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Jim Snapko

Adjunct Instructor of Film Studies
Office
JRC 343
Phone
(651) 962-5696
Mail
Mail JRC 333
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

James Snapko has made more than 15 films that have played at festivals all over the world, including the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. His films have also garnered critical acclaim from the Miami International Film Festival, Cinequest, Minneapolis 48-Hour Film Festival, Twin Cities Film Festival, South Dakota Film Festival, North Dakota Digital Film Festival, Houston Worldfest Film Festival, and the Arizona Film Festival.

He has been with the University of St. Thomas since 2002 and has taught a variety of film courses, including film history, world cinema, American independent cinema since 1959, great filmmakers (Murnau, Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Scorsese), and filmmaking.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
FILM 200 - 01 Introduction to Film Studies M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 414
CRN: 41162 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 - - - 1715 - 1915 JRC 126
CRN: 41194 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 495 - I1 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41783 4 Credit Hours Instructor: James T. Snapko

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
FILM 200 - 01 Introduction to Film Studies - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 BEC LL03
CRN: 10080 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 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 298 - W01 Topics: Screenwriting M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 212
CRN: 21984 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 counts as a production/practice course for students pursuing the Film Studies minor and as an elective course for English majors; it also counts for those minoring in English. 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 - 52 Intro to Film Studies Lab - - - R - - - 1525 - 1725 OEC 313
CRN: 22407 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 200 - L02 Introduction to Film Studies M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 305
CRN: 22404 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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