Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Film and Media Studies
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
81054 FMS 263A CREATE A DOCUMENTARY: ITALY'S HIDDEN TREASURES (TOPICS IN ITALIAN CULTURE) Spring 2017 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
3
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
6
Total Cap     
12
Cross Listed: CLT 244A, FMS 263A, IT 224A (P)
Instructors: SINISCALCO F
Description: The course aims to introduce students to the history of the documentary film genre, to offer hands-on experience in documentary film production and editing, and to reflect on some of the major issues in intercultural communication, and more specifically in the representation of one of the most significant areas of southern Italy. Students will contribute to the production of a documentary film on the island of Procida, in the bay of Naples. Most of the course work will be conducted on the editing of pre-recorded footage of Procida, however, there will also be a production component where the students will shoot and edit their own interviews with local Rochesterians whose ancestors are from the island of Procida, or more generally from the province of Naples. As a preliminary phase to editing and producing an interview, Procida’s local culture, history, literature and art will be investigated through selected readings and films.
Clusters: H1IT005, H1MLC002
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/mlc/
Offered: Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
79032 FMS 263A Create a Documentary, Recreate the Medieval World Spring 2014 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
3
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
9
Total Cap     
15
Cross Listed: CLT 244A, DMS 284, FMS 263A, IT 224A (P)
Instructors: SINISCALCO F; STOCCHI-PERUC
Description: The course aims at the production of a short digital documentary that images the medieval world after a most comprehensive literary document of the time: Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the process of recreating the physical context of selected parts of the poem and thereby constructing a visual companion to the poem itself, students become aware of historical, geographic, artistic, and cultural aspects of the Italian Middle Ages. They also reflect on how digital media can enhance the study of the humanities while practicing the basic methodologies of documentary filmmaking. These include main idea development and storyboarding, digital video shooting, interviewing techniques, clip selection and editing, voiceover narration, subtitling, content indexing and retrieval. No previous experience in Italian literature or documentary filmmaking is required. Students who do have previous experience in one or both of these areas shall be engaged as to contribute at the highest level to the making of the final documentary.
Clusters: H1IT005
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/mlc/

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
79028 FMS 263B Mediating Culture Through Video: Subtitling and Voiceover Spring 2014 2.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
0
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
4
Total Cap     
20
Cross Listed: CLT 244B, FMS 263B, IT 224B (P)
Instructors: SINISCALCO F
Description: The course, intended for intermediate and advanced students of Italian, works on cultural mediation through the creation of video subtitling and voiceovers. Students will collaborate on a short documentary film on what it means to study in an Italian university. The film is being produced by a group of Italian university students from the University of Siena in Arezzo. The US students participating in the course will be in touch with the Italian students and collaborate with them on an English edition of the film. In the process they will learn about the Italian university system and compare it to their own educational tradition.
Clusters: H1IT005
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/mlc/

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
71924 FMS 263 MACHINIMA: FILM & ARTISTRY IN VIRTUAL WORLDS Spring 2012 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
9
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
12
Total Cap     
18
Cross Listed: ENG 263 (P), ENG 463, FMS 263
Instructors: HIGLEY S
Final Exam Schedule: HARK 114 on 0511 at 1230
Description: This course examines and participates in making machinima (machine/cinema). Its defining element is that it NOT shoot “real world” objects but use 3D immersive worlds for its imagery in motion, using software to film in “real time.” That definition blurs when we consider iClone, Maya, and other capture methods. Halo, Half-Life, WoW, the Sims, and Second Life are popular environments for machinima. Changing as we speak, it is generically ambiguous: does it imitate cinema or is it creating something else? This course examines a genre poised between old and new techniques, its history and applications, and ultimately focuses on the Second Life art machinima which adapts for its stories the cutting edge 3D art being created in a permissive virtual world--surreal environments meant to be experienced first by its immersed users (“avatars”). We will open accounts in Second Life, explore its art, make some machinima, analyze the work of experts, and talk about film theory and what virtually happened to us.
Clusters: H1ENG016, H1FMS004
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/ENG/undergrad/undergraduate_courses.html
Offered: Fall Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
80340 FMS 263 MACHINIMA:FLM&ART VIRTL REC Spring 2012 REC Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
1
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
3
Total Cap     
18
Cross Listed: ENG 263 (P), ENG 463, FMS 263
Instructors: HIGLEY S

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
26431 FMS 263 CLOCKS AND COMPUTERS: VISUALIZING CULTURAL TIME Fall 2016 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
1
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
10
Total Cap     
15
Cross Listed: AH 279, AH 479, DMS 211, ENG 263 (P), ENG 463, FMS 263, FMS 463
Instructors: BURGES J
Final Exam Schedule: RRLIB G108A on 1221 at 1230
Description: What does time look like? How can we use computers to visualize the experience of time produced by watching a movie or television series, reading a literary text such as a novel or poem, or simply being on our cell phone throughout the day? What kinds of interfaces and interpretations are possible once we visualize the rhythms of these? We will collaborate on answers to these questions through projects in which students gather “small data” that they then visualize with the aim of understanding how digital technologies provide new mediums of analysis for grappling with the meanings of temporality. Organized as much around student concerns as ongoing research, this interdisciplinary course will introduce students to important work in the humanistic study of time; innovative scholarship in the digital humanities; and experiments in using digital technology to pursue qualitative research. No technical knowledge needed, only a desire to play with the possibilities of contemporary media for the study of culture.
Clusters: H1ENG016
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/ENG/undergrad/undergraduate_courses.html
Offered: Fall Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
79522 FMS 263 CLOCKS AND COMPUTERS: VISUALIZING CULTURAL TIME Fall 2015 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
1
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
8
Total Cap     
15
Cross Listed: AH 279, AH 479, DMS 211, ENG 263 (P), ENG 463, FMS 263, FMS 463
Instructors: BURGES J
Final Exam Schedule: RRLIB G108A on 1219 at 1230
Description: What does time look like? How can we use computers to visualize the experience of time produced by watching a movie or television series, reading a literary text such as a novel or poem, or simply being on our cell phone throughout the day? What kinds of interfaces and interpretations are possible once we visualize the rhythms of these? We will collaborate on answers to these questions through projects in which students gather “small data” that they then visualize with the aim of understanding how digital technologies provide new mediums of analysis for grappling with the meanings of temporality. Organized as much around student concerns as ongoing research, this interdisciplinary course will introduce students to important work in the humanistic study of time; innovative scholarship in the digital humanities; and experiments in using digital technology to pursue qualitative research. No technical knowledge needed, only a desire to play with the possibilities of contemporary media for the study of culture.
Clusters: H1ENG016
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/ENG/undergrad/undergraduate_courses.html
Offered: Fall Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
82750 FMS 263 CLOCKS AND COMPUTERS: VISUALIZING CULTURAL TIME Fall 2013 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
11
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
20
Total Cap     
25
Cross Listed: AH 279, AH 479, DMS 211, ENG 263 (P), ENG 463, FMS 263, FMS 463
Instructors: BURGES J
Description: What does time look like? How can we use computers to visualize the experience of time produced by watching television, reading a novel, walking through a city, or listening to music? What kinds of interfaces and interpretations are possible once we visualize the rhythms of these cultural forms and processes? We will collaborate on answers to these questions through projects in which students gather “small data” on cultural time that they then visualize and interpret with the aim of understanding how digital technologies provide new mediums of analysis for grappling with the meanings of temporality. Organized as much around student concerns as ongoing research, this interdisciplinary course will introduce students to important work in the humanistic study of time; innovative scholarship in the digital humanities; and experiments in using digital technology to pursue qualitative research. No technical knowledge needed, only a desire to play with the possibilities of contemporary media for the study of culture.
Clusters: H1ENG016, H1FMS004
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/ENG/undergrad/undergraduate_courses.html
Offered: Fall Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
99752 FMS 263 AVATAR:DIGITAL ARTISTRY IN VIRTUAL WORLDS AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT Fall 2010 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
8
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
12
Total Cap     
16
Cross Listed: ENG 263 (P), ENG 463, FMS 263
Instructors: HIGLEY S
Final Exam Schedule: RRLIB G108 on 1220 at 1600
Description: This course will engage Second Life and other Virtual Worlds to examine not just 3D artistic environments, but "machinima,"film-clips using "avatars" as actors, with an emphasis on New Media narrative, participatory culture and potential educational uses. Given our technical equipment, students will participate in making a film and/or art project.
Clusters: H1ENG016, H1FMS002, H1FMS004
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/ENG/undergrad/index.html
Offered: Fall