This course will focus on the three major phases of cinematic storytelling: story development, principal photography, and post-production. Through class exercises, workshops, guest speakers, and critical evaluations of ongoing projects, students will learn the importance of the script, visual design, subtext, the staging of action, and the value of collaboration, with the goal of developing a more nuanced approach to the nuts and bolts of the entire film production process. Enrolled students will be expected to start class with introductory proficiency in the use of digital cameras, lighting, sound, and editing equipment.
Sample reading list:
Nicholas Proferes, Film Directing Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting
Lenore Dekoven, Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen. Either VIS 219, or VIS 261/262, VIS 263, or VIS 264. Self-sufficiency in film editing software, e.g. Final Cut 7 or Premier CS6 recommended. PLEASE NOTE: This course will not be a classroom workshop in how to use editing software. Instead one of the classes will require you to bring the scene you have shot and edited earlier and re-edit it with instructor as part of the class.