Program Director, Media and Film Studies
121 Berte Humanities Building
Campus Box 549028
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-7841
Office Fax: N/A
Brief Career Background:
Teddy Champion is a native of Florence, Alabama, and has served as an assistant professor at Samford University and the University of Southern Mississippi, teaching courses in film production and media studies. Teddy has over 15 years of experience as a film producer, documentary producer, production manager and location sound recordist for clients such as A&E, BBC, CMT, Discovery Channel, E! News, History Channel, National Geographic Channel, NBC and VH. In 2003 he earned an MFA in film directing and screenwriting from Columbia University, and in 2016 he received a PhD at the University of Alabama where his dissertation focused on working-class southerners in modern reality television. His current area of research involves media and entertainment history, with a particular interest in the South and southern content in film and television.
PhD, University of Alabama, 2016
MFA, Columbia University, 2003
BA, Vanderbilt University, 1996
Areas of Academic Interest:
- Film and media history and theory
- Film and television production
- Location sound recording
Southern film and media history
MFS 210 Film Analysis
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and tools of film analysis. The course focuses on learning to isolate, describe, and analyze stylistic elements of film, as well as film narrative and narration. This course serves two purposes: to provide the necessary descriptive and analytic tools to excel in upper-level film courses; and to deepen the student's appreciation of cinema by encouraging the viewing of films as richly textured works of art.
MFS 250 Documentary Film History
MFS 270 Advanced Screenwriting
MFS 310 Film and Media Theory
A survey of film and media theory from the silent era to the present. The course focuses on several key theorists and their ideas about the nature and function of cinema/media, as well as the relationship between texts, spectatorship, and culture. Throughout the semester, we will properly situate these theories in their historical context and examine the influence they have had on subsequent theorists and practitioners. Prerequisite: MFS 100, 201, or consent.
MFS 470 Seminar and Senior Conference
An interdisciplinary seminar in a special topic designed to engage all three areas of concentration.
MFS 490 MFS Internship