Fall Film Seminar

This class will explore the art of storytelling through the aesthetics of film editing. By focusing on the editing process, students will not only learn how to edit their work but also how to better plan the writing, casting, sound design, and shooting of a film to better serve the editing process. Through screenings of award-winning films, informal class discussions with their directors, and exclusive access to raw scenes and footage, students will learn how to conceptualize the entire film production process as well as be introduced to accomplished professionals in the field.

Sample reading list:
Lee DanielsPrecious
Lena DunhamTiny Furniture
Yasujiro OzuFloating Weeds
Kimberly PierceBoy’s Don’t Cry
Edet BelzbergChildren Underground
Jehane NoujaimControl Room

Reading/Writing assignments:
Editing of one narrative and one documentary scene each, from raw footage (25% ‘Other’). Watch and prepare to discuss weekly assigned films. Write one-page, weekly responses to assigned films. Student work-in-progress screenings and critiques.

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators
Open to Visual Arts Certificate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to VIS Certificate/Film Concentrators only AND/OR MUST have completed two film production courses from among the following: VIS 261, VIS 262, VIS 263, VIS 264, VIS 362, VIS 438, VIS 462. FOR ENROLLMENT, PLEASE CONTACT PROFESSOR JOE SCANLAN AT: JSCANLAN@PRINCETON.EDU.



Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 p.m.
185 Nassau St., Room 304