Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Rappmund, Peter
Discipline and Number
FILM 3342 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Special Effects

Description of Course:

This course explores major developments of optical and visual effects methods in motion pictures throughout history and seeks to explain how cutting edge technology has helped alter the course of cinema. Each class will include a survey of a variety of films and video, from big budget productions to underground classics, that demonstrate the many successes and failures of the art form. Topics to be covered include the earliest uses of animation, miniatures, 3D, matte paintings, stop motion, doubling, motion control, makeup, CGI, and motion capture. During the semester students will be asked to not only learn the ins and outs of how certain techniques were achieved, but to also approach these effects from a critical perspective in order to better understand whether they have helped or hindered filmmaking's ability to generate illusion, immersion, and wonder.

Required Texts:


Required reading of web articles and essays will be posted throughout the semester on eLearning.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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