Often referred to as “FAMS,” the Film and Media Studies program is open to students at all levels of experience. Our courses analyze how moving-images can teach us about the larger history and theory of media and culture.
A study in reading films and writing about them, partly to illustrate the main elements of film language and partly to pose challenging texts for reading and writing.
Begin with the literal foundation of the moving image—the frame—before moving through shot and scene construction, lighting, sound-image concepts and final edit.
Discuss critical, theoretical and compositional approaches to a broad range of 20th-century European performance phenomena, and develop performative projects of your own.
A former military police officer attempts to reconcile his love for music with the memory of hearing it used as a weapon while stationed at Guantanamo Bay. An immigrant family from Cuba mourns the loss of their wife / mother / grandmother thousands of miles from the place they know as home. These are the real stories behind two documentaries filmed, edited and produced by Ashley Blasczyk '15 and Joyzel Acevedo '15 as part of their Film and Media Studies senior thesis projects.Read more