James Snapko

Instructor of Film Studies
Office
JRC 343
Phone
(651) 962-5696

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
FILM 297 - 01 Topics: Filmmaking - T - R - 1730 - 2130 BEC 114
CRN: 30415 4 Credit Hours So you want to make a movie? Well, here's your chance. FILM 297 Filmmaking offers the opportunity to learn what "making a movie" really means. This course is designed to introduce students to the filmmaking process, from script to screen. We will concentrate our attention on two main elements--understanding the technical concerns of filmmaking and developing students' artistic voice. Working in teams, students will learn how to conceive, plan, organize, light, shoot, record sound, capture footage, and edit material through basic filmmaking exercises, with the end product being the creation of a short film. In conjunction with the technical elements, we will also use exercises and assignments to become better watchers and listeners by developing sharper insights into human nature and through habits of observing the world around us. Ultimately, the goal of the course will be to give students the tools they need to conceive and flesh out ideas that will lead to compelling, authentic, and personally meaningful films.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
FILM 200 - 02 Introduction to Film Studies - - - R - 1800 - 2130 BEC LL07
CRN: 41756 4 Credit Hours 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. Students registering for FILM 200-02 should also register for the FILM 200-52 viewing lab, which is scheduled on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm.
FILM 200 - 52 Intro to Film Studies/Lab - T - - - 1800 - 2000 JRC 126
CRN: 41963 0 Credit Hours Students registring for the FILM 200-52 viewing lab should also register for the required FILM 200-02 class as well.

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
FILM 200 - 01 Introduction to Film Studies - T W R F 1300 - 1600 BEC LL03
CRN: 10128 4 Credit Hours 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.