FILM - Film Production


Course Descriptions

FILM 1000 Filmmaking Fundamentals (3)

This course will introduce students to the motion picture industry and its production processes. Through screening and analysis of short films, the course will also prepare students to develop and write screenplays for short films. Students will gain basic skills in pre-production of a short film and in identifying structural differences between shorts and feature films.

FILM 2320 Filmmaking I (3)

Students learn the basics of filmmaking. Class sessions and assigned readings cover the entire filmmaking process. Students plan, shoot, and edit short black-and-white silent films. Lighting and exposure control and their relation to aesthetic qualities are emphasized. Prerequisites: FILM 1000.

FILM 2500 Art Direction for Film and Video (3)

Students learn the basic techniques and problem-solving methods of designing for both motion pictures and television and the role the art director plays in each. A wide range of the field is explored, from feature films to television commercials. Field trips to several local production companies are arranged. Prerequisite: EPMD 1000.

FILM 3150 Topics in Film Production (3)

These courses are offered periodically to feature topics in film production not covered by regularly offered courses. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisites vary with topic.

FILM 3730 Film II: Production (3)

Students further their knowledge in filmmaking, including screenwriting, synchronous sound shooting techniques, color cinematography, and directing for motion picture film. Students practice cinematic techniques for storytelling in both group and individual projects. Students learn professional working practices. For the core assignment, each student is required to write, direct and produce a short motion picture. In-class group exercises, readings, lectures, and critique sessions focus on the skills needed for each student to script, plan, and shoot their short motion picture. Post-production for the individual student film is done next semester in Film 3750. Prerequisite: FILM 2320.

FILM 3750 Film II: Post-Production (3)

This course is a continuation of FILM 3730. Students learn to complete their Film II Production project in the post-production stage. In this course students apply the fundamental principles of editing a synchronous sound motion picture, from the “raw footage” stage through post-production. (Students use their shot footage from FILM 3730.) Emphasis is placed on cinematic techniques for storytelling including picture editing, sound design, and completion formats. In addition to completing a short film, students learn about festivals and distribution. Grades are based on individual films. Prerequisite: FILM 3730.

FILM 3900 Lighting for Film and Video (3)

Students learn the intermediate and advanced lighting techniques and the aesthetic foundations of those techniques used in photography, video, and filmmaking. Students also learn to identify the motivation behind specific lighting decisions, as well as the application of lighting techniques. Prerequisite: PHOT 1000, VIDE 1000, OR THEA 2020.

FILM 4550 Film Directing (3)

Students learn the elements of directing applicable to dramatic films. Areas addressed include script analysis, choice of shots, character development, working with actors, working with production designers and cinematographers, techniques for efficient, creative work on the set, and working with editors in post-production. Students direct short, dramatic films, working with students in FILM 4560 Advanced Cinematography. Prerequisite: FILM 3750 OR permission of instructor.

FILM 4560 Advanced Cinematography (3)

This course provides in-depth study of cinematography, including lighting for mood and special effects, lighting in special situations, use of camera filters, exposure calculations for special situations (i.e., close-up cinematography), and use of various film stocks. Students learn the use of these and other techniques in the art of cinematography. Issues involving working with directors, production designers, and gaffers are also addressed. The class meets concurrently with FILM 4550 Film Directing, and cinematography students work with directing students to make short, dramatic films. Prerequisites: FILM 3900, FILM 3750 AND permission of instructor.

FILM 4570 Producing for Film (3)

Students learn the role of the producer in film, from original concept to the marketplace. Topics include treatments, budgeting, research and development, funding options, production teams, the stages of production, and distribution. As a final project, students develop and submit proposals for feature films. Prerequisite: FILM 3750.

FILM 4580 Advanced Editing (3)

This course builds on basic editing craft from Film 2: Post-Production and expands into advanced editing, craft and artistry. This course begins with an overview of advanced capture, finishing and delivery techniques (color correction, 3rd party effects, 3D editing, and an exploration of the variety of finishing/delivery options,) then expands into advanced editing practice and theory: the construc-tion of cinematic language between frames (alignment of frames as a sentence.) Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate both a solid technical base (advanced non-linear work flows) and an understanding of the language of film (cinematic language: how the choice, length and arrangement of shots influence story). Prerequisite: Film 3750 or permission of in-structor

FILM 4600 Overview Pre-Production (3)

Students learn production skills needed to shoot their overview films. With feedback from students and the instructor, each student develops a short film script. Once the script is finalized, students work on pre-production for their films and put together a pre-production book. Students are required to write a film proposal and produce a demo reel. During the last weeks of class, students request a Petition to Proceed for Overview by presenting their project idea to a film faculty panel. Prerequisites: senior standing, FILM 3750, OR permission of instructor.

FILM 4620 Senior Overview (3-6)

Provides an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their proficiency in a selected area of film production or film history/criticism. The student assumes responsibility for the production of a project under the direction of a faculty member. Projects may include a film production or a thesis. Prerequisites: senior standing, FILM 4600 AND acceptance of the student's petition to proceed to Senior Overview, AND permission of the instructor.

FILM 4700 Professional Development in Film Production (3)

This course provides the film production student with a deeper understanding and perspective on the job market in the motion pic-ture industry. Students devise a job searching strategy and develop tools and skills to achieve their goal. Topics include portfolio de-velopment and presentation, joining professional organizations, interviewing skills, and resume preparation. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the film production program or by permission of the instructor.

FILM 4900 Pro-Seminar in Film Production (2-4)

Provides students with professional production experience. With a faculty member acting as executive producer and/or producer/director, students produce materials for distribution purposes. Prerequisites: FILM 3730 AND FILM 3750 OR permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

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