moments and intersectional identities.   

Course Schedule, Spring 2019

For Media Studies courses in the Film and Media Studies major, please see the Mass Media website.

Course Professor Meeting Information
FILM 110-01 (4 cr)
Film Appreciation
  Tues 6:00 - 9:45 pm

FILM 114-01 (4 cr)
Introduction to Film

Matt Connolly Mon 6:00 - 9:45 pm

FILM 210W-01 (4 cr).        

Film Genres

Steven Rybin Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:45pm
FILM 214-01 (4 cr)
Topics in Film: American Independent Cinema
Matt Connolly Mon/Wed. 2:00 - 1:45pm 

FILM 216W (4 cr).                  

Writing About Film

Steven Rybin Mon/Wed. 10:00-11:45am
FILM 317-01 (4 cr.)                     Advanced Production    Tues./Thurs. 4:00-5:45pm

FILM 334W (4 cr.)                      

International Cinema

Steven Rybin Mon/Wed 12:00-1:45pm

FILM 416/516 (4 cr.).                  


 
Film Theory & Criticism

Matt Connolly Tues/Thurs. 12:00-1:45pm

 

Course Descriptions, Spring 2019

FILM 110 (4) Film Appreciation 
Promotes appreciation and understanding of cinema through the study of film style, film history, film genres, and the cultural impact of films. GE-6

FILM 114: Introduction to Film – Connolly

In this course, students will study and analyze elements basic to a critical understanding of film: story; visual design; cinematography and color; editing and special effects; functions of sound and music; styles of acting and directing; and function of genre and social beliefs. Students will explore a mix of classic and contemporary films from the U.S. and around the world.Core Requirement: Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major. GE-6.

FILM 214: Topics in Film: American Independent Cinema - Connolly 

This course examines the history of American independent cinema in the United States. We will proceed chronologically, beginning in the early days of the classical Hollywood studio system and ending in the present cinematic moment. The course will consider a range of issues in relationship to American independent film. These include, but are not limited to: major filmmakers, films, and filmic developments in the history of American independent cinema; the creation and development of alternative institutions of financing, production, distribution, exhibition, and reception for independent film; the changing relationship of independent cinema to mainstream aesthetic, industrial, social, and political forces; and the shifting nomenclature and rhetorical understandings surrounding the term “independent cinema” itself.Elective in Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major. GE-6. 

FILM 216W: Writing About Film – Steven Rybin

This course explores analytical film language/terminology in several different forms of film writing. Students will gain experience with short- and long-form analyses and reviews, collaborative analysis, and formal critical essays. While concentrating on the mechanics and practice of writing in these forms, the course also emphasizes critical, socio-cultural, and historical contexts in order to provide analytical skills that will support subsequent work in film studies. The subject of our study will include a mix of classic and contemporary films from the U.S. and around the world. Writing Intensive. Elective in Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major. GE-6.

FILM 317: Advanced Film Production – Staff

This course is designed to teach advanced principles of video production and post-production. It offers a mainly hands-on experience on creating professional looking films that, most importantly, tell a story. By taking this course you will learn how to work with high-end professional HD camcorders as well as DSLR cameras. You also will learn about the principle of lighting design, and master the conceptual and technical fundamentals of film editing. Elective in Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major.

FILM 334W: International Cinema -- Steven Rybin 

This course introduces students to film from a variety of world cultures. It is designed to increase knowledge of world cultures and appreciation and understanding of cultural differences in representation. The course emphasizes history of national cinemas, film analysis, and writing. Elective in Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major. Writing Intensive. GE-6. GE-8. Purple.

FILM 416/516: Film Theory and Criticism – Matt Connolly

This course will explore various theoretical perspectives on film. Students will study the theories through readings and discussion and apply them to films throughout the course. Core Requirement in Film Studies Minor and Film and Media Studies Major.