University of Notre Dame

Basics of Film and Television

FTT 10101: Basics of Film and Television

Serves as a prerequisite to all upper-level film and television courses.

This class is designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of film and television. You will learn about the basic elements that distinguish films and television programs from other aesthetic forms, such as editing, cinematography, sound and set design, and how these components work together to develop stories and characters. We will also work with interpretive frameworks that uncover deeper meanings and patterns in film and television, such as genre theory, the idea of “authorship,” and ideological analysis. The class presents a range of films, from such Hollywood classics as Casablanca and The Departed, to award-winning international films and projects from our very own student film festival. Television shows we will screen include Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, and Ugly Betty. This course is required for all majors in Film, Television, and Theatre.

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