Film Curriculum and Courses

I began teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2006. At that time, there was only a film minor degree program. I was tasked by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts to explore the development of the film minor into an interdisciplinary major. My work has included not only developing the B.A. Film Degree Program, but also many of the courses offered in the degree program.

Courses/Curriculum Developed – Undergraduate/Graduate/Professional

  • Occupational Endorsement. Indigenous Media & Environmental Communications. Submitted 2019 for University review.
  • Occupational Endorsement / Associates Degree Program. Film Technician Training. Submitted 2017 for University Review.
  • A. Film and Performing Arts Degree Concentration in Indigenous Media Arts – submitted 2017 for University review
  • A. Film and Performing Arts Degree Concentration in Interactive Media – submitted 2017 for University review
  • Minor degree in Integrated Arts – submitted 2017 for University review.
  • A. Degree program in Film and Performing Arts (FLPA)– curriculum development committee member- University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • A. Degree program in Film – University of Alaska Fairbanks. Primary author of the Film program major degree curriculum and revisions of Film Studies minor degree.
  • Film Reel Alaska Mentoring Experience (FRAME) –Residential film technician training program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Summer 2013 & 2014. Spring 2015. AY 2015-2016.
  • Art/Film 172 (231) – Previsualization and Preproduction for Film
  • English/Film/Journalism 217 – Introduction to the Study of Film – Direct and Distance Delivery
  • Film/Theatre 245- Stage Management and Film Production (major course revision)
  • Film/Theatre 271 – Let’s Make a Movie (major course revision)
  • Film/Theatre 331 – Directing Film/Video (major course revision)
  • Film/Theatre 334 (writing intensive)- Movies and Films Direct and Distance Delivery.
  • Film and Performing Arts 258 –Lights, Camera, Audio. New Course Development.
  • Film 289/389/489 – Reel Review­ – Development of Professional Development and Assessment tools for Film majors
  • Film 431 – Advanced Film Production
  • Anthropology/Art/Film 460 – Cross-cultural Filmmaking
  • Film/Anthropology/Journalism/Northern Studies 495/695-
  • Visual Anthropology and Scientific Documentary with Digital Video
  • Film Reel Alaska Mentoring Experience (FRAME)- Summer Film training program at UAF

 

Courses Taught – Undergraduate/Graduate – University of Alaska Fairbanks


IATSE Certified Film Set Safety Training and Set Readiness Course (8-hour course) Local 480 & 918.

Alaska Native Studies/Theatre 161 – Alaska Native Performance

Film and Performing Arts 193: Alaska Native Filmmaking: Stories for Climate Justice

Art/Film 172 (231)  – Previsualization and Preproduction for Film

English/Film/Journalism 217 – Introduction to the Study of Film

Film/Theatre 245-  Stage Management and Film Production

Film and Performing Arts 258- Lights, Camera, Audio

Film/Theatre 271- Let’s Make a Movie

Film and Performing Arts 271 – Film Set Production I.

Film/Theatre 272 – Let’s Make a Movie: Post-Production

Film/Theatre 331- Fundamentals of Film/Video Directing

Film/Theatre 334W – Movies and Films – Writing Intensive

Film and Performing Arts 403- FRAME: Film Practicum

Theatre 417 – Internship in Theatre Practice

Film 418 – Internship in Film Production

Film and Performing Arts 431 – Film Set Production II.

Anthropology/Art/Film 460 – Cross-cultural Filmmaking

Film/Theatre 470 – Advanced Film/Video Directing

Film/Anthropology/Journalism/Northern Studies 495/695-

Visual Anthropology and Scientific Documentary with Digital Video

Film and Performing Arts 497 – Medical Videography

Film 298/498 – Film Research

Film 499 – Film Thesis

Film Set Production I (FLPA 271) and Film Set Production II (FLPA 431)

These are often stacked courses; offered concurrently with advanced students mentoring more novice ones. Students engage on unique projects relevant to the current events, opportunities, and talent of the class. Often, students produce projects which showcase the screenwriting, producing, and directing talent of our majors.

The muse of inspiration comes to August (Mallory Smyth). From The Muse a film by Christopher Tucker.
The Muse by Molly Putman. Starring Mallory Smith.

The Muse was produced in 2014 by FLM 271 and screened at multiple film festivals beginning in 2015.

Sample Syllabus of FLM/FLPA 271 Film Production I


Fundamentals of Film/Video Directing (FLM/FLPA 331)

Introduction to the history, theory and basic concepts of film direction. Includes interpretative script analysis, creative visualization, conceptualization, use of space, working with actors and designers, and direction of short scenes and videos.

This course is often stacked with the Acting for the Camera course (instructed by Professor Baker). Students put original and proven material to the test and film scenes and projects with an eye on directing while still operating as a production team in camera, audio, production design, script supervision, and editing.

Sample Syllabus FLM 331


Cross-Cultural Filmmaking (ANTH/ART/FLM/FLPA 460)

FLPA F460      Cross-Cultural Filmmaking      (h)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

The use of film as a documentary tool for describing and understanding scientific and cultural phenomenon has led to the education of generations. Understanding the implications of our film work with a theoretical base for cultural understanding, scientific need and educational potentials will strengthen the film’s integrity and production methods in creating video documents useful as a scientific/cultural record. Pre- production will include research of archival visual media, oral histories and print materials; analysis of educational and scientific funding and distribution options and preliminary interviews, location scouting and film treatment. Production will include time on location with small film crews, media logging and record keeping. Post- production will include basic editing of sequences for distribution.Cross-listed:ANTH F460; ART F460.

NelsonKanukRAHI
A documentary for the Rural Alaska Honors Institute was initiated by the Cross Cultural Filmmaking Course in 2012.

For a sample of work completed by students in this course please see the RAHI Portfolio. 


To register for these classes please visit

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