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Kristin Tripp Caldwell, MFA

Media Studies, Honors Instructor

Fine Arts and Communication Division

Media Studies, Department Chair
(650) 949-7562


Foothill campus
Office: 1212
Office Hours:
Spring 2020
Office hours: Monday/Tuesday 9:30 -10:30 am via email or canvas messaging
Wednesday 4-5 pm via email or canvas messaging
Thursday 9:30 – 10:30 am by appointment via zoom teleconference




MDIA 1.01W Intro to Film Studies (FULLY ONLINE SECTION) CRN 40440
MDIA 1.01W Intro to Film Studies (FULLY ONLINE SECTION) CRN 41719
MDIA 020.01YW Fundamentals of Media Production (meets via Zoom 2pm Wednesdays) CRN 40440

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Course information:

Information and GE Applicability 2020:

MDIA 1 and MDIA 1H Introduction to Film Studies
Core requirement for Foothill College AS-T in Film/Electronic Media - Media Studies
Foothill College - Area I - Humanities
IGETC - AREA 3- Arts
CSU GE - C1 Arts

Course Description
A survey of the language, technology, and aesthetics of the moving image as an art form. The course emphasizes an introduction to the critical analysis of film and video. The primary focus of this course is research and analysis of the formal elements of film; these include cinematography, mise en scene, sound, editing, and narrative.

Course Objectives
* Understand basic film language, techniques and terminology.
* Critically analyze the film form through a variety of ideological perspectives.
* Understand a film's influence in shaping values and perceptions in popular culture.
* Identify major trends in the evolution of film as an art form and the relationship between film and other visual arts.
* Learn about a variety of film forms and prominent artists in the field.
* Develop visual literacy, thinking, and critique skills through the study of film.
* Hone thinking, writing, research, and analysis skills in relation to the moving image.

Course assignments
* Weekly discussion forum writing and quizzes covering films and textbook readings
* Major written exam or essay
* Final exam

MDIA 20 Fundamentals of Media Production

In this course we will cover basic concepts, techniques, and strategies of small-format digital filmmaking and production. Workshops introduce basic videography, lighting, and sound recording. We explore video as a medium for artistic expression and social inquiry. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling, and creative problem solving. Classes will be structured around group and individual critiques, class productions and exercises, screenings of works by prominent film/video artists.

Course Goals and Objectives
* Understand basic elements, procedures, and processes of video pre-production and production
* Understand film and video production equipment and terminology
* Learn creative and technical decision-making in the video production process
* Develop visual literacy, thinking and critique skills in relation to video and media


Required Textbooks for MDIA 1.01 and 1H
Barsam, Richard and Monahan, Dave. Looking at Movies 6th ed. WWNorton. Paperback or e-book (media pack not required). Available through the Foothill College bookstore, or publisher.

Required textbook for MDIA 20 (e-book)
Schroeppel, Tom. The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video. 3rd ed, Allworth, 2015.

Recommended text for MDIA 1, MDIA 1H
Corrigan, Timothy. A Short Guide to Writing about Film. Pearson (any edition)

Recommended text for MDIA 20 (intermediate students)
Ascher Steven. The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age: Fifth Edition

Recommended text for MDIA 1H (Introduction to Film - Honors course)
Geiger, Jeffrey and Rutsky, R.L. Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. WWNorton


Kristin Tripp Caldwell is an interdisciplinary artist working in digital film, sculpture, installation, and most recently 360/VR cinema. Her research areas of interest include cinematic sensory perception and affective responses to film media and physical environments.

Professional Affiliations:
Society for Media and Cinema Studies
Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image
Bay Area Women in Film and Media
American Cinema Editors
Digital Cinema Society


BFA Photography/Film - University of North Texas
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media - School of Visual Arts, NYC
MA Cinema Studies in progress - San Francisco State University
Has received artist grants from the Experimental Television Center (New York), Bronx Council of the Arts, and Dallas Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited and broadcast throughout the U.S.

Personal Quote:

The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.

Hence the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire..

Last update: 2020-04-07
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