Courses are offered in ceramics, contemporary art issues, drawing, film theory and history, painting, photography, digital photography, printmaking, sculpture and film and video.
ATL 498/DAN 498/VIS 498 Princeton Atelier: Dance on Camera / DIY
Dance on camera has a different impact than dance on stage - how can we explore this form that arguably has a bigger audience than live performance? How can we make and distribute dance on camera using equipment that is readily available and low cost? This studio course supports students to create video projects featuring the body in motion; results may be art installations, dance videos or video art. Graphic artist/Princeton Fellow Danielle Aubert and choreographer/professor Susan Marshall will lead workshops in movement and in the use of sound and motion-editing software.
Instructors: Susan S. Marshall, Danielle Aubert
CWR 348/VIS 348 Screenwriting I: Screenwriting as a Visual Medium
The course will introduce students to basic screenwriting principals and techniques, using cross-cultural and cross-temporal examples. Course will examine the visual power of storytelling in film and other relative media, concentrating on the strategic use of visual elements to create a unified viewing experience and the use of visual moments/behavior in creating memorable characters. Students will complete the course with a strong working sense of the core elements used in visual storytelling as applied in film, tv, or new media. Final portfolio will include one silent short film and two narrative shorts.
CWR 448/VIS 448 Screenwriting II: Adaptation
This course will introduce students to Screenwriting Adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting "true stories" pulled from various non-fiction sources. The class will address the ethics of adaptation, questions and techniques surrounding the need to fictionalize truth for dramatic purposes, as well as touching on the differences between fictional and nonfictional original materials. Students will be exposed to various contemporary non-fiction adaptations, and will write a short film (under 15 pages) and one longer project (30 pages).
SLA 316/RES 316/VIS 353 Ethical Dimensions of Contemporary Russian Cinema
Exploration of the quest for moral values in Soviet and post-Soviet Russian cinema of the 1960's to the present. Topics include, among others, the effects of Stalinism; the struggle for freedom of individual conscience under totalitarianism; the artist's moral dilemmas in Soviet and post-Soviet society; materialism vs. spirituality. Films of Andrey Tarkovsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergei Bodrov, Alexander Sokurov, Yuri Mamin, and others. Some attention to relevant American films (for instance, Woody Allen) and films from other cultures.
Instructors: Ellen B. Chances
VIS 261 Introductory Video and Film Production
A film/video course introducing the techniques of shooting and editing digital video. Works of film/video art will be analyzed in class to explore the development of, and innovations in, cinematic language. Production will be oriented toward film/video as a visual art, including narrative, documentary, and experimental genres. Several short video projects will be produced during the semester.
Instructors: Keith J. Sanborn
VIS 263 Documentary Filmmaking
This course will give students an introduction to documentary film and video production, with a special emphasis on the practical challenges of producing films in the real world. Students will learn fundamental filmmaking techniques from a professor with thirteen years experience running her own film production company, as well as a handful of guest professionals in the fields of cinematography, casting, and editing. Production and critique of student work will be augmented by film screenings, readings, and discussion of the effects that practical realities can have on the creative process.
Instructors:Emily P. Abt
VIS 343 Major Filmmakers
A seminar on the major films of Luchino Visconti, Robert Bresson, and Jean-Marie Straub (and Daniele Huillet) and their literary sources. All three filmmakers made important and eccentric adaptations of major literary texts.
Instructors:P. Adams Sitney
VIS 417 Fall Film Seminar
This class will explore the art of storytelling through the aesthetics of film editing. By focusing on the editing process, students will not only learn how to edit their work but also how to better plan the writing, casting, sound design, and shooting of a film to better serve the editing process. Through screenings of award-winning films, informal class discussions with their directors, and exclusive access to raw scenes and footage, students will learn how to conceptualize the entire film production process as well as be introduced to accomplished professionals in the field.
* For additional course offerings on the history of film, visit the Registrar's course catalog.