At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Write a producible original short script with developed character(s) and a narrative arc.
2. Create a genre-specific lighting plan.
3. Execute a plan through cinemagraphic conventions.
4. Operate digital video and audio equipment.
5. Execute a lighting plan.
6. Learn to direct actors for the screen.
7. Develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively with actors.
8. Edit films using the conventions of post-production, with dual emphasis on the art and
science of editing.
9. Execute a final sound mix down.
10. Color correct a locked cut.
11. Develop a sample marketing plan for a film.
12. Complete a theoretical application to short film festivals.
I. Intermediate Short Story Writing
A. Development of compelling and original story idea
B. Development of narrative arc specific to the short story form
C. Brainstorming and writing in a group
D. Pitching story ideas
E. Character development, backstory and character traits
F. Dialogue: realism and subtext
G. Writing in genre-specific tones
H. Rewriting and working in groups
I. Giving and Receiving Feedback Effectively
J. Rewrites and organizing drafts
K. Final Drafts
II. Intermediate Pre-Production
A. Script Breakdown and Analysis
B. Budget and Line Producing
D. Development of a Visual Plan; Storyboards; Visualization
E. Development of a Lighting Plan
F. Location Scouting
G. Legal Issues
I. Directing Actors and the Rehearsal Process
J. Mise-en-Scene and Art Direction
III. Intermediate Digital Film Production
A. Scheduling and Call Sheets
B. Camera Rehearsals
C. Blocking and Staging
D. Continuity of Action, Mise-en-Scene, Sound
E. Crew Positions and the Crew at Work
F. Set Procedures, Safety and Protocols
G. The Video Camera: Digital Still Cameras and Full-Sized Camera Labs
H. Camera Conventions: Creating Visual Style
I. Elements of Proper Exposure
J. Lighting Conventions and Styles
K. Lighting Kits and Practicals
L. The Sound Package: Single System versus Double System Recording
M. Location Sound Recording
O. Moving Camera
Q. In-Class Production Workshops
R. Set Rehearsals and Keeping on Schedule
IV. Intermediate Post-Production
A. Formats and Post-Production Workflow
B. Non Linear Edit Systems (Premier and Final Cut Pro)
D. Syncing Sound
E. Edit Organization
F. Edit Stages: from Rough Cuts to Picture Lock
G. Criticism and Feedback: Giving and Receiving
H. Color Correction
I. Sound Design and Editing
J. The Sound Mix
K. Final Prints and Mastering
V. Festivals and Exhibition
A. Introduction to Marketing
B. Exhibition Formats and Forms
All topics are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.
1. Weekly reading from texts, manuals and online sources (20 - 30 pages)
1. Practice technical and artistic skills relating to directing actors, the camera, lighting, sound
recording, directing, set management and editing
2. Self evaluation and peer critiques
Lecture- and Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Writing 1 - 3 original scripts from 2 - 10 pages in length in proper script format
2. Preparation of production book based on original narrative material
3. Execute production plan using various production technologies
4. Edit individual or group projects through the picture and sound stages
5. Quizzes, and final exam (includes hands-on preformance demonstration of knowledge)
Cinematography: Theory and Practice. 2nd ed. Brown, Blain. Taylor & Francis. 2011 (classic)
Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television. Weston, Judith. McNaughton & Gunn, Inc. 1996 (classic)
Placing Shadows: Lighting Shadows for Video Production. 3rd ed. Gloman, Chuck and LeTourneau, Tom. Focal Press. 2012 (classic)
Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production. 3rd ed. Hurbis-Cherrier, Mick. Focal Press. 2018