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HUM 3 Introduction to the Cinema

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: Eligible for English 250 and 260.

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: C2; IGETC: 3B; GAV-GE: C2

This course provides an introduction to the cinema. It includes a view of the inventors and the technological developments that led to the modern motion picture; an historical perspective on the growth and development of cinema including significant films that contributed to its establishment as an art form, a study of film genres such as the comedy, the musical, and the western; the technology of image and sound; and a look at the basic techniques of filmmakers when they attempt to convey meaning.


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HUM 4 Introduction to American Cinema

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: English 440

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: C2; IGETC: 3B; GAV-GE: C2

This introductory course in film studies is a survey of the American film industry as an art form, as an industry, and as a system of representation and communication. The course explores how Hollywood films work technically, aesthetically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge America's national self-image.


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HUM 5 Humanities Through The Arts

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: English 440

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: C2; IGETC: 3B; GAV-GE: C2

A survey of the human condition as seen through film, drama, music, literature, painting, sculpture, and architecture, with an emphasis on the history, techniques, meaning, and evaluation of individual works of Western Art.


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HUM 6 Foreign Cinema

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Transferable: CSU; GAV-GE: C2

This class is a survey of significant developments in narrative film outside Hollywood. Differing international contexts, theoretical movements, technological innovations, and major directors are studied. The class offers a global, historical overview of narrative content and structure, production techniques, audience, and distribution. Students screen a variety of rare and popular films, focusing on the artistic, historical, social, and cultural contexts of film production. Students develop critical thinking skills and address issues of popular culture, including race, class, gender, and equity.


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HUM 10 Approaches to Contemporary Film

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: Eligibility for English 250 and 260.

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: C1, C2; IGETC: 3B; GAV-GE: C1, C2

Approaches to Contemporary Film examines theories of film criticism as they apply to films from 1960 to the present. Students learn technical, visual, classical, historical, cultural, ideological, and aesthetic approaches to film and sample from a representative list of foreign and domestic movies. Special emphasis is given to new voices from non-American sources and to emerging voices in American cinema.


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HUM 25A Film Production

Units: 3     Hours: 2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Transferable: CSU

In this class students are introduced to basic theory, concepts, and practice of video and film production, both in the studio and in the field. Students learn skills in camera operation, lighting, audio, and editing. Students will learn the tools of the narrative film/video director's art. Working in production groups, students learn to break down scripted material in order to prepare to shoot dramatic scenes and sequences on camera. Students learn techniques for working with actors on camera. Students apply production planning and management skills. Students learn the basics of production lighting design, including script analysis, basic 3 point lighting, fill, key, differences between perceived light, and recorded light (video, film). Students learn the basics of production sound design, including the recording of sound, foley, looping, and postproduction.