THE DIVISION OF CINEMA & MEDIA STUDIES
CTCS 464 "Teen Film"
Section: 18201R – Does not require D-Clearance
This course screens classic coming of age stories spanning the 1950s (Rebel Without A Cause) to the present, from independent films (Turn Me On, Damn It!, Fish Tank) to Hollywood franchises (Hunger Games; Cheetah Girls). Topics include the creation of the category teenager in the 1940s; the importance of teen box office; media panics over juvenile delinquency and sex; and the rise of teen YouTube vloggers. Teen film auteurs include: Francois Truffaut, Amy Heckerling, John Hughes, Tina Fey, Allison Anders.
Professor: Ellen Seiter
CTCS 469 "Marvel"
Section: 18227R – Does not require D-Clearance
This course examines the expansion of the Marvel universe as a powerhouse franchise that has changed how we think about media industries and serialized entertainment. The class will consider multiple aspects of the Marvel phenomenon, including elements of worldbuilding, marketing, adaptation, fan culture, business models and more. Screenings will include many of Marvel's greatest hits and enduring series such as Iron Man, Black Panther, The Avengers, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and more. The course will be run symposium style and will draw upon the School of Cinematic Arts' strong connections at Marvel to feature weekly guests from the industry.
CTCS-466: "Theatrical Film Symposium"
Section: 18215R – Does not require D-Clearance
A staple course in the School of Cinematic Arts since 1960, CTCS 466 provides students with a unique opportunity made possible by USC’s close ties to the film industry. Each week, students are given the chance to view contemporary Hollywood films before their theatrical release and meet with the film’s creators for a one-of-a-kind Q&A session, led by film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Guests include actors, directors, writers, producers, editors, and other film industry professionals, many of whom are USC alumni. Recent semesters have featured Black Panther, Captain Marvel, The Shape of Water, Coco, Thor: Ragnarok, and The Post, and such guests as Guillermo del Toro, Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler, J.J. Abrams, Marion Cotillard, Melanie Lynskey, and Sylvester Stallone.
Professor: Leonard Maltin
CTCS-467: Television Symposium
Section: 18210R – Does not require D-Clearance
Taught by Mary McNamara, Pulitzer-prize winning TV Critic and Cultural Editor for the LA Times. Each week, students meet with current TV showrunners for Q&As about writing and producing their shows. Recent guests include: Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer (Stranger Things), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (Glow), Dave Erickson (Fear the Walking Dead), Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan (S.W.A.T.), Ron Moore (Outlander), Kyra Sedgwick (Ten Days in the Valley), Cheo Coker (Marvel's Luke Cage), Conan O'Brien (Conan), David Benioff & DB Weiss (Game of Thrones), Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs OJ Simpson), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Kenya Barris (black-ish), and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries).
Professor: Mary McNamara