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From early "one-reelers" to current offerings on dedicated Web sites, international festivals, and film schools, this course studies the history, form, and purpose of classical and contemporary short films. Students will view, discuss, and write about the unique aspects of the short narrative film, with its dazzling array of themes and styles. As these award-winning independent films often feature actors, writers, and directors prominent in commercial films and television shows, the course provides an opportunity to examine the relationship between 5-25 minute short films and full-length films by the same writers or directors. Prerequisite: ENG 104.
A study of the classic myths of horror, with an emphasis on the literary origins of horror tales, and a close study of such significant books as Dracula and Frankenstein, with interpretations of why such terrifying concepts have continuously proven popular the world over, and a study of the way in which Hollywood motion pictures have both extended and distorted the varied tales.