James Snapko portrait

James Snapko

Instructor of Film Studies
Office
JRC 343
Hours
(Fall 2016) W 5:00-6:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5696

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 298 - W01 Topics: Intro to Screenwriting M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 246
CRN: 42443 4 Credit Hours Instructor: James T. Snapko The purpose of this course is to explore how to write effective narrative screenplays, with an emphasis on the creation of short scripts. In order to explore and identify basic dramatic principles of story, character, and structure, we will analyze numerous short scripts and films made from them. We’ll also look at how the dramatic principles of short scripts have been expanded and turned into feature screenplays by exploring the work of such successful writers and filmmakers as Raymond Chandler (DOUBLE INDEMNITY), Joel & Ethan Coen (FARGO), Nora Ephron (WHEN HARRY MET SALLY), and Akira Kurosawa (RASHOMAN), to name just a few. Once we establish the basics of effective screenplays, students will apply these concepts to the development of their own original short scripts. By the end of the semester, students will have written several complete short scripts that are ready to be shot on their own, produced as part of UST’s filmmaking course, or could be developed further into feature length screenplays. This course satisfies a writing requirement for English and English with Writing Emphasis majors and counts as a production/practice course for student pursuing the Film Studies minor; please note that it does not count towards the literature and writing core requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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FILM 200 - 01 Introduction to Film Studies M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 401
CRN: 41303 4 Credit Hours Instructor: James T. Snapko FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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FILM 200 - 51 Intro to Film Studies/Lab - - - R - - - 1700 - 1859 JRC 126
CRN: 41339 0 Credit Hours Instructor: James T. Snapko FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
FILM 200 - 01 Introduction to Film Studies - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 BEC LL03
CRN: 10087 4 Credit Hours Instructor: James T. Snapko FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
FILM 200 - 01 Introduction to Film Studies - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC LL07
CRN: 21218 4 Credit Hours Instructor: James T. Snapko FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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FILM 200 - 51 Intro to Film Studies Lab - - W - - - - 1525 - 1725 JRC 126
CRN: 21219 0 Credit Hours Instructor: James T. Snapko FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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FILM 350 - 01 Independent American Cinema - - W - - - - 1800 - 2130 MHC 210
CRN: 22454 4 Credit Hours Instructor: James T. Snapko This course is organized around a topic or area of inquiry and allows students to view, discuss, and read and write about feature-length films that engage with the topic of inquiry in depth. The course entails engaged viewing of films in and outside of class, reading of several critical articles per week, writing a weekly film journal, completing quizzes and a midterm, completing research papers, and active in-class participation. Possible subject areas may include cinema and social or political conflict, cinema and the environment, cinema and science fiction, or a focus on the work of a particular director or genre. Course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Prerequisite: FILM 200

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