OUR FILM PROGRAM
Over the past decade, film has been growing steadily as a part of the standard curriculum in many departments at UAB. The reason is no mystery: film studies and film production represent a microcosm of life.
Through film we study every other subject: the arts, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy— you name it. Film is the next best thing to experiencing something. Whether it's a courtroom drama, a car race, or the depths of interpersonal relationships, film brings a slice of life into a classroom where we can pause, rewind or fast forward life bits for study and amusement.
Across the country, students are lining up to take film courses because of their applications to practical, real-world scenarios. In the creation of film, one learns to work in a team while addressing the science of the camera, microphone and editing. In narrative film production, one learns psychology through character development, working with actors, and audience response. One also learns the art and craft of screenwriting, shot composition, set and costume design, and music scoring. In documentary film production, one learns the art of interviewing and editing to glean the most important and most interesting aspects of a true story.
Film Studies can teach us the structure and form—the language—of film art. It provides a rich curriculum for critical analysis of the relationship of message, meaning, and method. Beyond attention to the medium, films offer a subjective and multi-textured look at major issues of our times and those before us, as well as a peek into what might be ahead. Films are also used as vehicles of expression for philosophical and sociological concepts that are as complex and multi-layered as the human experience.