Course Info

FILM 325: Experimental Filmmaking I (Formerly DC 345)

Due to COVID-19, Spring in-class sections will be conducted online. Please contact your instructor for more information.

This production-based course explores breaking the boundaries of conventional cinema through experimental formal approaches, techniques and content. Students will create projects in the modes of key figures form the history of experimental and avant-garde film and video, such as Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Luis Bunuel, Maya Deren, Dana Hodgdon, David Lynch, Bill Viola, or Andy Warhol. Additionally, students will be encouraged to capture, edit and process material through non-traditional means, and to explore unconventional content. Screenings of experimental works may be tailored to the specific interests of students as projects develop. The influences of experimental cinema on conventional media such as Hollywood movies, commercials, and music video will also be analyzed.

FILM 110 and POST 110 are prerequisites for this class.

Spring 2019-2020

Section: 601
Class number: 30130
Meeting time: Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: REMOT E0000
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Winter 2019-2020

Section: 501
Class number: 25521
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Spring 2018-2019

Section: 601
Class number: 30605
Meeting time: Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Winter 2018-2019

Section: 501
Class number: 25773
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Spring 2017-2018

Section: 601
Class number: 34456
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Winter 2017-2018

Section: 501
Class number: 21130
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Spring 2016-2017

Section: 601
Class number: 33927
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Winter 2016-2017

Section: 501
Class number: 27181
Meeting time: Th 2:00PM - 5:15PM
Location: CINES PST15 at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Fall 2016-2017

Section: 401
Class number: 33980
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Spring 2015-2016

Section: 601
Class number: 33307
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Fall 2015-2016

Section: 401
Class number: 17151
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus