Patrick G. Blaine
B CUSP 120
Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.
Introduction to U.S. Independent Film
This course will provide you with an introduction to U.S. independent cinema as opposed to Hollywood motion pictures. We will view at least 7 films, mainly from the 1990s and 2000s, in order to answer the question, “What is independent cinema?” We will also discuss production and distribution dynamics for non-Hollywood movies. Students will be expected to attend at least one SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) screening as part of course requirements. There will be a take-home midterm and a take-home final. Throughout the course, we’ll also spend time on your portfolios, which will help you to think about your progress during the freshman year, as well as possible future directions.
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Due to physical space contraints, we are not able to offer add codes to anyone.
Student learning goals
Improve writing skills.
Learn to study visual media.
Develop an understanding of U.S. Independent Cinema
General method of instruction
Lecture, Practice, Group Learning
Class assignments and grading
Written midterms, final, and other short assignments.