We believe that engaging in productions is a pratical way for students to apply their knowledge in a collaborative setting and learn to acquire new knowledge on their own. Our productions are therefore mostly tight with our courses that are offered on the MA level or at the senior year of the BA program. The department has also received funding for making independent films.
The film productions are mostly the results of the BA Film & Literature course. Professors who teach this course would introduce students to the difference between works of literature and the medium of the cinema and then direct students to make a film.
The films produced are mostly adapted from literary works, with some bearing the same name of the original works, such as Edgar Allen Poe's “The Masque of the Red Death” and Alexandr Pushkin’s “The Queen of Spades,” and some with complete new titles, such as Undone, adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy, and Total Depravity, inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Some film productions are original works, with students doing the research, screenwriting, and camerawork. Children of God, a documentary about Taiwanese Mormons, and Paranoid City are examples of this kind of original works.
For more information, please go to our film productions.
Our drama productions are the results of the either the BA Western Drama class or the MA Creative Writing Workshop. The BA Western Drama class is designed to acquaint students with Western plays and focus on the interaction between culture and society. The MA Creative Writing Workshop gives students practical experience writing poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as newly emergent creative writing genres such as creative non-fiction and multi-media performance. The professor offering the course decides whether an actual drama production will be made.
For more information, please go to our drama productions.